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Why Plates With Curved Edges Are Great for Parties

updated May 2, 2019
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Plates might not get a lot of consideration when you’re planning a party (other than whether you’re going to go disposable or not), but here’s something to consider: for my recent porch party, I used white plates that had a bit of a lip, or curved edge, and thus discovered a nice benefit of this design:.

Shown above: Kahla 5 Senses White 10.6\ (Image credit: Kristin Teig)

It’s pretty simple, really: plates with a defined lip or curved edge help keep food from rolling off the plate. (I know, duh.) But while this may not be a big deal if you’re eating around a table, it definitely comes in handy if your guests are walking around the party with their plate, or trying to eat several small nibbles with a plate balanced on their lap. That rim may be all that stands between your guest and an errant appetizer falling to the floor!

Of course, these are not party-only plates. I love a curved or raised edge for everyday dining, too. Here are 5 solid choices:

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Organic Shaped Dinnerware Set, $16 – $32 from West Elm (Image credit: West Elm)