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Set a Beautiful Table Using Charger Plates

Updated on March 10, 2018

Charger Plates

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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.


What is a Charger Plate?

Photo: My Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady china with hunter green charger.
Photo: My Country Diary of an Edwardian Lady china with hunter green charger. | Source

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.


This Video Might Answer Any Questions About Table Settings - Instructional Video on YouTube

Etiquette by Emily Post

Good Etiquette doesn't seem to be as important these days but I feel it still is.
Good Etiquette doesn't seem to be as important these days but I feel it still is. | Source

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 entrée is served, at which point the service plate is exchanged for the entrée plate." Emily Post


Magnolia Plates with Green Chargers

My friend had this beautiful set of Magnolia Dishes that went perfect with my hunter 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. This one brings out the green color in the Magnolia dishes. | Source

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.
Does This Table Setting Look Better With Or Without The Charger? - Some think they make a big difference but others do not. | Source

Please tell me what you think! - Do you like it with or without a charger?

Does this table setting look better with or without a charger?

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How To Set A Formal Table Video

Learning Proper Etiquette

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.

It seems that we all have become much more casual and even eating on the run. If we don't continue to teach proper mealtime etiquette, it will be lost forever and that would be a sad state for us to be in.

Creating a beautiful table with the proper settings on special occasions just for your family would be a great way to keep this knowledge alive. Let you children become a part of the planning and the decorating. You will be creating memories that can be passed on to the next generation and to generations to come.

If you don't feel confident in setting a formal table, there are plenty of helpful videos and articles to refer to. Let your children watch the videos, too, and that way they might realize the importance and know that it is not just something you made up.


Which Fork To Use?

How To Set A Formal Table

Our Christmas Table Setting - using our dark green chargers

The dish you see here is one of the 13 Original Colony plates by Lenox. I have all 13 and enjoy looking at them all year long but have only eaten off of them once. My hubby gave me one every Christmas until I got them all.
The dish you see here is one of the 13 Original Colony plates by Lenox. I have all 13 and enjoy looking at them all year long but have only eaten off of them once. My hubby gave me one every Christmas until I got them all. | Source

"Put On A Happy Face" - Don't you just love these plates?

Our Friends of the Park organization has a Spring Brunch Fundraiser every year and there are so many creative tables and many of them use chargers. Each table sponsor chooses their own theme and carries it out with their table décor.
Our Friends of the Park organization has a Spring Brunch Fundraiser every year and there are so many creative tables and many of them use chargers. Each table sponsor chooses their own theme and carries it out with their table décor. | Source

Thank you for stopping by and looking at these great chargers - Do you like to set a beautiful table?

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      4 years ago from Canada

      I don't have any chargers either...I'm pretty casual so if I chose some I'd probably go for color.

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      Cheryl Paton 

      4 years ago from West Virginia

      Now I know what a charger plate is. An added touch of color can be the perfect accent. : )

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      seleen fouad 

      4 years ago

      thank you for the great ideas , i really love the smiley plates

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      Giovanna 

      4 years ago from Perth UK

      I do love these big plates. I had no idea they are called Charger Plates. I went to a dinner party once and they had golden Charger plates -I was very impressed -they did make the table look so special.

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      Ruthi 

      4 years ago

      I had never heard of Charger plates before now, but realized when I saw the bamboo under-plates that I had used them often in the 70s and 80s. Yes, I think the Chargers add a lovely decorative touch to a table setting.

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      Maria Burgess 

      5 years ago from Las Vegas, Nevada

      I love setting up a formal table! These chargers and the examples you have featured are great. Love the smiley face designs! =)

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      Marika 

      5 years ago from Cyprus

      Now that's an interesting way to set a table.

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      marktplaatsshop 

      5 years ago

      Thanks for visiting and liking my lens about animal cruelty I really appriciate it

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      marktplaatsshop 

      5 years ago

      Chargers make or break your table setting that's my opinion

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      Bellezza-Decor 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I think chargers are wonderful for special occasions and yes they do make a table setting look much more elegant.

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      Aunt-Mollie 

      5 years ago

      Chargers very much enhance a table setting and make even casual dining seem elegant.

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      sittonbull 

      5 years ago

      Well ... I have learned after 40+ years of wedded bliss... that these things are important to you lovely ladies... and I have learned to say with "enthusiasm" ... That is just gawgeous shugah! ... and of course ... it is! ;) Congratulations on youah purple star my friend!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @aishu19: I sure think so. I feel like the plates are "naked" without them. lol

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @KathrynGrayson: I hope you and Joan can come to the Spring Brunch one year. You would love all the creativity

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Michey LM: Thank you, Michey!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @RinchenChodron: Thank you for stopping by and thank you for the lovely comment.

