March 28, 2016

Posh Serveware Ideas for Entertaining and Decorating

Easy care polished aluminum is fun to use,

I have to tell you...I am running behind on projects and posts this week.

Polished aluminum bowl...for salad or chips.

Today I thought I would share some pics that maybe have not been on the blog before. I take dozens of pics for a blog post project and only a few actually make it online. 

Polished aluminum candlesticks are used somewhere in the house most of the time.

If you have followed me for awhile you have probably seen my silver looking décor and serving pieces. Yes...they look like silver or pewter, but they are really polished aluminum. 

Love this tiered server that comes apart and stores flat. 

I have picked up a piece here and a piece there over the years. Some were gifts and some I purchased. Some were inexpensive and some were not. ha!  But polished aluminum is available in many price points. 

Display in my kitchen, Candlesticks, tray, and wine bucket.

Polished aluminum goes nicely with stainless appliances.

Pier One polished aluminum candlesticks. Elegant but easy care!

Some manufacturers refer to their aluminum pieces as "alternative metal." I would just suggest that you look at the material info on the bottom of the item to make sure what you are buying.
Beatriz Ball cake plate

One of the great things about most aluminum serveware is that you can put it in a sink of hot soapy water to clean. 

The silver from our wedding days back in the seventies rarely sees the light of day anymore. We don't entertain like we used to. And, when we do I use more casual serveware and dishes.
Pyrex casserole size by Beatriz Ball.

This little beauty is sized for a square Pyrex dish.  I can put a hot from the oven dish into the aluminum and transfer to the table. So, this piece is both pretty and very useful.

Another little thing I do with this square serving piece is to put it into the freezer for 30 minutes to chill it, and then I can put sandwiches or crudities in it. 

There are a few precautions when putting food into aluminum. Don't leave vinegar based dressings and such in the bowl overnight. Be careful with tomato based foods. It basically boils down into being careful with acidic foods. 

And you never put aluminum pieces in the dishwasher. 
Inexpensive no name trays from a home décor shop, that closed. 
Pretty as the name brand ones!

Here is a tray vignette along with a silver pillar holder. The finishes blend well. The aluminum trays were inexpensive...but yet they have a fairly "posh" look. Don't get me wrong...I love silver. But, it is high maintenance and expensive. 

Given that the aluminum/alternative metal serving pieces can be used for hot and cold foods, as well as for pretty displays, I feel that I will have these pieces for the rest of my life. Given that, they were a good investment. :-)

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Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. Your collection is so beautiful. I love the way you display all the pieces throughout your kitchen. Your home is absolutely gorgeous!

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you come back when you can...and we can chat again! Sheila

  2. I have that same wine bucket! Love it, versatile, and most often is used for fresh cut floral arrangements in my home! Really makes a statement! I love your other pieces, especially the candlesticks! I'll be on a search for some now! :) ...thanks for visiting and leaving such kind comments! ~Rhonda

    1. I like my bucket as a vase too! It works so well either way. Thanks for visiting.

  3. We have several pieces of Beatriz Ball and Mariposa - so convenient and perfect for entertaining. Love seeing in your home! Happy Monday!

    1. Beatriz Ball is beautiful. I think I have one piece of the Mariposa brand. And yes...they are perfect for entertaining. Thanks for stopping by. Sheila

  4. Lovely pieces. I have several pieces of silver and have used them only recently, when the semi-tarnished look was in with the Mercury glass. LOL! My alternate-metal gets the most use, though, and it does add a touch of elegance with little effort. Good post!

    1. I need to clean some of my silver right now...even though I have not used it. I love it...but it is high maintenance. ha. Thanks for leaving me a note. sheila

  5. The polished aluminum is perfect...low maintenance and still looks posh. I have some silver but seldom get it out because of the polishing required.

  6. Nice collection of serve ware, Sheila. Love the wine bucket! Thanks for sharing.

  7. I love those serving pieces. Very smart. I gave away my silver hollowware as I hate polishing. This is a lovely alternative!

  8. Hi Sheila,
    That polished aluminum sounds great to me. With age comes wisdom, think we all go to a much simpler way of doing things and enjoy a much simpler style of living. We slow down and enjoy life more.......sure works
    for me and these pretty pcs. of serveware are gorgeous, and who would know.....
    Blessings, Nellie

  9. Very, very nice collection of serving pieces. I too enjoy mine, and you won't believe this, but if I have time on my hands I do enjoy polishing silver!
    Thanks for sharing this with us today at Thoughts Of Home On Thursday!

  10. Wow...everything looks so pretty!

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

  11. Polishing silver ranks right up there with doing push-ups, neither are my favorite activities. Great info in post and I love the server by Beatriz Ball.

  12. Polished aluminum looks perfectly gorgeous. And such easy care. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing with us on Thursday Favorite Things.

  13. Your serveware collection is beautiful! I love the polished aluminum look. They always look so classy at a dinner party. Thank you for sharing your photos at Inspiration Thursday last week!


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