The 12 best fancy plates - to use when the Queen comes over (and maybe not even then)

There's a modern take on the best fancy plates - a contemporary smartness that is a a world away from the matching tea set. Our edit shows how it's done

pink and white fancy plates
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A set of fancy plates is an easy way to add interest to a table setting, if you enjoy entertaining or hosting a crowd. 

It's not necessary to splash lots of cash either - although there are plenty of options if you do want to. From high end designer names to inexpensive or everyday alternatives, choose what is right for you.

Many of the best dinnerware sets include fancy plates with gold edges, frilled or fluted trims, but if yours doesn't you can zshuzsh it up with these. here's our pick of fancy plates form the best home decor stores.  

Best fluted fancy plates

Best frilled fancy plates

Best designer fancy plates

Best fancy plates with a gold trim

What is the best quality dinner set?

The best quality dinner sets are made from the finest materials, such as fine bone china. Although fine bone china has a delicate, transcluscent appearance, it is incredibly strong.    

'Due to the high cost of materials and the labour-intensive production process – bone china is the most expensive type of plate or dinnerware to buy,' says Micaela Philippo, global director F&B development at Carte Blanched.

Jacky Parker is a London-based freelance journalist and content creator, specialising in interiors, travel and food. From buying guides and real home case studies to shopping and news pages, she produces a wide range of features for national magazines and SEO content for websites

A long-time contributor to Livingetc, as a member of the team, she regularly reports on the latest trends, speaking to experts and discovering the latest tips. Jacky has also written  for other publications such as Homes and Gardens, Ideal Home, Red, Grand Designs, Sunday Times Style and AD, Country Homes and Interiors and ELLE Decoration.