Presentation Power

Accessories to help you style the perfect Food Station

We all know that presentation is of the utmost importance when it comes to throwing a party and serving up food and drink that look as sensational as it (hopefully) tastes. TOAST takes a look at some of the best serve ware out there that will help you effortlessly achieve presentation perfection.

Sure, we’re all familiar with plates, standard serving platters, maybe the occasional wooden board or even a tiered ceramic cake stand from time to time, but these days there is a whole host of innovative and quite frankly fabulous presentation accessories out there to help you create the perfect buffett or food station.

TOAST has does all the shopping around so you don’t have to – here are our top picks of kit to make your food and drink look totally tempting at your next do…

Food…on stilts?

LSA’s new STILT collection is an easy and effective way of achieving presentation perfection. Designed to give your food some serious height, their selection of bowls, dishes and vases fit neatly on to wooden stands with legs made from natural ash. Line them up on the table, dot them around various surfaces or you can even stack them for added drama. They are incredibly versatile; wheteher it’s food or flowers, candles or condiments they are beautifully designed and make a really stylish centrepiece. For guaranteed wow factor at your next dinner party we highly recommend the STILT Cheese Dome & Ash Stand.

The STILT Collection items are priced from £45 (STILT Cheese Dome & Ash Stand £85) and available from LSA directly www.lsa-international.com.




The cool darkness of natural slate makes anything that you put on it jump out, and as well as being totally timeless it always looking understated and sophisticated. UK based company Just Slate have a range of beautiful slate products varying in size, shape and purpose. Their Copper and Slate Serving Platter is a beautiful combination of raw materials and perfect for bread and oil, their Slate Lazy Susan is makes stylish sharing easy and their simple hexagonal tray with chic brass handles is perfect for handing out those Christmas canapés.

Price from £22 and available from www.justslate.co.uk or the hexagonal Just Slate Tray can be found at John Lewis, at £50.

Just Slate

Get Social

Social is the contemporary table and barware range from Michelin-starred Chef Jason Atherton, beautifully designed by award-winning British designer Robin Levien. This versatile range is perfect for presenting and serving food in a more informal way - whether it's a relaxed breakfast, tapas-style snack or restaurant-inspired dinner. It comprises some beautiful laser cut glassware made from crystal, including an ingenious glass jug that conveniently fits inside your fridge door. The serveware is mostly a mixture of luxuriously tactile materials such as marble and oak; the wooden riser looks fabulous in the middle of the table, but folds up neatly for storage, whilst the marble platters are simple but oh so elegant.

Prices from £4, available at John Lewis www.thesocialcollection.com

Social By JA


Tiered presentation can make your food look really exciting and super professional, and this two-tiered stand from Lakeland can be used for just about anything. The combination of natural materials (slate and wood in this case) gives it a contemporary feel and offers a bit of a modern twist on rustic charm, and the shelving effect is fun and will make anything you put on it totally tempting to your guests. If you need more layers Villeroy and Boch also do a very stylish wood and slate triple layered stand, with individual dishes that fit neatly on each level available to purchase.

Lakeland Tiered Slate Stand Price £34.99, www.lakeland.co.uk

Villeroy and Boch Tray stand £89, www.villeroy-boch.co.uk

Villeroy Boch



Uber cool Danish brand Hay has a selection of serveware that will add a serious splash of design chic to your table. Their simple rectangular chopping boards are made from a light-coloured but weighty marble and are perfect for serving up minimalist nibbles at your next do. Their colourful hexagonal ‘Kaleido’ trays are also great for parties; they come in variety of shapes, colours and sizes and look great on their own but even between when used together.  

Price From £58, available from the Wallpaper Store

HAY Chopping Boards

HAY Chopping Board


Another good example of injecting some high design in to your next bash is the latest offering from Habitat; their RORA acrylic trays combine clean lines with vibrant, iridescent colour. Available in neon yellow and neon pink, they look great on the table for a contemporary colour pop and also make the perfect serving trays for canapés and cocktails.

Price from £20, www.habitat.co.uk

RORA Tray Habitat2


These Babell Presentation Dishes by German manufacturer Koziol are probably the most versatile (and possibly the most fun) on the market. The standard set is made up from 3 dishes that you can easily separate and add, so you can have as many tiers in as many colours as you like, and if you don’t want tiers they can be used individually as stand alone dishes. Genius! Build your own bespoke stand and mix and match colours; taupes and stones for grown up parties or plenty of bright colours for when more fun is required; the vast colour palate allows to you make a stand that will match the rest of your colour scheme perfectly or be brave and clash!

Price From £11.40 available from Made in Design www.madeindesign.co.uk



If you‘re after a real showstopper for the middle of your table then look no further; this striking gold coloured birdcage by Italian designer Seletti definitely has the wow factor. Lift the cage to reveal the white porcelain base, perfect for presenting precious treats, cheese, cakes, biscuits, and other tempting nibbles.

Price from £125, www.madeindesign.co.uk 

Birdcage By Selletti

Call in the Professionals

Tina Nisson Design design and hire a wide range of innovative, contemporary serve ware, props and canapé trays to create spectacular food displays for discerning clients across the globe.  They offer a wide variety of alternative and stylish trays, draws and stackable displays to hire or buy that will make your event stand out. Official food stylists for the Great British Menu, Tina also provides bespoke event styling services, creating visual spectacles to suit your theme and give your food station some extra personality. 

Price: On application www.tinanissondesign.com

Tina Nisson

Tinan Design

If all this talk of presentation power has left you looking for something to serve then take a look at TOAST and event caterers extraordinaire &Feast’s guide to serving up super canapés and our feature of the rise of the Food Stations on theEdit. 



Posted in Inspire Me

by Sophie Farrah
on on 06 October 2016

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