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Plate Presentation

Martha Stewart Living, September 2002

Put fine china on display without a breakfront or hutch. You can keep dishware on a dining-room side table, protected from dust and mischievous cats, on covered cake stands and under bell jars and cloches (the glass domes gardeners use to protect plants from the cold). Buy your own collection at home-supply or gardening stores, or look for vintage glass covers at flea markets and secondhand shops.

China should be handled with caution to avoid chipping it or scratching the glaze. Large baking cups, paper plates, and felt rounds are just right for cradling dishes without adding bulk. Alternate plates and inserts, then carefully lower a glass cover of appropriate size over the stack.

 

Comments (8)

  • fishnlady 16 Nov, 2010

    Here is a site that offers all sizes of domes but the prices for the larger ones are out of site.
    http://www.collectingwarehouse.com/Product-Home-Page/Glass-Dome-with-no-...

  • tealady3 16 Nov, 2010

    Almost makes me wish I didn't have a china hutch.I will use these on other items I have such as antique tea cups I collect.

  • rock63roll64 16 Nov, 2010

    BEAUTIFUL!!! JUST BEAUTIFUL!!!!! THANKS FOR ANOTHER GREAT IDEA!! HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO ALL!

  • books1 8 Feb, 2010

    Fabulous idea, and the glass domes look wonderful. I love it. Just wish I knew where to get the glass domes.

  • albanezi 30 Dec, 2008

    I use paper plates between teflon pans.

  • dbspoehel 28 Dec, 2008

    you can also use coffee filters as separators between the plates to protect the surfaces.

  • Pantufas 24 Dec, 2008

    great idea-i never though about using my cake

  • Baybuyer 23 Dec, 2008

    GENIUS!! I NOW HAVE ADDED STORAGE SPACE FOR BOTH DISHES (ANTIQUE IRONSTONE) AND THE CAKE TOPS