Holiday spreads inevitably boast dishes varying in size and temperature. A simple solution to preserving table and buffet surfaces might be this trivet made from a silicone-nylon composite by Joseph Joseph.

Dubbed Stretch, this expandable trivet (in green, black or pink) can hold more than a single pot or pan, since it stretches to roughly 20 inches. Closed, itís a mere 7Ĺ by 2 inches.

Suggested retail price: $16. To buy: www.josephjoseph.com.

ó Judy Hevrdejs

Chicago Tribune