There are only so many topics where gardens, homes and entertaining (party) are concerned…and I try to be original (or as original as I can be for my blog).  But sometimes topics are worth revisiting.  Trays, at least for me, is just such a subject.  I first posted my love of the versatility of trays HERE.

Since that time I have found more images showing the use of trays and they are inspiring…at least to me, I hope they will provide you with ideas as well.

With a padded ottoman for a coffee table a tray becomes a necessity.

 Better Homes and Garden

I may have zeroed in on the peonies in this image, but when I realized the arrangement on the white lacquer tray I was sold.

Color Outside the Lines

I really like this brass tray on the ottoman…the room is filled with touches of brass/gold tones — it really is beautiful.

Madeline Stewart Designs

Maybe it’s my California roots but Barclay Butera designs such an inviting and relaxed room…I can imagine the cool breezes off the ocean and the sound of the blender in the kitchen, preparing margaritas for the party.

Barclay Butera

Another amazing California designer, Mary Ann of classic.casual.home has used this brass tray in her family room…the classic combination is more appealing on a tray—a plant and/or fresh cut flowers, candle and photograph.

Classic. Casual. Home

Doesn’t this try look great on the blue and white checked table cloth…such a pretty ensemble of blue and white, what’s not to love?

Dan Carithers

Silver and wood trays are a favorite of mine.  This one looks masculine with the leather appointments but I can imagine it topped with silver and crystal for a party.

David Jiminez ~ Haus Design

Lilacs and coffee on a vintage wooden tray…yes, please.


It’s hard for me to determine what the tray in the picture below is made of but I love the rustic appeal of the old, cloth bound books, a candle and some kind of small receptacle.

Haus Design

Isn’t this a wonderful montage of interesting accessories.  The red tray ties to the pillows and red coral and the blue and white candle container ties it all in a pretty bow.


Another nice woven tray filled with orchids, moss and a footed silver bowl.

Do you use trays in places besides your kitchen?  What do you typically display on them?  I’d love to hear your ideas.

I’ve linking to  French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday