Even if you're serving the main course on simple white dishware, dessert is when you can pull out something pretty or unusual. Think of dessert dishes as your chance to get showy or playful when the rest of your tableware is classic (much like a unique piece of jewelry with the simple black dress).
• 1 Papillion Butterfly dessert plate, $70 at Dapper Frog
• 2 This dish acts the same way as a marble slab, keeping your ice cream cool for longer. $33 by Roost, available at Velocity
• 3 Another one for keeping cold things cold (or hot, hot). The Sora bowl by Bodum is, however, unfortunately not available in the US.
• 4 This isn't a dish at all, but an orange peel. Do the same with grapefruit, lemons, or other citrus fruits to add a tangy twist to ice cream or sorbet. Simply save the peels when you eat any of these fruits and store them in the freezer until needed. $0 by Mother Nature.
• 5 These handmade bowls by Karin Lorenc are glossy white on the outside, matte turquoise inside. $60 for the set of 4 at Etsy
• 6 Individual footed trifle dishes, $4 each at Sur la Table
• 7 This divided white porcelain dish is perfect for a deconstructed dessert or serving small helpings of several desserts at once. $20 at Sur la Table
• 8 This gorgeous bowl by Michael Aram is pricey but would make an amazing dessert presentation. $75 at Williams-Sonoma
• 9 These small ramekins by Heath Ceramics are perfect for individual cobblers. $9.50 - $13.75
(Images: from retailers as linked, except image 4: Yunhee Kim/Real Simple)