Whether you’re hosting a romantic dinner, having friends over or looking to spruce up your everyday family meals, you want your table to look nice. Charger plates can instantly add that extra polish to your table, with very little effort. Use these special plates to add elegance, complement the colors of your dishes and present your food in a flattering light.
What Is a Charger Plate?
Charger plates are large, decorative plates that you place underneath your dinner plates as part of a formal table setting. They can be made of plastic, glass and even brass- or copper-plated metal. They come in a variety of colors. Some chargers feature textured or embossed rims for extra detail.
Choosing Charger Plates
Select charger plates that will not only look nice and match your decor but will also be easy to handle and clean as well. If you have small children, select plastic ones that won’t break and are dishwasher safe.
For an upscale event or holiday gathering, choose gold charger plates or silver charger plates, and carefully hand-wash them after use. Match them to your table decor and place settings with complementary finishes. Choose other accents, like candlesticks, with the same metallic tone.
How to Use Charger Plates
First, cover your table with your favorite tablecloth or decorative placemats. Place the charger plates directly on the tablecloth or placemats. Keep in mind that they’re not meant to come into direct contact with food, so lay your formal place settings on top. Then arrange your flatware, drinking glasses and cloth napkins for a finished table.
During a multicourse meal, simply remove the dinner plates or bowls after each course while leaving the charger plate on the table. In addition to looking beautiful, these fancy additions also protect your table or tablecloth from food spills.