Using pretty butter plates on the table is a centuries-old tradition that you can make work in new settings.
Victorian tableware of ceramic, porcelain, glass or even enamel included small plates for butter in the same pattern as the rest of the dishes. Butter was mostly homemade, and served in mounds, not squares or sticks like we see today. In those days, table settings, still called dinner service, included a dish for every part of the multi-course meal. A small indented plate held butter. The dinner service was also often highly decorative. Dining was a form of entertainment then as now, and nice dishes added much to the occasion. A luxurious dinner service emphasized the wealth of the family.
Today, small dishes from Victorian and more recent times can add grace and interest to your dining table. Try setting out a slab of butter on a lovely small plate.
Modern-day uses extend beyond the dining room. You can use one of these small dishes on your dresser to hold bobby pins, rings or co...