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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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Supera

Summer, summer, summertime! The heat is on and the best way to cool down is to with a tall glass of lemonade or iced tea. Since yo...u?re probably already feeling a bit hot and sticky, these classic summertime beverages ought to be served in a more refined manner than your average messy lemonade stand. Supera?s 3 Gallon Plastic Beverage Dispenser (BVDP-3) will help you catch a breeze from the sun! This dispenser not only dispenses happiness, it dispenses cold drinks with mess-free, non-stick handling. Guests can simply press the spout?s release button and serve themselves a cold one. Refreshing features: Plastic construction easily dissembles for cleaning, 3 gallon capacity keeps enough on hand for the hottest of days, Easy-remove lid creates quick and easy refills , Pour control spout makes sure things don?t get sticky. Supera SaysAdding fresh fruit to water and juices provides a brilliant splash of color to your presentation. read more

FMP

Maxx Serve Beverage Dispenser, (2) 3 Gallon Transparent Container, Maxximum #msd20, Rotary System, Stainless Steel Cylinder, Frame... & Front Panel, Air-cooled, 120v/60/1-ph, 420 Watts, 1/3 Hp Motor, Nsf read more

FMP
FMP

Maxx Serve Beverage Dispenser, (1) 3 Gallon Transparent Container, Maxximum #msd10, Rotary System, Stainless Steel Cylinder, Frame... & Front Panel, Air-cooled, 120v/60/1-ph, 300 Watts, 1/3 Hp Motor, Nsf read more

FMP

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 Jay Companies

Show off your fresh-baked desserts, in-house pastries, and more of your popular hand-made delicacies with this 12" x 12" square cl...ear glass cake stand pedestal! This pedestal is made of clear glass to give it an elegant and refined appearance, making it an ideal centerpiece for catered events, cocktail hours, benefit dinners, and more. Overall Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 10" Height: 4 1/2 read more

Omcan FMA

The perfect companion to your Volano 14" or 14 1/2" manual slicer, this pedestal stand provides a sturdy base to set your slicer o...n, while its bright red finish and ornate footed design are sure to draw attention as you slice fresh meats and cheeses right in front of your customers! Please consult the Specification Sheet for additional details. Overall Dimensions: Left to Right (Top): 23 5/8" Left to Right (Base): 25 5/8" Front to Back: 28 3/4" Height: 31 3/8 read more

Omcan FMA

The perfect companion to your Volano 10" or 12" manual slicer, this pedestal stand provides a sturdy base to set your slicer on, w...hile its bright red finish and ornate footed design are sure to draw attention as you slice fresh meats and cheeses right in front of your customers! Please consult the Specification Sheet for additional details. Overall Dimensions: Left to Right (Top): 14 3/4" Left to Right (Base): 25 5/8" Front to Back: 22" Height: 31 1/2 read more

Tablecraft
$24.06
at Katom

Diners used to showcase their freshly baked goods in glass-covered, pedestal cake stands, giving their patrons something to contem...plate while they dined on their lunches and suppers. This classic cake stand is similar to those of yesteryear - a stand made of stainless with a tall plastic lid and stainless handle that keeps your cakes, pastries and pies fresh. 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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Frontgate

Strong cast aluminum cart. Multilayered finish. UV protected. Wheeled for mobility. Assembly required; view instructions. Our Carl...isle Slate Serving Cart makes it beautifully easy to enjoy tableside service while you dine or imbibe. Merely push to bring beverages and foods to guests. Cast in strong aluminum, the cart features two tiers with smooth lattice-embossed surfaces, wide handle, and rich ebony finish. Two rubber-tipped wheels and a pair of casters enable the cart to smoothly glide over any surface. Part of the Carlisle Slate Collection. . . . . . read more

Frontgate

Fine-furniture design. 100% ingot aluminum, a premium quality material. Hand-filed welds. Rich, multilayered onyx finish with UV p...rotected top coat. Wheeled for mobility. Our Carlisle Onyx Serving Cart makes it beautifully easy to enjoy tableside service while you dine or imbibe. Merely push to bring beverages and foods to guests. Cast in strong aluminum, the cart features two tiers with smooth lattice-embossed surfaces, wide handle, and rich onyx finish. Two rubber-tipped wheels and a pair of casters enable the cart to smoothly glide over any surface. Part of the Carlisle Onyx Collection. . . . . . Assembly required; view instructions. 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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Westminster

Constructed of EcoFriendly, Plantation Grown, Grade A Teak Wood. Butler Tray detaches and doubles as a serving Tray. 25.75W x 17.5...D x 31.5H read more

Westminster

Our beautiful Butler teak vanity tray or teak serving tray is made from the finest cuts of plantation grown teak. The convenience ...and utility of this nicely scaled teak tray will inspire years of use with good looks. This warm, rich teak Butler tray comes with a lifetime warranty and can be used indoors or outdoors on all occasions. 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

Vollrath Co.

