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Serving Utensils Buying Guide

Function meets fashion in well-designed serving utensils that neatly deliver your cuisine to your guests' plates. Give these tabletop tools the attention they deserve.

Types of Serving Utensils

Types of Serving Utensils

After you provide a place setting for each guest, be sure your dining table is set with specialized serving utensils for any foods you want to serve family-style. Serving utensils are designed to transfer food safely from a main dish to individual plates without spills or contamination. Each utensil is named for the task it performs, but most can assume other related roles.

Serving Spoons

It's easy to see the difference between a spoon intended for serving and one designed for eating. The former is larger overall, with a longer handle and a rounder, deeper bowl. Sizes range from 8-9 inches long for a casserole spoon to 6 inches for a sugar spoon. Between these sizes are salad spoons and medium serving spoons with pierced or slotted bowls that drain excess liquid from fruits and vegetables. Small wood serving spoons come in handy for guests to serve themselves items such as olives or condiments. Another type of serving spoon, a ladle has a long handle and deep bowl that makes it easy to safely serve hot soup or stew from a deep pot or tureen. A punch ladle features pour spouts on either side of the bowl. Smaller in scale are ladles for gravy or salad dressing.

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Sage Spoonfuls

Find Paper Products at Target.com! The perfect accessory for busy moms, the Sage Spoonfuls Sage Mommy Tote with Pocket Guide is bu...ilt for babies on the go. It serves as a diaper bag and an insulated cooler ideal for the Sage Spoonfuls homemade baby food system, with stain-resistant nylon construction and plenty of inner and outer storage. It easily fits the Sage Spoonfuls immersion blender and food processor, and includes a pocket guide on baby health, food, allergies, choking and CPR. About Sage Spoonfuls Launched by a savvy mom in 2011, Sage Spoonfuls has quickly taken the world by storm. Making healthy, great-tasting, well-balanced baby food at home is much easier than... read more

Ginkgo

Clean and crisp lines with a ripple like effect on the handle and a smooth mirror finish makes this Mercury flatware design unique... and versatile. Enjoy this flatware with a modern or traditional table top. Constructed of hefty 18/0 stainless steel. This pierced serving spoon is a must to complement your flatware set. Durable, dishwasher-safe and fully guaranteed against defects in workmanship. Avoid prolonged exposure to water or acidic foods to prevent spotting. Family-owned and operated since 1977, Ginkgo International designs quality products that are made for your life. read more

Rosle
$31.99
at Amazon

Cook and serve with one elegant utensil with this basting spoon from Rosle. Fabricated from 18/10 grade polished stainless steel, ...this basting spoon features a cupped, solid head for easily basting poultry right in the oven. The long handle protects your hands from heat, and makes it easy to ladle juices from flat pans and containers. The handle also features a hook for easy storage in the Rosle open kitchen storage system. Backed by a manufacturer's lifetime warranty, this basting spoon is dishwasher safe and is the perfect addition to any kitchen.

12-2/5" L x 2-1/5" W x 1-1/2" H read more

Ginkgo
$18.59
at Amazon

Bergen flatware from Ginkgo updates a simple classic with generous proportions and a satiny all-over platinum finish. Handles with... slender necks flare to rounded tab ends. We offer open stock so that you can add to your flatware set as needed. Crafted in 18/0 stainless steel. Flatware will not tarnish and is dishwasher safe, but avoid prolonged exposure to water or acidic foods to prevent spotting. Place settings and serving pieces are available to complete your service. Ginkgo is a family-owned company, designing quality traditional and contemporary flatware at the best value since 1977. read more

Serving Forks

A salad-serving fork is often sold paired with a similar-shape salad-serving spoon, except the fork has a forked bowl. A meat fork is designed for serving carved meats and poultry. Small forks have tines shaped to serve pickles and hors d'oeuvres.

