Dinner plates are something that should be fun. After all, you eat dinner every day of the week (or you should!) so having fun dinnerware can be a way to infuse your daily life with creativity in an easy way. Plus cool dinner plates are terrific when you have guests over. They get ooh’s and aah’s from your friends and serve as a terrific icebreaker for the dinner table conversation. Most of the great dinner plates that are out there are colorful or adorned with neat patterns and designs. There’s nothing wrong with that but what if you want to get a set of cool dinner plates that are all white. To be creative with white plates you’ll need to look at textures, shapes and sizes when selecting your dinnerware. Choose well and you’ll have plates that enliven your life and spark conversation in your home.
Here’s a look at ten white plates that are worth buying because they’re fun or funky:
1. Puzzle Appetizer Plate
This is a really cool type of plate from CB2. It is shaped like a puzzle piece. And yes, you guessed it, all of the plates can be fit together just like a miniature jigsaw puzzle. They're all designed to fit together in different ways so you can lock them together in a row or you can put them 2x2 in a grid. These white plates may not have any other color in their design but the design of the plates themselves is totally fun! These are small ones designed for appetizers (less than six inches in diameter) though so they're not going to work for you if you're looking for huge white plates.
2. Retro Square White Plates
If you're looking for something a little bit simpler but still uniquely shaped then why not consider getting a set of these retro square white plates? The square shape with a rounded lip is an interesting design for a plate. The retro feel would surely help spark a dinner table conversation about retro tableware or memories of old dishes. And this particular set is made of beautiful stoneware that's both microwave safe and dishwasher safe so it's totally functional in addition to being a little bit funky.
3. Embossed White Plates
You can get really fancy with white plates if you want to. The best way to do this is to look for embossed white plates. These plates have designs that are built right into them but there's no color to the design. You get a neat texture and something really cool to look at but it's still subtle. Most people get embossed white plates as collector's items and don't use them in the kitchen but I think it would be completely fun to use them to serve guests! Uncovering the picture underneath as you eat would be a treat!
4. Flower Cut Out Plates
Another way to get a cool design built into your plate is to get a plate that has a design actually cut out of the edge of it. This set of white plastic plates has a simple but beautiful flower design cut out of a portion of one edge of each plate. How cute! These are dishwasher-safe and super affordable so you can't complain about anything when it comes to this set.
5. Ruffled White Plates
Another option is to get a simple round plate that has a ruffled edge to it. These plates are functional in the sense that the core part of the plate is shaped like all other plates that you're used to. However, they're decorative as a result of the ruffled edge. There's a feminine flirtiness to these plates that make them a great addition to any collection of dishes that you may already own.
6. Almost Square Plates
Here's another set of white plates that you simply could not describe as plain. These are square plates but they also have a bit of roundness to them. They're curvy which gives them a feminine feel but square which hints at a masculine style. In other words, these white plates are perfect for just about any kitchen! This particular set is plastic, heavy duty and affordable but you could find a shape similar to this in many different materials and costs.
7. White Triangle Plates
For a really unique shape you should look for white plates that are triangular. It's definitely a bit of a different experience eating off of a triangle plate. Most of us have used square and round plates but it's not common to see the three-sided plate. Definitely a fun choice! I wonder if there are any drawbacks to plates of this shape?
8. Fused Glass Art Plate
This is a fused glass plate that's designed mostly for someone interested in the glass arts. This particular picture is cheating a bit since it has a strip of color down the center of it. However it's possible to find a glass artist who will create a set of glass plates for you that are entirely white. Even without the color they would be a neat set of white plates since they have such a unique shape and texture. And it's certainly fine to eat off of them even though they're considered art.
9. Offcenter White Plates
Here's a cool idea - take a round white plate but move the center of it off to the side of the plate so that the perspective of the plate is altered. It's a simple change but one that causes you to look twice at your white plates. These ones are by Eclipse which makes a whole set of unique and fun white dishware.
10. Eco-Friendly White Picnic Plates
You can even get cool white plates that are intended for disposable use. Be earth-friendly and get white plates that aren't styrofoam but instead are made from eco-friendly compostable materials such as bamboo. Branch and Eatware are two brands to try for "green" white plates.
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Penelope Hart from Rome, Italy on November 22, 2011:
I think this is a beautiful Hub. We all love white plates in this house and some of us are very discerning. I notice a shuffle round sometimes, when someone prefers the original Ginori dish and not some copy I just picked up. My son's a designer, I'll send him this. Great read. Thanks.
marisuewrites from USA on October 25, 2010:
Wow, I had a hard time deciding which to choose, tho' I'm very familiar with the paper ones LOL!! Lovely designed artsy plates. Thanks!
nikitha p from India on October 02, 2010:
Interesting hub! thanks for sharing this.
stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on October 01, 2009:
informative article. god bless
kartika damon from Fairfield, Iowa on September 26, 2009:
I really like this hub - white plates are beautiful and this was fun to read! Kartika