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How to Choose a Serving Tray

One of the most versatile pieces you can have for the kitchen and dining room is a serving tray. Pottery Barn has all kinds of serveware from which to choose, including serving platters and trays in an array of styles and colors.

Features of Serving Trays

When shopping for a new serving tray, consider your style preference and what you plan to serve with the tray. Here are some ideas that can help you choose the right tray for your needs:

  • The trays at Pottery Barn come in several shapes. Rectangular trays are the most common, as they let you carry plenty of drinks and snacks. Some of the rectangular trays in the selection have handles for easy carrying. You'll also find trays in circle and oval shapes for an elegant look.
  • When it comes to materials, there are metal serving trays with a shiny silver finish that are great for achieving an elegant table. You'll also find galvanized metal trays that have a rustic appearance. Wood trays are good for a casual look, as are wicker trays. Wicker trays are excellent for use on the patio because they look casual and are resistant the elements.
  • One of the best things about the serving platters and trays at Pottery Barn is how durable they are. Most of these trays can be dropped without breaking. Many of them are lightweight, so they're relatively easy to carry from the kitchen to the table.
  • Caring for and cleaning these trays is easy. If something gets spilled on your tray, simply wipe it with a damp cloth and dry it thoroughly. Some of the trays are dishwasher-safe, although most are hand wash only.

Uses for Serving Platters and Trays

There are so many ways to use serving platters and trays. The most traditional use for a serving tray is to hold and serve food and drinks. Trays can also be used for dining in the living room or even in bed, as they provide a flat spot for your plate and cup. You don't even have to use serving trays for food and drinks; you can put one on your bedroom dresser and use it for holding jewelry, perfumes or other items.

Check out the serving tray selection at Pottery Barn to find an assortment of stylish options. In addition to serveware and serving platters, there's also a wide selection of dinnerware, utensils and other items for your kitchen and dining room.