Salad and Dessert Plates

Start off your meal and end the eating extravaganza with our salad and dessert plates, which come dressed for the occasion. Spruce up your first course with west elm animal salad plates featuring fun and colorful critter designs like no other. After you finish that last morsel of lettuce, enjoy a painting of a real jaguar, monkey or bird looking back at you. If you are hosting a feast joined by fellow artists, complement their passion with salad plates that manifest themselves into abstract artwork with unique brush stroke themes. For a dressy get-together, the gold leafing that envelopes the porcelain plates partners perfectly with gold napkin rings, guaranteeing your guests always remember enjoying those greens with your homemade dressing.

Let your salad plates function as more than platforms for your greens. When hosting an informal gathering that involves all finger food snacks and no main course, plates once home to lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers function perfectly as hors d'oeuvres catchers. Stoneware plates with faded glaze exteriors foster interesting conversations, as they aren't run of the mill dinnerware pieces. With summery, bright colors like yellow and orange, they are the ideal complement to your outdoor dining set on warm afternoons or evenings.

Fancy up your backyard picnic table for your weekly family meal gathering with dip bowls that are home not only to your famous Caesar salad, but also pasta salads and bean and cheese dips. Hand-painted dishware that features unique patterns with dots and fun color combinations like yellow, blue and black lets you complement your like-colored place mats or even contrast them for a new way to dress up your wooden table.

Set the dessert table with cookies, brownies, candies and cakes on porcelain platforms that make those who snatch up the last bites smirk at these dessert plates. With short messages that display right in the centers of the dishware, everyone will want to take the plates home to entertain others like they were delighted. Let the plates double as part of your everyday dining plate sets, keeping everyone smiling, and complement the metallic embellishments in their designs with flatware that draws out the golden hues.

At your next holiday party or summer throng, serve your hors d'oeuvres and canapés on plates with whimsical attitudes designed by noted illustrators. Round or square, these serving dishes offer illustrations that you might want to display in your china cabinet when while they are taking a break from offering up shrimp cocktail or crab-stuffed mushroom caps.

Turn afternoon coffee with the neighbors into a formal affair and serve beignets, muffins, donuts or everyone's favorite coffee accompaniment, coffee cake, on special plates. Glazed porcelain dishes with seam designs that articulate the placement of food spruce up your pastries and bread, and make your guests feel like they are dining in the upscale neighborhood cafe. With a few color options to choose from, easily match your coffee mugs to the plates and you have yourself a dishes set just for coffee hour.

If white dishware is what you prefer, simple and easy to match to any other dinnerware collections, then you can still add a little interest to basic white. Start with your salad plates and set the table with textured dishes that demand attention from your guests. Mix it up with textured lines and textured dots to surround your world-famous Cobb salad. Complement these salad plates with the rest of the meal instruments and have textured dinner plates, bowls, and mugs. The textured edges on the plates also provide a secure place to set foodstuffs not intended for the mouth, such as shrimp tails, as opposed to a smooth surface, which allows them to stay put.

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