The Stunning Dip Dishes I Use to Make Weeknight Dinners Feel Fancier (They’re Perfect for Summer Entertaining!)

published May 18, 2023
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Living alone, weeknight dinners aren’t exactly the most riveting part of my life. It’s usually me propped up on my couch in front of the TV eating a concoction of Trader Joe’s items or the occasional bodega sandwich (preferably a chicken caesar wrap) if I’m not in the mood to cook. However, there’s one ridiculously gorgeous item in my kitchen dinnerware collection that instantly makes any meal at home feel a whole lot fancier: Year & Day’s All Day & Night Dip Dishes.

In case you’re not familiar, Year & Day is a direct-to-consumer brand that makes high-quality dinnerware without the high markup. Their items are designed in California and hand-finished in Europe, so you’re getting that one-of-a-kind look and feel. Since these pieces are made with the finest materials, they’re meant to withstand years of use and dishwashing.

I love that you can purchase their pieces a la carte so you can customize your dinnerware setup to your needs. If you’re looking to test out something small first, you’ll want to start with their All Day & Night Dip Dishes. I received these from the brand quite a few years ago when they first launched, and they look just as good as the day I got them. And, they are the most versatile thing in my kitchen.

Credit: Tamara Kraus

Made with a durable semi-matte glaze finish, these dishes will stand the test of time. And yes, they’re dishwasher-, freezer-, and microwave-safe up to 480 degrees Fahrenheit.

My go-to use for these little dishes? Condiments! When I’m having a burger night at home, I always reach for these pretty dishes to put my ketchup or ranch into — they instantly elevate my boring, solo mealtime. These do-it-all kitchen essentials are also a beautiful way to present salt and pepper at a dinner party or as a vessel for olive oil or balsamic for dipping bread. Use them for nuts, dried fruits, olives — you name it!

These dishes are available in seven gorgeous colors that’ll match whatever color scheme you have going on in your kitchen (note that the variety set is $4 more than the single color sets) — I own the multi-colored set which I think is an easy way to quickly identify each condiment (or whatever else you’re using them for). Best of all, the variety set comes in a ready-to-gift box so it makes for the perfect hostess gift, too (the single-color sets do not come in a gift box).

If you fell in love with these small but mighty dishes, you’ll want to peruse the rest of Year & Day’s equally irresistible pieces — you might as well deck out your entire table with their covetable items just in time for summer entertaining!