These Are the Six Serving Dishes Every Host Should Have Before the Party Starts

A dining table filled with serving dishes

Whether you're hosting the next family holiday or just having a few friends over on a Friday night, these serving dishes will have you prepared for almost any event. And they're super stylish, too!

Compact swivel cheese board with knives photo

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Swivel Cheese Board

Make sure you're prepared to host the next wine Wednesday by having this swivel cheese board on hand. Thanks to its expandable design (available in two sizes, large or standard), you can set out a full spread of fancy cheeses without compromising all of your table space. Plus, it comes with three serving tools that can be tucked away inside a small pull-out drawer, making storage super convenient. All you'll need now is a set of stemless wine glasses. (starting at $42; uncommongoods.com)

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Alameda Chip and Dip Set

This festive chip and dip tray is a must for anyone planning a summer gathering. It comes with two stoneware dishes that can be used together or separately, and feature a pretty geometric pattern topped with aqua glaze. Heat up some queso inside the small bowl ahead of time so it's nice and hot when guests arrive, or follow Martha's recipe to whip up a quick batch of homemade guacamole. Both pieces are microwave and dishwasher safe, so you really can't go wrong. ($30; crateandbarrel.com)

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Three-piece acacia bowl with servers photo

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Acacia Salad Bowl

Whether you're hosting a dinner party with friends or having family over for a Thanksgiving feast, it's always nice to start the meal with a refreshing salad. Add this three-piece set to your serveware collection and your guests will have everything they need to serve themselves while you attend to the rest of the food. It comes with a large bowl and two servers all made from durable acacia wood that's not only functional but stylish, too. ($40; bedbathandbeyond.com)

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White ceramic serving tray with dip bowl photo

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Relish Tray

Perfect for small appetizers, this ceramic serving tray features five sections that keep your food separated and even comes with a small bowl for dipping sauce. It's a versatile platter you can use to set out fruit and veggies, meat and cheese, or even an array of condiments at your next outdoor barbecue. After the party's over, put any leftovers in reusable glass containers and place the tray in the dishwasher for an easy clean. The best part is, you can get this piece shipped for free right now using the promo code FREESHIP. ($59; potterybarn.com)

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Wire Fruit Basket

Not only is this copper fruit bowl a beautiful centerpiece for your dining table, it can also hold tasty afternoon snacks. Fill it with your favorite fruits and the open wire frame allows them to ripen evenly over a short period of time. Or, switch things up by placing a cloth napkin inside and using it to serve garlic bread with your favorite italian meals. Use the promo code UPICK at checkout for 20 percent off. ($24, originally $30; williams-sonoma.com)

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Double-wall glass server with a cork lid photo

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Glass Pitcher

It's time to ditch your old, worn-out acrylic pitcher and replace it with this double-wall glass server by beloved kitchenware brand OXO. It holds up to 24 ounces and will keep your beverages cold (or hot) longer than ordinary options. Plus, the added layer of insulation helps prevent the glass from sweating, which can damage your furniture. Use it for water or lemonade during your next pool party, or fill it with hot coffee before your friends come over for Sunday brunch. ($29; amazon.com)

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