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      RinchenChodron 

      5 years ago

      These are very interesting and pretty way to decorate your table. And reasonably priced. Great job on this lens.

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      Michey LM 

      5 years ago

      Very nice presentation, I love it!

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      KathrynGrayson 

      5 years ago

      It sure was fun to see your "Put On A Happy Face" table from the brunch.

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      aishu19 

      5 years ago

      Charger plates do make a difference

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Fun to look at the different chargers. Love the red metal ones.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      5 years ago from United States

      Charger plates really do add such beauty and "finish" to a dining room table! I especially love the scalloped chargers featured!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @Joan4: We sure had fun with that table. Glad you like it

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      Joan4 

      5 years ago

      Your spring brunch happy face table is a delight!

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      5 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @anonymous: Thank you for saving one of your squidlikes for me. Much appreciated.

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Now I only have 20 squidlikes I have to be more selective so you've got one, at least lol Love the charger plates, my favorite is white with a gold band on the edges.

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      JeffGilbert 

      5 years ago

      A great list of resources. Nice lens!!!

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      TheJewelryStore 

      5 years ago

      These charger plates are gorgeous! I do enjoy setting a complete and formal dining table and charges make lovely touches.

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      Darcie French 

      5 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      What a lovely way to truly dress up a dinner table

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      TheToyStore 

      5 years ago

      Charger plates really do add beautiful detail to a dining room table and give it such a "finished" look! These are lovely charger plate selections!

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      marsha32 

      5 years ago

      I learned something new...I had no idea what a charger plate was until now. They really do dress up a table.

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      CoeGurl 

      5 years ago from USA

      What a beautiful lens! I think charger plates really add an elegance to the table.

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      tarsummit 

      5 years ago

      After this article I'll definitely start using charger plates!

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      victoriahaneveer 

      5 years ago

      I've never used charger plates but I do think they look very classy

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      wendyfinn 

      5 years ago

      I don't have many opportunities to set a table with wow factor, but charger plates are definitely the way to go. I just have to stop dropping them!

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      Totus Mundus 

      5 years ago

      I love elegant crockery, and these are lovely.

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      microfarmproject 

      6 years ago

      What lovely table settings. I am not gifted in this area, so I will use your lens as a reference to set my own holiday table. thanks!

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      PennyHowe 

      6 years ago

      I have never used charger plates. I have been to homes where they are in use and their tables look beautiful. I guess sometimes it comes down to dollars and when I have some extra, chargers are on the top of my list. Love your ideas. Plus love your explanation of your Squidoo name in your profile. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

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      FashionMommy 

      6 years ago

      Charger plates make a lot of diference. They're beautiful and will add elegance to any table setting.

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      Sharyn Read 

      6 years ago from ... either in the kitchen or at my laptop...

      I have never heard the term charger plate before, but I know what I am getting my best friend for her birthday now though, so thank you!

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      Lisa Morris 

      6 years ago

      Wow, the Charger Plates are beautiful.

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      It just feels so much like home on this lovely charger plate lens again. :)

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      anonymous 

      6 years ago

      It just feels so much like home on this lovely charger plate lens again. :)

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      KeepsakeIdeas 

      6 years ago

      Oh you are right, a beautiful charger adds a touch of elegance to any table setting.

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      June Parker 

      6 years ago from New York

      Lovely lens. Using chargers really sets off the look of an elegant table. I have both silver and gold chargers that I use dependent on what mood I am in. This year we just had an open house (apartment) for cocktails and appetizers. Last year I did a silver and glacier ice blue tablescape for a Christmas dinner. Great idea for a lens. I am surprised by your comments of the people who had never heard of using them before. *Squid Angel Blessed* I am in the process of making a new lens for 2012 Angel Blessings. As soon as it is finished, you will be added there and I'll send an e-mail to let you know when it has been published.

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      scss 

      6 years ago

      I have a set of gold charger plates that I love to use with some antique gold greek band bowl plates I have... very interesting lens, thanks!Helene Malmsio aka SCSS

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      norma-holt 

      6 years ago

      From the pics it reminds me of frames around pictures. Great lens and lots of good advice.

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      Jan T Urquhart Baillie 

      7 years ago from Australia

      I've never heard of charger plates before! That's my 'thing' or today.

