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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Better Homes and Gardens
$14.96

Better Homes and Gardens 2-Gallon Beverage Dispenser:This beverage dispenser features an iconic Original Mason™ design that will m...ake a stylish accent to parties and moreMakes a great gift2.15 gallon capacityMeasures 12.75" H x 7" DNot designed to be air-tight or for canning purposesMade of glassHand washImported read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$12.76 $11.72

Better Homes and Gardens Glass Beverage Dispenser:Round clear glass dispenserColor lidEmbossed words on frontShining silver spoutH...igh transparency read more

Creative Bath Products
$39.88 $26.39

Creative Bath 3-Gallon Beverage Dispenser with Ice Cylinder and Fruit Infuser: BPA-free cold beverage dispenser Removable ice core... keeps beverages cold without diluting your beverage Cold beverages only Hand washing recommended Model# BEV08CLR read more

Fifth Avenue Crystal
$119.99 $72.88

Fifth Avenue Crystal 304 Oz Beverage Dispenser: Beverage dispenser Materials: Glass and metal Original design Care instructions: H...and wash with warm water and mild dish detergent Clear color Metal finish: Silvertone Product Type: Beverage dispenser... 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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Better Homes and Gardens
$34.76

Better Homes and Gardens Acacia Wood and Marble Cake Stand:Natural Acacia WoodWhite Marble12.99" (32.99 cm) diameter

THE PIONEER WOMAN
$14.97

The Pioneer Woman Flea Market Mini Floral Cupcake Stand with Lid: 7.5" mini cupcake stand Hand wash recommended Includes glass dom...e to keep desserts fresh Floral cupcake stand makes an ideal gift Use it as a centerpiece on your table read more

Creative Home
$24.34

Creative Home White Marble & Mango Wood Cake Stand on has a thick round top that rests on a traditional mango wood pedestal for a ...grand presentation of small bites and baked goods. Great color to match with your dining and kitchen table. Showcase... read more

Home Decorators Collection
$59.00

Simplicity Cake Stand - A Porcelain Cake Stand For Pretty Treats - A Hand-Painted Rim Outlines The Classic Silhouette Of The Simpl...icity Cake Stand. Whether Master Baker Or An Amateur, You'll Be Proud To Display Your Creations On This Porcelain Cake... 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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Better Homes and Gardens
$21.88 $18.97

Better Homes and Gardens Oval Serve Tray:2-piece Porcelain oval tray with a removable Bamboo cutting board that measures 10" x 7" ...(25.4 cm x 17.78 cm)The entire tray measures 15"L x 11.38"W x 2"H (38.1 cm x 28.9052 cm x 5.08 cm)The Porcelain is microwave and dishwasher safeThe Bamboo board must be hand washed with a mild detergent and warm water, rinse and dried immediately read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$28.92 $19.97

Better Homes and Gardens Vegetable Serve Tray:6-piece Porcelain and Metal vegetable serve tray1 dip bowl and 4 serve trays that al...l fit into a round Metal rackAssembled diameter of this item in the stand is 14.5" (36.83 cm) and it sits 3" (7.62 cm) high read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$4.94

Better Homes and Gardens Clear Rectangle Serving Platter with Hammered Texture:Dimensions: 17"L x 8.375"W x 0.75"H (29.21cm x 29.2...1cm x 9.21cm)Coordinating drinkware dinnerware and serveware availableHammered texture gives the appearance of glassClear color makes it suitable for everyday useMaterial content: Acrylonitrile Styrene CopolymerCare instructions: top rack dishwasher safeDo not microwave read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$12.28 $12.01

Offer up a pop of color with dinner by using this Better Homes and Gardens 14" Melamine Serving Platter. It is constructed from BP...A-free Melamine and is chip-proof and crack-resistant and top rack dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning. This Melamine platter is ideal for outdoor use on the patio or deck when entertaining or casual dinners for family and friends. Matching dinner and serveware (both sold separately) are available to complete your collection or you can mix-and-match with existing pieces. The red Damask floral Italian-style of this Better Homes and Gardens dinnerware platter includes bold jewel tone colors such as red, sage green, turquoise, orange and blue showcased on a crisp white background. 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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Better Homes and Gardens
$13.98 $9.96

