Friday, April 15, 2011


Charger plates or service plates are larger decorative plates used to dress up dinner tables at parties, weddings, and other special events. While charger plates have been around since the 19th century, they returned to popularity in the late 1990s. Since food is not actually served on chargers, they are often called underplates or chop plates.

Charger plate etiquette and use varies among caterers and restaurants. Some professional catering companies remove the decorative charger plate as soon as the guests are seated. Often a decorative charger plate is left on the table as a large coaster for the soup and salad courses and then removed for the main entree. Others keep the underplate, charger or chop plates together until the end of the entire meal.

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