I have stacks and stacks of plain white serving pieces. I pick them up all over the place — Target, yard sales, World Market, second hand shops, other people's houses when they aren't looking — whenever I see them and the price is right. They're easy, because they go with everything and give my party spread a nice, clean look, letting the food shine.
But I also have plenty of pretty, artsy and interesting pieces, whether they were gifts or something I spotted and just had to have, like a ceramic platter I scored at a recent arts gala. It came with the equipment to hang on the wall, but I want to use it! How do I use a pretty platter — for food — without detracting from the design?