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Serveware Buying Guide

You don't need a wait staff to serve guests in style. Buying serving pieces to coordinate with your dinnerware is a smart step in making sure that your table is ready for entertaining your family and friends.  

Types of Serveware

Types of Serveware

For everyday dining as well as holiday parties and family celebrations, the items you use to serve your carefully prepared foods and beverages make entertaining easier -- and make an impression on your guests. Not sure what you need? Start by picturing your dream dinner party: What do you plan to serve and how would you like to present it? Well-chosen serveware can enhance your menu, complement your table setting, and turn any occasion into a festive event.

Beverage Servers

A glass, silver, or stainless-steel water pitcher, placed on an absorbent cork-topped trivet, helps you refill glasses without leaving the table. Guests to your kitchen probably serve themselves from the coffeepot or teakettle, but for dinner parties, a formal silver or silver-plate tea and coffee service -- including matching creamer and sugar bowls -- makes a more elegant statement.

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Wine Enthusiast

Beverage Dispensers - True southern class is steeped in tradition and holds a deep appreciation for the past. Celebrate the simple... style of times gone by with our American classic mason jar beverage dispenser. Crafted from high quality durable glass fashioned into the shape of a mason jar complete with a traditional tin screw off lid and easy pour spigot this drink dispenser is an established and classy way to serve drinks. Mason jar beverage dispenser measures 12.5' height x 9.5' Width x 7.5' Depth and holds approximately 2 gallons of your favorite drinks and cocktails. . Great gift for wine lovers. read more

Threshold
$24.99
at Target

Find household food or beverage storage containers at Target.com! Take a trip back in time with the threshold vintage glass bevera...ge dispenser. Imagine this hardworking glass and stainless steel dispenser full of cool iced tea and lemon slices, or colorful sangria and blood oranges, or chilled apple cider and cinnamon sticks during the autumn months. We're not sure why, but beverages from a dispenser are just more fun, and the old timey charm of this one doesn't disappoint. Your guests will want to know where to get one of their very own, and the vintage-inspired twig and "glassware" mark will make you want answer them, "at a flea market." read more

Artland
$29.99
at Target

Find household food or beverage storage containers at Target.com! A vintage fashioned 1.5 gallon beverage server set from artland ...with galvanized metal base. User friendly spigot with "open" and "closed" labels. Hand wash. read more

Threshold
$24.99
at Target

Find household food or beverage storage containers at Target.com! Create refreshing concoctions with this threshold glass beverage... dispenser with infuser. Perfect for use indoors and out, this drink dispenser holds your fave beverages, from lemonade to tea to punch. The handy infuser included on this beverage dispenser allows you to add fun, fresh flavors to your water, tea and more, by adding cucumbers, lemons and other fresh fruit and veggies. Simply turn the handle on this glass drink dispenser and watch the liquid emerge from the silver spout. Turn it back to stop the flow. Hand wash. read more

Cake and Dessert Stands

Pedestal-base servers of glass, china, or metal elevate cakes, pies, and other baked goods to party prominence. Some are sold with a glass dome for extra glamour. Typically three levels high, tiered and graduated-width serving stands make a charming presentation for cupcakes, pastries, cookies, and candies.

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Wilton
$19.99 $33.00
at JCPenney

Use this dessert stand for any celebration - the silver-finished wire stand securely holds 24 cupcakes for birthdays, holidays, ba...by showers and much more! 14x14 non-toxic silver-finished metal durable non-chip finish some assembly required imported read more

Wilton
$39.99 $68.00
at JCPenney

Let your fabulous cakes, desserts and appetizers stand out with this contemporary cake stand and its crystal-clear plates. Stand h...olds three different size cake plates: 8,10 and 12. Kit contains: 3 support serving rings at various heights 3 crystal clear plastic plates 9 legs with ball feet 1 center-footed base ring assembly and care instructions easy and quick to set up imported read more

Wilton
$47.99 $70.00
at JCPenney

This 15x18 is great for any celebration, securely holding 36 cupcakes! Whether its holiday parties, birthdays or baby showers, you...'ll find this cupcake stand with silver-finish wire is the perfect choice. non-toxic durable non-chip finish some assembly required imported. read more

Wilton
$16.99 $29.00
at JCPenney

Use this dessert stand for any celebration - the silver-finished wire stand securely holds 13 cupcakes for birthdays, holidays, ba...by showers and much more! 10x10 non-toxic silver-finished metal durable non-chip finish some assembly required imported read more

Serving Carts

Pedestal-base servers of glass, china, or metal elevate cakes, pies, and other baked goods to party prominence. Some are sold with a glass dome for extra glamour. Typically three levels high, tiered and graduated-width serving stands make a charming presentation for cupcakes, pastries, cookies, and candies.

