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Serving Utensils

Hosting a party or other get-together involves excitement, planning and some tools in your culinary arsenal. Among the things you plan for is making sure there is enough of everything – from food and drinks to seating and dishes. Make sure that you are available to enjoy the event you have created by having plenty of serving utensils on hand, just like the ones we have available at west elm.

The types of serving utensils that help you out run the gamut from salad serving spoons for a barbecue and cheese knives and spreaders for an intimate cocktail party to cake and knife sets for a birthday or graduation party. The serving utensils we have available, all of which are stainless-steel, include those that have a copper finish to utensils that have rose gold or gold electroplating. If you are serving a nice sit-down dinner, featuring steaks, chops or other meats, having plenty of steak knives on hand allows you to focus on making the meal. For example, you can choose steak knives that are made using stainless-steel with serrated blades and acacia wood handles to ones made with high-carbon steel with stainless-steel handles. For this same type of meal, have plenty of flatware on hand for your guests to use. Look for stainless-steel sets that have a dinner knife, salad fork, dinner fork, teaspoon and tablespoon for each setting. Some sets have as many as 60 pieces in them. Our flatware is also all stainless-steel and feature a number of different finishes, including matte black, rose gold and 24-karat gold.

Depending on the size and type of gathering you are having, it may be necessary to have other serving items on hand as well, such as trays for serving drinks and food. Some of the different stylish options you have here include round, square and rectangular wood lacquer trays with easy-carry handles and finishes like glam metallic and bright white. You can go modern with your serving trays by selecting ones that come in different shapes like triangles and hexagons or trays made using clear acrylic. If you want your guests to be able to serve themselves and youʼd like to have some additional table space, tall butler tray stands make ideal places to keep wine and drink bottles or hors dʼoeuvres.

If you are having a wine and cheese tasting party, add a special touch to the proceedings by having plenty of cutting boards and cheese boards on hand to go with your cheese knives. You have multiple choices here, including boards made from olive wood, maple and mango wood as well as dual-purpose ones that have both a maple and marble cutting surface. Marble and slate are ideal choices for cheese as well, especially soft cheese like Brie and Camembert.

When youʼre having cheese, youʼre likely having wine as well, which means wine glasses. Besides the usual red and white wine glass options, you also have the choice or stemmed or stemless. Champagne flutes are also good to have on hand, especially if celebrating an engagement, retirement or job promotion. Our glassware comes in sets, so look for one that covers all your bases, such as a set with six different wine glasses in it, including a champagne flute, stemmed and stemless red wine glasses, stemmed and stemless white wine glasses and a brandy snifter. Have several on hand if you are doing a wine tasting. Plus, the wine glasses can double as everyday drinking glasses and water goblets. Having some bar glasses for those who prefer other types of non-alcoholic drinks makes sense, along with some bar tools and mixers to ensure that everyone is included in the fun.

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