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One of the best things about the holiday season is gathering with friends and family around the dinner table for a delicious meal. However, being in charge of said meal can be a little stressful, to say the least — especially when it comes to serving. From worrying if all of your dishes will fit on your dining table to timing everything perfectly to ensure every component stays warm (I mean no one likes cold mashed potatoes, right?), it’s another layer of stress you don’t need during a hectic holiday feast. Well, dear reader, I have a little holiday hack for you (courtesy of my mom) in the form of a must-have serving gadget. Say hello to the Oster Buffet Server Warming Tray.

Featuring three 2.5-quart compartments, this warming tray is perfect for anyone looking for a helping hand this holiday season. Comfortably housing three dishes, it keeps food warm for hours with a little help from the heated base and dome-shaped lids. The temperature-control knob lets you set the perfect heating temp, while an easy-to-see indicator light ensures food is staying warm. The best part? This tray’s compartments are removable, allowing you to transform it into a 20″ x 13″ heating surface that can keep dishes warm right out of the oven. And before you ask, yes, the pans and lids are all dishwasher safe (stress-free holiday, remember?).

When my mom began using this tray during holiday meals, it was a gamechanger. Not only was it her secret to keeping staple dishes warm on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but it also allowed people to serve themselves. It ensured everyone got as much of each main dish and side as they wanted and that she didn’t have to spend another minute on her feet (rightfully so.) It also let her get creative; she would make little name cards for each dish and turn it into a whole production, adding an extra dose of fun to dinnertime.

At just under $45, this tray is a steal — especially with some comparable options going for double the price or more. So if you’re looking for a way to take some stress out of serving this holiday season, this warming tray is a mom-approved must-have. Here’s to holidays filled with warm food and warm hearts!

Sarah M. Vazquez

Commerce Writer

Sarah writes about all things shopping for Apartment Therapy, helping you find the best deals and the best products for you and your home. A Brooklyn-born Jersey Girl, she loves a good playlist, a good bagel, and her family (but not necessarily in that order).

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