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When most of us think about eating food, we think about eating it off of traditional dishware. But in reality, there are so many other alternatives to china when enjoying food. From the most basic ways to hold your food to the most inventive, check out some of the options you may not always think about.

Plates are overrated. Let’s eat in a napkin, a wooden dish or a cone!

Sometimes well-made wooden dish products look even better than fine china. Yes, we still love the classic look of china on a table and the elegance that comes with it, but the wooden look (especially bamboo) is very creative and modern, especially when serving salads, charcuterie, cheeses, etc…

Plates are overrated. Let’s eat in a napkin, a wooden dish or a cone!

Any disposable situation. Having a casual party? Bringing something to share into the office? Planning a picnic with friends? Paper plates will do the job. Don’t forget to recycle them when you’re finished!

Plates are overrated. Let’s eat in a napkin, a wooden dish or a cone!

This has been found recently in more and more restaurants. The cone format is no longer reserved for ice cream! Take a paper cone and fill it with French fries, chicken tenders, wings, fried artichoke, really any finger food that you might want to eat as you walk or just hold on to and share with friends.

Plates are overrated. Let’s eat in a napkin, a wooden dish or a cone!

This is an obvious one, everyone has used napkins to hold food at one point or another (office birthday parties), but a napkin can also act as a plate in a regular situation. Maybe you need to carry your food or you don’t have any plates available? As long as it’s dry, it can go on a napkin.

Plates are overrated. Let’s eat in a napkin, a wooden dish or a cone!

This is a way to make use of those pans that you may not always take full advantage of. Bundt pans can make a fun punch bowl, and cookie trays can be used as a regular tray, or decorated with a pretty liner before having food placed on it.

Plates are overrated. Let’s eat in a napkin, a wooden dish or a cone!

This is a great way to serve small amounts of purees and other kinds of soups, or to present a dessert and ensure that everyone gets an equal taste. It looks really professional and well thought out.

Plates are overrated. Let’s eat in a napkin, a wooden dish or a cone!

Great for serving food to guests such as appetizers, take a clean tray, maybe made of wood, tin, or a nice colored plastic, and arrange your foods nicely for everyone to be able to reach without too much unhygienic overlap.