Dessert and Side Plates

Investing in some new dessert, salad and side plates is an easy way to refresh your kitchen cupboard and add some style to mealtimes. Whether you’re looking for everyday side plates or special occasion dessert plates, read the following guide to find the perfect set for your home.

What is a dessert plate?


As the name suggests, a dessert plate is often used to serve desserts. They are smaller than dinner plates to accommodate smaller portions, and can be used during both formal and informal occasions.

What size are dessert plates?


Dessert plates are usually between 20-25cm in size, whereas side plates are slightly smaller ranging between 14-18cm. However, they are often used interchangeably depending on the size of the dish that is being served.

What are side plates used for?


Side and dessert plates are designed to be smaller than dinner plates to accommodate for side dishes, desserts, salads, sandwiches and other small servings of food. You’ll find that having a set of side plates can come in useful for various occasions, be it serving tea and cake to guests, giving children their lunch, serving up starters at a dinner party or having your toast in the morning.

What style dessert and side plates should I get?


Like all crockery, the design choices are endless. You could look for a style that matches your dinnerware, or go for something different altogether. Vintage cake plates with floral patterns will give your table a quirky and eclectic feel, while white ones will go with everything and are seen as simple and modern. Glass dessert plates will make your food creations shine but could be more fragile than china alternatives. There are hundreds of patterns to choose from, so if there’s a particular style or theme you like, look for plates that will fit in with this.
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