The Better Homes and Gardens Divided Rectangular Tray is made with beautiful white Porcelain that resists chips and stains. The cl...assic design can be used to serve at your next family or formal gathering. The matching ramekins are a nice addition for sauces and condiments. All of these items coordinate with other Better Homes and Gardens White Porcelain serveware and dinnerware. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$6.84

Better Homes and Gardens Clear Serving Tray with Hammered Texture:Dimensions: 15.25"L x 14.375"W x 2.625"H (29.21cm x 29.21cm x 9....21cm)Coordinating drinkware dinnerware and serveware availableHammered texture gives the appearance of glassClear color makes it suitable for everyday useMaterial content: Acrylonitrile Styrene CopolymerCare instructions: top rack dishwasher safeDo not microwave read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$9.88 $8.45

Better Homes and Gardens Large Rectangle Tray, Acacia:Large rectangle serving tray with handlesDimensions: 19.25"L x 14.125"W x 1....875"HBPA freeRealistic acacia printMatching serving set availableMaterial content: melamineCare instructions: top rack dishwasher safe, do not microwave read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$22.14 $16.11

The Better Homes and Gardens Laminated Bamboo Serving Tray is an excellent blend of beauty and functionality. Made of natural bamb...oo, the product is not only sturdy and durable but is also highly aesthetically pleasing. The elegant look of this party serving tray makes it a classy addition to any household. Although it will blend beautifully with both contemporary and traditional decor themes, it is an ideal choice for homes with a rustic flavor. This 16" x 16" tray has a large surface area and holds plenty of objects. Impress your guests by serving appetizers, drinks or hors d'oeuvres on this tray. Alternatively, use it to enjoy a snack or meal in bed or in front of the television for a laid-back evening. This Better Homes and Gardens Laminated Bamboo Serving Tray also makes a beautiful accent piece. Use it to stack up your magazines on an end table or as an attractive base for your flower vases. 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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Better Homes and Gardens
$14.88 $9.82

Better Homes and Gardens 6pk Ikat Cereal Bowl, Gray:Dimensions: 7.50"L x 7.50"W x 2.375"HBPA freeIkat printMatching salad plates a...nd dinner plates availableAdditional coordinating drinkware, dinnerware and serveware availableMaterial content: MelamineCare instructions: top rack dishwasher safe, do not microwave read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.88 $10.90

Better Homes and Gardens 6pk Cereal Bowl, Red Medallion:Dimensions: 7.5"L x 7.5"W x 2.375"HBPA FreeCapacity: 36 ozMatching berry b...owls and dinner plates availableAdditional coordinating drinkware, dinnerware and serveware availableMaterial content: MelamineCare instructions: top rack dishwasher safe, do not microwave read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.88 $9.72

Better Homes and Gardens 6pk Cereal Bowl, Sealife:Dimensions: 6.125"L x 6.125"W x 4"HBPA freeSealife printMatching salad plates an...d dinner plates availableAdditional coordinating drinkware, dinnerware and serveware availableMaterial content: MelamineCare instructions: top rack dishwasher safe, do not microwave read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.88 $9.93

Better Homes and Gardens 6pk Cereal Bowl, Blue Medallion:Dimensions: 7.5"L x 7.5"W x 2.375"HBPA FreeCapacity: 36 ozMatching berry ...bowls and dinner plates availableAdditional coordinating drinkware, dinnerware and serveware availableMaterial content: MelamineCare instructions: top rack dishwasher safe, do not microwave 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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Creative Home
$45.83

CRH1033 Features Turn table design Decorative style Made of Marble Product Type: Lazy susan Color: White Material: Stoneware Patte...rn: Marbleized Dimensions Overall Height - Top to Bottom: 1'' Overall Width - Side to Side: 12'' Overall Depth - Front to... read more

Conimar
$44.49 $41.99

This serving piece is great for presenting appetizers, cakes and desserts, or even as a dining table centerpiece. The artistic des...ign adds a colorful, distinctive style to your buffet table that will be enjoyed for years to come. Perfect for... read more

Epicurean
$315.00

Bring the best of wine country charm to your tabletop with this lazy Susan that's securely mounted on a smooth-gliding rail, allow...ing for you and your guests to easily pass glasses, bottles and hors d'oeuvres without reaching. fleur-de-lis and wine... read more

