Tray Chic: Using Trays in Home Decor

One King’s Lane invited me to share some of my “Tray Chic” moments and I was anxious to share, but since I am still unpacking, I arrived at the party a little late.  Regardless, today I am sharing a couple of the ways I am using trays in my home decor right now. coastal-Guest-Room-Gift-trayThis is one of my favorite trays that I am sure I will be using in a variety of ways in my new coastal style home.  If you haven’t seen and read about my new home, you can catch some more pictures of it here.  I bought this one at Home Goods, ready to add a bit of nautical and coastal feeling to my new Coastal home.  At this time, I have gathered a few things for an upcoming house guest, along with some nautical accent pieces.  I know I would enjoy being welcomed at someone’s home with a tray like this on the bed.  This one might find a permanent home on my yet to be purchased coffee table in the family room.Mirrored-Nautical-TrayThis beautiful mirrored tray with the rope handles is one I discovered at One King’s Lane.  As I move ahead with my decorating, this might be another tray I just have to add to my repertoire.  The rope handles give it a nautical feel while the metal and mirror finishes dress up the tray, perhaps for use in my more formal living room.  This would look pretty on the piano, maybe with some candles on it.  Navy-and-gold-bar-tray

This round navy and gold tray is one of the few things I have already purchased for my new home.  This actually came on a stand and can be used as a small side table.  In this case, I used it to gather glasses and liquor for a miniature bar set-up.  The gold trim coordinated perfectly with my gold chevron glasses.


If you are looking for a bar tray you really can’t go wrong with this sleek and classic silver tray.  This tray reminds me of Mad Men and the era of cocktail parties.  It is dressy and refined, just what one would set out a couple of highball or martini glasses on – with the ingredients right at hand.
Mint-Julep-bar-trayI used a more rustic tray with all of the ingredients for a mint julep at my Kentucky Derby Party this past May.  I like the combination of the rustic wood and the metal for this sort of party.

Rustic Bard Tray

This tray from One King’s Lane would make a great tray for a Derby party or a wine and cheese gathering.  


I don’t know where I would use this on our boat, but I have a little tray envy for this one, with its anchor and rope design.  This one is a bargain at $35.00.  I wonder what my husband would say if I add another piece of entertaining ware to the boat?

I would love to hear how you enjoy using trays in home decor.  Do you have a favorite way to use trays?  Do you like a breakfast tray for breakfast in bed?  How about a utilitarian tray for carrying all the fixings out to the grill for a cookout?

I’ll be sharing this at the following link parties:

Sunday’s Down Under Linky Party | Pams Party & Practical Tips: Dare to Share | Sunday Features Link Party | Its Overflowing:  Share Your Creativity  | Sundays At Home  | French Country Cottage:  Feathered Nest Friday | The Charm of Home:  Home Sweet Home | The Creative Circle

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  1. Oh my, Sandra, I have lots of trays and I still have tray envy over all the trays I could buy! Someday you and I are going to go shopping together and go crazy!

  2. I love all of those tray ideas. I’ve pinned your navy and gold tray to the #sundaysdownunder board on Pinterest. Thanks for sharing it!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

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