When having friends over for dinner, we like to pull out all the stops. And that means fixing a fabulous meal and serving it on our best dishes. No that doesn’t mean plating your famous roast chicken recipe on an extra dinner plate, that means having a few key serving pieces—like a platter, salad bowl, cake stand, and more—to perfect your presentation.
However subtle it may seem, having the right serving pieces will make a difference. And it’s worth the investment if you entertain often. Below,... see some of the best pieces available online. From a cheery pitcher that will give your table a pop of color to wooden serving tools that will make serving up your salad even easier, here are the items you’ll want to invite to your next dinner party.
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Present your food on this gorgeous white, fine china platter that features platinum accents. The best part of all is that as delicate as it appears, the platter is dishwasher safe. Measuring 16 inches long and weighing just less than four pounds, it is large enough for a roast chicken, pork tenderloin or a whole fish making it the perfect main dish at your next feast.
Customers who have purchased items from this Lenox Solitaire collection have said that it’s elegant, but simple enough to use for... everyday occasions. One said it’s even prettier in person than in the photo, while others have raved that the design is classic and will never go out of style. Some reviewers have cautioned against running the piece through the dishwasher just to be on the safe side since it is an investment piece.
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Make your greens more appealing by serving them in a beautiful bowl. This salad bowl from Rachael Ray is made of stoneware, and is dishwasher, microwave, freezer and oven safe (up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit). It also has handles to make it easier to carry to the table and pass around to your dinner guests easily. Available in an assortment of colors including red and orange, this bowl is a fun addition to your tableware.
Those who have purchased it have been satisfied. One praised the design for... being practical, saying it’s a perfect size for families. Another said it’s versatile and you can use it for other things like displaying fruit, serving other dishes like pasta, and even using it in the kitchen as you prepare the food. Some reviewers have pointed out that it’s pretty large—one said it could serve salad for about 10–12 people. So, if you’re looking to serve a crowd, this is a great choice.
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Beautiful and practical, these salad servers are made of Mediterranean olive wood grown in Italy and made in Albania. Each piece measures 13 inches long and is tightly grained so that you won’t start seeing frayed edges through the years. It’s also suggested that you occasionally coat with mineral oil to keep the wood looking its best. The pieces are safe to use with nonstick cookware and won’t scratch pans or stain.
The majority of customers who have purchased this set have been satisfied with... it. One said it’s their favorite wooden utensil, adding that it’s the one they grab when they cook as well as serve. They also said it’s lightweight but feels sturdy. A few have reported the spoon breaking during use, but most customers were happy with the overall performance.
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This two-quart stone pitcher from Le Creuset is available in a range of colors including black, white, cherry red, cassis, and palm. The non-porous enamel finish makes it resistant to odors, cracks, stains, and chips. It can withstand temperatures from -65 degrees Fahrenheit to 500 degrees Fahrenheit (so feel free to use it for cold or hot drinks) and is dishwasher safe. There’s also a loop handle that makes pouring the 3-pound pitcher easier, as well as a spout that’ll help curtail drips.
One... customer said that they feel confident knowing it won’t break when it’s holding boiling water, and many have said it’s the perfect pitcher for serving sangria since it’s so festive. Reviewers have said the colors are bold and it’s even more beautiful in person. A few who have purchased it said that it’s a little heavy to hold when serving, however that also means it’s really sturdy.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Serve after-dinner coffee in this stunning, insulated, stainless steel carafe that can hold up to 34 ounces. Not only does it have easy-to-use one-hand pouring functionality, but it can retain heat for up to nine hours and keep things cold for up to 18 hours. Plus, the sturdy exterior and double wall construction mean it’s dishwasher safe—an added bonus.
The majority of customers have been happy with the purchase of this carafe. Besides loving the sleek style and beauty of the design, many have... said it really does keep coffee warm for long periods of time. Some have said that the handle gets too hot, though, while others weren’t as satisfied with how long the coffee stayed warm. However, most customers said they were satisfied with the performance and would recommend it to others.
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You’re already serving up a beautiful and delicious dessert, so make sure the serving utensils you’re using are just as beautiful. This silver-plated metal serving set from Lenox is perfect for a fancy dinner party or to make a weeknight meal feel more special. The knife and cake server set features a lovely ribbon design on the handles.
Many customers who have purchased this set have said it’s an absolutely beautiful product—one also mentioned how great the pieces feel in your hand when you hold... them. Another said it’s a great value and worth every penny. Many even used these to cut their wedding cake on their big day, so keep this in mind for bridal shower gifts as well. Some reported unfortunate defects in the set when they got them, but the majority were satisfied with the product.
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This item stands five inches high and has a sturdy cast-iron base with a durable powder-coat finish. The 12-inch diameter top is made of aluminum and can rotate, making it easier to decorate the cake, or spin it to slice and serve your guests. And unlike other swiveling cake stands, this one is pretty enough to set out on your table.
Customers who have purchased this stand have been pleased overall. Many have touted how sturdy it is and how smoothly it rotates. Some critical reviews have... mentioned issues with the paint chipping off on the base as well as the fact that the top doesn’t lock so if you don’t want it to rotate, you’re out of luck. (Just keep that in mind when you’re carrying the cake and stand from the kitchen to the table.) However, the majority of reviewers were mostly happy with the overall quality of the piece.