Wednesday, June 22, 2011

The Multi-Tasking Serving Tray

I've come to a conclusion that every home should own a tray of some sort.  And the best part about it is that you don't have to spend a lot at all on one.  I noticed recently that I am currently using 4 trays throughout our home.  Does 4 sound like a lot?  Maybe.  But they are all really being used in some way (and they were all inexpensive).

I picked up this tray a few months ago at Ikea.  I liked the bright blue color and print and you can't beat the $5.99 price tag.  I use this tray literally every day when I'm getting ready to feed my daughter a meal.  We eat at the table in our dining room, so I prep all of her food and other items needed for the meal and bring it all into the dining room in one swoop on the tray - easy in, easy out.

This is also an Ikea Barbar tray and I started using this one in our living room/entry area.  This as you can see is a catch-all area - catch all items that I don't have a spot for when I walk in the door.  I'm thinking this tray will probably stay here because I think the yellow and pink are nice and cheery.

There is a tray right next to this pretty yellow one, but it's not so pretty.  This one will probably go to another room at some point.
This one is also housing some random items I don't have a place for at the present time, but I like that everything is in one small area and I can move everything easily at any given moment like each night when I spend a little time prepping the walls for stripe painting.   This tray was a wedding shower gift and is from Crate & Barrel.  It is no longer available but it is very similar to the Quadrant tray.

And tray number 4 in our house is in our bedroom, and it houses most of my favorite pieces of jewelry and a random nail file, chapstick, and lipstick.

I got this tray for $4.99 at Marshall's about a month ago.  They had a ton of little trays like this that would be perfect in a bedroom or bathroom.  

Ok, am I tray crazy?  Maybe a little, but they are really useful.  And I didn't even mention yet how perfect they are for entertaining and having snacks/beverages on hand for when guests are over.  Throw together some cheese and crackers, lemonade, and a small vase of fresh flowers and you've got a great little snack - not to mention a pretty presentation all in one spot.

Here are a few more of my favorites:

Ikea; $3.99

Etsy seller ionesAttic; $26.00

Do you have any trays in your home that you use on regular basis?


  1. Things always look better grouped together on a serving tray. I have several throughout my house too. I love the pretty chartreuse and blue one you're using for your jewelry.

  2. I also love trays and think you can never have enough of them! :) I love the ones in your home and in your inspiration folder. They are great for entertaining and for every day use. We have one on our kitchen table, with a lantern on top. It adds some extra depth to the centerpiece.

  3. Adorable choices! I love a good tray--and Ikea's got some cute ones right now!

  4. Hi Holly-

    I am a tray junkie, too. I can't seem to get enough of them. They are just so pretty and versatile. When one of my friends redesigned her kitchen she made sure to add a tray cabinet so she could neatly store and have easy access to all her trays.
    I am looking forward to Sat. I put the word out in the local paper and Philly Moms. I will contact you by Friday with the final details.
    My best- Diane