What is Silver Service?

Silver service refers to the flatware and serving ware of a home which is ideally made of silver and used to impress guests with the wealth and comfort of a home. For example, a guest will be asked to partake of tea served from a silver tea service (tray, pot, etc., being made of silver) as a way of showing respect to the guest (i.e., ‘you are worthy of using our nice things’) and showing off just how nice the host’s things are (i.e., ‘check out my expensive silver collection’).