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Forked Up Art
$27.49
at Amazon

Perfect for those who have or are proudly serving our country. Let them know you are thinking of them. Great decorative piece for ...our nation's holiday. read more

Crate & Barrel

Classically designed serving pieces compliment any table setting and address every dining need, from specific tasks to all-around ...serving. Well-balanced and comfortable in hand with attractive, bright mirror finish. View all Robert Welch products Robert Welch and other Wedding Registry offers -Designed by Robert Welch -18/10 stainless steel -Forged -Dishwasher-safe -Made in multiple countries read more

CHEFS
$19.95
at Target

Find Cutlery Open Stock And Sets at Target.com! The chef's handiest tool is a must-have for every kitchen. The indispensable utens...il in every grandmother's kitchen is appropriately named for the multitude of uses: cooking, turning food, prep work and serving. The granny fork checks doneness of roasts or grilled meats, flips pork chops or steaks, holds food in place while slicing and retrieves pickles, olives or fruit from tall jars. Durable triple-riveted Pakkawood handle. Japanese stainless-steel. Hand wash. CHEFS signature collection of professional-grade kitchen tools, cookware, bakeware, dinnerware and more, is available only at CHEFS Catalog. You will love the... Color: Black. read more

Thirtystone
$22.99
at Target

Find Barware Tools at Target.com! Thirstystone's Fork Cheese Markers are a unique and fun way to tell your guests what you are ser...ving at your next party. The set includes 4 stainless steel markers, each stamped with a popular type of cheese: Brie, Cheddar, Gouda, and Gruyere. Thirstystone's Fork Cheese Markers make a great hostess gift and are packaged in a fluted kraft box for easy gift giving. Color: Silver. read more

Knives

A carving knife efficiently slices steaks, turkey, or ham. To accommodate the different textures of soft and hard cheeses, cheese knife sets contain up to four styles: spreader, wedge blade, pronged knife, and cleaver. A cake knife's long serrated blade passes cleanly through tall tortes and layer cakes. Butter knives measure 6-7 inches and have a tapered blade that is wide at the end to balance butter pats.

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SOLO

Solo SCCRSW7Z Serve customers quickly and easily with convenient, individually wrapped cutlery kits. Elegant utensils are ideal fo...r special gatherings, casual dining or takeout/delivery. Optimized strength-to-weight ratio helps provide superior performance. All standard-length pieces feature an ergonomic grip. Knife, fork, spoon. Utensils Type: Combo Set; Material(s): Polystyrene; Color(s): White; Grade: Mediumweight. ~ Includes 500 wrapped cutlery kits. ~ Knife, fork, spoon. read more

Lenox
$39.99
at Amazon

Opal Innocence Cake Knife and Server by Lenox. With one hand on the cake knife and the other on the server, you'll be able to feel... the intricate sculpting that graces each handle. These serving pieces give you the best of both worlds - the beauty you'd expect of sterling silver, the convenience you appreciate of stainless steel. read more

Lenox
$33.99
at Amazon

The fanciful Adorn ribbon motif of delicate loops accents the handles of this elegant and romantic Adorn Cake Knife and Server Set... by Lenox. Perfect for serving wedding cake and more. The shining silver plating makes this set a wonderful gift. read more

Lenox

The elegant serving set features a fanciful Adorn ribbon motif of delicate loops that accents the handles. Perfect for serving wed...ding cake and more. The shining silver plating makes this set a wonderful gift. read more

Other Servers

Wedge-shape pastry servers sometimes have slotted holes for easy serving of pie or cake. A pierced surface also helps square servers drain grease from casseroles or sauteed foods. The variety of other servers include domed asparagus servers and tongs for sugar cubes, whole potatoes, or rolls.

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Ergo Chef
$13.99 $19.99
at Wayfair

Ergo Chef Pro Series Duo Tong These Duo Tongs offer reach great for cooking and sauteing food. Great for serving all types of food... and even picking up ice. Features: -Material: Stainless steel.-Durable material.-TPR non slip ergonomic grip.-Multi... read more

Ergo Chef
$13.99 $19.99
at Wayfair

Size: 12" L Ergo Chef Pro Series Duo Tong These Duo Tongs offer reach great for cooking and sauteing food. Great for serving all t...ypes of food and even picking up ice. Features: -Material: Stainless steel.-Durable material.-TPR non slip ergonomic... read more

Crate & Barrel

Simple and striking, this sculptural serving piece is compatible with a wide variety of dinnerware. Dimensional, well-balanced and... comfortable with a smooth, bright mirror finish. -18/10 stainless steel -Forged -Dishwasher-safe -Made in China read more

