I’m so excited to introduce our new “Charming Party Basics” series sharing the essentials from a party stylists’ little black book. Party themes come and go, and trends are ever changing, but these Charming Party Basics are the staples that find their way into our parties time and time again.

Cuatro Rectangle Platter - Charming Party Basic Favorite Serving Pieces

The Best Basic Party Platter

First up is the perfectly-sized Cuatro Medium Platter from CB2. The simple and sleek lines of this particular rectangle tray make it a perfect blank canvas for serving up anything from cupcakes to veggies. We recommend having at least four of these platters, luckily they’re just $3.95 a piece (I know… total steal, right?!). The small and large platters from CB2’s Cuatro collection are also nice, and we love how the three sizes are designed to fit together, but the medium one is the definite must have.

BONUS: A regular, letter-size piece of paper is large enough to create a liner for this platter, and we love using printable tray liners — like this red polka dot freebie tray liner — to coordinate with party themes.

Photography, design and styling by Bettijo B. Hirschi and Aimée Lowry.


  1. Love this idea! Can’t wait for the next must have!

    Julie    Monday, June 11, 2012
  2. This is a great tip – thank you! I’m always looking for basic serving trays that aren’t bulky. This fits the bill very well and I can see plenty of uses for it. Thanks!

    Monica    Monday, June 11, 2012
  3. Great find, girls! Love these!

    Kim - The TomKat Stu    Monday, June 11, 2012
  4. Hi these are just great where can i buy them from?

    Lee x

    lee    Monday, June 11, 2012
  5. My favorite platters – perfect for any party.

    Caryl Lyons    Monday, June 11, 2012
  6. @LEE They are available at CB2.com here: http://www.cb2.com/serving-pieces/dining/cuatro-platters/f2736

    Aimée & Bettijo    Monday, June 11, 2012
  7. Love this idea–thanks for sharing. I’m so excited about this series of “insider secrets!” Thanks so much for your great blog.

    Cara    Monday, June 25, 2012

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