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A Round-Up of Serveware from Southern Artisans

By: The Local Palate

All the Serveware you need for the Holiday Feast

With menu planning in full swing, it’s time to update your holiday table, too. While this year might involve fewer people and smaller gatherings, the meals will be more intimate, meaning family-style service is not entirely off the table. We’ve rounded up these striking serveware pieces, all sourced from artisans and home-good purveyors from around the South, so that the food—and definitely what it’s served upon—make for an eye-catching spread.

Protein Tray | ME Speak Design

This pecan wood serving board with a natural hemp oil finish is large enough to hold your turkey, ham, roast, or any meat you wish to show off. It exemplifies the philosophy of designers Eric and Lori Wright who combine their regard for the Japanese aesthetic with love for their Southern roots at ME Speak Designs based in North High Shoals, Georgia.

Price: $165 |

Petrified Wood Serving Board | Fortessa Tableware Solutions 

Bring a touch of modern Bohemian to your table with this petrified wood serving board from Virginia-based Fortessa Tableware Solutions. It comes in three sizes from 14” to 20” to display everything from bite-sized hors d’oeuvres to generous desserts.

Price: $175 |

Chamberlain Platter | Handmade Studio TN

Artist Morgan Williamson practices minimalism in creating heirloom quality pieces at her studio located within the Taylor Arts Collective in Nashville, Tennessee. The Chamberlain Platter channels this philosophy in its rounded organic shape, embossed with antique lace pattern, and finished with a gunmetal glaze. Its shallow bowl shape makes it perfect to present a bountiful salad to your table.

Price: $99 |

Baroque Platter | Suite One Studio

Designer Lindsay Emery runs a small-batch porcelain studio in Greensboro, North Carolina where she produces handmade ceramics, like this ivory glazed platter inspired by her grandmother’s antique serveware but with a modern twist of 22-karat gold splatters. Plate anything and everything on this staple piece.

Price: $166 |

Golden Patina Leaf Tray | Anna Weatherley Designs

Anna Weatherley Designs is known for intricately crafted, hand-painted porcelain produced by a small team of master painters in Budapest, Hungary. This golden patina leaf tray is made for Thanksgiving or holiday dinner sides. Anna Weatherly Designs can be found in homeware boutiques nationally; we found this one at The Boutique in Charleston, South Carolina.

Price: $110 |

Homestead Four Handle Tray | Steven Shell Living

A go-to for global chic furniture, Steven Shell Living stocks accessories that are both eclectic and casual enough for everyday living. Pull out this four handled tray to beautifully stage Santa’s cookies, or better yet, serve up a few cocktails to the adults deserving of their own treats.

Price: $100.05 |


We know Southerners never show up empty-handed to any gathering. If you’ll be bringing a pie as your culinary offering this year, try the Pie Box to transport your dessert in style. Sized to fit almost any pie plate, this reusable raw pine box is designed to safely transport pies from your kitchen to any holiday table and comes with an option for a leather strap for easing toting. Customers loved creator Adrienne Blumthal’s PieBox so much (they originally launched in Chicago and are now based in Atlanta), that she also created the Cakebox and the Cookiebox for all of your dessert transportation needs.

Price: $35 |

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