A Drink plate is a flat vessel on which food can be served. It is generally broad and concave. It’s slightly shallow that helps in holding food. It can be used for serving meals, decoration or ceremonial purpose. The Drink plates are made of variety of material i.e. glass, wood, porcelain, bone china, plastic, paper and in some cases even stone. In ancient times stone was a more popular choice until they discovered more feasible options. Drink Plates found during excavation have been able to provide a glimpse of that culture and people.
Drink Plates constitute of 4 major parts. A well, where the food is kept. The raised part of the Drink plate with a slightly upward slope known as lip. The outer edge of the piece known as rim, which can also be decorated. And the underside which helps in keeping the Drink plate stable on a surface is called base. In different culture, the design and build of Drink plates vary.
Drink Plates are commonly made of ceramic materials such as porcelain and bone china. These days drink plate and other modern materials are being used but the popularity of ceramics remain the highest. They used to be an item of luxury in ancient times. Only rich and affluent could afford these table wares but now due to affordable prices it has made its way into common household. Disposable Drink plates made from paper and plastic are also quite popular. They need not be washed again hence makes up as a perfect choice for huge gatherings. Paper Drink plates are eco-friendly in nature and should be preferred over plastic Drink plates. In some culture, plates made from tree leaves are also popular. They happen to be an environment friendly approach.
Drink Plates are available in different size to serve their respective purpose. A saucer used while serving cup of tea or coffee is a small Drink plate with an indentation for a cup. Drink Plates varying from 4 to 9 inches are used to serve appetisers, salads, and desserts. Bread and butter plates, Platters, Lunch plates, charger all serve specific purpose during the setting of dinner table. A dinner Drink plate makes as an important piece is usually 10-12 inches in size.
Drink Plates can be of any shape but all have the same structure. They are generally white, but can be of any colour with varying patterns and designs. Sold individually and in a set, you can pick based on your preference. These can be round, square, coupe etc. Drink Plates have not just been used to serve food, but used as collectibles. It’s known as an expensive hobby. The decorative pieces can be hung from a wall or displayed in a glass show-case. They commemorate a historical moment or display the picturesque locale. Many well-known companies even have their festival special collectibles.