The Dinnerware Buying Guide

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.

Bone China

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:

Dinner Plate

Whether you are hosting brunch with friends at home or serving dinner to your family, this is where the mains will go.

Salad Plate

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.

Soup/Cereal Bowls

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.

Charger Plate

Not intended to hold food, the charger plate is utilized for accenting dinner plates. It is typically used for more formal occasions.

Accent Plate

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 Bowl

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.

Serving Bowl

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.

Pickle/Relish Dish

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.

16 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Hunger Games

  • Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth had to color their hair brown for the role as their hair is naturally blonde while Josh Hutcherson had to dye his hair blonde as it is naturally brown.
  • Jennifer Lawrence’s salary increased by 2000% for Catching Fire. In the initial Hunger Games film, she was compensated “just” $500,000.
  • It took Jennifer Lawrence three days to decide if she would accept the role of Katniss Everdeen as she was previously mostly involved in indie productions.
  • Based on geographical descriptions, most fans agree that the Capitol is located somewhere in the Rocky Mountains and that District 12 is likely in the vicinity of the Appalachian Mountains.
  • Josh Hutcherson was rendered unconscious and unintentionally given a concussion by Jennifer Lawrence when they were playing around on set and she accidentally hit him on the head.
  • The film broke a record in that it’s the first film not released by one of the major studios to rack up earnings exceeding $400 million in the U.S.
  • Donald Sutherland, who plays President Snow in the Hunger Games and Catching Fire, personally wrote a letter to the director of the Hunger Games detailing why he is the perfect fit for the role. His desire was a result of accidentally reading the script and gaining an affinity for the role.
  • Lenny Kravitz did not have to audition for his role as Cinna as director Gary Ross personally appointed him to play the role.
  • Because Woody Harrelson is a vegetarian, you will not see him eating meat in the film unlike the other characters. On the contrary, he is either eating vegetables or desserts or having a drink.
  • Hunter Parrish, Alex Pettyfer, and Lucas Till were all under consideration to play the role of Peeta Mellark.
  • Alexander Ludwig, the actor who played Cato was extremely dedicated to portraying his character both mentally and physically. With that in mind, he set out to train with a US Navy Seal and bulked up by 40 pounds in muscle.
  • Elizabeth Banks spent 45 minutes prior to each shoot getting a fresh manicure for her character Effie Trinket. Because of the extreme length of her nails coupled with the over-the-top outfits, she needed assistance with using the bathroom between shoots.
  • Paula Malcolmson, the actress who plays Jennifer Lawrence’s mother, isn’t doing it for the first time. She also played the role of Lawrence’s mother in Cold Case: A Dollar, A Dream (TV series on CBS).
  • One of the reasons that director Gary Ross got on board with the Hunger Games production is because his kids are huge fans of the novels.
  • Chloe Grace Moretz, Emma Roberts, Hailee Steinfeld, and Shailene Woodley all auditioned for the role of Katniss Everdeen. We all know who won out.
  • Katniss’ name is taken from the name of an edible plant that her father used to collect to help keep their family alive

Know any other Hunger Games trivia? Feel free to comment below!

10 Signs You Are a Hunger Games Fan

So the second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy (Catching Fire) recently released in theaters and once again, the fever has awakened among loyal fans. Has your obsession gone too far? Have your friends begun to remark on how you’re constantly associating every single thing with the Hunger Games? Here are a few telltale signs to help you find out:

  • You are constantly waking up in a panic thinking it’s the day of the Reaping in your “district” and you will likely have to come to the rescue of your sibling and substitute for him or her in the Games.
  • You purchased a real – not a toy – bow and arrow long before the film came out and now it’s almost worn out from excessive usage. After all, you never know which of your opponents might sneak up on you at any given moment.
  • If you are a girl (or a dude with long enough locks), it is imperative that you style your hair in a braid at least once a week. Absolutely no excuses.
  • You have considered taking up or you are currently taking up archery lessons. Fire away, Katniss Jr.!
  • Whenever you part ways with a friend or family member even for just a few hours, you can’t help but advise them: “Stay alive”. You can’t help it.
  • When you meet a dude, you categorize him as either “Gale” or “Peeta”.
  • You rocked the Capitol look for Halloween or have thrown a party just for the chance to be able to dress up as a citizen of the Capitol.
  • In your head, you consider any person who is mute an “Avox”. They’ve probably done something unspeakably wrong to receive such a punishment. What other explanation could there be?
  • Your DVD of the Hunger Games is worn out or has numerous scratches on it. You’ve also lost count of the number of times you’ve watched it. But it probably doesn’t matter since you already know all the lines by heart and can recite them in your sleep anyway.
  • Anytime you need to express emotion, you can’t do it without making Katniss’ three finger sign in the process. There’s just no other way.

What are some signs that you can think of that signify that you are a true Hunger Games fan?

How to Take Care of Delicate and Expensive Dinnerware

The first thing that you need to know is that there are different types of dinnerware. There is china, coral, antique, glass, porcelain, etc. But overall, these are all delicate and expensive dinnerware that entail stringent rules for proper care. Here are a few valuable tips to keep in mind to help ensure that your dinnerware will stay clean and look new several decades down the line:

How to Wash and Rinse Delicate and Expensive Dinnerware by Hand

  • Be very careful when washing your dinnerware. Be sure to use lukewarm water and a very mild dish washing soap. Do not use your silverware or any foreign object to scrape off food stains or food bits. Instead, use your fingertips so that no unwanted scratching or chipping of enamel will occur. If there are any stubborn food bits, allow the plates to soak in a plastic container filled with warm water and dish washing liquid until the food loosens.
  • Don’t rush the drying process. Take your time and use a soft cloth. Make sure that the dinnerware dries out completely. This will help prevent water spots from forming and staining your dinnerware. This is especially applicable to bone china dinnerware. Allowing the dinnerware to dry thoroughly also stops the plates from sticking to one another once they have been put away.

How to Wash and Rinse Delicate and Expensive Dinnerware in the Dishwasher

  • First off, if you do decide to use a dishwasher, be very careful and meticulous. Make sure that the dinnerware can be washed using a dishwasher. In any case, use the gentle cycle and a very mild dish washing soap to do the job. Take your time in loading up the dishwasher and ensure that none of the dinnerware is stuck to another.
  • Purchase a dish washing soap that is unscented. Scented soaps to be not only harsher on the skin, but more abrasive on the dinnerware.
  • Don’t pull out the dishes as soon as they’re done. Complete the drying cycle. This way, you also save yourself the hassle of having to wipe the excess moisture or risk burning yourself with a hot plate.

How to Store Delicate and Expensive Dinnerware

  • If you don’t have a china cupboard to store your dinnerware in, consider purchasing one. It’s well worth the investment. You can also opt to store them in dish storage cases. Many home and garden stores also sell dish protectors which you can place between each dish to prevent scratching or scuffing them. You may also substitute linen cloths or tissue paper if you can’t find any dish protectors.
  • Do not stack too many plates on top of each other. This might cause the dinnerware to break or crack.
  • Hang cups by the handles as rims are quite vulnerable and more prone to breakage than the rest of the cup. Cover the hooks with plastics to avoid scratching the cups or use protector cases.

As Seen in The Hunger Games Giveaway

Hello everybody and welcome to the first giveaway of!

We are giving away a Tree of Life Salad Plate set which comes in a set of four. They can be used for dessert or salad, and are a perfect addition to your dining table. Additionally, they are the PERFECT Christmas presents for anybody (not to mention that they are free) regardless of them being a Hunger Games fan or not.

Here are the plates that we will be giving away.

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Look at more of our amazing plate sets that we have!

Clear Coral Bowls As Seen in Hunger Games