Cincinnati is no different from other cities in the U.S. in that when the cold-weather holidays approach, lots of people get cooking. And one item that is popular and has been popular for year after year is, of course, deviled eggs.
Deviled eggs are simple to make and always popular. But as the time for holiday entertaining approaches, why not give a thought to how these tasty treats are displayed on the table?
Egg plates are a charming way to present deviled eggs. There are made of glass, china, plastic, and even metal! They are similar to the elegant oyster plates of the past, and are equally collectible.
Modern egg plates come in whimsical shapes such as Christmas trees and snowmen. Vintage egg plates from Anchor Hocking are made of glass in a variety of colors, including milk glass or opaque glass. Fenton also made egg plates.
Everyone knows Fiesta, and the newer incarnation of that line first designed by Frederick Hurten Rhead for the Homer Laughlin Co. in the 1930s includes egg plates in a variety of colors.
For a sweet, whimsical pattern look for Blue Ridge hand-painted china made by Southern Potteries, which first began producing dinnerware in 1917. There are several collectors' sites on the web. Blue Ridge produced an astonishing number of patterns (including Poinsettia).
If you are seeking to find an egg plate to match a china pattern, try Replacements.com. Typing the term egg plate into the search field will yield a huge number of finds which is fun to browse through.
There are plenty of places to buy egg plates both old and new on the internet today. And of course there is always your local antique shop, of which Cincinnati and the surrounding area boast plenty of fine examples.