Serveware Summer 2019

The WHERE TO FIND IT - SERVEWARE page provides ideas on where to find interesting and hard to find items that dress up your serving table and make entertaining more fun, whether for elegant or casual occasions.
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 Cool Ways To Serve Food

Black or Red Individual Serving Spoons (Asian Soup Spoons)

Find these black spoons and others at World Market Stores or online at BLACK SPOONS.  Find red spoons and spoons in other colors online at WEB RESTAURANT STORE.


Serving Plates, Bowls, Spreaders & Appetizer Picks


Pier 1

In the top for above, the whal platter is ceramic and 16.25 “ x 6”.  In the middle is a mango wood seahorse platter, 21” x 9.5”.  The set of starfish plates is made of bubble glass.  The largest plate is about 13” x 12”.  On the bottom right is the dip bowl from their new ironstone Sea Life collection, which also includes a serving bowl.  The galvanized serving wagon in the middle is 20” x 9.75”.    The  earthenware platter on the right is about  15” x 8” x 2”.


All platters in the above group are melamine.  The following sizes are approximate.  The Sea Life Flamingo divided platter on the top right is 13” diameter.  The Tropical Palms platter in the middle is 7” x 12”, and the Scallop Blue platter on the right is 18” x 12”.  The flower platter on the left  is 15” x 15” and the palm leaf platter on the right is 15” x 13” x .75”.

Find these and other serveware in Pier 1 stores or online at P1 SERVE.


Pottery Barn



The serveware pieces above are part of long standing Pottery Barn Collections.  The serveware in the top row is from the Puebla Collection.  They are hand crafted stoneware, hand painted & hand glazed.  The pasta serving bowl is on the left 7.5” x 2.75” .  They have a new serving bowl that is 11.75” x 2.25”.   The rectangular platter on the left is 14” x 6”.  Oval platters are also available I 2 sizes.  The serveware in the bottom row is from the Cambria Collection of glazed stoneware in solid colors.  The bowl on the left is Ocean Blue and is 12.5” x 5.5” and holds about1.25 gallons.  The platter on the right is red and 16” x 11” x 1”.  These serveware pieces are available in several colors, including celadon, turquoise and gray.



The serveware above is part of the new enamel collection with two patterns, Lobster (top row) and Pescado (bottom row).  The pieces are made of carbon steel with porcelain coating and stainless steel rims.  They are hand dipped and finished and are both beautiful enough to be used indoors, and sturdy enough to be used outdoors.

On the top left above is a medium round serving platter (16 “ diameter).  A large platter (20”) and serving bowl (13.5” x 4”, holds 4 quarts) are on the right.  On the bottom left is an oval platter (16” x 12” x 1.5”), and a dip bowl (4.25” x 1”).  On the right are a round serving platter (20” x 2.5”) and bowl ( 14” x 4”, holds 4 quarts).


White the photography we started with is beautiful and shows clearly how the serveware can be used, it isn’t easy to get a real feel for the actual patterns.  Actual patterns are different on every piece, but this gives you an idea of the basics.  The medium round platters are pictured here.



All the serveware immediately above are melamine.  The top row features the Del Sol Collection.  The salad servers on the right are new this year, and are also available in the new pink version of the pattern featured in the middle row  (chip/dip set and oval platter (19” x 15.5” x 2.5”).  On the right in the middle row are the Swirl pattern chip/dip bowl and other serving bowls.  The bottom row features serving platters.  The whale platters (about 18” x 4”) are available in white or blue.  The rectangular platter (16” x 11” ) is from the Cabana Collection.  There is also a serving bowl that is 12.5” x 8.5 “x 4” and holds about 3 quarts.  This collection is available in turquoise, ocean and stone.

Find this serveware and more in Pottery Barn stores or online at PB SERVE.


Crate & Barrel


The top row above features the new Vaso Grey On-Ice serveware, made of grey-tinted acrylic with the look of artisan recycled glass.  On the lift is the divided serving tray (14.5” x 8.75” x 4.25”).  The main bowl holds 160 oz. and is used to hold the ice, while the insert holds 40 oz. and the food to be chilled.    The  chip and dip tray bowl is 13.4 “x 3.75” and holds 180 oz.  The insert holds 38 oz. and the dip bowl holds 8 oz.  Both come with plastic lids.  The chip and dip server is no longer available online.

