8 Must-Have Serveware Pieces for Summer Entertaining — and They’re All $50 or Less

updated Jul 6, 2021
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Since we missed out on so much last year, this summer is officially the summer of in-person gatherings. We’re talking cookouts, picnics, dinner parties, and more! Whether you’re enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres on the patio with friends or planning a huge barbecue bash for all of your loved ones, high-quality serveware is a must. Good serving dishes and tools make hosting so much easier, and the right ones also add a decorative flair to your table. Below, we’ve rounded up eight pieces that you need for your summer entertaining adventures.

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This colorful bowl really does pack a punch (or anything else you want to serve in it). Crafted from recycled hand-blown glass and glazed in pale pink, green, and yellow hues, this bowl is functional and a great decor piece. It holds up to 64 ounces of a refreshing beverage or a delicious dish, and you can even get martini glasses to match.

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Williams Sonoma

Use this woven tray to serve hors d'oeuvres, then whip it out again when it's time for dessert. Hand woven from Lombok rattan, this tray is durable and a nice accent piece. The handles on either side make it easy to lift and carry whether you're using the tray to serve food or as a catch-all for your kitchen counter.

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For those planning to entertain outdoors this summer, this gorgeous ice bucket and tongs set is a must-have. It's perfect for keeping ice cubes, canned drinks, or a bottle of wine chilled for hours. Plus, it has a no-sweat grip so you don't have to worry about rings on your furniture, and its shatterproof design makes it perfect for the outdoors.

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Whether you're putting out chips and salsa or veggies and dip, this platter has you covered. With a bowl built into the middle of the dish, it's never been so easy to entertain. Bonus: The vibrant rainbow stripes definitely bring the party!

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We love Fiestaware because it's vibrant, durable, and makes any table a little more fun. This ceramic serving bowl holds 68 ounces of your favorite pasta, soup, or salad, so it's perfect for a crowd. It's safe for the dishwasher, microwave, and oven, so it's super versatile and hassle free. Match with your other Fiestware, or let this dish be the star of the dinner table.

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Williams Sonoma

You can't serve a salad without something to dole it out! Hand-carved from sustainably grown teak, these utensils are super durable. The slim, clean lines and sandy hue make them a lovely addition to your summer table.

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It's summer, which means hydrating is a must. This sleek glass beverage dispenser makes it easy to supply lemonade for the kids playing in the yard, serve iced tea on the porch, or keep ice water accessible on the top shelf of the fridge. It fits up to 80 ounces of liquid but is only 3.2 inches in diameter (aka a small-space storage dream). Cheers!

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This lovely white porcelain dish can be used for anything — olives, chips and dip, or even pistachios and the shells. It has three bowls in one portable dish, making it simple to carry over to the table or out to the porch. And since the timeless white porcelain matches everything, it's a great addition to any kitchen.