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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Frontgate
$199.00

Weve upgraded our Glacier Double Wall Beverage Servers with double-wall construction for colder drinks and dryer tables. Our alrea...dy impressive server holds loads of beer, soda, or water, along with ample ice. Its completely double-walled on the sides and base to keep beverages icy cold and prevent condensation. Crafted of durable stainless steel. Divided lemon/lime tray removes for easy filling. Handles have non-slip rubber grips. Non-skid rubber feet. Small holds 11.75 L of ice empty or 2.67L and 20 bottles. Large holds 20.29L of ice empty or 4.7L and 36 bottles of beer.. read more

Fifth Avenue Crystal
$119.99 $52.99

FIY1029 Features Beverage dispenser Materials: Glass and metal Original design Care instructions: Hand wash with warm water and mi...ld dish detergent Clear color Metal finish: Silvertone Product Type: Beverage dispenser Material: Glass Color: Clear... read more

Aladdin
$8.78

The 1-Gal Aladdin Mason Beverage Dispenser is ideal for storing and serving your favorite drinks. It has a twist-top lid, which ma...kes filling it up a breeze, as well as a color-coordinated plastic spout. This cold beverage dispenser is also BPA-free... read more

DANSK
$72.00 $29.95

You call it a pitcher, we call it a beverage server. Whatever you call it, you'll love the fact that it holds a full 46 ounces. An...d the cut-out lid makes it easy to remove. 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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THE FRENCH CHEFS
$72.00 $49.95

Creamy white porcelain in soft, fluid silhouette distinguishes the sophisticated simplicity of the French Chefs Maria Cake Stand. ...Drawing on the talents and tastes of a trio of world renowned epicurean masters, Maria dinnerware and serving pieces are... read more

REED AND BARTON
$120.00 $119.95

Elevate cakes and pastries to elegant heights with the Soho Pedestal Cakestand from Reed & Barton. This crystal cakestand is t...he perfect way for showcasing cakes, cookies and more. Elegantly packaged for gift-giving. Part of the Soho Crystal... read more

$9.99

Create dazzling centerpieces for birthday parties, holiday celebrations, and everyday occasions with this three-tier dessert stand.... Simply place individually decorated cupcakes on each spiral to hold them securely in place. It holds thirteen cupcakes.... read more

IMAX Home
$65.27 $46.00

The Glover cake stand has a square surface surrounding a turned wood finial and base. A great tray for petit fours or hors d'oeuvr...es. Specifications: Height: 14.75" Width: 16" Depth: 16" Product Weight: 5.4 lbs Material: Glass, Wood 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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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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Dansk
$39.95

A Dansk classic in fiery chili red. Classic Fjord is the best of both worlds, exquisite Dansk design, with practical functionality.... Lovely enough to be a centerpiece, this generously-sized platter is perfect for buffets and sit down dinners. Crafted of... read more

$28.49

This hand-painted three dimensional piggy platter is festive Each plate is uniquely handcrafted This serving piece has real (mater...ial) ribbon decorations that add a special touch of elegance to every piece Functional and wonderful piece to display High... read more

Dansk
$25.49

This medium oval serving dish utilizes a Classic Dansk design with a couple of curves thrown in. The curved ends of this Classic F...jord serving dish by Dansk are both visually appealing and extremely practical. Color/pattern: White Materials: Porcelain... read more

Red Vanilla
$26.49

Brand: Red Vanilla Color: White Materials: Porcelain Dimensions: 7 inches wide x 14 inches long Care instructions: Microwave and d...ishwasher safe, oven-safe up to 200-degrees F Color: White. 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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Allan Andrews
$66.99

This accent piece is an octagonal-shaped tray with a glass finish. The perfect serving tray and accent piece, it is a must have cl...assical item to show off at your finer parties or just to boost the elegance to your kitchen and dining room. Details: Glass Octagon tray Mirror tray Clean with a cloth Dimensions: 1 inch high x 14 inches wide x 19 inches long read more

Personalization Mall
$72.95

Our Wedded Pair Mariposa® String of Pearls Personalized Oval Serving Tray is an elegant gift to give to any newly wedded couple. T...he oval shaped serving tray is delicately etched with your choice of one of 3 title options and include their last name for a truly classic gift they will use for years! Perfectly sized at 12 1/2" L x 8 1/4" H, the perfect appetizer or dessert serving tray. Handcrafted out of Recycled Sandcast Aluminum. Please note there may be subtle markings on the product inherent to handcrafted aluminum. Hand wash, not dishwasher safe. Presented in a beautiful box for a lovely presentation. Mariposa® maintains a commitment to sustainability with all of their products. Handcrafted in Mexico of 100% recycled materials, they ensure every step of the manufacturing process is ecologically sound and designed to minimize waste. read more

LENOX
$115.00 $79.95

A serving piece with three different sections - and three different designs, the Butterfly Meadow Divided Serving Dish is a perfec...t match for the dinnerware. Each section is graced with a unique floral motif - one in pink, one in yellow, and one in... read more

LENOX
$43.00 $29.95

The Butterfly Meadow Melamine Large Handled Serving Tray has all the grace and beauty of Butterfly Meadow dinnerware, complete wit...h scalloped rims and colorful butterflies. Shatterproof and safe for outdoor dining, this tray will serve you well for... 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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LENOX
$80.00 $55.95