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Crate & Barrel
$279.00 $349.00
at Crate & Barrel

Safari casual tracks contemporary in bamboo-inspired lattice design handwoven of s sleek black resin wicker over powdercoated alum...inum. Gracious bar cart serves drinks and more from two roomy shelves-the top with a lift-off tray and the bottom with integrated circles to corral three wine bottles. Lightweight, caster-rolling cart is perfectly scaled for small sunrooms, patios or porches. -Handcrafted -Powdercoated aluminum and resin wicker -Wipe with damp cloth -Removable tray -Casters -Cover or store indoors during inclement weather -Made in China read more

Jeco

Perfect for entertaining, you can serve up delicious snacks, beverages, or desserts using this wicker outdoor serving cart. Serve ...friends and family with ease using this two-shelf cart, made from durable resin wicker that is all-weather resistant. read more

Jeco

Perfect for entertaining, you can serve up delicious snacks, beverages, or desserts using this wicker outdoor serving cart. Serve ...friends and family with ease using this two-shelf cart, made from durable resin wicker that is all-weather resistant. read more

Serving Platters

Adaptable serving platters can be used for everything from grilled burgers to Thanksgiving turkey. Medium-diameter round platters, known as chop plates, are handy for roasts; oval platters work well for anything from bread to a whole poached fish. Platter design is just as varied: basic white, gold- or silver-decorated, embossed, or hand-painted.

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Crate & Barrel

Artisanal ceramic shapes are glazed lustrous red with subtle hand-antiquing on the freeform rims. Marin red dinnerware also availa...ble. -Stoneware -Dishwasher-, microwave- and oven-safe to 300 degrees -Made in Portugal read more

Fit and Fresh

Two platters that will give you endless possibilities! With both the 24 oz. and 56 oz. platters, the Chilled Serving Platters Set ...will be your best weapon against warm, "it?s been out too long" food! Each platter is filled with our non-toxic freezer gel. Just freeze, fill and serve it fresh - all party long! read more

Fit and Fresh

The Large 56 oz. Chilled Serving Platter is the best way to perfectly serve chilled appetizers at your next event. The freezer gel... lined walls will keep your shrimp looking fresh, cold and tasty until your guests have enjoyed every last bite! Party isn?t at your house? Then snap-on the secure lid and take it with you! read more

Serving Trays

The traditional vehicle to pass and serve cocktails, appetizers, and hors d'oeuvres, trays are made in round, square, oval, and rectangular shapes and in materials from casual and durable melamine to formal and elegant sterling silver. Cheese boards are equipped with a wood or marble surface so guests can cut their own portions. Some boards feature glass domes to protect cheese while it comes to room temperature.

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PJP Marketplace

Our Canada wooden molded trays are a perfect fit for "Going Green", especially in the fast-food industry. They are a great solutio...n for serving hot dogs, pizza, or burgers or can be used for vegetables or cheese trays. All trays are filmable. read more

PJP Marketplace

Pactiv's ClearView 2 Compartment Nacho Tray provides an organized tray to serve your nachos in.

PJP Marketplace

Our Canada wooden molded trays are a perfect fit for "Going Green", especially in the fast-food industry. They are a great solutio...n for serving hot dogs, pizza, or burgers or can be used for vegetables or cheese trays. All trays are filmable. read more

The Company Store

Set of 3 serving trays.Sculptural ginko leaves bring natural beauty to all your entertaining.Set includes one each: Small, 11 x 11...; Medium, 14 x 17; Large, 17 x 13.Food safe.Aluminum.Wipe clean.Imported.Exclusively ours. The sculptural ginko leaves on these fashionable serving trays make your table come alive with their natural beauty, rich t read more

Serving Bowls

Varied and versatile bowls are tabletop necessities for serving family-style salads, vegetables, pastas, and desserts. Large, lidded soup tureens sport a notched rim to hold a serving ladle. Woven metal or natural-fiber baskets are ideal for bread, rolls, and fruit.

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Bambeco

Our Teak Pear Bowl is sized just right for serving dips, sauces and small snacks. Put the beauty of sustainable teak to practical ...use on your table. Made from excess materials from the logging industry, no new trees are cut down to create these... read more

CB2
$34.00
at CB2

Punch Bowl. 265 Oz.

CB2
CB2
PJP Marketplace

Our mini square palm dishes are as cute as they are functional. Leak proof and microwavable they are perfect if you are serving su...shi and need an elegant and disposable way to serve soy sauce. They also are 100% biodegradable. read more

PJP Marketplace

Our mini square palm dishes are as cute as they are functional. Leak proof and microwavable they are perfect if you are serving su...shi and need an elegant and disposable way to serve soy sauce. They also are 100% biodegradable. read more

Accessories

Supporting players on the serveware stage include an easy-to-pour gravy boat (useful for sauces, too), one or more butter dishes, lazy Susans, and salt cellars or salt-and-pepper shaker sets.

