Stylish Entertaining: Don’t Be a Square

I’m obsessed with entertaining. I’m the kind of girl who’s going to make 4 different hors d’oeurves, 3 different kinds of cocktails, and has a specific theme for all of them.

Yeah, I’m a total nerd and I LOVE it.

First of all, I have a total crush on square plates. Everyone has round plates! Who likes that!? Square plates add an air of modern sophistication to any “spread” (as the ever-annoying Sandra Lee puts it).

So, in the spirit of springtime barbeques, cocktail parties, and garden parties (silk flowers and a punchbowl – that’s all you need!), here are some awesome square serving plates for your next shindig (plus a bonus at the end!):

Villeroy & Boch African Inspiration Plate - 11.75in
Villeroy & Boch African Inspiration Plate – 11.75in
$15.75 $10.95

This plate is AWESOME! The matte black background has four green, blue, and red lines going across it. It’ll make whatever you put on there just POP!

Mikasa Ridge Square Gold Salad Plate, 8
Mikasa Ridge Square Gold Salad Plate, 8″
$25.00 $13.42

I couldn’t find a photo of JUST the 8″ salad plate (the smaller plate standing up), but I had to show you all the beautiful gold/white combo from Mikasa. I dig the assymetry!

Noritake Kona Wood Square Plate 12
Noritake Kona Wood Square Plate 12″
$29.00 $15,00

If you want to go au natural, this is a great option. Particularly for vegetables, as you don’t want to risk meat juices seeping into your porous wood pieces! I love the idea of something light green on this pretty wooden plate.

Waechtersbach Terrazzo - Black Flat Square Plate - Small 8.25
Waechtersbach Terrazzo Black Flat Square Plate
$24.50 for set of two

This is a beautiful dish. Because it’s so busy, however, you’d want to think of something semi-solid colored to put on it, like cheese(s), or some other creative alternative. :)

Villeroy & Boch Wonderful World White Bread & Butter Plate Square 6 3/4
Villeroy & Boch Wonderful World White Bread & Butter Plate Square 6 3/4″
$20.00 $14.00

There will always be purists. My sister is an amazing food photographer and relies strongly on basic, white, solid plates like this to make her photos pop. If you’ve got some beautiful coloration going on, stick with the basic white.

Speaking of some beautiful colors… I have the perfect hors d’oeurve to showcase your white, square plate (or vice versa!):

Stuffed Raw Tomatoes with Basil & Mozzarella
A super simple appetizer that won’t break the bank!

10-12 Cherry or Plum Tomatoes
1/2 c. Mozzarella cheese (fresh or not), diced small!
2 tbsp. Fresh Basil, chopped (Using dry is… okay, but fresh basil is really the best/only way to go)
2 tbsp. Good Olive oil (It’s worth the extra $4, trust me!)
1-2 cloves of Garlic, finely chopped
1-2 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar (optional)
Salt/Pepper to taste

1. Take the tomatoes and cut them in half. Scoop out and throw away the guts.
2. Put the mozzarella, olive oil, garlic, basil, salt and pepper in a bowl and toss them all together. If you want to add a little balsamic vinegar, that’s totally acceptable and delicious.
3. Use a teaspoon to scoop the cheese mixture and place it in the half of a tomato, so it’s not overflowing, but is definitely stuffed.
4. Arrange on your adorable white, square plate in formations of 9 or 16, so it’s also a square.

YUM, so good. I swear.

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