Set a formal tablescape and impress your guests at your next gathering with a selection of charger plates from Bed Bath & Beyond. Offered in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes, and materials, charger plates create an elegant, proper look. Although the use of chargers is proper etiquette, they serve a greater function than many realize. During informal meals the charger plate can be used as an accessory throughout the entire meal in place of a place mat, to help catch food and prevent messes or spills. During a more formal meal, the charger plate is placed at each setting to hold name cards, napkins, or menu cards prior to the meal. While salad dishes, soup bowls, and dinner plates may all be placed on a formal charger plate, the charger must be cleared, replaced, or wiped clean between each course, and is never used during dessert. But you don’t need a fancy meal. Chargers are also used for decor to display candles, rest vase, display a special cake, and more.
Alas, your dinner party is just around the corner, and you’d like to add some pizzazz to your tablescape. Perhaps you have white dinnerware and want a pop of color, or maybe you just want to upgrade your serving style. In a multitude of colors and finishes, charger plates are a perfect solution. A simple gold charger plate or silver charger plate can add wow factor to your setting. Choose a charger that will help complement your room, tabletop decor, and linens as well as your dinnerware set. Think of it as the finishing touch on your outfit - your shoes, hair bow, or purse - and voila, your tablescape is complete. While charger plates are often solid with a decorative trim, they are also available in prints and patterns for a bold statement. From faux marble to plaid, birchwood to mirrored, there is something for every table in Bed Bath & Beyond’s offering.
Make a Stylish Statement
Maybe you’re a bit less into a traditional accent and want to make a more modern statement with square charger plates. Available individually, or as a set, these charger plates will transform your table from drab to fab in just a moment. Mirrored, lace, solid, rimmed, or rattan, chargers can also help set the tone for your meal. Generally, charger plates are available in 10- to 13-inches, however the most common size is 12-inches, since dinner plates are 10-inches. Don’t think of yourself as a formal person? You don’t have to be, just remember, charger plates also help keep your table linens clean (win!) and can be used in playful ways as well. Pro Tip: Use your charger plates for decor, not just your tablescape. Create a colorful base for floral centerpieces, candle arrangements, or figurines. Another use is as a tray for small appetizers or desserts, as long as they’re food safe (if not, just place a napkin or doily underneath to protect the charger plate).