Best serving platters for dinner parties or family meals

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Serving trays, bowls, dishes and platters are an essential part of any kitchen - but with so many different types available, how do you find the one that’s right for you?

You want something practical that is great for displaying food at get-togethers yet is adaptable for everyday use. We know that some serving dishes are saved merely for special occasions whereas others can double up as grazing platters for your little ones or carry the load of a hearty Sunday roast.

When you’ve spent all day slaving away over the cooker preparing every item of your carefully curated menu, your food deserves the aesthetically-pleasing tableware that will serve to only enhance it further. Opt for different sizes and types of serving bowls, platters and trays and they will be a great investment that will come in handy for years to come and through every occasion and season – we’re talking birthdays, supper clubs, housewarming, barbecues, picnics, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or just a casual catch up with friends and family.

There are fortunately many durable options that look sophisticated for your party and don’t break the bank. If you don’t have the storage space in your compact cupboards and prefer a jamboree in your communal gardens or local park, there are many environmentally-friendly disposable serving platters out there too.

We have listed a wide selection of the best serving platters - from decorative centrepieces to salad bowls, and biodegradable serving bowls to versatile boards.

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Porcelain & Acacia Wood Lazy Susan

Tapas on the menu for your party tonight? This attractive set is ideal for serving a selection of dips and nibbles while entertaining at home.

The wooden turntable provides a secure base for the porcelain dishes and rotates freely. The dishes are of a decent size and will unlikely need constant topping up. They are also dishwasher friendly, making it less of a faff to clean.

Buy now £40.00, John Lewis

Tropical Jungle Large Lemon Picnic Platter

Bring a little zing to brighten up your table with this large tropical picnic platter that will transport you to the Amalfi coast. Made with a blend of melamine and bamboo, it is lightweight, durable and perfect for al fresco dining. The platter is also budget friendly and dishwasher safe.

Buy now £8.00, M&S

FOOGO Green Eco Friendly Biodegradable Food Trays

Disposable cutlery is changing the way people host parties outdoors and you will increase your green credentials with these biodegradable food trays. These sturdy trays are made from naturally fallen Areca palm leaves; they can sustain hot and cold food and best of all - they are microwave and freezer friendly too.

Buy now £17.99, Amazon

Recycled Coconut Bowl

Quirky in design and shatterproof, these eco-friendly bowls are perfect for parties where you have little ones and pets running around. They make for great gifts and each bowl varies in size, as they are handmade using reclaimed coconuts that would otherwise be discarded after harvest. These are best hand washed after use and can be put away in the compost once they have reached the end of their shelf life.

Buy now £8.45, Wearth

Fish-Shaped Glass Serving Dish

If you’re having a party and are thinking of serving fancy canapés or scrumptious desserts, this elegant ombré green glass serving dish might just be up your alley. It makes a dazzling addition to your tableware and is perfect for special occasions. It is best hand washed after use being unsuitable for microwave and dishwashers.

Buy now £15.99, Zara Home

Stoff Studios Sunne Cocktail Tray - Azure

One of the most versatile trays out there with a striking, contemporary design. Along with serving coffee or cocktails, you can place anything – fruit, nibbles, a small bowl guacamole with nachos, some hummus with toasted pita, you name it. Handmade in small batches by Stoff Studios, the melamine coated tray can popped in the dishwasher.

Buy now £45.00, Wolf & Badger

Bordallo Pinheiro Tomato Earthenware Pasta Serving Bowl, 25cm, Red

Add a Mediterranean twist to your party with this colourful tomato-inspired pasta serving bowl from Bordallo Pinheiro’s famous ceramics. Renowned Portuguese artist Rafael Bordallo Pinheiro founded a ceramic ware factory in Caldas da Rainha in the 1880s where this eye-catching tableware is made in the same spot today. Apart from being a beautiful decorative piece, it is also microwave and dishwasher friendly.

Buy now £36.00, John Lewis

Leaf Print Serving Dish

Splash out on this minimalist tropical leaf platter from Zara Home that is bound to be the centre of attention at your dinner table. It is not only a show-stopper but also perfect for everyday use. If you’d like to go all out and have this as a part of a set, there are matching dinner plates and tea cups available too.

Buy now £39.99, Zara Home

Serving Palette with Bowls

This creative serving platter makes an artistic statement with your hors d’oeuvres. The stoneware and porcelain set comes with a white tray for serving toasted bread, crackers, cold cuts, crudités or anything you fancy, and multi-coloured bowls for holding dips and sauces. The palette also has a handy thumbhole so that you can carry this around your party with ease.

Buy now £44.00, Uncommon Goods

Large Bamboo Fibre Platter - Blue Wave

Made with corn-starch, resin and sustainably sourced bamboo, this large platter is great for outdoor picnics, large gatherings and indoor parties. It is also BPA free and dishwasher safe. The best part? With this purchase, five per cent of profits go to a charity that helps protect The Great Barrier Reef.

Buy now £19.95, Wearth

Cabbage Salad Bowl

Available in green or white, this sophisticated salad bowl adds a lovely vintage feel and is great for serving salads or storing fruit. There’s no fuss in washing up with this bowl as it can be popped in the dishwasher and it is great for everyday use as well.

Buy now £17.50, M&S

Verdict

The Porcelain & Acacia Wood Lazy Susan is a good place to start and ticks all the boxes for a party. It has everything you could possibly need when you are entertaining guests at home whether its tapas or charcuterie and can be popped in the dishwasher after.