US Pride Furniture
$50.99

Great for any decor, place this lazy Susan on the middle of your dining table and easily share and serve dishes, sauces, or condim...ents. It can also be used in cupboards, on counters or anywhere you want to make things easily accessible. Swivels 360... 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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Better Homes and Gardens
$19.88 $18.64

Better Homes and Gardens Footed Bowls will add an elegant touch to your kitchen or dining room. The set contains a large and a sma...ll bowl that will complement a variety of decor styles. They mix easily with a wide variety of dinner and serving pieces. Made from porcelain, they are also durable enough for the microwave and dishwasher. The set of 2 Better Homes and Gardens bowls makes a wonderful housewarming gift for loved ones. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$14.88 $11.36

Better Homes and Gardens 2pk Ikat Serve Bowl, Blue:Dimensions: 12"L x 12"W x 3.75"HCapacity: 4.7 quartBPA freeVibrant ikat printMa...tching large handled tray availableMaterial content: melamineCare instructions: top rack dishwasher safe, do not microwave read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$9.76 $7.27

Butter dish lid: 7" x 3.25" x 2.75" (17.78 cm x 8.26 cm x 6.99 cm)Butter dish bottom: 8.25" x 4.375" x .75" (20.96 cm x 11.11 cm x... 1.91 cm)Salt and pepper shakers: 2" x 3.5" (5.08 cm x 8.89 cm) each shakerMaterial content: Porcelain read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$17.10 $13.97

This set of beautiful porcelain Better Homes and Gardens white gravy boats is designed to serve all your sauces and dressings in s...tyle. The generous handle and narrow spout allow you to pour with ease. This set of two porcelain gravy boats is completely dishwasher safe, microwave-safe and oven-safe up to 450 degrees, making them extremely convenient for everyday kitchen use. Whether you're entertaining or just enjoying a classy meal, these gravy boats make pouring sauces easy, and their durable construction will ensure that you can enjoy them for years to come. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$13.98 $9.96

The Better Homes and Gardens Divided Rectangular Tray is made with beautiful white Porcelain that resists chips and stains. The cl...assic design can be used to serve at your next family or formal gathering. The matching ramekins are a nice addition for sauces and condiments. All of these items coordinate with other Better Homes and Gardens White Porcelain serveware and dinnerware. read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$21.88 $18.97

Better Homes and Gardens Oval Serve Tray:2-piece Porcelain oval tray with a removable Bamboo cutting board that measures 10" x 7" ...(25.4 cm x 17.78 cm)The entire tray measures 15"L x 11.38"W x 2"H (38.1 cm x 28.9052 cm x 5.08 cm)The Porcelain is microwave and dishwasher safeThe Bamboo board must be hand washed with a mild detergent and warm water, rinse and dried immediately read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$28.92 $19.97

Better Homes and Gardens Vegetable Serve Tray:6-piece Porcelain and Metal vegetable serve tray1 dip bowl and 4 serve trays that al...l fit into a round Metal rackAssembled diameter of this item in the stand is 14.5" (36.83 cm) and it sits 3" (7.62 cm) high read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$11.84 $9.58

Better Homes and Gardens Acrylic Serve Bowl, Set of 2:Dimensions: 11"L x 11"W x 6"H (27.94 cm x 27.94 cm x 15.24 cm)Coordinating d...rinkware dinnerware and serveware availableHammered texture gives the appearance of glassMaterial content: Acrylonitrile Styrene CopolymerCare instructions: Top-rack dishwasher-safe/Do not microwave read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$11.84 $9.70

Better Homes and Gardens Acrylic Serve Bowl, Set of 2:Dimensions: 11"L x 11"W x 6"H (27.94 cm x 27.94 cm x 15.24 cm)Coordinating d...rinkware dinnerware and serveware availableHammered texture gives the appearance of glassMaterial content: Acrylonitrile Styrene CopolymerCare instructions: Top-rack dishwasher-safe/Do not microwave read more

Better Homes and Gardens
$17.92 $17.83

Chic yet simple, the Better Homes and Gardens Oval Serving Bowl Set is a great addition to your porcelain collection. The elongate...d shape of these white serving bowls makes them ideal for passing your family's favorite sides in a refined style. They are durable enough for everyday use, microwave safe and oven safe up to 450 degrees. When you are finished using the bowls, simply place them in the dishwasher for quick and easy cleanup. read more

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