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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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Personal Creations

Personalized Gift: Mr & Mrs Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser - Brown Label. Mr & Mrs Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser - Brown Label

Personal Creations

Personalized Gift: Mr & Mrs Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser - Charcoal Label. Mr & Mrs Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser - Charcoal Label

Personal Creations

Personalized Gift: Mr & Mrs Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser - Cream Label. Mr & Mrs Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser - Cream Label

Personal Creations

Personalized Gift: Mr & Mrs Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser - Grey Label. Mr & Mrs Mason Jar Beverage Dispenser - Grey Label

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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Chef Buddy
$14.99
at Sears

Beautifully display your desserts and appetizers! This Chef Buddy 3 Tier Collapsible Dessert Stand comes apart and stores the piec...es in it's base. With over 10 different display options, your possibilities are endless! Perfect for cupcakes, brownies,... read more

Trademark Commerce

Beautifully display your desserts and appetizers! This Chef Buddy Three-Tier Square Glass Buffet and Dessert Stand will take your ...desserts and more to a whole different level. It's perfect for cupcakes, brownies, cookies, even veggies and dip. Adorn with flowers and the dessert stand becomes a beautiful centerpiece. read more

Tablecraft
$24.06
at Katom

Turn a plain yellow or white cake with simple chocolate frosting into a showpiece at your next family get-together or buffet table... with this Tablecraft Diner Collection Classic Cake Stand with Cover. Designed with inspiration from the corner diner, where tall layer cakes were always waiting to be served by the slice, this cake stand has a spacious design that can accommodate even a triple-layer cake. This stand features a polycarbonate plastic cover that's durable and tough so it will stand up to the rigors of use for longterm service in your kitchen and dining room, and it's clear for easy visibility. The base and handle are crafted from stainless steel for durability and beauty, whether displayed on a table for serving or a counter for storage. When it's not holding a beautiful red velvet cake with cream cheese frosting or a German chocolate cake with caramel and coconut topping, this attractive cake stand may be put to work to housing a pie or a plate of pastries on the counter. Features: Keeps cake fresh and moist longerClear design lets you see the contents and display your prettiest cakesStainless steel handle and base add a decorative touch to the designCan also be used for storing pies and pastries Pedestal design gives a cake a place of prominence on the buffet table read more

Le Creuset

The Le Creuset Cake Stand fits cakes baked in standard-size pans. Homemade cakes are display-worthy with this cake stand, which o...ffers all the durability and performance of Le Creuset stoneware. At nearly 12 inches in diameter. Plus, the sturdy exterior enamel won't be damaged by knives. 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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Alfresco Home

Alfresco Home Ponte Mosaic Outdoor Serving Cart. 21-1313. Patio Serving Carts. Complete with a handy lower shelf and wine glass st...orage rack, this mosaic serving cart is the perfect outdoor accessory for those who love to entertain! Inspired by traditional Italian design, this mosaic patio cart features natural hand-laid tiles which are grouted with industrial adhesives for durability. Wrought iron frames are electro-statically coated with a powder coat paint finish to provide a weather proof, rust resistant finish. Because each tile is derived from a natural source, color and texture may vary and add to the artistic quality of each table top. To clean this outdoor table, simply hose off and wipe dry, do not use harsh chemicals. In areas where freezing occurs, we recommend storing the mosaic table top inside as freezing and thawing may cause the grout to crack. Mosaic serving cart is 21 1/4 W X 21 1/4 D X 30 1/2 H. Assembly required. 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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TableCraft Products Company
$13.20
at Katom

The Tablecraft 1077R Red Grande Platter Basket is a great addition to any food service operation.The rectangular design works in a... variety of settings and the size is perfect for serving fries, onion rings or other appetizers.The stackable basket is constructed of sturdy, high density polypropylene to withstand the demands of your dining room.This basket is great for casual dining or outdoor use. - Grande Platter Basket- Size: 10-3/4 x 7-3/4- Depth: 1-1/2- Shape: Rectangular- Material: Polypropylene- Color: Red- Case Size: 36 (3 dozen) read more

TableCraft Products Company
$39.60
at Katom

The Tablecraft 1077BK Black Grande Platter Basket is a great addition to any foodservice operation.The rectangular design works in... a variety of settings and the size is perfect for serving fries, onion rings or other appetizers.The stackable basket is constructed of sturdy, high density polypropylene to withstand the demands of your dining room.This basket is great for casual dining or outdoor use. - Grande Basket- Size: 10-3/4 x 7-3/4 - Depth: 1-1/2- Shape: Rectangular- Material: Plastic- Sysco Branded- Color: Black- Case Size: 36 (3 dozen) read more