Establishments benefit from the classic style of this 13-7/8" Stainless Steel Serving Tray (47214) as they present their best fare.... An outer rim effortlessly extends outwards to hold selections. The wide base subtly accommodates larger food as well as display items. 18-8 stainless steel is a vibrant material that retains its finish after repeated cleanings. This solid construction stands up to issues such as indentations, scratches and corrosion. Locations rely on the beautiful piece when showcasing any type of cuisine. 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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Personalization Mall

Whether it's take-out or homemade, add some personality to your Asian cuisine with our Good Fortune© Personalized Bowl Set.Th...e background is cleverly printed with wishes for good health, good food and good friends in soft grey lettering, along with Bon Appetit in bold Chinese letters on the top; choose red or black imprint.We then customize each bowl with any 2 lines of personalization you choose. Have fun and be deliciously creative with your personalization for their favorite dish; like Mike's Moo Shu Pork, Lauren's Shrimp Fried Rice, Rachel's Chinese Craving, Peterson's Friday Night Take Out, etc. Set of two bowls. Each measures 2 7/8 high x 5 in diameter and holds 14 oz. Crafted of fine-quality heavyweight stoneware with a chip-resistant finish. Dishwasher & microwave safe. read more

Personalization Mall

Create your own personalized Ice Cream Parlor with our unique stoneware ice cream bowls!Each bowl is personalized with any name or... title (i.e. Kristin's, Daddy's, Papa Joe's, etc.) within the delicious ice cream scoop design. Bowl measures 2 7/8 h x 5 in diameter and holds 14 oz. of their favorite treat. Each bowl is crafted of fine-quality heavyweight stoneware with a chip-resistant finish. Dishwasher & microwave safe. A fun and creative gift for EVERY family member! Also makes a great his and hers gift for couples. read more

PersonalizationMall.com

Celebrate your event or occasion with our custom printed Design Your Own Personalized Cereal Bowl. Create a custom cereal bowl fro...m our endless library of designs or choose to load your own custom design or photo, creating a personalized cereal bowl you will want to share with family and friends!From your daily morning cereal to corporate occasions our Design Your Own Collection will be sure to get your message across. Make a personalized cereal bowl for any of life's events or celebrations! Bowl measures 2 7/8 h x 5 in diameter and holds 14 oz. Crafted of fine-quality heavyweight stoneware with a chip-resistant finish. Dishwasher & microwave safe. 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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Frontgate

Smoothly revolves for serving convenience. Beautifully presents your finest cheese and hors d'oeuvres. Rubber feet protect counter...tops and prevent scratching. Wipe clean with a damp cloth. Imported. Crafted of copper plating over stainless steel and wood, the gorgeous Copper Lazy Susan adds a warm, rustic ambiance to any bar or tabletop, whether it's used as a centerpiece or serving piece. The artful etching, inspired by chateaux and prestigious wineries of France, adds sophisticated wine country appeal.. . . . . read more

Frontgate

Handmade with classic old-world character. Pre-drilled with an umbrella hole for use outdoors. Crafted of cast aluminum and marble... for enduring elegance. Clean with a pH-neutral cleanser specified for stone; blot spills immediately. Bring beauty and function to your table with the GG Collection Marble Lazy Susan. The creative combination of metal and stoneware achieves a relaxed European-country style suitable for gracious indoor or outdoor entertaining. . . . . read more

Westminster

Imagine how this glass Lazy Susan would seem to disappear into your dining table, yet at the touch of a finger deliver refreshment...s or condiments to your guests, no spills, no reaching. This glass Lazy Susan is 1/2 inch thick and supported by a well balanced, stainless steel ball bearing mechanism for ease of movement. This glass Lazy Susan is fully assembled, ready to jazz up any modern decor and comes complete with a 2 inch hole for a teak umbrella. read more

Lipper International
$17.99 $19.99
at Sears

Bamboo & CORK 10in Turntable - Storage has never been more attractive than with the Bamboo & Cork 10in Turntable. The rotating tab...le is constructed from sustainable bamboo, spins 360-degrees, and has raised edges to prevent items from sliding off. Bamboo, a woody perennial evergreen plant, is the largest member of the grass family and a naturally sustainable, replenishing wood resource without pesticides. Dimensions: 10 W x 10 D x 1 H. 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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The Jay Companies

Show off your fresh-baked desserts, in-house pastries, and more of your popular hand-made delicacies with this 12" x 12" square cl...ear glass cake stand pedestal! This pedestal is made of clear glass to give it an elegant and refined appearance, making it an ideal centerpiece for catered events, cocktail hours, benefit dinners, and more. Overall Dimensions: Length: 10" Width: 10" Height: 4 1/2 read more

