Hold on to your seat because these plates have some twists, turns, spirals and loops ahead. They provide "energy for the table" because the silver lines that adorn each plate create a striking pattern that has great fluidity, motion and movement. I think they would make fine dessert plates. Although I would keep the dessert simple because the plate is going to grab the attention. The silver plate set is from notNeutral. According to their website, "The Designer’s Gilt plates feature fine line work designs based on a variety of inspirations: lace work, spirograph patterns, pinstriping and filigree. " They even come in a striking round "mini hat box" if you are looking for a very unique hostess gift.