Go take a look at the plates you like to use for serving dessert after dinner. Are they different from your china sets or regular dinnerware? Dessert plates are your opportunity to break a few rules, add style that is nothing like the rest of your serving pieces and pick your favorites.
You can use fine crystal for dessert and not worry about scratching or utensil marks (unless your pie crust is really tough) the way you do for dinner when your guests are cutting with knives. Crystal plates work well for lunch or salad too.
Dessert is the time to shed your inhibitions. Along with that piece of Death by Chocolate you can bring in patterns or colors and give everyone their own unique pattern. There’s no need feel constrained by old ideas about everything matching (just as there’s no need to count calories when you eat chocolate. Trust me on this one.)
Do you ever have people over who don’t know each other well or that you are just beginning to know? Give everyone a different plate and start the conversation rolling. It’s a good way to get new friends talking and laughing.
The plate shown is Corsage by Tiffin. We have several plates that are great for dessert in our store Cat Lady Kate’s Elegant and Depression Glass.