When choosing a material type for your serving bowl, there are a number of options. Metal serving bowls look great at fancy buffets or formal events, and serve well as a dual punch server. However, most transfer heat very quickly, so if they are used to serve very hot foods, diners can burn their hands. But do not worry, an insulated metal bowl is a good option for serving hot and cold foods alike. Plastic bowls are ideal for serving cold foods and snack foods like pretzels or crackers, while wooden models should only be used for cold, solid foods like nuts or candy.
Another important consideration when purchasing a serving bowl is the shape. The shape is mostly important because it will add a unique look to your buffet. Octagonal and slanted bowls are great for adding an extra element of fun and a unique visual effect to the food display. However, a round or square serving bowl is a classic choice that will match any kind of decor you can imagine.