Keep the element of summer fun with colorful, unique plates for serving or display that can be used now and into the fall.
Everyday dishes are great, and china is divine for more formal dinners. But adding to your cupboard a few colorful, whimsical plates will make impromptu gatherings and fun times with friends that much more festive.
Taking cues from current fashion trends, today's plates are bold in color and showcase a variety of prints and patterns. And, taking cues from current food trends, informal plate sets are smaller -- perfect for tapas, sliders, appetizers and desserts. These selections may be just the inspiration you need for an end-of-summer get-together with those with whom you laugh and share the most.
Enjoy a whimsical approach to nature within these delicately edged, 8-inch stoneware plates. (Personally, we think hummingbirds are beautiful, but we might need a bit of courage eating pie off a plate painted with beetles.) British artist Lou Rota collaborated with Anthropologie for this set of four Natural World dessert plates. $18 each, Anthropologie.
Whet your appetite for travel and teach children tourist trivia with these bold and inspiring 6-inch porcelain plates. We love that the kid-friendly Travel appetizer plates, designed by artist Susy Pilgrim Waters, are microwave- and dishwasher-safe, too. $24.95 for a set of six, Crate & Barrel (online only).
Antipasti in Italy
A fruit and cheese combo is especially inviting on these plates made of terra bianca in Tuscany. A single image and a name of Italian wine are hand-painted on each in Vietri's unique style. The Vino assorted square canapé plates, 8 1/4 inches, are dishwasher-safe. $40 each, with four in a set, Chattel.
Bring home the gold (or silver)
Celebrate the Games and time with friends with these Olympic-worthy dessert plates, available in gold and silver. The 8 1/4-inch glazed porcelain metallic-banded plates are dishwasher-safe (do not microwave). $40 for a set of four, West Elm.
Explosions of color coordinate with kaleidoscopic prints in this set of Lotus plates from Wright at Home. The mixed-but-matched element makes these extra 8-inch plates appealing. Dishwasher-safe (do not microwave). $55 for a set of four, Wright at Home.
The contemporary row-and-column pattern in bold colors makes this set of 8-inch Moroccan plates fun to use alone or mixed with other sizes and patterns. Dishwasher-safe (do not microwave). $55 for a set of four, Wright at Home.