TableCraft Products Company
$39.60
at Katom

The Tablecraft 1077FG Forest Green Grande Platter Basket is a great addition to any foodservice operation.The rectangular design w...orks in a variety of settings and the size is perfect for serving fries, onion rings or other appetizers.The stackable basket is constructed of sturdy, high density polypropylene to withstand the demands of your dining room.This basket is great for casual dining or outdoor use. - Grande Platter Basket- Size: 10-3/4 x 7-3/4- Depth: 1-1/2- Shape: Rectangular- Material: Polypropylene- Sysco Branded- Color: Forest green- Case Size: 36 (3 dozen) read more

TableCraft Products Company

The TablecraftChicago Platter Basket is a great addition to any food service operation.The classic oval design works in a variety ...of settings and the size is perfect for serving fries, onion rings or other appetizers.The stackable basket is constructed of sturdy, high density polyethylene to withstand the demands of your dining room.This basket is great for casual dining or outdoor use. - Chicago Platter Basket- Size: 10-1/2 W x 7 Dx1-1/2 H- Microwave,dishwasher and heat lamp safe up to 150°F/65°C- Stackable- Shape: oval-Material: polypropylene- Color:red - Case of36 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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Bambeco

Celebrate earth's natural resources with our Nut Tray Set, part of the Hamptons Serving Collection. Each piece in this collection ...is made from natural materials and attributes its rich, creamy color to the natural pigment of earthenware with minimal use of dyes. Comes with a serving tray and three dishes featuring charming illustrations of a cashew, pistachio, or almond. Dimensions: 13.5W x 5.5L x 1.25H.Care: Dishwasher and microwave safe. read more

Tag
$53.99 $59.99
at Sears

Handcrafted Willow serving tray set of 3, made from renewable materials . small 1.875in H x 11.5in L x 8.5in W, medium 2.5in H x 2...1.125in L x 19in W, large 7in H x 21.125in x 19in W read more

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Universal Lighting and Decor

A set of three blue fish serving trays in three different sizes to spruce up your dining room. Fish tray set. Set of three. Sea br...eeze blue finish. Ceramic construction. Small tray measures 8" wide, 5 1/4" deep, 3/4" high. Medium tray measures 10" wide, 6 1/4" deep, 1" high. Large tray measures 12 1/2" wide, 8" deep, 1" high. read more

PersonalizationMall.com

Our All Seasons Personalized Hostess Serving Tray serves up anything from chardonnay to hors d'oeuvres with personalized style! We... artfully laser engrave your tray with family name (Please Note: It will be engraved as The Family Name) and optional second line, creating a custom piece for them alone! Our handsome tray is quality constructed of sturdy, non-scratch clear lucite, featuring 2 side handles for convenient carrying. Tray measures a generous 16 1/2 by 10 1/2 with 2 high sides. Dishwasher safe and perfect for poolside where glass is prohibited. Entertain friends and family with style and panache.A perfect housewarming or host & hostess gift! 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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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 - Take serving to another level. Prized appetizers at the top; assorted goodies on the bottom. Perfect! Two tiers make... an eye-catching presentation and save table space while the rustic pine trays and steel wine barrel hoop add vintage charm. Trays spin together. Personalize top tray up to 20 characters each (including spaces) on two lines. Size: 13-1/4'H x 13' Dia. (top tray) x 18-1/4' Dia. (bottom tray) 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 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 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. 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 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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Lipper
$17.99 $24.99
at Sears

Bamboo 14-Inch Single TurntableMade of attractive bamboo wood with a smooth finishOrganizing your condiments never looked so goodW...ith this turntable you will never have to ask anyone to pass the salt againThis turntable is as functional as it is beautifulGreat for larger tables, its round shape is designed to hold most commonly used table items such as salt, pepper and other condiments as it rests on your table's centerThe smooth rotating mechanism allows you to turn this lazy Susan for easy access and is an ideal piece for entertainingA slightly raised edge prevents items from sliding off when rotating the turntableExtreme changes in temperature, humidity and dryness effect wood; store away from heat and sunlight in a well-ventilated spotDimensions: 14-inch by 14-inch by 1-1/2-inchSimply wipe clean with mild soap and water and dry thoroughly read more

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BonJour Meadow Rooster
$23.99 $29.99
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Serving delicious entrees and side dishes is a pleasure with the BonJour Dinnerware Meadow Rooster Stoneware 9-3/4-Inch by 14-Inch... Oval Platter. With a nod to popular French country design, the BonJour Meadow Rooster collection features colorful wildflower and rooster designs against an eggshell background to add lively charm to the dining table. This oval platter makes the ideal serveware piece for roasted leg of lamb, char-grilled beef tenderloin or an oven-roasted vegetable medley. Crafted from durable stoneware to be enjoyed for years to come, the serving dish is microwave- as well as freezer-safe, and is able to go into a warming oven to 250 F for up to 30 minutes. For the final touch of convenience combined with style, the serving platter is dishwasher safe. This delightful platter pairs with other BonJour Meadow Rooster dinnerware and serveware pieces. read more

