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You”re eating dinner on a super cute disposable paper plate thinking: what is a Charger Plate anyways? Well, brace yourself. There are so many different words and names for the variety of table setting options that this might get confusing at first. The charger plate is also known as the chop plate, under plate or ‘service plate’, because it serves as a decorative under plate for your main dishes. While, you might not be watching the news and enjoying Tuesday night dinner in a formal living room, like the Kardashians or Royal family, the charger plate can be used with any place setting to create a decorative table display. Charger plates can be china, metal, wood and plastic. For long term use and every day tables, a high quality acrylic charger plate is ideal. Can you imagine breaking one glass charger plate and having to buy an entire set just to replace it?
The charger plate used to be for a formal wedding setting but with more affordable pricing and a variety of color options, they’re quickly being incorporated into every day party use. My personal favorite look is to create a fun table setting using a mix and match of two different colors. Top with white dinner plates and a fun printed table linen napkin and your party table has depth and personality. A formal party would warrant a charger plate, dinner plate and salad plate but that’s three times the amount of dishes my wonderfully patient dish washer helper fiance likes doing, so skip the salad plate if it’s not necessary. Why test his patience when guests can use one plate for the salad and main course?
Another bonus: when you’re having a served meal the charger plate works as a place setting. When you’re sending your guests to sit at their tables their places can be marked with colorful plate rather than an empty spot. Create a do-it-yourself look for your next dinner party by placing a charger plate with a napkin at each place setting. A handwritten name card with each napkin works to create a beautiful display that doesn’t have to be moved or picked up before the main dish can be presented. In my opinion, there is not more obnoxious then having to switch around plates for your server to give you the plate you’re supposed to be eating off of. The charger plate simply stays on the bottom and the dinner plate rests on top! I told you dinnerware can get complicated.
For a couple examples, here are the most popular looks. First, the gold charger plate creates a formal place setting.
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Second, a bright colored plate works wonders to showcase a decorative dinner plate. Antique or patterned plates paired with a complementary charger plate and napkin can make a table setting more formal with very little involved. If your grandmother passed down the family china and you need a way to incorporate it into your holiday party, pair it with a Royal Blue Charger Plate.
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Both of these looks are trendy and creative ways to decorate a fun party setting. Don’t be afraid to mix and match for more variety and use different textures and patterns to add personality. Plus, decorating the table setting adds to the food and flower presentation.
Have fun and be sure to send me your photos: Claire(at)koyal.com!