Brian Gluckstein is renowned for creating luxurious interiors that have a comfort level unmatched in the industry. The Gluckstein ...Darius Gold Soup Bowl is a reflection of that signature style, with a dimensional meander pattern in shaded blue tones... read more

LENOX
$17.00

Whether you ladle soup or scoop cereal into the kate spade new york Fair Harbor Bittersweet Soup Bowl you'll love the way this din...nerware piece looks. That's because this bowl is encircled with channels inspired by the sea and sands of Nantucket summers. read more

LENOX
$80.00 $55.95

Brian Gluckstein is renowned for creating luxurious interiors that still leave you feeling utterly at home. That special touch cre...ates the Brian Gluckstein Clara Aqua Soup Bowl, bone china dinnerware that is both elegant and comfortable. The unique... read more

LENOX
$86.00

Elegant scrolling vines and beautiful feathers in sapphire blue adorn the Marchesa Couture Sapphire Plume Pasta/Rim Soup Bowl. Lav...ish bands of precious platinum are the perfect accent to this delicate dinnerware design. 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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Steve Silver
$100.00 $83.60

Sleek, elegant design for tabletop use Choice of 22-inch diameter Frosted glass with a subtle blue tint Smooth swivel action Fine-...looking centerpiece for a dining table Heighten the elegance of your dining table with this frosted glass lazy susan. The... read more

Lipper International
$34.99

Find Serving Dishes, Trays and Food Stands at Target.com! When serving various items at breakfast, lunch or dinner, use the Lipper... International Acacia Lazy Susan (16") to make it easier. Put this round serving tray in the middle of the table and when someone asks for the mustard, just give the tray a spin. Instant delivery. And fun, too. The clear finish cleans up with a damp cloth. 16" diameter. Color: Brown. read more

Wine
$129.99

Find Serving Dishes, Trays and Food Stands at Target.com! Repurpose your wine corks with this distinctively designed turntable. A ...smooth, wood finish perfectly frames your artistic cork mosaic. Display it as a work of art or use it to keep your tabletop necessities organized and accessible. Measuring just over 24 wide, it won't overcrowd your table and makes a great gift. Color: Walnut. read more

CreativeWare
$59.99

Find Serving Dishes, Trays and Food Stands at Target.com! Keep snacks and appetizers handy with the Creative Ware Wine and Dine La...zy Susan Server. Perfect for large and small gatherings, this piece features a base that rotates for easy serving. Five porcelain bowls are dishwasher and microwave safe and are perfect for veggies, chips, nuts, dips, and more. The base is composed of solid bamboo and easily cleaned by wiping with a damp cloth. CreativeWare's Wine and Dine Lazy Susan Server will be a hit at your next party. Color: White. Age Group: Adult. 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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LENOX
$272.00 $189.95

As stylish as silver jewelry, the tailored Silver Sophisticate Serving Bowl is bordered in a textured weave design that resembles ...a silver mesh. Sophisticated as a night on the town, this white bone china dinnerware is lavishly rimmed in precious... read more

$86.00 $59.95

A cross hatched bamboo pattern in raised relief decorates the British Colonial Carved Aqua Fish Serving Bowl. A great match with B...ritish Colonial dinnerware, or by itself, this unique fish shaped serving bowl perfect for shrimp cocktail, side dishes,... read more

LENOX
$72.00 $49.95

The Opal Innocence Carved Bread Basket is carved with a raised vine motif with delicate piercings. Perfect for formal and casual t...able settings, this lovely and generously sized piece of dinnerware also makes a wonderful gift. read more

LENOX
$50.00 $29.95

These beautiful nut bowls are handcrafted of aluminum. Each of the bowls in the Stony Creek Nut Bowls 3-piece Set features a free ...flowing shape that combines together with a soft hammering pattern that begins at the edge of the bowl, and softly fades... read more

LENOX
$286.00 $199.95

Rich gold accents follow the gracefully curved handle and spout of the Embassy Creamer. More gold trims the creamer's foot and fla...nks the bold red band that encircles the entire piece, for a beautiful dinnerware display on your table. read more

$134.00 $79.95

The elegance of aluminum, a rich deep silver tone, and a natural shape create the Cordova Aluminum Chip & Dip. A sophisticated... and stylish serving piece, this unique design is sure to be the center of attention on any cocktail or buffet table. The... read more

LENOX
$80.00 $39.95

A sweet addition to your holiday dinnerware table. The china Holiday Gatherings Sugar Bowl has a fitted lid so you can serve - and... store - sugar with ease. A festive Berry motif encircles the bowl, for beautiful display even when not in use. Matching... read more

LENOX
$100.00 $49.95

Elegant entertaining is easy with the beautiful Eternal Orchard 14.75" Cheese Board. Crafted of creamy ivory porcelain carved with... the bountiful branches of a fruit tree, this unique server includes a wood insert. Inspired by Eternal dinnerware, the... read more

LENOX
$72.00 $49.95

Like the pulse of the city, the DKNY Urban Essentials Sugar & Creamer Set is fresh, vibrant and bold.This fine porcelain sugar... bowl and creamer are adorned with a lively design of multi-colored stripes. Makes a great addition to any table. read more

LENOX
$286.00 $199.95

Lavish accents of gold make a splash on the Independence Creamer, crafted of Lenox fine china. A broad navy band encircles this di...nnerware for a distinctive touch. read more

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