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Looking for advice on how to select the best dinnerware set?
I’ve got you covered. We were in this predicament when we moved into our first apartment. Then, this big decision came up again when we built our wedding registry. Selecting every single item for your home, especially your dinnerware can get to be overwhelming. There are so many options on the market at varying prices, different materials, and so on. I did the research so you don’t have to.
This guide will tell you exactly what you need to know to select the best dinnerware set for your family that will last forever and never go out of style.
When selecting the best dinnerware set for your family, you’ll want to consider your serving style. If you are someone who loves to entertain, and usually has a ton of people over, and likes to serve family-style with a ton of other dishes and platters on the table, take that into consideration.
If you’re someone who is more of a minimalist, usually entertains in small gatherings, and prefers a simple, decluttered table setting, consider that.
If you rarely entertain, and it’s really just you and your family, then that’s another thing to think about.
Either way, when you think about your entertaining style, this can impact what type of dinnerware you should get. Some people prefer a plain white, simple style which really allows people to focus on the food and not be distracted by the place. Others might prefer vintage vibes or even a fun, loud, and wild plate which brings excitement and character to the dish. Those are two extremes, of course. Some might prefer a muted shade with a slight texture or design for more of an organic feel.
Whatever you prefer, think about your style and the overall message you want to communicate when serving your meals. Also think about how you serve, what your style is, fancy versus laid back, and so on.
Most dinnerware sets include 16 pieces – 4 dinner plates, 4 salad plates, 4 soup bowls and 4 coffee mugs. You’ll want to consider whether or not this is enough for your family. Some dinnerware sets have the option to purchase all items separately as well.
Personally, I prefer purchasing my dinnerware separately. I still want it all to match, but for example, we wanted 8 dinner plates and 8 appetizer plates. But we did not want 8 coffee mugs because we have so many others. So we didn’t get the coffee mugs.
Whatever works for you, just consider how many people you usually serve or likely will serve in the future. We are still just a family of two but have found that the set of 8 works great when we do entertain. It’s also a great size for our family to grow into over the years.
Most sites actually recommend having a set of 12. That seemed to be a bit much for us since we are in a phase of my husband’s career where we move a lot and live in apartments, so storing a set of 12 was a bit much. As I said, figure out what works for you and then go off of that, but it’s definitely something to consider.
Best Dinnerware Set Options:
When selecting the best dinnerware set, one of the most important things to consider is the material. If you remember one thing and one thing only from this post let it be this: PORCELAIN or BONE CHINA. These are the two strongest, most durable materials for your dinnerware. Buying dinnerware that is ceramic or stone has a very high chance of chipping. If your dinnerware set chips later down the road and the store you got them from no longer carries them, you won’t be able to replace them. Purchasing porcelain or bone china will give you some leeway on the chips and dings. It’s such a strong material and will last a lifetime.
When selecting the best dinnerware set, you’ll want to consider the color. As I mentioned earlier, white is a great color because it’s the most neutral and it allows the food to really stand out on the plate and speak for itself. It also hides chips the best.
However, that doesn’t mean you have to shy away from all the other shades and colors. Some people prefer a more moody vibe like black plates, and some people like colorful plates with patterns. We personally purchased grey plates with a slight texture to them.
Whichever dinnerware color you select, just ask yourself if you will still want this color or pattern in 10 years from now. How about 20? You don’t want to spend a ton of money on something trendy that will go out of style in a couple of years. Just be mindful and purchase a set that brings you joy and will last for a long time.
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