BonJour Meadow Rooster 9-3/4-Inch by 14-Inch Oval Platter Multi
Crate & Barrel
$39.97 $59.95
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Paola Navone's Fish collection delves into the watery wonders of the sea, translating its curiosities, wildlife and beauty into a ...whimsical tableware assortment to mix and match. Inspired by 1950s Mediterranean glazed ceramics, iconic fish-shape earthenware serving pieces swim about in delightfully edited forms, flashing their luminous hand-glazed, sea-green interiors and graphic black outlines. -Designed by Paola Navone exclusively for Crate and Barrel -Earthenware -Food safe -Hand wash -Made in Portugal read more

Fish Green Platter
CARDINAL INTERNATIONAL INC
$277.99 $624.23
at WEBstaurant Store

Provide your guests choice, distinguishable dinnerware with this Cardinal Chef & Sommelier S1282 Caracter platter. Rectangular in ...design, yet featuring smooth rounded edges, this platter guarantees a fresh look for your tabletop, while truly adding character. Its classic design in white accents any dcor. This plate features space to fit a shot glass-sized cup for perfect meal pairings. Dress up your meal with sauces or mini desserts and serve on the same plate. Made of patented porcelain Maxima, this Caracter platter is two times more resistant than other porcelain products of the same thickness and features Cardinal?s five-year edge chip warranty. It is lead free and fully vitrified, guaranteed for 2,000 dishwashing cycles, and provides the durability needed for frequent, quality service. Serve your gourmet creations on this strong and sophisticated plate to create a memorable dining experience. Sold 12 per case. buOverall DimensS1282 from CARDINAL INTERNATIONAL INC read more

Chef & Sommelier S1282 Caracter 13 1/4 inch x 8 3/8 inch Caracter Platter 12 / Case
Le Creuset

The Le Creuset Cake Stand fits cakes baked in standard-size pans. Homemade cakes are display-worthy with this cake stand, which o...ffers all the durability and performance of Le Creuset stoneware. At nearly 12 inches in diameter. Plus, the sturdy exterior enamel won't be damaged by knives. read more

Le Creuset Stoneware Cherry Red Cake Stand
Le Creuset

The Le Creuset Cake Stand fits cakes baked in standard-size pans. Homemade cakes are display-worthy with this cake stand, which of...fers all the durability and performance of Le Creuset stoneware. At nearly 12 inches in diameter. Plus, the sturdy exterior enamel won't be damaged by knives. read more

Le Creuset Stoneware Soleil Cake Stand
Le Creuset

The Le Creuset Cake Stand fits cakes baked in standard-size pans. Homemade cakes are display-worthy with this cake stand, which of...fers all the durability and performance of Le Creuset stoneware. At nearly 12 inches in diameter. Plus, the sturdy exterior enamel won't be damaged by knives. read more

Le Creuset Stoneware White Cake Stand
Rubbermaid
$152.44 $252.00
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Durable, clear polycarbonate tank. Includes tank, base, drain tray, lid and labels for lemonade and iced tea. Tank may be intercha...nged between bases. Certified to NSF/USDA Standard #18. Material(s): Polycarbonate; Color(s): Clear; Capacity (Volume): 3 gal. Includes one beverage dispenser. read more

Beverage Dispenser, Polycarbonate, 3 Gal, Clear
Q Squared
$31.99 $45.00
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Coordinates with the Q Squared Pembroke Collection. Give your dishes a regal presentation with the lovely Pembroke Square Serving ...Platter. Shatter-resistant melamine dinnerware is perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Intricate blue and gold pattern border for a vintage look. Heat-resistant, lightweight, and durable with a superior-quality look and feel. Dishwasher safe (top and bottom rack). Not recommended for microwave use. Imported. Measurements: ; Weight: 2 lbs 15 oz ; Width: 14 1 2 in ; Height: 14 1 2 in read more

Q Squared Pembroke Square Serving Platter Dinnerware Cookware - Blue
Q Squared
$32.99 $46.00
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Coordinates with the Q Squared Hazelwood Collection. Please the palette with fresh, mouth-watering hors d'oeuvres served on a subt...ly stunning platter that combines traditional and contemporary design for timeless style. Shatter-resistant melamine serveware is perfect for indoor and outdoor entertaining. Serving platter features a swirling autumn leaf pattern against a crisp white ground. Platter is heat-resistant, lightweight, and durable with a superior-quality look and feel. Dishwasher safe (top and bottom rack). Not recommended for microwave use. Imported. Measurements: ; Weight: 2 lbs 4 oz ; Width: 13 in ; Height: 3 4 in ; Depth: 10 1 2 in read more

Q Squared Hazelwood Medium Serving Platter Dinnerware Cookware - White
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