10" x 10" Square Clear Glass Cake Stand Pedestal
Homer Laughlin

Give your customers the freedom to fill their teacups at their convenience with this Homer Laughlin 1430-0326 Green Jade Gothic 23... oz. beverage server. Intricate lattice sculpting runs along each side of this China beverage server and is accented by a fine, shimmering green ring. It?s perfect for use in fine dining at hotels, restaurants, or catered events. Sold 12 per case. Oven safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Homer Laughlin Green Jade Gothic China is comparable to CAC Boston Pattern China. Not intended for stove top or rangetop use. Only for tea or coffee service. read more

Homer Laughlin 1430-0326 Green Jade Gothic 23 oz. Beverage Server with Lid - Off White 12 / Case
Homer Laughlin

Give your customers the freedom to fill their teacups at their convenience with this Homer Laughlin 1420-0326 Westminster Gothic 2...3 oz. beverage server. Intricate lattice sculpting runs along each side of this China beverage server, accented by fine stripes of gold for a royal touch. It?s perfect for use in fine dining at hotels, restaurants, or catered events. Sold 12 per case. Oven safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Homer Laughlin Westminster Gothic China is comparable to CAC Boston Pattern China. Not intended for stove top or rangetop use. Only for tea or coffee service. read more

Homer Laughlin 1420-0326 Westminster Gothic 23 oz. Beverage Server with Lid - Off White 12 / Case
Homer Laughlin

Give your customers the freedom to fill their teacups at their convenience with this Homer Laughlin 1492-0326 Red Jade Gothic 23 o...z. beverage server. Intricate lattice sculpting runs along each side of this China beverage server, accented by a fine, shimmering burgundy ring. It?s perfect for use in fine dining at hotels, restaurants, or catered events. Sold 12 per case. Oven safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Homer Laughlin Red Jade Gothic China is comparable to CAC Boston Pattern China. Not intended for stove top or rangetop use. Only for tea or coffee service. read more

Homer Laughlin 1492-0326 Red Jade Gothic 23 oz. Beverage Server with Lid - Off White 12 / Case
Cambro

Using a serving tray with a lid is a great way to keep foods at temperature while protecting it from germs and bacteria. This clea...r Cambro 10146DCWC135 Camwear serving tray lid is made of virtually unbreakable polycarbonate, making it ideal for use in your correctional facility, hospital, or assisted living center. Its functional design separates each compartment to retain food temperature and reduce spills. Now you can serve both hot and cold foods on one tray! Locking ridges on the top of each lid allow for more secure stacking when used with the Cambro 10146DCW 6 compartment serving tray. Sold 24 per case. Overall Dimensions: Width: 10" Length: 14 3/16 read more

Clear Cambro 10146DCWC135 Camwear Serving Tray Lid 10" x 14 3/16" 24 / Case
Homer Laughlin

Give your customers the freedom to fill their teacups at their convenience with this Homer Laughlin 7000-0326 Gothic 23 oz. bevera...ge server. Intricate lattice sculpting runs along each side of this China beverage server for an elegant appearance. It?s perfect for use in fine dining at hotels, restaurants, or at catered events. Sold 12 per case. Oven safe up to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Homer Laughlin Undecorated Gothic China is comparable to CAC Boston Pattern China. Not intended for stove top or rangetop use. Only for tea or coffee service. read more

Homer Laughlin 7000-0326 American White (Ivory / Eggshell) Undecorated Gothic 23 oz. Beverage Server - 12 / Case
Cambro

This translucent Cambro 10146DCPC190 co-polymer serving tray lid is made of an economical, co-polymer material, ideal for use in y...our correctional facility, hospital, or assisted living center. Its functional design separates each compartment to retain food temperature and reduce spills. Now you can serve both hot and cold foods on one tray! Its transparent design enhances the visibility of your tray's contents. For added convenience, when used in conjunction with Cambro 10146DCP190 6 compartment serving tray, the locking ridges on the top of this cover will ensure more secure stacking. Sold 24 per case. Overall Dimensions: Width: 10" Length: 14 3/16 read more

Translucent Cambro 10146DCPC190 Serving Tray Lid 10" x 14 3/16" 24 / Case
Tablecraft
$56.50 $102.72
at KaTom

Galvanized Collection Dinner Platter, 9-1/2 x 6 dia., oval, galvanized steel (liners sold separately) ( Tablecraft - GP96 )

Tablecraft Oval Dinner Platter - 9-1/2x6 Galvanized Steel
CARDINAL INTERNATIONAL INC
$277.99 $624.23
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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
Ballard Designs
$299.99 $499.00
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Natural finish. Naturally resistant to decay and damaging insects. Assembly required. Crafted of solid teak, our Peyton Serving Ca...rt is designed to take the party to the party. Two drawers hold serving supplies. Lower slatted shelf catches everything else. Towel bar doubles as a handle, so you can push it on the rugged rubber wheels. Peyton Serving Cart features: . . . read more

Peyton Serving Cart - Ballard Designs
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