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mxk3 z5b_MI
10 days ago
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I have service for 20 for entertaining, bought long ago when family was bigger; now we're down to 8-10 and even fewer during the pandemic. Part of me wants to get new every day set of dishes since the ones I have are hand-me downs. They have served me very well all these years but would be nice to have something new now that the kitchen refresh is almost done. But -- I've got perfectly good dishes that I've always used solely for entertaining and could just use those as my every day ones. Still mulling over what to do and just curious about others.

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  • Jen K
    10 days ago

    ​Married for 16 yrs and never had a 'good set' of dishes. Maybe because we eloped? We merged our individual daily ware to learn we had the same brand, but different style plate and bowl set from Target acquired as new Lieutenant's, three years apart.  We've never formally entertained so no need to buy plates for it.


    Over time we're down a few settings so we've added a few pieces from World Market. 


    Use the 'nice' pieces for everyday. They can still be used for entertaining. My FIL said, 'What's the point of a napkin (or in this case, a plate) you never use?'

  • Boxerpal
    10 days ago

    We have every day Mikasa White Delray . For my wedding we received a gift of elegant gold trimmed Noritake Pacific Majesty for 8 but we never ever use it. After 31 years of marriage maybe used it all a total of 20 times. The gold trim means everything has to be hand washed.


    But our Mikasa white Delray dishware is our go too. We entertain often (monthly despite covid) and we have about 24 place settings. I love white because you can make it look elegant or make it look casual. Serve Lobster, Bolognese sauce, Thanksgiving dinner or Pizza and it all looks good. My advice? Buy your basic good quality white every day dishware. You won't regret it. The best thing about white is you can mix whites and white goes with everything even off white. If you decide to accent with Red for the holidays or orange for Halloween or even mint green for Easter your white dishware or china will look stunning. You mix it with grass weaved mats or elegant lace. Or blue willow blue to accent. White is great and you mix other white dishes and it all looks meant to be.









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  • mxk3 z5b_MI
    Original Author
    10 days ago

    Wow, some of you really have A LOT of dishes! I do love browsing at places like Marshall's and TJ Max, I've gotten all sorts of assorted serving dishes and odds and ends pieces, never know what I'm going to find and sometimes they've got some gems. One of my favorite things is a wacky hand-painted bird motif covered clay baker I got forever ago from TJ. I use it for tossed salads. My dad's wife chipped off a piece of the rim but I still use it all the time -- the missing piece adds to the charm :0p.

  • bbstx
    10 days ago

    My ”wedding china” stayed packed up in the attic for 20 years until my grad school roommate asked if she could eat off of it before she died! HA! On her next birthday, I had a very nice dinner party and the wedding china made its debut. I now use it about 3 or 4 times a year, far less than it deserves!




  • Mrs Pete
    10 days ago
    last modified: 10 days ago

    I love setting a pretty table and have many sets of dishes. In the "fancy stuff" category -- if I serve a crowd, I use one set on the kitchen table /the other set on the dining room table:

    - My wedding china, which is white with blue floral and silver rims

    - My grandmother's wedding china, which is white with burgundy detail and gold rims

    In the everyday category:

    - My casual wedding stoneware, which is Pfaltzgraff and is showing its 31 years of age, but I can't get rid of it

    - My Johnson Brothers everyday china, which is very similar to my Pfaltzgraff but not so heavy and in new condition

    - My Fiestaware dishes, which are small /luncheon size

    - My Pioneer Woman dishes, also small -- I love the bright colors

    - My soup-and-sandwich plates, which I use for casual meals in front of the TV (like football Sundays with the Panthers) or for taking out on the deck

    And then Christmas dishes -- traditional Spode Christmas Tree.

    Seems like I'm forgetting a set.

    So maybe I'm not the right person to ask about whether to get rid of china sets. I'd ask you these things:

    - Do you have adequate storage to keep up with your everyday china PLUS the entertaining china?

    - Do you ENJOY putting out something fancy /not same as every day when you entertain? Or would you just as soon get some pretty paper plates when you have parties?

    - You say your family is smaller now -- but do you have any indication it'll be growing?

  • nancyjane_gardener
    10 days ago

    My everyday is Correlle (Oh, and Bouncy5 when it gets older it SHATTERS!) and some Walmart bowls for soup.

    I do have a set of plain white that my BIL brought back from somewhere he served in the late 60's. Theses I like for more formal dinners because as someone said, white goes with anything!

