Practical and decorative, serving bowls can act as a centerpiece one day and a dinner-party essential the next. Here’s how to choose serving bowls for every occasion.
Serving Bowl Styles
A well-chosen kitchen serving bowl can serve many purposes, but it helps to have a variety of sizes and styles on hand for different functions. Choose a serving bowl set or nesting bowls for a cohesive look.
•Use ceramic serving bowls for everything from mashed potatoes to fruit salad. Choose from a variety of colors and styles, or stick with classic white ceramic bowls to create a clean, simple look for any table.
•Add warmth and function to a table with a wood salad serving bowl. These eco-friendly dishes are ideal for your leafy greens. To keep wood bowls looking new, hand-wash them after use.
•Reach for a wide, shallow pasta serving bowl in glass, ceramic or other heat-safe materials. The bowl’s open shape allows for easy serving of your pasta of choice.
• Opt for a more decorative fruit bowl when displaying seasonal fruits. Hammered copper or blown glass bowls make elegant countertop centerpieces. Use a footed bowl, or a serving piece on a pedestal, for drama and height on a table.
Set the Tone for Your Meal
Casual plastic serving bowls are a natural fit for weeknight dinners or outdoor gatherings. Microwave-safe bowls and serving bowls with lids allow you to easily transition from the kitchen to the table or from the fridge to a party.
Add a little glamour to a table for special occasions. Gold leaf-embellished glass serving bowls make beautiful centerpieces for showers and parties, as well as hostess or wedding gifts.