Anytime soup is on the menu for a catered event or buffet, be sure to stock up on the serving ladles. These ladles are both decorative and functional. They are also necessary for serving punch and gravies. When serving gravy, broth, soup or punch, consider buying a serving ladle with a spout. The spout helps ensure that the gravy goes exactly where you want it to instead of splattering all over the plate. Also, the spout makes it easier to handle both a plate and a ladle at the same time.
Small, low-capacity serving ladles are designed for serving gravy and sauces. They are also perfect for serving toppings like hot fudge, syrup or salad dressings. Larger ladles are generally used for serving punch and soup. When choosing a serving ladle look for a one-piece ladle. These ladles lack the ugly rivets that hold the two-piece ladles together, and often come with accents or engraving for a decorative note.