Set A Beautiful Table Using Charger Plates
Dress Up Your Table With Chargers
Charger Plates can turn a plain table setting into a fun table or an elegant table. I spent some time at a friend's home recently having fun pulling together different table settings using all her various dishes and chargers.
I only own a set of dark green ones but would love to get gold ones to go with my fine china. I love the way they dress up a table. Actually, I would like chargers in many different colors and shapes.
Note: Special thanks to my friend, Anne, for helping me with this Squidoo page. It was fun!. Thank you, Anne!
Photo: Taken by Ohme at a friend's home - this photo is private property and is not to be copied.
What is a Charger Plate? - They really dress up your dining table!
I Enjoy Using Charger Plates
A Charger Plate is an over-sized decorative plate that goes beneath the dinner plate. Food is never served on the Charger Plate and it is sometimes called an Under Plate. According to Wikipedia, they have been around since the 19th century but regained popularity in the 1990s. Actually, I would have to disagree with that since I remember them being very popular in the 70's, as well. I got my set in 1979, I believe. I now have 12 of the Hunter Green ones and have really enjoyed them over the years. I would like a gold set to use with my good china, too.
Photo: My Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady china with hunter green charger. Click the bird napkin holder to go directly to my page about my china but please continue this page first. Thanks.
Colored Bamboo Service Plates - Sea Green for Spring and Summer
These Rattan and Bamboo Charger Plates come in 8 vivid colors and would be fun to mix and match.
Set of 4 Rattan and Bamboo ones in a beautiful sea green color.
It would be fun to use orange for Halloween and Thanksgiving and Red for Christmas, Valentines and July 4th.
This Video Might Answer Any Questions About Table Settings - Instructional Video on YouTube
Very nice video with instructions and ideas for your table setting.
These Red Chargers Would Make Your Table Setting Very Lovely - Use for Christmas or Valentine's or any time of the year
Charger Plates are not expensive and can really change the look of your table setting.
You can go elegant or casual with these beautiful plates. Use them at Valentines or Christmas or just anytime!
Click the product to purchase or to browse around for other choices. There are so many different colors.
Emily Post talks about Charger Plates
Emily Post Etiquette
Emily Post states:
At holiday times charger plates, also known as service plates, make a cameo appearance on our tables. In stunning gold, copper, silver, black, emerald green and ruby red, they turn their practical sisters, the soup bowl or salad plate, into Cinderellas for the evening.
This large plate, usually about 12" in diameter, serves as an underplate for the plate or bowl holding the first course. The first course is brought to the table and set on the service plate. When the first course is cleared, the service plate remains until the plate holding the entrÃ©e is served, at which point the service plate is exchanged for the entrÃ©e plate.Emily Post
Click the book, Emily Post Etiquette, to be directed to Amazon to purchase or browse around.
Magnolia Plates with Green Chargers - This one brings out the green color in the Magnolia dishes
My friend had this beautiful set of Magnolia Dishes that went perfect with my hunter green chargers. She had never used this set of dishes so decided to donate them for one of the prizes at our Spring Brunch Fundraiser. Needless to say, they were a big hit and in fact someone purchased them from the one that actually won them as a prize and then she turned around and donated the money to our park. Wasn't that nice! We sure thought so.
Gold Round Chargers on Amazon - for an Elegant Table Setting
This gold charger plate would be very beautiful to set off your fine china especially if it had a gold trim like the Lenox Eternal pattern.
Click the product to purchase or to browse around for other plates. Charger Plates, Service Plates or Under Plates can be found in all shapes and colors.
What Do You Think? Does This Table Setting Look Better With Or Without The Charger? - Some think they make a big difference but others do not.
Please tell me what you think! - Do you like it with or without a charger?
Maybe you don't think a Charger Plate makes any difference but I do.
Does this table setting look better with or without a charger?
How To Set A Formal Table Video
Most folks don't set a formal table ever and some only do on special occasions. It would be nice to do it just for your family every so often and make it a learning time for the children.
Which Fork To Use?
You just never know when you might need to know the correct way to use all the utensils at a formal table.
Enjoy a Beautiful Table Setting
Why not pull out your good china and really do it up right? I know it is a lot of trouble but will make a good memory for your loved ones.
Interesting Zebra Print - Click product to purchase or browse around Amazon.com
There is so much that can be done with these white and black chargers.
Do you have white dishes or black dishes? These Zebra Print ones would look great and make a beautiful table. Also, you could add red napkins or red napkin rings with black napkins. The red would be a great accent color for these charger plates.
Great Set of Scalloped Charger Plates - Click product to purchase or to browse around Amazon.com
I have a friend who has these charger plates and they sure do make a table look so beautiful.
Having a dinner guests? These would make your table look festive. These are made to look like wood grain but are actually a plastic. They are light weight and easy to clean but will really had a lot to your table setting.
It really is amazing what one plate can do to the looks of your table and your dishes. I can just see china with a nature scene on it and these would pull out the wood of the trees. Yes, I have a vivid imagination but I do think it would be lovely.