Adding the proper serveware to your dining table can make serving dinner much easier and prevents your guests from having to feed themselves out of clunky pots and pans. There are many different types of serveware items, ranging from cake stands to serving platters. The right serveware depends on your personal style and you will find that there are serving bowls, platters, and utensils with many unique designs. You can reserve special serveware, made from porcelain or bone china, for special occasions like holidays or dinner parties. Everyday serveware can be made from many different materials, including earthenware and even glass. Coordinating your serveware with your table linens and flatware can help you pull together a cohesive look at your dining table to give you just the right look.
Serving platters and trays are essentials for any tabletop. This helps you to serve the main course, from pasta to grilled meat. Serving platters and trays present your food in an appetizing way, rather than flopping food on the table still in the pan. There are many different types of serving trays, including some with curved edges that help to pool liquids. Other serving trays are flat and perfect for serving appetizers. If you enjoy leisurely weekends with breakfast in bed, then wooden serving trays can help you easily transport your food from the kitchen to the comfort of your bedroom. Hors d’oeuvres servers are also effective party serving trays, distinguished by round trays that spiral up a central pole. Each of these serving trays and platters can be used for multiple occasions, from a dinner at home with your family to a robust dinner party with friends.
Serveware is not just for the main course; in fact, cake stands are perfect for dessert. Show off your handiwork, or the handiwork of your local bakery, by displaying your cake on an elegant cake stand. There are many different types of cake stands, from tiered cake stands to pedestal cake stands. The latter are a popular option for home bakers that want to artfully present dessert to their guests. Many of the best cake stands are made from porcelain and include everywhere from an ornate to simple design. Modern cake stands have little embellishment around the base; however, traditional cake stands have beautifully carved ornate designs that wrap up the central post. Regardless of cake stand type, most cake stands range from 8-18 inches, accommodating everything from mini to large cakes.
Lazy susans are useful serveware items that can help make passing condiments easier than ever. This serveware item sits in the middle of your table on top of a small wheel, which spins when prompted by somebody at the table. Lazy susans come in many different sizes and styles, ranging from 10-12 inches. You can find lazy susans made from traditional wood, or others made from marble and even granite.