You can add a little touch of sophistication and elegant style to your dinner table ensemble using these stunning charger plates. The plates are also a practical and easy way to serve food for your guests and your family. A typical charger plate will measure about 13 inches in diameter but you can still find relatively bigger designs too. Charger plates are often useful in catching bits of fallen food. They act as the protective layer between the plate and the tablecloth on the dinner table. The plates allow your guests to hold and move their hot food without burning their hands.