It is easy to add a personal touch to your tableware set. They are available in a variety of styles ranging from casual to sophisticated and everything in between. Most formal tableware sets are constructed of china, porcelain, or stoneware. These two materials, earthenware and melamine, create excellent casual dinnerware sets. Choose robust tableware sets for daily use, a shatter-resistant set for children and outdoor events, and finer materials for more fashionable dinner parties and formal occasions. It’s a good idea to have one outfit for regular usage and another one for holidays and special events.
Now that we know what tableware types are available, it’s time to go beyond formal and informal designs. Dinnerware sets are further classified into four styles: hand painted, patterned, solid, and banded. Using colours and patterns is a terrific way to display your individuality while also complementing your home décor. The most flexible formal dinnerware set is one in a neutral colour, such as white or ivory.
Choosing crockery with a great border or rim accent will provide colour and personality while still highlighting the dish. Make a statement with the colours and patterns that appeal to you for the more casual dinner plates. Take chances. Consider going with classic or conventional items rather than trend-driven things. If you’re looking for something that will last a long time, solid or banded white items are classic and flexible. They serve as an exquisite foundation for more colourful accent items on your table, and they help improve the overall appearance of the meal.
Before purchasing dinnerware sets, consider the unique care your tableware requires, just as you did before purchasing your storage space. Dishwasher-safe, break-resistant tableware, for example, would offer parents greater peace of mind, while microwave-safe dinner plates would make reheating leftovers a breeze.
Break-resistant dinnerware sets are ideal for outdoor gatherings and if you have children. Check the care directions to see whether your tableware can be washed in the dishwasher, microwaved, or baked in the oven.
To keep your dinnerware sets looking beautiful, use the following tips:
- Hard-water marks on tableware and glasses may be removed by soaking them in white vinegar for three minutes before washing and towel-drying.
- Coffee stains on mugs and fork marks on plates may be easily removed by smearing a baking soda and water mixture over the affected area before washing and drying.
- Stacking the more commonly used plates and bowls is OK, but to protect your fine china tableware from scratches and chipping, store it in a cushioned storage container or with cloth between each piece.