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Party Serveware

Make your party more elegant with these stunning serving pieces


If you entertain a lot, it's worth it to invest in a few key pieces that will make your food presentation more elegant and attractive. And these days, it's not hard to find interesting shapes and commercial-grade pieces that in the past would only be available in restaurants or to caterers. Here are a few options that will make your next party look as if it were professionally catered.

1. Pillivuyt Three-Tiered Server

Pillivuyt Three-Tiered Server

This elegant server evokes afternoon tea at a swanky London hotel. The three white porcelain plates are 6 1/2, 7 3/4 and 9 inches and are mounted into an elegant silver rod topped with a ring ideal for carrying. Pillivuyt porcelain, made in France, is extremely durable and is oven, dishwasher and microwave safe.

Use It For: A brunch display of Assorted Cake Donuts

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2. Nambe Scoop Server

Nambe Scoop Server

Even a snack as pedestrian as chips and dip will be elevated to a higher level when served in the Nambe Scoop Server. The spread or dip fits into the smaller bowl, which is suspected from an arm that arcs over the larger bowl, which can hold chips, slices of bread, crackers, crudite or other foods. The aluminum-based alloy that is used to make Nambe pieces is comprised of 8 different metals, which gives it a lustrous silver finish and temperature-retaining properties. Chill the server in the refrigerator or warm it in the oven to help foods maintain the ideal temperature.

Use It For: Yogurt-Thyme Hummus and Homemade Pita Chips

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3. Lenox Metalworks Cheese and Cracker Server

Lenox cheese server

This handsome metal tray has a polished wooden inset. Arrange your cheese in the middle and crackers or fruit in the metal sections on either side.

Use It For: A tasting of your favorite three cheeses, alongside slices of toasted bread. Include a dish of Pimento Cheese to spread on the bread.

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4. Tag Square Platter Set

Tag Square Platter Set

A set of simple, versatile platters will always come in handy, particularly ones that have a classic style and are in simple white, so they'll be suitable for any occasion. This set of three square porcelain platters from Tag are microwave and dishwasher safe and have a slight rim to keep food in place. The sizes are 7 1/3, 11 3/4 and 16 inches square.

Use It For: Date and Goat Cheese Crostini, Tempura Vegetables or Fried Stuffed Squash Blossoms/

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5. Norpro Chafing Dish

Norpro Chafing Dish

Professional caterers know that one of the best ways to keep food warm is with a chafing dish, which has a sterno or candle burner underneath to keep the food warm. This version from Norpro is simple and classic in style and has a glass lid, handy so that guests can see what's inside without lifting the lid. It is made of stainless steel, holds 6 quarts of food, and has easy-to-hold loop handles.

Use It For: Holding a side dish like Mashed Sweet Potatoes with Honey and Ginger. Shredded Brussels Sprouts or Couscous with Raisins and Almonds

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