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      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 

      7 years ago from United States

      I do love my charger plates! I only use them on holidays, but I do think they are beautiful on the table.

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      oztoo lm 

      7 years ago

      I enjoyed the photos demonstrating the difference with or without. Great lens about table chargers.

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      JJNW 

      7 years ago from USA

      I think I might need some of those things! Who knew? : )

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      kimbesa 

      7 years ago from USA

      Beautiful...thanks! And angel blessed!

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      BuckHawkcenter 

      7 years ago

      Happy April Fool's Day - and a real blessing to boot!

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      clouda9 lm 

      7 years ago

      A beautiful and stunning way to set your place settings. I love the photos of chargers you have on here to give us a visual difference. May the luck of the Irish be with you today...*blessed and featured on http://www.squidoo.com/my-angel-wings :*

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      glowchick 

      7 years ago

      Very nice :) Great lens!

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      Carol Fisher 

      7 years ago from Warminster, Wiltshire, UK

      I'm not good at table settings but I do appreciate how well it can be done. It would never have occurred to me before to use charger plates but now I'll think about it the next time I'm setting the table for a special meal.

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      Nancy Tate Hellams 

      7 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      @jimmielanley: I use charger plates with placemats all the time. I like the way it looks. Just personal preference. I have never read that you shouldn't use a placemat with a charger.

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      sheriangell 

      7 years ago

      So very pretty!

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      Jimmie Lanley 

      7 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      So, when you use a charger, you do not use a placemat, right? That seems to be how I see them used. Tablecloth is okay, but no placemat.

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      AslanBooks 

      7 years ago

      I learned a new word today...charger plate.

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      irenemaria 

      7 years ago from Sweden

      With such an easy thing, the table looks more fancy!

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      Mary Beth Granger 

      7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Love what you've done with this subject. Blessed

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      Mona 

      7 years ago from Iowa

      Love love love the magnolia setting.

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      DecoratingEvents 

      7 years ago

      Of course! Great ideas we can all use.

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      Laura Schofield 

      8 years ago from Chicago, IL USA

      What a great idea to write on! I'd love to see a series on these: Christmas charger plates, Halloween, Easter, Color themes, etc.. You could get lots of life out of this! Great job!

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      LoKackl 

      8 years ago

      This lens is great! I especially appreciate the comparative photos! squid angel Blessed!

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      ElizabethJeanAl 

      8 years ago

      I don't have a "good" set of dinnerware. I've thought about getting a set, but then I think about where to store it. I don't have the room.They are pretty...somedayLizzy

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Charger Plates are cool and sure do dress up a setting. Well done and 5 Stars for sure. Say, I do believe your SC group could benefit with some bartering lenses. It's a very hometown thing to do too. ~ Thank you for visiting some of my lenses recently Nancy, its always a joy.Susie

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      sukkran trichy 

      8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      really beautiful chargers nancy. it adds new dimension to the dining table. an informative lens.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Love the lens....great ideas and great fun. Love those magnolias.

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      GrowWear 

      8 years ago

      Love charger plates. The magnolia dinnerware is beautiful. :P

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      WhiteOak50 

      8 years ago

      Very nice OhMe!! Adding the charger plates adds creativity to a place setting. Very beautiful.

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      justholidays 

      8 years ago

      I like the before/after photo idea! Oh and the table would look even nicer with wine glasses ;) Anyway, that's a very lovely lens on a subject that I like!Dom.

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      I have some gold ones that I use for holidays and other festive meals. It adds some pizazz to the table.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Love the look of a table setting with a Charger Plate. Those magnolia dishes made me drool too! Great lens, Nancy!

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      Evelyn Saenz 

      8 years ago from Royalton

      The charger plates seem to frame the plate and show it off in style.

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      Wednesday-Elf 

      8 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      I've been to dinners where Charger Plates were used, and you're right - it does make a table setting look beautiful.

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      What a nice lens! Makes me want to entertain! Great pics and info, Nan!

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      Dianne Loomos 

      8 years ago

      I think the chargers are beautiful but I've never used any. I might use them at holidays but otherwise we are pretty casual here.

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      Joan4 

      8 years ago

      Beautiful charger plates and they do add so much to the table.

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      pkmcr 

      8 years ago from Cheshire UK

      We have been using Table Chargers for a long time now and they really do make a dinner table look so special. You have chosen a beautiful range of them to highlight

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      What an interesting and as always informative lens. thank you Nancy

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      anonymous 

      8 years ago

      Lovely charger plates. I have used them but didn't know they had a name. LOL.. 5* and blessed for educating me!

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