A V-neck halter apron is reversible, with black polka dots on a pink background and shoe prints around the hem on one side and a black body and polka-dot trim under the bustline on the other by Desperate Hostess, $48, from Little Miss MuffinChildren & Home (766 Harrison Ave., 482-8200).
Made in the Italian Alps, the 1 1/2-quart Ruffoni copper fondue pot evenly distributes heat, and its shape reduces evaporation. It has the capacity for making appetizers, entrees or desserts and has a removable porcelain insert for melting cheese or chocolate. The pot comes with six stainless-steel, wood-handled forks and detailed recipes, $189, available exclusively at Williams- SonomaInc. (333 Canal St., The Shops at Canal Place, 523-3993; 3301 Veterans Memorial Blvd., Lakeside Shopping Center, Metairie, 828-3769).
Serving pieces take on an elegantly playful appeal when you make the handles of palm wood, coconut and inlaid mother of pearl in checkerboard and stripes-and-dots designs with faux tortoise serving spoons by Two's Company, $29 for two-piece set, from The Great Room (1525 Lapalco Blvd., Harvey, 368-2552; www.greatroominc.com).