5 Great Serving Trays

Serving trays can be a tricky business. Do they have to match your other tableware? Or can you go wild? We recommend going with your gut: pick something great looking that coordinates or clashes. As long as it’s great looking, it’ll work!

Three servings trays are stacked on top of each other in the colored dark brown, beige, and light pink
Photo courtesy of Sir|Madam

Toleware Nesting Trays on Sir|Madam

A trio of trays means you have sizes for all sorts of tasks. These tri-tone steel beauties come in coordinated sets (mixed greens, mixed terra cottas, mixed browns) or all black.

A variety of white and black serving trays scattered over a marble counter.
Photo courtesy of Food52

Modern Danish Stackable Serving Trays on Food52

Versatility is the name of the game, and this minimalist metal trays come in two shapes and three colors, some of which stack. Cut-outs on the sides make them easy to grab.

A baby pink serving tray sits on a white background.
Photo courtesy of Mud Australia

Paris Platter on Mud Australia

No matter what color your place settings and other piece are, one of the 19 colors (blossom shown) of this 20-inch ceramic platter will coordinate. Goes from oven to table to boot.

A handcrafted golden vintage servings tray sits on a white background.
Photo courtesy of Pottery Barn

Handcrafted Beltic Brass & Leather Tray on Pottery Barn

Square or round, in antique gold or bronze aluminum with leather-wrapped handles, these trad-leaning trays are simple and chic. Perfect for transporting flatware, wine glasses, etc.

A blue slotted serving tray reflects light against a white background.
Photo courtesy of Weidner Hasou

Lacquered Serving Tray on Weidner Hasou

In high-gloss laquer with faux shagreen (blue, shown) or faux crocodile (orange) finishes, these handled rectangular trays are both handy and a knockout to look at.

Story by Stephen Treffinger

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