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I was talking to a florist today and the question came up “how long does a charger plate remain on the table?” In case you don’t know a charger or underplate is the large decorative plate used to enhance your table setting. No food is placed on them. A food plate is placed on top of the charger.
The charger is in place when the guest arrives. The soup or salad plate may be set in place on top of the charger or the charger can be alone with just a napkin in the center. The most common practice is for the salad plate to be in place on the charger as the guest is seated. It will remain in place through the soup and/or salad course and then be removed for the rest of the meal.
If the charger is important to the overall look of your tablescape you can elect to have the charger remain in place throughout dinner, but it is always removed before dessert is served.