The serveware above is part of the new Cookout collection made of enameled steel.  The tray on the left is 18.5” x 11.8” x 1”.  The serving bowl on the left I 10” x 4”, and holds about 11 cups.  The collection also includes salad plates.

The serving platters and bowl above are melamine.  The top row features the Nico Palm Collection.  The serving bowl is 17.25” x 6.75” and the platter is 11” x 3” .  The bottom row features their Wood Grain serveware..  The platter is 15” diameter and the bowl in 9” x 4”.  This collection also includes dinner plates.

See these serveware items in Crate & Barrel stores or online at CB SERVE.


Partyswizzle is essentially a business that provides party planning help and all kinds of  party goods to make your parties more fun.  While they have a warehouse in Nashville, TN, they only sell online.  They provide support for a large number of party themes, often at lower prices than others.


The nautical chip and dip server on the top left is ceramic  and measures 11.5” diameter.  The dip bowl is 4” x 2.5”.  The square tray on the right is glass and 8” x 8”.  Both trays in the bottom row are carved shabby wood.  They are 15” square.  Although they are trays, they can be used like platters for serving.

The serveware items above are melamine.  On the left is a flamingo serving bowl that is 6” x 5” x 2”.  The turtle serving platter in the center is 10” x 7.75”, and the Saquaro  cactus on the right is 15” x 12”. has a large number of appetizer spreaders, including some that are hard to find.  All are new.  Typically they have resin decorative handles and stainless steel blades; spreaders are about 5” with 2.5” blades and handles.  The top row features tropical birds.  The second for features palm leaves and cactus.  The third row includes mixed flip flops.  The bottom row includes sea shells, sea creatures and assorted tropical items.  Above are some, but not all of their spreaders.  Most of those that are sold 4 to a set are priced between $11.90 and $12.90 for the set.  A recent price comparison showed most of the above at prices slightly lower than retailers.

Find these serveware items and many more online at PS SERVE.

Partyswizzle had an extensive assortment of appetizer picks.  The playing cards, shark fins and tiki picks above are not often found elsewhere.    They can be found at PS PICKS.


Picks On Us

This company that’s been around for 25 years specializes in “eco-friendly tableware & presentation solutions for those who want to present their cuisine with functional elegance.”  While they primarily serve the luxury hospitality sector, they also sell online in quantities small and affordable enough that anyone hosting a party can likely take advantage of their offering.  They sell only products made of bamboo, which is actually re-harvested and grows back after each cutting.  Bamboo has too many other features that make it amazingly eco-friendly to list here, but if you’d like to know more, you can find that info at WHY BAMBOO IS BETTER. You can find bamboo picks almost everywhere that picks are sold, but most are fairly limited to paddle or knotted bamboo shapes.  Pick On Us has those, and more.

The Music pick is on the left in the top row, and the Lucky Horseshow pick is on the right.  Both are wooden.  The bamboo Horse Racing pick in the middle row is shown as both an appetizer pick and drink stirrer.  All picks shown above can be used both ways and are 4.75”.   In the bottom row, on the left is the Gold Ball pick.  It’s 6” and also available in silver, black, orange, white, blue, yellow and green ); this is one of many similar style picks.  On the right is the Dolphin pick.  it is 3.5”.  Prices range from $5.50 to $9.00 per 100 picks.  Where there are color options, all 100 must be the same color.

They also carry several kinds of tasting serveware.  On the left above are sugarcane tasting spoong (4: x 2”), sold in packs of 30.  In the middle are bamboo tasting cones (available 3.25” deep by 1.5” in diameter, 5” x 2” and 7” x 3”) sold in packs of 50.  On the right are disposable bamboo tasting cups.  They are available in 2.5”diameter and 2.75” also sold in packs of 50.  Prices range from $7.00 to $10.00 for the stated counts.

