The 12 best large serving platters – guaranteed crowd-pleasers at your dinner party

These 12 best large serving platters combine eye-catching detailing with classic shapes, and allow your favorite hors d'oeuvres to shine

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Whatever style of entertaining you like to do, a large serving platter is an integral piece of kit. From presenting appetizers and nibbles to serving salads, sides, or sliced meats, the serving platter can be a centerpiece for a crowd or an easy and elegant way to serve snacks.

The best dinnerware sets will have a large serving platter as part of the collection. However, introducing a coordinating or contrasting, colorful or patterned platter to plain everyday tableware is a simple way to add some flair when serving food. So here's our edit of the best large serving platters from the best home decor stores.

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What is the best size platter for serving?

It's worth having a selection of serving platters and best dessert plates so that you can present different types of food on them, and give your guests a taste of your style. The sizes may vary, depending on what you're serving and for how many people but serving platters need to be able to be stored easily too.    

'Traditionally oval platters were between 14-16 inches in length but increasingly people are becoming more creative in serving food and using a variety of multi-purpose sizes and shapes,' says Louise Rosie, Head of Design at Wedgwood.

'Most round serving platters are around 14-16 inches in diameter too,' adds Daniella Bingham, tabletop buyer at Anthropologie.

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.