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Wine Enthusiast

Lazy Susans - Distinctive decor from the winery to your table. Cut from an oak wine barrel with steel hoop and spigot still intact.... As authentic as your love of wine. Turn your love of presentation and wine into a classic center piece. Beautifully cut from an oak wine barrel with the steel hoop still intact. This lazy susan will make the perfect topic of conversation. Dimensions: 3 1/2' X 18' W X 3 1/2' D. Great gift for wine lovers. read more

Wine Enthusiast

Lazy Susans - Sleek and elegant design brought to the center of your table top. This glass lazy suan created from American Made te...mpered glass permanently bonded to metal rings mounted on a smooth ball bearing movement. Personalize up to 20 Characters 24' Model Dimensions: 1- 1/2' H X 24' Diameter Unpackaged weight: 17 LBS. Max Capacity: 35 LBS American Made Tempered Glass 18' Model Dimensions: 1- 1/2' H X 18' Diameter Unpackaged weight: 18 LBS. Max Capacity: 25 LBS American Made Tempered Glass 14' Model Dimensions: 1- 1/8' H X 14' Diameter Unpackaged weight: 5 LBS. Max Capacity: 15 LBS Starphire Ultra Clear Glass. Great gift for wine lovers. read more

Wine Enthusiast

Lazy Susans - Sleek and elegant design brought to the center of your table top. These smooth moving lazy susan's are great for eve...ry day and special events. Personalize up to 20 Characters 24' Model Dimensions: 1- 1/2' H X 24' Diameter Unpackaged weight: 17 LBS. Max Capacity: 35 LBS American Made Tempered Glass 18' Model Dimensions: 1- 1/2' H X 18' Diameter Unpackaged weight: 10 LBS. Max Capacity: 25 LBS American Made Tempered Glass 14' Model Dimensions: 1- 1/8' H X 14' Diameter Unpackaged weight: 5 LBS. Max Capacity: 15 LBS American Made Starphire Ultra Clear Glass. Great gift for wine lovers. read more

Wine Enthusiast

Lazy Susans - With a nod to the appellations of Bordeaux we take entertaining to a whole new level of wine country style. At once ...elegant rustic and sophisticated our artfully crafted copper-plated steel-on-wood Lazy Susan is the last word in presentation on tables sideboards and kitchen islands the warmth of the copper an inviting canvas for culinary delights of every kind. Revolves smoothly on ball bearings and rests on protective rubber feet. A beautiful addition to your personal collection it's uniquely inspired as a wedding anniversary or housewarming gift. Hand wash. 2'H x 22' Dia.. Great gift for wine lovers. read more

Product Features

Product Features

There are so many options that selecting serveware can feel as complicated as choosing dinnerware. Each type of serveware comes in many sizes, shapes, and materials. Compare differences between your favorite styles and patterns to determine which items best fit your needs.

Helpful Design Features

Well-made serveware offers useful design elements. Built-in handles make it easier to hold heavy bowls; angled sides or recessed edges capture natural juices on meat platters; and double-wall pitcher construction minimizes condensation from iced beverages.

Oven-to-Table Function

Some glass, ceramic, and cast-iron cookware is attractive enough to go from the oven or stovetop directly to the dining table. Supplement these pieces with a few lidded items -- vegetable bowls, a tureen, a gravy boat -- that will keep food warm longer. Use a decorative trivet beneath hot dishes to protect your table from scorching.

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

Except for a few packaged hostess sets, serveware isn't sold in groups like your dinnerware service for eight. What you get is up to you; let what you cook and how you entertain determine the serveware items you need. If your budget allows, go beyond the basics to buy additional pieces for casual and formal dining.

Material

What your serveware is made from can be just as important as its size and shape. Ceramic, stone, silver or silver plate, wood, glass, melamine, and more have their pros and cons in terms of style, price, and durability. Choosing companion pieces makes a visually cohesive tablescape, but not all serveware items need to match.

Compatible Style

You're in luck: Many dinnerware manufacturers offer coordinating serveware as open stock. You can buy what you need piece by piece as your entertaining needs evolve. It's also OK to express your personal style by shopping outside the set, selecting items that complement or accent your dinnerware's color and pattern, or choosing neutral white or glass pieces that work with what you have as well as what you might acquire.

Menu-Appropriate

Even though many serveware items can take on multiple roles, you may want specialized pieces to serve the dishes your family and guests enjoy most often. The meat-and-potatoes cook will need platters and deep bowls. Fans of sushi or charcuterie will appreciate lazy Susans, cheese boards, pedestal servers, and dipping bowls. Formal afternoon teas require a gleaming tea service and tiered stands for cupcakes and petit fours.