    I used to pair it with the blue and white patterned stuff, but most of that ended up breaking.


  • colleenoz
    10 days ago

    Even for barbecues and picnics I don’t use paper plates because a) I like something substantial I can cut on, and b) they are not good for the environment. I have a stack of cheap Ikea plates and bowls for that- they are so cheap to replace it’s no great loss if one gets broken. But in nearly 20 years very few have.

    I use my grandmother’s china for “good” china eating. I always loved it but most was broken by the time it came to me so I had to supplement it with modern plates. I searched eBay and antique shops for 30 years until a couple of years ago I found a lady in the US who was selling a complete service with serving dishes on eBay for $100. Even with shipping and the exchange rate it was affordable. Only one or two pieces were damaged in transit and I was thrilled to have a whole set!

    It occurred to me at some stage that pretty well every antique serving dish I’ve acquired over the years has something about it that is similar to my grandmother’s china - the colours, the flowers, etc.


  • foodonastump
    10 days ago

    My MIL started us on Lenox Federal Platinum which I kind of like a lot, I like the look but wish the plates had more non-rim space and that there were more varied serving pieces available. At this point I’ve got as much as I could ever need but struggle to use them.

    Growing up we used the good china for all holidays and other festive occasions. I ”try” to do that but it’s down in the basement packed away rather than in a hutch or something, so I find myself rarely bringing it out even for holidays. Most of it was bought as seconds, but still I see what these sets are sold for used and think about what a waste of money its been.

    At some point I’ll have to decide what to do with my mom’s set. It’s at least vintage if not antique, certainly has sentimental value, and more useful serving dishes. But, over the years and over my protests they’ve suffered from being thrown in the dishwasher, so that will probably help me make a rational decision.

    Ironic, that. Can’t get my mom to use the dishwasher unless she has company which is when she uses the dishes that aren’t dishwasher safe.

  • Barrheadlass
    10 days ago

    I have sooo many dishes. My every day dishes were my mother’s, i think they were collected at the grocery store in the 90s. My china, which I bought 50 years ago i drag out only for Thanksgiving, which we host on alternate years. I also have many pieces of Buchan pottery, which was made in Scotland. I also have two complete sets of Stangl pottery…anyone familiar with that? It doesnt go in the dishwasher, so i dont use it daily.

  • Rose Sexton
    10 days ago

    Use it all. Life is short.

  • Martha Scott
    9 days ago

    Sort of! Thirty years ago I bought 50 glass salad size plates at Wal Mart to use for parties. I still have all 50 and have picked up a few more used while out and about. That expenditure of $50 has saved me I don't know how many HUNDREDS of dollars because I don't buy paper goods. And the number of events and parties those plates have seen -- oh, my!!!! So those are my "entertaining" dishes. I also have my mother's and my aunt's "snack sets" (those glass plates with matching cups that genteel ladies always used when the ladies came) and have used those as well when the occasion warrants. Again, saving money in paper products.


    My regular dishes -- a set of Johnson Brothers Indies (our breakfast dishes) and a set of Spode Blue Italian (our everyday dishes) plus my Aynsley Pembroke and my grandmother's Noritake Marcasite gets used by us at least monthly so the china is not saved "for company". I use the Blue Italian, too, for company if it is a more casual meal.

    (Or I decide I want to dishwash after my guest are gone rather than handwash).


    I believe things are to be used and not saved for everyday. And if it gets broken, there is always Replacements!


    Martha

  • H202
    9 days ago

    Please dont use paper plates. Thats terrible, and everyone knows better in 2021.


    We have a cheap every day white set that we got when we got married.


    i have a lamoge full set of 12 that I inherited when I was 20. It doesnt get used often for entertaining, but its actually pretty contemporary looking (gold edging - looks like something you might buy at west elm today even though its from 1933), plus there are a couple specific sizes that we love (the soup bowls are unusual shapes and get used often, for instance).


    we also have a random set of 6 italian plates, three sizes each, that friends got us when we married, and they are unusual shape and get used a couple times a month for specific meals.


    we also have 8 square white dinner and salad plates that we decided to buy for cheap before we got married because they were trendy and not $$, but we have out those away for now.


    we used to entertain and use a lot of this stuff, but moved five years ago and now the social life is pretty dull and the plates dont get used much anymore…..

  • Bumblebeez SC Zone 7
    9 days ago

    I think the everyday things you use should be beautiful and something that brings joy. Unless you love them, get rid of them and get what you do like.

