breakfast, dinner, lunch
cafeteria, deli (both esp. AmE)
drinks, tea
bed (AmE)
hospitality, serving
plastic, silver, etc.
bear, carry
pick up

He balanced the tray on his knees.

place, put down, set down
on a/the tray

A waitress came in, carrying tea on a tray.

tray of

waiters bearing trays of champagne

Collocations dictionary. 2013.


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