7 Different Types of Plates and Their Usage on a Dinner Table

Types of plates

What if the plates could communicate? Maybe they had interesting stories to share. Those stories that you gossiped over them all alone. Or maybe they complained to you? About what? That you are using only one type for multipurpose. If that’s your case, you better read the below content.

Stop using a single plate to serve all your purposes.

It feels monotonous, and who likes that? I’m sure you don’t! So, break the monotony. Let us see how? If you are not aware, we have different types of plates serving unique purposes. One for salad, one for soup, one for dessert, and one for…? 


Let us break it down for more simplification. Come on!

Charger Plates: Tablecloth Protector

Do not hold food. Yes! That’s absolutely what you read. These are one of the types of plates that actually don’t hold any food. Rather it is there to hold the dinner plates

They are embellished and lay an elegant foundation for other plates. They are wider in size than those of the dinner plates and hold the dinner plates over them. Once the guests are seated, charger plates are placed underneath the dinner plates, and they remain on the table throughout the meal. These plates are typically removed before dessert is served.

Add aesthetic flair to the formal table settings and make a remarkable impression at the parties you host.

charger plateSource: Kaunteya
Premium Charger Plate

Make your formal dinner settings more delectable with DASARA Charger Plate. This premium charger plate has a blue shade and a gold plating of 24k to add elegance. This features red and green flower motifs around the edges and the royal chariot. 

Dinner Plates: A Fine Dine

The dinner plates are the types of plates that are used during the main course. They are used to serve the portions of the main course individually.

They have a standard size between 9 to 11 inches. These plates are the main attraction of formal dinner settings

They are stacked over one another to give a piled look. Often, these are complemented by quarter, soup, and salad plates.

dinner platesSource: The Table Fable
A Fine Dine Dinner Plates

Male Dinner Plate is beautifully adorned in shades of blue and earthen brown. It is made with stoneware and is as refreshing as the blue waters and brown sand at a beach. These handmade plates with dual textures are sure to leave an impression. 

Quarter Plate:  Super Small Addition

This plate is there to complement the dinner plate. It has a standard size between 6 to 8 inches. They are commonly known as side plates or bread and butter plates.

It is generally placed beside the fork. It is used to hold bread, rolls, or small side dishes that accompany the main course. 

Lotus side platesSource: Home Artisan
Ceramic Quarter Plate

Get a set of four Lotus Quarter Plates and embellish your table. These quarter ceramic plates feature two different colors, white and grey. Its lotus-shaped plate has an artisanal feel that will enhance your dining experience.

Dessert Plates: Enjoy The Scoop

As the name suggests, these are the types of plates that are used to serve dessert in the formal fine dining experience.

These culinary creations are small in size, with a size of 6 to 10 inches. You can easily serve the cake, dips, fruit salads, appetizers, and pies on it.

dessert plateSource: Serein Decor
Stunning Dessert Plate

Enjoy every scoop now with a Blue Stripe Plate Set of 4. These eye-catching appetizer plates have a blue and white stripe design and highlighted rim in gold finish.

Salad Plates: Colors On The Table

The salad plates are the types of plates used for presenting the salad in the most creative manner. Whether you are dressing up the salad with some syrup or need to sprinkle some salt pepper over it, this will just amp up your parties.

These plates have a standard size of 7 to 8.5 inches. They are slightly larger than dessert plates but smaller than dinner plates. A well-coordinated table setting is just boring without a salad plate, just like a dinner without nutritious fiber.

salad platesSource: Casa Decor
Colorful Salad Plates

Dress up your salad with the Glazed Salad Plate Set. This set of matte-finish glazed plates comes in two pastel shades: blue and yellow. This set has two dishes made with terracotta that make a perfect addition to your fine dining experience.

Pasta Plates or Soup Plate: Sip Slowly

Pasta plates, also known as soup plates or deep plates, are a versatile and essential addition to your tableware collection. Small, deep, and concave in shape, this delightful culinary item serves savory soups or pasta in the most delectable manner.

Soup or Pasta PlateSource: Modern Turtle
Soup or Pasta Plate

It has a deeper and more pronounced rim to offer a better soup-sipping experience. Whether you’re hosting a casual family dinner or an elegant dinner party, these plates will undoubtedly elevate the dining experience for you and your guests. 

Serving Plates: Serve Stylishly

Serving plates, also known as platters, are flat plates used for serving and presenting food to people. These plates come in various shapes and sizes and are perfect for serving cheese, sandwiches, cookies, grilled vegetables, pasta, and finger foods. From these plates, guests can easily pick the food and put it on their individual plates.

cookie plateSource: Kaunteya
Cookie Serving Plate

Jyamiti Cookie Plate is hand decorated with symmetrical designs in hues of green and highlighted with 24-karat gold. It is made with fine white ceramic, and all colors and gold used are food-safe.


We have now done hunting through the massive world of plates. These different types of plates are the heroes of your culinary delights. 

It connects people from different cultures and boundaries through the universal language of food. They reveal your personal taste in aesthetics. 

For your ease, we have got a single stop for you to pick the best of the plates here at Arcedior

Make your choices wisely!

Happy shopping!

Frequently Asked Questions

What do you serve on a cheese plate?

You can serve different types of cheese on a cheese plate. There must be around four types of cheese on these types of plates. In addition to this, you can also place the nuts, crackers, olives, meat, bread, and eggs. Adding all these items to the plates would lead to a colorful and exciting platter.

How do I choose the right size of crockery plates?

For choosing the right size of crockery plates, you need to look at their functional aspects before selecting the aesthetics and designs. Firstly think of the purpose of the plates, whether you want them for daily meals or for any particular gathering. Then look for the material you feel is appropriate. Be it ceramic, glass, or porcelain, choose your perfect style and, finally, look for the designs.

Can charger plates be used as dinner plates?

No, charger plates cannot be used as dinner plates because they are mainly intended for decorative purposes. They are used for holding dinner plates. These are wider in size than the dinner plates and add an aesthetic appeal to them. In formal dinner settings, these plates are placed to enhance the aesthetic appeal of the table.

What type of dinner plate is best?

The dinner plates made of bone china, porcelain, and stoneware are best for use on a daily basis. These plates are sleek and sturdy. They come in various designs that can be chosen depending on personal taste. In addition, you can also choose versatile plates that can be used for casual dinners and in formal dinner settings.

Which plate can also be used for snacks and appetizers?

Desert plates can also be used for snacks and appetizers. They are small in size and shallow in depth. These plates come in various styles and designs. You can choose from several materials like ceramic, porcelain, and many others. These are the finest option as they are quite durable and affordable, along with being stylish and sleek.

image sources

  • DASARA-Charger-Plate: Kaunteya
  • Male-Dinner-Plate: The Table Fable
  • Lotus-Side-Plate-Set-of-4: Home Artisan
  • Blue-Stripe-Snacks-Plate: Serein Decor
  • Glazed-Quarter-Plate-Set: Casa Decor
  • Pasta-plate: Modern Turtle
  • JYAMITI-Cookie-Plate: Kaunteya
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