Have a few extra garage sale or thrift store plates around

If you make cake, cookies or treats for friends or neighbors or a school activity you don't always want to put it on one your dinner plates because sometimes you don't get it back and then your dinner set is short a plate. Grab a few cheap random plates at a garage sale or thrift store, then when you send a plate with dessert or cookies with someone and you don't get the plate back it's no big deal and it looks a lot nicer than a paper plate.