The Ultimate Dinnerware Buying Guide
Dinnerware – Materials
Stoneware is created through molding clay at extremely high temperatures. In terms of durability, it is superior to earthenware. Earthy tones are often used for stoneware dinnerware. It is nonporous. If you are in search of dinnerware that is hardy and that won’t show wear and tear even with daily use, stoneware is an excellent choice. Glazing is frequently applied to stoneware so that it gives off an enduring shine.
Earthenware is one of the oldest industrial materials in the world. Despite its ancient origins, its popularity remains unchanged today. In contrast to stoneware, earthenware is created through molding clay at extremely low temperatures. In terms of durability, it is more vulnerable to chipping compared to stoneware. Should you choose to go with earthenware, you will have a world of colours to choose from. Earthenware is porous. If you are looking for dinnerware that is homey albeit heavy, you’re looking at it.
Kaolinite is used to create porcelain and it is crucial that only high temperatures are used for the clay in order to ensure that it turns out right. In terms of durability, it is generally considered top shelf. However, there are other exceptions hinging on the firing and construction process that is utilized. Porcelain dinnerware comes in a white, translucent colour. In some cases gold or platinum rings are added to porcelain dinnerware. Porcelain is favoured by many because of its “glowing” quality. It is also non-porous.
The material that is used to create bone china is essentially the same as porcelain except that it is mixed with bone ash. The durability of bone china is unparalleled in the world of dinnerware. Bone china dinnerware comes in a white colour. However, in contrast to porcelain, it is not fully translucent. Bone china is far more expensive than earthenware and stoneware. It is preferred by many due to its lightweight quality, lustrous appearance, and time tested durability.
Dinnerware – Place Setting
Every set of formal dinnerware should come with the following:
Whether you are hosting brunch with friends at home or serving dinner to your family, this is where the mains will go.
Salad plates are four to eight inches in diameter. It is used not purely for salads, but for appetizers as well. It can also work as a dessert plate.
Bread & Butter Plate
You can use the bread and butter plates for – you guessed it – serving bread and butter or for placing dips such as olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
Perhaps the most versatile item in the set, soup/cereal bowls can be used for serving cereal, ice cream, salads, chilli, fruit, and what have you. really, the sky’s the limit.
Teacup & Saucer
Tea or coffee, anyone?
Dinnerware – Place Setting Extras
Rim Soup Bowl
The wide rim of this bowl makes it a suitable choice for serving pasta, dishes like osso bucco, and stews.
Not intended to hold food, the charger plate is utilized for accenting dinner plates. It is typically used for more formal occasions.
As the name implies, the accent plate is intended to draw attention to itself. It typically has unique colours or patterns in its design and is used for serving side dishes and smaller cakes.
For those times when the teacup and saucer just won’t do, the mug is a little more casual and can be used for drinking tea, coffee, cocoa, milk, soup, etc.
Dinnerware – Serveware
Serveware is intended to assist with entertaining guests.
Platters come in either an oval or a round size. They are sometimes embellished or embossed. Platters are truly essential for parties and celebrations. Carefully consider the size, colour and material of your platter of choice.
Vegetable bowls are meant to hold vegetables and stews. Typically they come a lid or base to facilitate serving and to help retain the heat of the dish.
There are several variations in sizes of serving bowls and it can be used for just as many purposes whether you are feasting on fruit, popcorn, salad, rice, soup and more.
Gravy Boat & Stand
Why not serve your gravy with grace? The gravy boat can also be used to hold different types of sauces. The stand helps to catch any drips and of course, make it look more elegant.
The pickle/relish dish is used for serving finger food and cold condiments.
Make your meal or beverage even richer by using this creamer.
Covered Sugar Bowl
Would you like some sugar with your tea or coffee? The covered sugar bowl truly adds charm to any table setting. You can use it for everyday meals.
The teapot is used to steep tea in a lush fashion and it is popular across both Eastern and Western cultures.
Longer in length than a teapot, this is an essential for coffee lovers. Coffeepots retain heat so you can just keep pouring to your heart’s delight.
If you are looking to purchase a dinnerware set, we hope this article helps answer your questions. If you have questions that we did not answer, be sure to leave a comment or just send us an email via our contact form.