Flexible use, resilient, and would be a shame to discard them.
While I was, initially, intrigued by the visual impact these small but generous little servers would provide to an appetizer or condiment table and by the creatively possible configurations, the fact is I still haven't gotten around to using them for that.<br /><br />I've used individual units for sorting and maintaining separate the various Christmas sprinkles and sugars we are using to decorate cookies. I've used them to serve popcorn and chips to my grandchildren when they watch TV as well as grapes, raisins, teddy grahams, and jelly beans. I've used them in adult settings as (finally!) it is cool enough to sit outdoors and talk around the pool. Perfect for nuts, olives, hummus, cheese cubes, and other easy to serve foods randomly placed on tables and bar. In every case, I've only used individual plates and never arranged them the way I pictured I would. I like the idea of using plastic (as opposed to glass or ceramic) outdoors where accidents are much more likely to happen due to uneven floors, small tables, and tipsy guests.<br /><br />What I like about them is that they are light-weight but sturdy; they look like ceramic but are unbreakable plastic; they hold just the right amount to look good and full when starting out and can be easily refilled without feeling you are wasting food; they are genuinely attractive with a modern nontraditional shape; there are a lot of them (an even dozen) but you only take out what you need.<br /><br />They are, supposedly, meant to be disposable but I don't see the need. I hand wash them, dry them, and stack them away (where they don't take up that much space). They don't absorb odors (such as that from pickles and olives) and, so far, none has discolored or lost the shiny finish or stained from melted M&M;s.<br /><br />Bottom line: very useful and attractive for casual entertaining and even craft use. Easy to transport, store, wash, and plentiful in numbers. I suppose that, someday, I may have occasion to use the whole set at once and arrange them creatively on a single serving table. But, so far, they have convenient to have around, reach for, and use individually or in small groups for whatever comes up.