Storage and Care

Unless you entertain regularly, some serveware pieces will only be used for holidays and special events. Think carefully about where you'll store specialty items such as fragile punch bowls, a swan-shape tureen, or wire pizza stands. Silver and silver-plate coffee and tea services look impressive to guests, but will you maintain their shine? Only you can decide which pieces are must-haves and which are tricky to store and maintain.

Buffet Choices

If your entertaining style favors buffet events, your serveware needs are different from those for sit-down dinner parties. To start, your serveware can be more colorful and casual in style. Stock up on lightweight platters, shallow bowls, wine buckets, a coffee urn, chips-and-salsa servers, pickle and relish dishes, and electric serving helpers such as warming trays, slow cookers, and chafing dishes.

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Crate & Barrel
$279.00 $349.00
at Crate & Barrel

Safari casual tracks contemporary in bamboo-inspired lattice design handwoven of s sleek black resin wicker over powdercoated alum...inum. Gracious bar cart serves drinks and more from two roomy shelves-the top with a lift-off tray and the bottom with integrated circles to corral three wine bottles. Lightweight, caster-rolling cart is perfectly scaled for small sunrooms, patios or porches. -Handcrafted -Powdercoated aluminum and resin wicker -Wipe with damp cloth -Removable tray -Casters -Cover or store indoors during inclement weather -Made in China read more

Crate and Barrel Kruger Black Bar Cart
Wilton
$19.99 $33.00
at JCPenney

Use this dessert stand for any celebration - the silver-finished wire stand securely holds 24 cupcakes for birthdays, holidays, ba...by showers and much more! 14x14 non-toxic silver-finished metal durable non-chip finish some assembly required imported read more

Cupcakes n More Mini Dessert Stand
Wilton
$39.99 $68.00
at JCPenney

Let your fabulous cakes, desserts and appetizers stand out with this contemporary cake stand and its crystal-clear plates. Stand h...olds three different size cake plates: 8,10 and 12. Kit contains: 3 support serving rings at various heights 3 crystal clear plastic plates 9 legs with ball feet 1 center-footed base ring assembly and care instructions easy and quick to set up imported read more

Wilton Cakes 'N More 3-Tier Party Stand
Wilton
$47.99 $70.00
at JCPenney

This 15x18 is great for any celebration, securely holding 36 cupcakes! Whether its holiday parties, birthdays or baby showers, you...'ll find this cupcake stand with silver-finish wire is the perfect choice. non-toxic durable non-chip finish some assembly required imported. read more

Cupcakes 'N More Large Dessert Stand-Holds 38 Cupcakes
Wilton
$16.99 $29.00
at JCPenney

Use this dessert stand for any celebration - the silver-finished wire stand securely holds 13 cupcakes for birthdays, holidays, ba...by showers and much more! 10x10 non-toxic silver-finished metal durable non-chip finish some assembly required imported read more

Cupcakes n More Small Dessert Stand
Lenox
$239.95 $343.00
at Lenox

Whether you're entertaining a crowd or just dining with the family, the white-bodied Westerly Platinum 16" Oval Platter is perfect... for serving your main dish. And because its platinum motif is just inside the rim, the design will be visible even when... read more

Westerly Platinum 16" Oval Platter by Lenox
Lenox
$279.95 $400.00
at Lenox

A beautiful floral motif and autumn-hued flowers grace this Autumn 13" Oval Platter. Use this dinnerware on your dining room table... or Thanksgiving buffet spread, and await the compliments. read more

Autumn 13" Oval Platter by Lenox
The Company Store

Set of 3 serving trays.Sculptural ginko leaves bring natural beauty to all your entertaining.Set includes one each: Small, 11 x 11...; Medium, 14 x 17; Large, 17 x 13.Food safe.Aluminum.Wipe clean.Imported.Exclusively ours. The sculptural ginko leaves on these fashionable serving trays make your table come alive with their natural beauty, rich t read more

Ginko Trays, Set of 3, OS - The Company Store
The Company Store

Stainless steel serving tray. Crafted with colorful bone inlay handles. Our colorful take on traditional bone inlay adds a fun, fe...stive touch to entertaining. 20 L x 12W x 1 H. Coordinates with our Bone Inlay Cocktail Shaker, Charger Plate, Ice Bucket and Tong, Serving Tray with Dipping Bowls, Coaster Set, Spreader Kniv read more

Bone Inlay Serving Collection- Serving Tray, OS - The Company Store
The Company Store

3-tier serving tray. Made of cast aluminum. Inspired by the timeless design of classic hotel serveware. An elegant way to display ...appetizers, canaps or desserts. Food safe. Measures 14 x 7.5 x 21.25 h. Hand wash. Exclusively ours. Inspired by classic hotel serveware, our thr read more

3-Tier Serving Tray, OS - The Company Store
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