Crate & Barrel

Classically designed serving pieces compliment any table setting and address every dining need, from specific tasks to all-around ...serving. Well-balanced and comfortable in hand with attractive, bright mirror finish. View all Robert Welch products Robert Welch and other Wedding Registry offers -Designed by Robert Welch -18/10 stainless steel -Forged -Dishwasher-safe -Made in multiple countries read more

Utensil Sets

If your entertaining falls on the simple side, consider preassembled collections of serving utensils called hostess sets, serving sets, or completer sets. The most popular utensils included are serving spoons (plain and slotted), pastry servers, butter knives, and sugar spoons. Packaged sets can be more affordable than buying pieces individually.

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Ballard Designs

Slotted Spoon design was inspired by an azalea blossom. Includes Slotted Spoon, Large Spoon, Large Fork & Cake Server/LI>. Silver ...plated brass heads and handles on forks and spoons. Knife handle is silver plated brass with an 18/8 Stainless Steel head. Dishwasher Safe. Designed to coordinate with our classic Fairhope Flatware, the faceted handles and distinctive shapes are destined for heirloom status. Each piece is meticulously sand casted by hand and hand trimmed by artisans giving it a vintage aged feel. Crafted of dishwasher safe silver plated brass. Cake Server has 18/8 stainless steel head. Our monogrammed option, available below, is designed in the old world style, customarily placing the monogram facing away from your guest. Historically flatware and serving pieces were stored between uses in silver racks displaying the family monogram. Our Fairhope Serving Set is true conversation piece for any occasion. Fairhope Serving Set features: . Includes Slotted Spoon, Large Spoon, Large Fork & Cake Server/li>. . . *Monogramming available for an additional charge.*Allow 3 to 5 days for monogramming plus shipping time.*Please note that personalized items are non-returnable read more

Gorham

Gorham 6017107 Impressive, European sizing and a satiny finish distinguish Column. Inspired by Federal-period architecture, the pa...ttern's scroll design is suited for everyday use or more sophisticated dining occasions. Crafted of 18/10 stainless for easy maintenance. Features: -4 Piece Serving Set -Material: 18/10 stainless steel -European sizing -Satiny finish -Perfect for formal and casual dining -Easy maintenance read more

Gorham

Superior stainless steel flatware from world-renowned tabletop artist and designer, Gorham. Melon Bud Frosted flatware features ti...meless style embellished with a matte-finished bud detail. 5-piece Set (shown in image) includes: Dinner fork, dinner knife, salad fork, soup spoon and teaspoon 3-piece Hostess Set (not shown) includes: Cold meat fork, pierced tablespoon and gravy ladle 4-piece Serving Set (not shown) includes: Sugar spoon, butter knife and two tablespoons Stainless steel Dishwasher safe Imported read more

Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

The extent of your serving-utensil collection is up to you and dependent on how formally you entertain. Starter or hostess sets are often available to match individual place settings or 20-piece or larger silverware sets. In addition, and if your flatware or silverware is available as open stock, you can purchase individual items to suit what you like to serve.

Material

Metal -- stainless steel, sterling silver, or silver plate -- is the most popular material for serving utensils. For casual use, utensils are available in wood, bamboo, acrylic, and nylon, although these materials are most often designed for serving salads and cold pastas.

Style

Buying serving utensils in the same pattern as your place settings is a foolproof way to set a coordinated table. If exact pattern matches are not available, look for simple lines and a finish that is compatible with your flatware. Utensils should be consistent in detail; the design looks the same on a large spoon as well as a cocktail fork.

Storage and Care

If you have limited space, look for versatile utensils that can do double duty serving more than one type of food. Follow manufacturer instructions for washing; utensils with decorative handles of wood, crystal, or enamel may not be dishwasher-safe.

