A very happy Monday MNN readers and welcome to the kick-off installment of "Let me entertain you," a new series of weekly product-centric posts that I’ll be running throughout this epically festive — and epically food-heavy — time of year. The topic? Holiday entertaining and the paraphernalia needed to make your gathering — whether it’s a traditional Turkey Day dinner with the extended family, a booze-heavy winter solstice shindig, or an intimate Christmahanakwanzaka brunch amongst friends — go off without a hitch.


Over the coming weeks, I’ll be spotlighting a range of home entertaining accoutrement including table linens, coasters, tabletop décor, serving items, drinkware, clean-up gear, and enough tasteful holiday tablescape-related goodies to force even Sandra Lee to put down her bottle of flavored vodka and Michael's shopping bag and take note. And, of course, the emphasis is on products that boast one or all of the following eco-friendly attributes: a. handmade b. made from sustainable or recycled materials c. domestically manufactured or d. durable/made-to-last so in that they’ll be used not just this holiday season for many more holiday seasons to come. 


First up is a look at a few good serving pieces including trays and platters to help you tastefully present your lovingly prepared consumables before they’re quickly wolfed down by your ravenous party guests. Presentation isn't everything but it does count for something so if you're in need of some standout serveware, check out the options below.


Brooklyn Cutting Board @ AHeirloom's Etsy Shop ($40 - other cities/states/countries available)

















Pea Pod Serving Tray @ VivaTerra ($129)













 Recycled Glass Live Edge Servers @ VivaTerra ($24 - $29)













Hammered Large Round Tray @ West Elm ($59)















Vintage Wood Platter @ Pottery Barn ($39)















Bambu 16" Serving Trays @ Branch ($14.40)















Recycled Wine Bottle Platters @ UncommonGoods ($15 - $20)















Reclaimed Wood Tray @ Terrain ($38)
















Thomas Paul Luddite Tray @ Velocity Art & Design ($26)















Hot + Cold Serving-Carving Tray Set by Menu @ A+R Store ($125)















Reclaimed Slate Cheese Board @ UncommonGoods ($48)















Bamboo Tray with Hand Silk-Screened Removable Silicon Liner - Leaves by Make 26 Inc. @ Abe's Natural Market ($26)










Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

Let me entertain you: Trays and serveware
First up in a new series of holiday entertaining-centric product roundups: A dozen eco-friendly trays and platters for presenting your award-winning amuse-bouch