You have the basics covered with the bar cart and wine glasses. The only thing that’s likely missing is a great serving tray. While the first three categories are essential for at-home drink service, it’s not surprising that the tray is a classy way to serve your neighbours, friends, and in-laws their libations. Not all serving trays can be considered equal. You will need to consider price, material, and functionality when choosing the right piece for your home.
Are you unsure where to begin? We have narrowed down our top picks from various vendors, at different price points and with different aesthetic preferences. Please see the bottom of this list for all the details about serving tray storage, maintenance, and general specifications.
Overall, Bleecker Glass Bar Tray is the Best
The Pottery Barn Bleecker Glass Bar Tray is our favourite serving platter in price, quality, functionality, and overall look. The simple yet elegant design makes it a great addition to at-home bar carts. It can also be used for simple breakfasts and appetizers.
The tray is made of tempered glass and aluminium. It comes in antiqued gold and blackened bronze finishes. The best part is that this product is Fair Trade Certified. This means that workers who create it are guaranteed a safe, fair work environment. Hand wash only, 14.5″ in diameter.
Best Wooden: West Elm Deco Handle Tray (Brass Handles)
Crafted from solid mango wood, this brass-finished tray from West Elm promises to serve up all of your breakfast-in-bed-inspired dreams. Its metal handles make it easy to transport, while the tray’s overall functionality makes it versatile enough to be used as a workstation organizer or snack platter.
The tray is small at 2.25 inches in height and stored in tight spaces. Made in India. Hand wash using a sponge or damp cloth. Do not use microwaves or dishwashers.
Williams Sonoma Marble Round Platter: Best Marble
This Williams Sonoma marble platter is made from solid white marble from India. It is both beautiful and practical. This platter is hand-cut, ground and polished. It also has a naturally cool surface that helps produce and cheese last longer. This platter can display and serve a wide range of foods, including desserts and appetizers. Hand washing and towel drying are recommended for dishes with a diameter of 12 inches.
2-Piece Oval Platter Set, White, Best Price
Serving platters don’t have to cost a fortune. This 2-pack from Bed, Bath, and Beyond has the best and most useful options. These sturdy trays are dishwasher and microwave safe. The trays are best used with pre-prepared meals and already prepared appetizers. However, the platters can also be used to make cheese boards. This deal is just $15 for members and over $10 for non-members.
Marin Large Oval Serving Platter is the best for food
This Marin Oval Serving Platter by Crate and Barrel from Crate & Barrel is the best choice for serving breakfast platters, baked goods or a variety of homemade appetizers. This large, easy-to-carry, glazed ceramic platter is available in five colours. It can also be used in the microwave, dishwasher, and oven. This platter can also be used as a cheese or charcuterie board. However, happy hour is not a good idea. Matching Marin dinnerware is also available in white.
Best with Handles: Fishs Eddy Gilded Café Mirror Tray
Fishs Eddy, a Long-standing Flatiron favourite known for its vintage kitchenware and unique household products, created this beautiful gilded cocktail platter. This brass-and glass tray, which was created in collaboration with Fishs Eddy, is perfect for creating a variety of cocktails at home.
This mirrored-glass tray measures 13 inches in diameter and has easy-to-carry handles. It is Fair Trade Certified and currently on Sale.