Where would we be without the convenience of small plates? If you take a minute to think, you will realize just how much you use them. Snack plates for that on-the-go sandwich, side plates for dips, or dessert plates for left-over gateau. Then there is the ‘small plate effect’—using small plates to cut down the portions we eat. A consumer research study found that people consumed less food using smaller plates. A place this is very obvious is when eating at a buffet. Who hasn’t piled their big plate up with every portion of food available? Offering smaller plates at a buffet reduces the waste and helps the waistline.
Small plates are also great for layering, and if you make them a contrasting color, shape, or pattern, they can make your dining table a reflection of your personal style.
Small plates on your dining table have many functions, from the well-known bread or side-plates to doubling up for desserts or cheese and biscuits. They can blend into the background of your table, or you can use them to make your table pop. Add a splash of color or change the shape from the rest of your tableware. Mixing and matching, not just style but materials, is the order of the day—from porcelain to glass dessert plates! Shop online at Royal Design to discover the fabulous range of high-quality small plates we sell. You will be spoilt for choice!