It's that time of year again! The holidays are fast approaching, and family and friends are going to be gathering together to eat, drink and lounge about together (recovering from the festivities). If you're an engaged or newlywed couple, there's a chance that you may be hosting at least some of the holiday festivities, if not the big event itself. Either way, it's definitely a good idea to register for some multi-use serving pieces so you'll be ready to host any future event that might come your way.
The trick for family-style serving or a buffet set up is to have a range of serving pieces in different shapes and sizes. That means you'll have a dedicated spot for everything from garlicky green beans and sweet potato casserole to Aunt Sylvia's famous pecan pie. It's especially important during a meal where a lot of people may be bringing potluck-style dishes to be ready to decant or re-plate on the fly if you need to (those delicious pumpkin cookies definitely deserve a better display than the crinkled aluminum foil they came in).
It might seem like a lot when you're registering, but hopefully you'll use these pieces again and again over the years, whether it's a wine-and-cheese night with friends or just a cozy evening in with the two of you.
Match Small Serving Tray
This pewter tray looks like a vintage piece you found in your grandma's attic and the two-handled design is perfect for serving appetizers.
SHOP NOW: Neiman Marcus, $340
Le Creuset Braiser
Streamline post-party cleanup by using some key oven-to-table pieces. This low braiser is ideal for everything from savory side dishes to baked fruit desserts.
SHOP NOW: Le Creuset, from $200
Hawkins New York Marble & Metal Trivet
This chic board is perfect for those super hot dishes on the table—and it can double as a condiment wrangler or mini cheese serving plate.
SHOP NOW: Food 52, $90-$95
Artisan Stoneware Serving Platter
Made in Portugal, this low, rounded platter is just the right size for salads, side dishes, and more. Bonus: it's microwave, dishwasher, and oven-safe!
SHOP NOW: The White Company, $79
Wustof Carving Set
The high carbon steel blade of this knife-and-fork set will cut through your turkey (or other roast meat) like butter.
SHOP NOW: Sur La Table, $99.96
Staub Rectangular Baking Dish Set
These heavy duty stoneware pieces are ideal for casseroles, fruit crisps, bread puddings, and vegetable gratins.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $39.73 for two
Lenox Federal Monogram Block Platter
Personalize your Thanksgiving platter (this one is big enough for the bird) with a single monogrammed letter. This platinum-edged plate is also dishwasher safe, so it's easy to care for.
SHOP NOW: Wayfair, $113.99
Riedel Ultra Decanter
Consider decanting your red wine into this sleek crystal piece- it will look great on your table (no more messy bottles!) and will be aerated for optimum flavor.
SHOP NOW: Amazon, $154.95
Agate Cheese Board
An organic brass edge elevates the look of these natural stone boards and the soft hues are the perfect backdrop for a cheese spread.
SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $79
VIBceramics Small Ceramic Bowls
Serve an assortment of nuts, olives or condiments in these handmade tidbit bowls.
SHOP NOW: Etsy, $49 for a set of three
Glam Pitcher and Stirrer Set
A signature batch cocktail will make your event- especially when served in this sleek stainless steel pitcher.
SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $58
Dansk Casserole Pot
Stainless steel coated in enamel is the base of this classic oven-to-table piece. The best part? The lid doubles as a trivet!
SHOP NOW: Urban Outfitters, $172
Be Home Matte Stainless Steel Serving Set
The brushed finish (choose from gold, copper or silver) adds a pop of metallic without looking too flashy.
SHOP NOW: Food 52, $35
Marble and Acacia Wood Cheese Paddle
The loop for hanging means this board stores easily while not in use (and looks great on the wall).
SHOP NOW: Sur La Table, $23.96
Willa Arlo Interiors Round Wood Luxe Tray
It's a good idea to have a collection of trays on hand for corralling everything from champagne flutes to canapés.
SHOP NOW: Wayfair, $197.50
Marble and Gold Tray
Put this board in the fridge for a while before your party and the stone will be nice and cold for chilled appetizers like shrimp cocktail or oysters.
SHOP NOW: World Market, $35