Q: How are charger plates properly used on the dinner table? I was under the impression that salad plates should be served on charger plates then removed after that course. Should the charger plates be left on the table under the dinner plates or should they be removed before another course is served?
A: A charger plate or place plate is put on the table when it is set. The first course is served on top of it, in its own dish or plate, and both are removed when that course is cleared, to be replaced by the dinner plate.