Black Bamboo Mini Tasters are shown above.  From left to right are the 2.5” round dishes, the 7 x 2.25” Tripple Server and 4” teardrop spoons.  3.5” mini spoons are also available.  Minimum purchase is 50 for each.  Prices range from $25.00 to $45.50 for a 50 count.

Find these and more bamboo picks, tasting cones & spoons, serving dishes and photography with beautiful serving ideas online at PICKS TASTING.


Party City

Party City literally has thousands of party items; most, but not all, are paper or thin plastic and disposable.  The one’s we’ve picked to show here were selected because they not necessarily disposable, are really handy, or are not easily found elsewhere.

A plastic starfish chip/dip bowl is In the top row on the right.  It’s 14” diameter.  On the left is a metal serving tray.  While these are inexpensive enough that for some they would be disposable, they are of good enough quality to withstand multiple uses.  The serving platters in the middle row are all plastic.  From left to right they run from most sturdy to least sturdy.  The red gingham platter is 15” x 20”.  The flowered platter is 20” x 14” (also available in 13” round and 13” serving bowl).  The striped bowl on the right is  14” x 2”.  The bottom row features red gingham card stock trays, a round watermelon plastic platter (13.5” diameter), and striped nautical plastic tray that’s  19.5” x 14.25” .  The pattern is also available in card stock snack bowl sets of 3 (10.75” x 9.75”.

See these and more sereware items in Party City stores or online at PC SERVE.

The appetizer picks above range in size from 1.5” to 4”.  They are sold in sets of12 to 50.  Find these picks and more in Party City Stores or online at PC PICKS.

Party City has a pretty good assortment of inflatable chillers.  All but the tiki chiller are  2’ x 4’ and can be used for either food or beverages (or both).  The tiki chiller is 25” x 28” and holds 60 12 oz. cans.  Find these and more chillers in Party City stores or online at PC CHILLERS.


World Market

World Market grew from a San Francisco businessman selling imported hand-woven wicker from one of the city’s piers in the 1950s to over 259 stores nationwide today.  They specialize in original and handmade items from around the world sold at great prices in their stores and online.

The dinner plate ((7” diameter) and serving bowl (11.5” x 4.5”, holds 4.5 quarts) above are in the Tropical Enamel pattern of mango wood with enamel coating the serving services.  There are several other vibrant patterns using this mix of wood and enamel, and individual salad bowls are available with some of them.

The top row above include pieces from the Cactus Melamine Collection.  The top row includes the serving bowl (12” x 3.75” , holds 4.75 quarts) and serving platter (19” diameter).  The bottom row includes various platters in the Santiago Outdoor Collection, also melamine.  The rectangular platter on the left is about 17” x 7”.  The three oval platters in the middle are sold as a set.  Platter sizes are about 12” x 16”, 10” x 13” and 8” x 11”.  The round platter on the right has the primary Santiago pattern and is 15” diameter.

Whether you plan to entertain inside or outside, this beautiful serveware is sure to liven up the setting.  Find these items and other serveware in World Market stores and online at WM SERVE.


Oriental Trading Company

Oriental Trading Company has an amazing array of party supplies.  They started out using catalogs to sell to teachers, expanded to corporate sales and now sell to everyone online.

The serveware above is all made of plastic.  On the left is actually a zombie punch bowl, but we thought it was a tiki that would work just fine as a serving bowl for chips or a large salad.  It is quite sturdy and holds 2.5 gallons.  The  12” leaf trays in the center are sold by the dozen.  They are too flimsy to carry filled in one hand, but are just fine on any flat surface.  They are ideal for various kinds of dippers like chips and pretzels, or fruits for dipping.  The shell shaped plates on the right are 8” diameter and very sturdy.  They’re nice appetizer plates, but have enough of a lip to hold various condiments or candies.  See these and more serveware items online at OTC SERVE.

OTC has an eclectic assortment of food picks.  Most are plastic or wood and sold in packs of 25 or 72 for less than $4.00 per pack.  Some are sold in larger packs (100 - 144), but none are over $10.00.  Find these and more picks online at OTC PICKS.