Dinner Plates Ideas

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Not everybody can master the art of a perfect table setting. From selecting the right dinnerware and the food you will be serving, to the arrangement of the dinnerware on the table; every little detail matters. Sometimes you need something more eye-catching. That’s where unique dinner plate sets come in.

1. Classic Style Dinner Plates

Consider adding some vintage-inspired elements to achieve the perfect classic look with your classic-style dinner plate set. Start by layering your dinner plates with a delicate salad plate and a charger plate in a coordinating color. See more…………………

Add a textured tablecloth in a neutral color like beige or gray to add depth and interest to your table. For a finishing touch, add vintage-inspired flatware and stemware, and consider displaying antique candlesticks or a vintage silver tray as a centerpiece.

Add a modern twist to a classic-style dinner plate set by mixing and matching patterns and textures. Look for salad plates and chargers in different patterns or textures, like a lace pattern or a metallic finish.

2. Dessert Plate Ideas

Make sure if you are bringing a chilled dessert that there is somewhere to keep it refrigerated until serving because the last thing you need is melted ice cream cakes dripping off the food table!

Instead, room temperature desserts are great ideas if you aren’t too sure about food storage options.

If you want to make something quick and easy, then why not try one of these dessert ideas that are sure to be a hit with everyone!

3. Party Share Plates

If it’s a summer BBQ, then you might want to bring something fresh and light like a salad or nibblies that can be served at room temperature.

On the other hand, if you’re attending winter dinner parties, a casserole or bake could be a perfect choice.

4. Nature Inspired Patterns

Consider using natural elements as your table decorations. For example, use a burlap table runner and woven placemats made from natural materials like bamboo or rattan. Use wooden napkin rings and tie them with twine or a sprig of fresh herbs. Take the nature theme to the next level; consider using seasonal elements as your inspiration. For instance, in the fall, you could choose plates with a leaf pattern, and use dried leaves as your table decorations. In the winter, you could use plates with a snowflake pattern and choose pine cones and evergreen branches as table décor. In the spring, you could use plates with a floral pattern and decorate your table with fresh flowers and greenery.

5. Bold Geometric Designs

For a modern and sophisticated table setting, consider a dinner plate set with bold geometric designs. These plates feature striking patterns such as triangles, stripes, and circles, and comprise contrasting colors for a dramatic effect. 

You can pair this up with a minimalist theme. Keep the rest of the table decor simple and sleek to allow the bold geometric plates to take center stage. Use a white tablecloth or runner to create a clean and crisp background for the plates.

For your table decorations, consider using simple and elegant elements such as glass vases filled with single-stem flowers, or a cluster of candles in modern holders. Use geometric-shaped napkin rings to add a touch of sophistication.

6. DIY Cookie Exchange Plates

turn those boring white plates into gorgeous cookie exchange plates for the holidays with just a bit of acrylic paint. You don’t have to use these for your cookie exchange. These also make wonderful serving plates for the holidays and they only take about half an hour to make. Just get cheap plates from the Dollar Store or a thrift store and use stencils to create your holiday pattern or draw them on freehand if you’re a bit of an artist.

7. Swan Appetizer Plates

Plain plates plus some acrylic paint, an artistic vision and a copper leafing pen for the edging give you all you need to create beautiful swan appetizer plates. These really are gorgeous and are perfect for dinner parties or giving out as gifts. You could do these on salad plates or create serving plates with larger ceramic plates. Imagine serving your homemade zucchini balls on these gorgeous swan plates!

8. Decorative Marble Plates

These are perfect for serving holiday meals or anytime you want to add a little extra sparkle to the dinner table. They would be great for weddings. Luckily you can make this DIY version for much cheaper and get the same beautiful look. You need wood rounds to make these – not plates – and some marble contact paper and a few basic craft supplies.

9. Color Edged Plates

Need something cheap yet elegant for a wedding? Do these in gold or silver, or try red and green for the holidays or bright pastel colors for Easter. You can also do this on white plastic plates and really make the project cheap.

Take some acrylic paint and color just the edges of your plain white plates. You can do this in any color or color scheme that you want and make them perfect for any number of occasions. 

10. Spade Inspired Plates

Then just fill in the little silhouette with black acrylic paints. There are so many ways that you can do these and you can even add the silhouette to bowls and cups to make a complete set.

These little dachshund plates are inspired by a set of Kate Spade plates that cost much more than this DIY version. You can easily make these with a dachshund template, which you can print right off of your home computer.

11. Halloween Silhouette Plates

What a wonderful way to create your own DIY Halloween decorations! These would be wonderful serving plates for your homemade Halloween candy or you can use them as décor.

I really love these spooky yet adorable Halloween silhouette plates, which are so easy to make. You just print off the images that you want to use and then use mod podge and sealant spray to adhere them to your plates. 

12. DIY Abstract Tableware plates

Just paint away! You don’t even have to have rhyme or reason to your painting, as long as you add different colors to make the abstract really stand out.

make some plain ceramic or plastic plates and make them very artful with some ceramic paints. This abstract idea is great because you can be as creative as you want and still create a beautiful plate set.

13. Vintage Floral Plate

This floral plate reminds me of a set that my grandmother had years ago, except this one is a DIY project. It’s an easy one, too. All you need to create these stunning floral plates is a floral template and some mod podge. You’ll also need tissue paper – the cheap stuff from the Dollar Store and a few minutes for each plate. You can do an entire set of these for much less than it would cost to buy one vintage plate in this design.


Selecting a dinner plate set that reflects your personality and sense of style is an excellent way to add a personal touch to your gathering. From timeless elegance to daring and artistic designs, the possibilities are endless. With these tips, you’ll be able to create an inviting and chic table setting that highlights your new dinner plates and sets the stage for an unforgettable dining experience. A dinner set plays a significant role in the final look of your table and the mood of your party, so choose wisely.

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