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Appetizer Plates Add Warmth and Fun to Meals

Get a meal off to a great start with appetizer plates. These small plates are perfect for so many purposes. Use them to serve the first course, bring out salads, throw a tapas party and even serve luscious desserts. With so many pretty designs, you can pick up stacks of these plates to enhance your tabletop, add color to parties and experiment with new dining styles.

What Are Appetizer Plates?

Appetizer plates are small plates used for serving light portions of food at a party or before a meal.

  • Plates are about the same size as dessert or salad plates. If you find a pattern or set you love, you can use these plates across different courses.
  • These plates still have a rim or contour that keeps food in the center for comfort and ease, especially since you may be standing while holding one at a cocktail party or reception.
  • The rim is definitely smaller even proportionally than a dinner plate for a lighter look.
  • With new influences from global cultures and a generally more relaxed set of rules around socializing, appetizers can now be the main attraction at a gathering, too.
  • New kinds of entertaining make the plates more foundational in your home, so treat yourself to a few sets.

Selecting Plate Sets to Mix and Match

One of the wonderful things about appetizer plates is that they don't have to match anything exactly or even that close.

  • With the wide range of uses for them, you can consider them part of a separate service from your usual dinnerware or select designs that boost your usual tabletop.
  • Trends showcase small plate sets with a different design of the same theme across plates. For instance, look for different kinds of illustrations or a dazzling array of mandala patterns in a single set.
  • Incorporate a new silhouette. If your dinnerware is round, try squared small plates. They highlight the transitional aspect of the course and make it feel special.

Serving Exciting New Dishes

Let a new type of plate inspire you to try new ways of presenting food. Get your wine glasses ready and prepare rounds of bites just for these plates.

  • The highest and best use of your appetizer plates is hors d'oeuvres. Strictly speaking, hors d'oeuvres are appetizers that you eat with a knife and fork, which requires a plate.
  • Bring a little imagination to your canapes. These are the appetizers you eat with your hands. Arrange them on small plates anyway.
  • Make a beautiful plate of crudites with fruits, veggies and dips. Your plates hold just the right amount of food to pace yourself with these fresh offerings.

To entertain, set a table with stacks of these plates alongside trays and serving utensils and let your friends mix and mingle all afternoon or evening.

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