    The idea of use something up until there is no use left in it is still good, but make sure that something is what you enjoy using and looking at! If you are tired of it, sell it, swap it, donate whatever and get what does make you smile. Let someone else get the rest of the utility out of the dishes!

  • K Laurence
    9 days ago

    We rarely use our fine china anymore. we have 12 place settings of simple white china from Crate & Barrell (“Pearl pattern ?) that we use for everyday & entertaining. Food looks good on it & they look good on the table. Same for our sterling flatware, rarely use it, gave an extra set that we inheirited to a good friend.

  • Mrs Pete
    9 days ago

    Thirty years ago I bought 50 glass salad size plates at Wal Mart to use for parties.

    My grandmother gave me maybe 25 glass salad plates -- the good, thick ones -- but I just never loved them. Fortunately, my daughter wanted them, so they're still being used.

    And if it gets broken, there is always Replacements!

    Replacements.com is so expensive (though if you're close enough, do visit their store sometime -- it's an experience). I'd recommend ebay instead; whatever you want will eventually pop up.

    Please dont use paper plates. Thats terrible, and everyone knows better in 2021.

    Paper plates aren't so awful, especially when you consider that washing dishes isn't "economically free" -- washing requires water, which isn't an unlimited resource, especially in some areas, and the soap can be an issue too. What's really awful is styrofoam -- and most of it comes into our homes piece-by-piece from fast food restaurants.

    Let someone else get the rest of the utility out of the dishes!

    Yes, and on the other side of that discussion, if you're looking for tableware, check out what's available at Goodwill, etc. Lots of good stuff is waiting on their shelves.

  • nhbaskets
    9 days ago

    My DH kids that I could open a catering business with the number of dishes I have.


    Everyday - service for 12 is Villeroy & Boch Switch 3 pattern.


    For large groups - C&B Aspen. 36 dinner plates, 24 salad plates, 12 soup bowls. My Mom always said white dishes were best for entertaining as they went with any table setting. She was right.


    Christmas - 12 dinner plates and assorted serving pieces of Macy’s pattern similar to Spode.


    Fine China - I have my grandmother’s Limoges china - service for 12 with more serving pieces than can fit in the hutch I bought when they were passed down to me.


    For cocktail parties I have 36 white appetizer plates in 3 different shapes. Those get used alot. Also have dessert plates for various holidays.


    Should we talk wine glasses?

  • lindac92
    9 days ago

    Sets of dishes? Does that include special holiday dishes like Christmas and Halloween? LOL!

    I never EVER use corelle or Melmac or heaven forbid paper or styrofoam! I have saved hundreds of $$ over the years by having stacks of white plates bought for about $1 each....and they are Haviland, fine china. And they mix well with the Gold rimmed Hutchenruther and the Mason's Vista and the flower sprigged haviland.

    I love dishes!!!

  • Erica Wright
    9 days ago

          My everyday dishes are a lemon pattern from the Dollar Tree. And a set of a floral pattern from Walmart that's cheap and cheerful. Things I don't mind breaking if someone has an accident. 
       My fine china is the Royal Albert collection. 
       I also have some nice white dishes, and a set of hand painted Portuguese dishes.
       Sometimes, I use the nice dishes just because I want to eat favorite foods on pretty plates. 
       I don't like everything matching perfectly, but I like to have things that go together.

  • jill302
    9 days ago

    We have multiple sets of dishes. Some I inherited. We use my 30 year old Noritake dinnerware for everyday, it still looks really good. We my grandma’s Franciscanware at our desert place. For entertaining I often use my formal china, Noritake Barrymore. This is used for most holidays and some family dinners. For Christmas we use Spode Christmas Tree that my mom bought me early in my marriage.


    My daughter is getting married at our home in two weeks, the wedding will be followed by a dinner reception. We will be using my china, along with my mom’s coordinating china Lenox Tuxedo. Thankfully we have enough between the two sets.




  • Liz H
    9 days ago

    My entertainment dishes become my every day dishes when I decluttered. I liked my fancy dishes much more and figured why not be happy looking at them at every meal than only on Thanksgiving and Christmas.

  • Jen K
    9 days ago

    "Please dont use paper plates. Thats terrible, and everyone knows better in 2021." Not everyone can afford unlimited place settings. Those who can afford to will have to offset those who can't. Rent, medicines, and bills often 'eat' first.

