Things That You Can Serve to Your Guests in a Tray

A serving tray can make or break the first impression of your dish. It can also affect the way your food tastes. If you are looking to make a statement with your next dinner party or family gathering, consider these 10 things you can serve on a tray and make an impressive presentation.

Book, halloween decor, candles, popcorn and drinks on tray on bed, halloween reading concept with bokeh background
Cup of coffee and tray with fresh blueberries and homemade peanut ice cream
Autumn cozy mood composition for hygge home decor. Gray pumpkin with sequins, candles and fresh dahlia flowers on the tray with gray napkin on the coffee table in the living room. Selective focus.
  1. Sushi – Sushi is one of the most popular Japanese dishes and it is often served on a rectangular melamine/wooden/ceramic tray. If you want to impress your guests, serve them sushi on a beautiful tray with all the fixings. Include soy sauce, pickled ginger, and wasabi on the side.
  2. Tea –  Tea is a classic drink that can be enjoyed at any time of the day. When serving tea to guests, make sure to include a variety of teas, a tea kettle, a sugar bowl, and some cups and saucers. Place everything on a round tray and enjoy the conversation that follows.
  3. Cheese and Crackers –  Who doesn’t love cheese and crackers? This classic appetizer is perfect for any gatherings. Simply put out a variety of cheeses, some crackers, and a knife on a large wooden or metal tray. Your guests will be sure to enjoy this simple yet delicious snack.
  4. Vegetables and Dip – For a healthy option, cut up some vegetables and place them on a large plate or platter with your favorite dip in the center. Include celery, carrots, cucumbers, peppers, and broccoli for a colorful presentation. Your guests will love this healthy snack before the main course.
  5. Fruit Platter – Fruit platters are perfect for brunch or dessert. Arrange a variety of fruits on a large platter or in individual bowls. Add some yogurt or whipped cream on the side for dipping. This refreshing dish is sure to be a hit with your guests.
  6. Sandwich Platter – For a quick and easy snack, put out a sandwich platter with an assortment of sandwiches cut into small pieces. This is perfect for parties where you want to serve something but do not want to spend too much time in the kitchen. Your guests will appreciate the effort nonetheless.
  7. Chicken Wings – Chicken wings are always a hit at parties. Serve them with your favorite dipping sauce on the side. You can also include other finger foods like chicken nuggets or mini quiches. Your guests will love this tasty treat!
  8. Chips and Dip – Chips and dip are another classic appetizer that is perfect for any party or gathering. Put out a variety of chips with some salsa, guacamole, or queso in the middle. Your guests will have a blast munching on this delicious snack.
  9. Mini Desserts -For a sweet treat, put out a selection of mini desserts on a large tray or platter. Include cookies, brownies, cupcakes, or anything else you think your guests would enjoy. This is sure to be a hit with both kids and adults alike!
  10. Coffee and Pastries- Coffee and pastries are the perfect way to end any meal. Put out a selection of pastries on a large plate or platter along with some coffee cups and saucers. Your guests will appreciate this delicious dessert after a hearty meal. 
Tiered tray decorated in yellow for Spring


Serving trays are undoubtedly one of the hardest working tableware you can have in your kitchen. But how often do we actually talk about them?

Let alone think about investing in a nice collection. More often than not, we do not think much when it comes to the selection of serving trays to buy. Besides serving a myriad of purposes beyond transferring foods from one room to another, they also add to the décor and theme of your dining table.

There are various types of serving trays to buy- 

There is a wide variety of serving trays available in the market. Some common materials you can choose your serving trays from are:

  1. Melamine
  2. Wood
  3. Plastic
  4. Bone china
  5. Ceramic
  6. Bamboo
  7. Glass

When it is time to pick a serving tray to buy you can be flooded with a variety in terms of not just material, but also colour, sizes and designing of the tray. Keep in mind what you want to serve, in order to pick the right size and shape.