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Ergo Chef
$13.99 $19.99
at Wayfair

Ergo Chef Pro Series Duo Tong These Duo Tongs offer reach great for cooking and sauteing food. Great for serving all types of food... and even picking up ice. Features: -Material: Stainless steel.-Durable material.-TPR non slip ergonomic grip.-Multi... read more

Ergo Chef Pro Series Duo Tong 2112 / 2109
Ergo Chef
$13.99 $19.99
at Wayfair

Size: 12" L Ergo Chef Pro Series Duo Tong These Duo Tongs offer reach great for cooking and sauteing food. Great for serving all t...ypes of food and even picking up ice. Features: -Material: Stainless steel.-Durable material.-TPR non slip ergonomic... read more

Ergo Chef Pro Series Duo Tong 2112 / 2109 Size: 12" L
Threshold
$2.00 $2.99
at Target

Find Spatulas, Scoops And Ladles at Target.com! For stirring, serving and mixing, the Threshold Beechwood Slotted Spoon has you co...vered. This versatile kitchen utensil is thoughtfully constructed with a large, slightly cupped head with small holes for draining out grease or liquid and 2 different shaped edges. The angled edge is perfect for getting into corners of square pans while the rounded edge is great scooping and stirring in curved bowls. The wooden spoon is over a foot long with a tapered, rounded handle and a hole for hanging. Color: Beige. read more

Threshold Beechwood Slotted Spoon
Threshold
$4.00 $5.99
at Target

Find Spatulas, Scoops And Ladles at Target.com! Baste, stir and serve with the Threshold Stainless Steel Basting Spoon, a kitchen ...staple you???ll use again and again. This spoon is specially designed with a long handle so you can reach in the oven to baste or stir without burning yourself. With its sleek (and sturdy!) stainless steel design, it also makes an ideal serving spoon. Features top hole for hanging storage. Color: None. read more

Threshold SS Basting Spoon
Threshold
$2.00 $2.99
at Target.com

Find Spatulas, Scoops And Ladles at Target.com! For stirring, serving and mixing, the Threshold Beechwood Slotted Spoon has you co...vered. This versatile kitchen utensil is thoughtfully constructed with a large, slightly cupped head with small holes for draining out grease or liquid and 2 different shaped edges. The angled edge is perfect for getting into corners of square pans while the rounded edge is great scooping and stirring in curved bowls. The wooden spoon is over a foot long with a tapered, rounded handle and a hole for hanging. Color: Beige. read more

Threshold Beechwood Slotted Spoon
Threshold
$4.00 $5.99
at Target.com

Find Spatulas, Scoops And Ladles at Target.com! Baste, stir and serve with the Threshold Stainless Steel Basting Spoon, a kitchen ...staple you??????ll use again and again. This spoon is specially designed with a long handle so you can reach in the oven to baste or stir without burning yourself. With its sleek (and sturdy!) stainless steel design, it also makes an ideal serving spoon. Features top hole for hanging storage. Color: None. read more

Threshold SS Basting Spoon
Noritake
$15.24 $25.56
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Noritake Kona Wood Salad Servers The Kona Wood Collection is made of Acasia Wood with a two-tone stain to bring out the natural de...ep grains. Features: -Pattern number W001.-Material: Acasia Wood.-Part of the Kona Collection.-Product Type: Salad/Serving... read more

Noritake Kona Wood Salad Servers W001-640
Fancy That

Fancy That Mermaid Cove Large Shell Salad Server features an elegant, decorative design and comes in a stunning seafoam green glaz...e. The perfect accent to add that Florida feeling to any home. Measures 11 W x 10 L x 4.5 D., For the Home,Dining,Serveware,Serving Bowls read more

Fancy That Mermaid Cove Large Shell Salad Server
Lenox??
$39.99 $58.00
at Belk

Lenox Bliss Cake Server. Serve the wedding cake in style with this elegant Lenox Server. It makes a perfect gift to use at the rec...eption, and adds subtle elegance to the photos and videos of this wedding tradition. The china handle is adorned with sparkling crystals. The blade is crafted of 18/10 stainless steel. read more

Lenox  Bliss Cake Server
Villeroy and Boch
$99.99 $149.95
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When serving tenderloin, filet mignon or other delectable steaks for dinner, these 18/10 stainless steel forks and knives are a mu...st. Able to cut a perfect bite each time, these premium utensils are a steak lovers best friend. Enjoy these stylish designer cutlery yourself during the barbecue season, or give it as a sophisticated and functional present. This set comes in a V&B signature blue gift box and is perfect as a wedding or housewarming gift. 6 x Forks6 x Steak Knives read more

Villeroy & Boch Gourmet Steak Knives & Forks, 6 Each

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