Pretty Plates! The Best Servingware for Summer

Dining al fresco this summer? Stay stylish with these summer-ready serving dishes that are chic yet practical

Lola Acrylic Tray

Appetizer Plate

jcpenney.com

This sunny acrylic tray will be your new best friend for the summer. Pile it up with appetizers, or use it as a drink tray and serve up freshly-squeezed lemonade.

To buy: Lola Acrylic Tray, $32 at JC Penney

Seascape Platter

Seascape platters

worldmarket.com

Nothing says dining al fresco like aqua and coral colored platters, complete with nautical designs like a crab and anchor. When the food is gone and the plates are clean, no need to hide them away! They make great home decor as well.

To buy: Rectangular Seascape Platters, $15.98 for a set of 2 at World Market

Fish Oval Platter

Fish Oval Platter

surlatable.com

We love this playful platter for summertime -- it's especially great for pool parties or lakeside picnics. The durable terra cotta is resistant to chips and scratches, so no need to save it for special occasions.

To buy: Fish Oval Platter, $26.99 at Sur La Table

Claudia Pearson Dog Plates

Dog Plate

westelm.com

Brooklyn artist Claudia Pearson is the designer behind these adorable Dachshund plates. Inspired by "family, friends, and great food," we can't get enough of her summertime designs. These are just waiting to be used at a barbecue!

To buy: Claudia Pearson Dog Plates, $16 each at West Elm

Oliver Tomato Balloons Appetizer Plate

Appetizer Plate

cb2.com

This whimsical plate is part of a collection called Oliver, which consists of multiple seasonal appetizer plates as well as a few fun martini glasses. All of the plates feature a unique mixed-media design, combining black hand sketch with color photo. At only $1.95 a plate, it's worth collecting them all!

To buy: Oliver Tomato Balloons Appetizer Plate, $1.95 at CB2

Lotta Serving Tray

Appetizer Plate

fishseddy.com

This elegant dish by Brooklyn designer Lotta Jansdotter has us dreaming of throwing a garden party. The deep blue and white color palette, as well as the poppy-like flowers, make for a truly stunning serving platter.

To buy: Lotta Serving Tray, $22.95 at Fishs Eddy

Marin Flora Platter

Appetizer Plate

Crateandbarrel.com

Leafy fronds complement a white background in this nature-inspired collection by Crate & Barrel. The freeform rim will make these pieces stand out among your servingware, and its versatility is great for summertime -- use these for family dinners in addition to fancier food occassions.

To buy: Marin Flora 12.5" Platter, $29.95 at Crate & Barrel

Rob Ryan Plates

Rob Ryan Plates

modcloth.com

Artist Rob Ryan gives this set of dishes a fanciful look in cobalt blue and white. Each ceramic plate shows a natural scene with a sweet, thought-provoking note -- like “Other planets cannot be as beautiful as this one.” Scalloped edges with tiny heart detailing complete the look.

To buy: Living a Foodie-Tale Plate Set, $45.99 at ModCloth

Custom Melamine Plates

Custom Melamine Plates

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Add instant chic to a party with these playful, personalized serving plates. A colorful monogram decks the center, and a chevron pattern in a contrasting color rounds out the punchy look.

To buy: Custom Monogrammed Melamine Serving Plates, $24.50 at Etsy

 Graphic Marimekko Tray

Graphic Marimekko Tray

crateandbarrel.com

Get a bold, black-and-white look with this substantial tray from Crate & Barrel’s Marimekko shop. The striking design comprises concentric rings of white dots on a black background, against which colorful food or cocktails are sure to pop.

To buy: Marimekko Fokus Tray, $89 at Crate & Barrel

Chat-Bubble Plates

Chat-Bubble Plates

momastore.org

Now here’s a conversation starter: These plates from the MoMA Store were meant to look like talk bubbles from Japanese comics. The set of three comes with one large and two small versions.

To buy: Chat Plates, $34.95 at MoMA Store

Floor Plan Platters

Floor Plan Platters

fishseddy.com

Whether you’re entertaining in an apartment or a house -- or any arrangement in between -- serve snacks or sweets on this cheeky Fishs Eddy platter. The white piece serves as a backdrop for a graphic black floor plan depicting a penthouse layout.

To buy: Floor Plan Penthouse Platter, $36.95 at Fishs Eddy

Giraffe Tray Set

Giraffe Tray Set

2modern.com

Set out three different types of sweets or snacks on this tray set, which depicts segments of a yellow giraffe against a graphic background. Thomaspaul rendered the playful set in melamine for a modern look that references traditional china styles but is far from stuffy.

To buy: Thomaspaul Bazaar Giraffe Tray Set, $66 at 2Modern

Marimekko Pieni Unikko Tray

Marimekko Pieni Unikko Tray

crateandbarrel.com

Marimekko’s Unikko -- the Finnish word for poppy -- has been its most popular print since it was introduced. Get the floral look in a variety of color palettes on this rectangular serving tray from Crate & Barrel’s Marimekko shop.

To buy: Marimekko Pieni Unikko Tray, $63 at Crate & Barrel

Curved Chip and Dip Server

Curved Chip and Dip Server

bloomingdales.com

For a cool, modern look, serve chips and dips in this sleek, two-part server from Villeroy & Boch. A single curving line defines the form of the white porcelain piece.

To buy: Villeroy & Boch New Wave Eye-Catcher Chip and Dip Server, $172 at Bloomingdale’s 

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