OK, I have to admit it (because admitting is the first step in addressing addiction…). I am a tray-a-holic. I am completely, 100% addicted to serving trays.
A large iron tray graces our upholstered ottoman in the family room. Stacks of trays for food service or the occasional meal on the couch rest above our refrigerator, silver trays in our bathroom keep our toiletries hemmed in. When cleaning, I sometimes grab a tray and pile items on it that need to be carried and put away in other rooms. That represents about 1% of the trays in my house… I could go on and on.
The versatility and functionality of serving trays in the home are endless. If you are looking for a tray, you needn’t look far to find a style that will match your decor and needs. Serving trays abound for both formal and informal at-home entertaining. Here are a few that have recently caught my eye:
I love the color combination here — a sort of robin’s egg blue under a metallic repeated pattern.
I have about 30 of these trays from Pier One. I keep them on hand to use use when hosting a buffet-style dinner when guests will not be seated at a table. The trays alleviate the juggling of silverware, glass, and plate that otherwise guests have to deal with.
I adore this monogrammed tray from Dabney Lee and think it would make a perfect housewarming gift.
Christofle is one of my favorite tabletop designers (This is not the first time the brand has found its way onto my blog. See this post about coffee carafes for another recent mention.). One of my favorite Christofle designs is the Anemone collection. It’s sleek and modern but with a touch of flirty romance.
This round tray from Atticus would be perfect for serving canapes or set on a bar with bar tools.
Ah, the ubiquitous coral. It’s everywhere. So why should it not grace a tray? These small trays in three different coral-themed varieties would be great in a guest room, on a desk, or on an entryway table.
This botanical print tray from Burke and its classic, traditional look is simple and beautiful.
Animal prints are risky. Beautiful animal print accents can make a room. Bad prints can be, well, tacky. These giraffe-print trays from Kim Seybert fall in the former category. A gorgeous way to serve up treats to one’s guests.
Beautiful and functional, this Jonathan Adler butler tray table takes the serving tray to entirely new level. I love the bamboo-style legs and the overall design.