Whenever coffee or tea is served with cream or sugar and a spoon, it is polite to offer a saucer as well. The saucer serves as a resting place for tea bags and spoons after they have been used. They also give the added benefit of serving as a catch for drips or spill-overs. This can help save your guests’ or customers’ garb as well as preventing your tablecloths and tabletops from becoming stained.
For the best presentation, serve matching saucers with your cups. However, if no saucer is available that matches perfectly, just look for one in the same material that is approximately the same color. Also ensure that the diameter of your saucer is large enough to encompass the bottom of your tea or coffee cup, with room to spare.
The most difficult choice comes when used cups or mugs are in need of matching saucers that can’t be found. In these cases, a simple white or black saucer is usually the best choice, although any plain-colored saucer that matches your cups can be used. You may also want to consider serving mismatching cups and saucers. This is becoming a popular style at many coffee- and tea-houses where perfectly matching drinkware is deemed not only unnecessary, but also uninteresting.