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Here's how you dine in style

Calling guests over for dinner? While the food you serve is a sure shot way to impress someone, how you serve it, is equally important. Food lovers claim that an elegant looking platter enhances the visual and in turn gastronomic appeal of the food.

india Updated: Mar 19, 2011 14:14 IST
Roma Arora

Calling guests over for dinner? While the food you serve is a sure shot way to impress someone, how you serve it, is equally important. Food lovers claim that an elegant looking platter enhances the visual and in turn gastronomic appeal of the food. So don’t miss out in investing in quality dinner plates. Abhay Gupta from Blues Clothing Company says, “Dinner plates have gone through a complete makeover and with many brands and cheaper options available, people have become aware. This season, subtle designs, with gold and platinum plating are in trend.”

Materials matters
As much as the style gets you going, the material also matters. Thomas Johan of @home decor store says, “People prefer glass dinner plates to plastic, metal or wooden plates, due to their elegant look.” One can choose from options such as earthenware, stoneware, bone china, plastic and glass ware. Porcelain and bone china are bacteria-resistant and durable, hence popular in dinnerware. Stoneware is safe for the dishwasher and microwave while plastic is durable and shatter-resistant. Earthenware is breakable and less popular.

Style quotient
As for the print, pattern and style of the dinnerware, go for the current trend of minimalism. White plates with designs like leaves, bubbles, geometric patterns and polka dots look pleasant. Radhika Gupta from Moon River says, “It’s summer, add some colour to your table. The colours for spring 2011 would be green, teal, red, orange and purple.”

Dinner tableHow to take care of your dinnerware

Care for the glass plates
To take care of glass plates, hand washing is the best option. Use grease cutting dish detergent and hot water. Wear rubber gloves when washing glass cookware for a better grip and to prevent dropping and breaking.

Look wise
To create an informal look on the table, choose plates in materials like stoneware, plastic and earthernware. On the other hand, for a more formal appeal, it’s better to choose plates made from porcelain and bone china.

Microwave check
Read the back or bottom of the plate. It will tell you if it’s safe for use in the oven or microwave. Also, generally plates with a gold or silver lining, should be avoided for extreme microwave temperatures.

No dishwasher
Plates with gold, silver or platinum plating should be handled with care and not to be washed in dish washer at all.

Money matters
Check your pocket before investing in dinner ware. The most expensive ones are plates made from bone china and porcelain. Then comes stoneware, followed by plastic and earthenware.