What do you think of when I say “small plates?” Just how small is small?

I am thinking of 6″-7″ diameter!

These are not generally called “Dessert” or “Salad” plates as those are about 8″. So, having researched this a bit I now realize they are classified as “Canapé” or “Appetizer” plates. And most are 6.25″ diameter.

Why am I searching for these you may ask. We use them almost every day! They are perfect for a piece of toast in the morning. Or a leftover piece of quiche warmed up in the microwave. Or a few cookies for afternoon tea. In general it seems they are a perfect alternative to the more standard, and larger, dessert/salad plate.

This is what I want to replace:

Boring does not quite describe these! Utilitarian, yes. Indestructible, yes., no.

Here are some of the alternatives I have found. These are the brighter, more colorful choices. I thought you, too, just might be curious as to what is out there in the market place:


 These are perhaps a bit more high end; almost all are solid color and several are from Etsy.


Just which set is “mine?”
I am loving these cute plates from the
Jacques Pépin Collection for SurLaTable!
Very “breakfast” and perfect for my daily toast, don’t you think?
They are a little larger than most of the others, measuring a 7.25″ diameter. But I can live with that. And maybe I need to add to the collection with other pieces, right?


Let us know your thoughts!

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  1. Charming plates from Jacques. I think I’d like those free-form plates from West Elm. In fact, I just had a piece toast. But it was not on a dainty plate. But it will do for now. Didn’t realize I needed smaller plates. I forget to go to Etsy for unusual and unique objects. Thanks for mentioning them again.

    • Hi Sandra:
      Yes, Etsy is easy to forget about but I find they have almost anything I could want! And every vendor is so careful to wrap beautifully with a personal card.. And, I do have toast just about every day (I stockpile jams from the farmers market!) so a little plate is critical!

  2. Since you are a Gardner and love flowers the BBB flower plates would be appropriate. Of course the farm animals are nice as well. Either one is not”boring”.

    • Maureen: So many choices! And I barely scratched the surface here. Actually, I was hoping Anthro would have more of a I may wait and see what they have come Spring!