Some rules are just made to be broken. Like wearing white after Labor Day, swimming after you eat and using your outdoor serveware only during summer months. We’re all about doing what makes you happy and getting the most out of the pieces you love. Here are just a few of the many ways you can use the serveware you may have thought was season-specific any time of the year.
Rattan reads effortless island in the summer months and rustic in the fall and winter. It’s a foundational material you don’t need to be afraid to incorporate into your indoor serveware collection to bring texture to the table. Thoughtfully layer it with your elegant dinnerware or metal servers to extend its use into the cooler months. Top it all off by adding a decorative element like faux blooms or sprigs of lifelike holly, depending on the time of year.
There’s no need to wait for a formal occasion or major holiday to celebrate. Use your serveware for gatherings large and small. We love the idea of hosting a spa day where beverage dispensers can be used to serve cold cucumber water and trays with handles are perfect for passing out fresh and fluffy towels. Landed a new job? Champagne is in order and a footed bucket is perfect for keeping drinks cool. Having a few friends over to stream your favorite new show? Bust out the beverage tub – or better yet, fill it with a ton of popcorn that will last the whole night long!
Dual Purpose Decor
There’s nothing better than having a piece you love serve multiple purposes. When you’re not using your serveware for a soiree, keep their beauty in plain sight by introducing them as centerpieces and home decor. Tiered serving stands aren’t just for canapés and petite desserts. From plant stands to skin-care product organization, the options are endless (we have lots of ideas on the blog). Wood charcuterie boards can be used as the bases for festive arrangements or centerpieces. When you aren’t entertaining, use water pitchers to display seasonal blooms anywhere throughout your home.
Drinks All Around
If there’s one thing we love no matter the season, it’s a nice cold beverage. The Charleston Five-piece Bar Tool Set looks great in your outdoor kitchen, but transitions indoors with ease to add visual interest to your bar cart or cabinet (and keeps those drinks flowing). Our tried-and-true beverage dispensers are perfect for serving up seasonal cocktails for the adults in the winter and fruit-infused water outdoors by the pool for the kids.
A Dash of Fun
While dips and chips are always on the menu, snack bowls and chip trays can be recruited for more unexpected purposes. We love the idea of incorporating them into a sundae-making spread by filling them with everything from sprinkles to maraschino cherries. When Christmastime is calling, they make the perfect cookie or gingerbread house-decorating accessories, filled with candies, icing and more. Hosting a pizza party? Use them for dishing out all the best toppings.
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