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Gorgeous Dessert Plates Worth Lingering At The Table

Some say the best part of the meal is dessert--but your dessert plates may become your new favorite touch. Discover the whimsical and well-made selections at Williams Sonoma to inject a sweet touch to your tabletop. And what if dessert isn't the thing you anticipate the most? Fortunately, the size of these plates lends itself just as well to salads.

Adding Delicate Details to Your Dessert Plates

The beauty of dessert is that it can be completely over-the-top, no matter how healthy, familiar or even staid your dinner was. A decorous meal full of skillful cooking techniques deserves the majesty of a fantastic dessert. Clear away the dinner plates and bring out new dessert plates.

  • These plates don't have to match your main place settings or each other. Complementing each other is enough. Explore sets with a common theme, like colorful, floral-inspired fractals or borders, and enjoy watching your family check out each other's plates.
  • Add airy details to the dessert course to showcase a fluffy cake or oozing piece of pie. Lattice cutouts or scalloped rims create a convivial atmosphere after the main meal.
  • If you're hosting a holiday meal, you can rely on your fine china before bringing out playful plates with seasonal themes. As guests enjoy dessert, each plate's image reveals itself.

Pairing with Your Salad Plates

Create a thoughtful balance when you serve multiple courses. Choose several sets of these smaller plates to use as dessert plates and salad plates.

  • This creates a sense of genuine abundance when a medley of complementary plates makes it out from the kitchen course by course.
  • Use these plates to serve intimate meals for two or a group by serving dishes tapas-style. Develop a menu of flavorful dishes and prepare just enough for everyone to have a few sumptuous bites of everything. Add a salad course as a kick-off or final round to clear the palate.
  • Mix yourself up a delightful salad to enjoy before solo meals with little fanfare but lots of joy. When you have the right dinnerware, all meals feel special.

A Place for Bread and Butter Plates

As you curate a range of plates for your home, select a set of bread and butter plates to complement your daily dinnerware and your dessert plates.

  • These smaller plates rest at the side of the dinner plate between the plate and a water or wine glass.
  • Place or pass a basket of dinner rolls or a sliced loaf and set out a butter dish or crock. Everyone can help themselves as you bring the meal out to the table.
  • Use these plates to enhance the experience of a cheese board or charcuterie.

Your dessert and salad plates have so many uses. See what you can do with a gorgeous new set in your home.

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