  • chinacatpeekin
    9 days ago

    I have too many sets of dishes. I recently started using my Heath Ceramics (collected from their seconds and thirds table at the Sausalito store over several decades) as my everyday dinnerware. I gave my vast collection of Fiestaware to my DD and another less colorful everyday set to my DS and DIL. I have my wedding china, Herend Blue Garland, which I’ve used perhaps twice in 35 years; its still beautiful to me, though. I have a set of Limoges that belonged to my mom that I’ve used when my sisters are over for special dinners where we all cook from our mother’s recipes. I have some deep blue and gold rimmed porcelain plates that belonged to my grandmother, never used, but they could theoretically be used as chargers under the Blue Garland should the need arise:)

  • colleenoz
    9 days ago

    "Not everyone can afford unlimited place settings. Those who can afford to will have to offset those who can't. Rent, medicines, and bills often 'eat' first."

    No one is suggesting you _have _ to have unlimited place settings. But Ikea plates sell for peanuts, and charity shops sell them for even less. In the long run it costs to keep buying paper plates, not to mention the damage it does to the environment.

  • carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b
    9 days ago
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    I say why not use the special plates? I've been enjoying bringing out things I've set aside and using them. It feels a bit refreshing.

    We don't entertain either. That always happens at my mom's house nearby and she has her special occasion dishes in cupboards in her living room, so they come out for special occasions - but we haven't had any in quite awhile, of course. She has maybe 3 other sets of white dishes, and a set of light green ones for daily use. my kitchen is tiny and so is our house, so I really have nowhere to put fine china. My everyday dishes are a collection of vintage MCM that I mix and match. Some are sets of 4.

    I compost paper plates.

    My sister has plain white Corelle for everyday use and I like it a lot - it's so attractive, durable and lightweight.

  • Bumblebeez SC Zone 7
    9 days ago
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    I rarely use paper plates as I have lots of dishes but I don't think it's wrong if somebody wants to use them although it's not my preference. Recently over the past year I've been camping in a friend's camper and I have come to appreciate a paper plate. And even then, there's many different quality levels.

  • Jen K
    9 days ago

    "In the long run it costs to keep buying paper plates, not to mention the damage it does to the environment." 

    Ikea plates do not sell for peanuts (2.49/ea is the cheapest). 

    Understanding is better than stubbornness based on unwritten standards. 

    Using the internet, to share your opinion, is harmful to the environment. All the resources used to make these place settings is harmful to the environment. Washing plates is harmful to the environment.  Everybody has to pick their level of engagement: for some it's financial affordability, for some it's ease of living, and for some it's a moral standard of behavior.

  • Islay Corbel
    9 days ago

    Well, apart from being very late to this thread, I'm another one who has got rid of the "good" stuff and just use every day - which is perfectly nice. I have some beautiful Venetian glasses that come out for Christmas and birthdays, though. I love those and wouldn't get rid of them.

  • jlhug
    9 days ago

    I have mismatched polish pottery dishes for every day. Between Thanksgiving and Christmas, we use the Lennox Christmas dishes. As someone said, if you have it, why not use it i do put it in the dishwasher. After 40 years or so, some of patterns are fading. Replacing those few pieces as they fade is easy.


    Some earlier said Correlle doesn’t break when dropped. I disagree. when Correlle hits tile flloor, it shatters into a million sharp shards that scatter everywhere

  • jmm1837
    9 days ago

    I have a set of plates I use for entertaining.  I've had them for years, but they don't see much action these days.  Regular dishes are a bit of a mix - inexpensive blue willow pattern china, pottery pasta bowls, mugs from everywhere, and coffee cups picked up at a thrift shop.  Got a nice serving bowl at a thrift shop too.

    I don't understand the comment about people not being able to afford unlimited place settings.  Paper plates are fine for the occasional mass gathering at a BBQ, but if you can afford to seat 8 people for dinner, you can afford to blow $20 on thrift shop plates.

  • Bumblebeez SC Zone 7
    9 days ago
    last modified: 9 days ago

    There is also the element that younger generations do not want the baby boomers china, that they collected for years and find precious. In many cases, it's worthless. I imagine if someone needed china and was NOT particular, some kind person would give them a set knowing it was going to be used, rather than donate to goodwill, etc

  • mainenell
    9 days ago

    I have a set of Pfaltzgraff that I am trying to figure out where to put it my kitchen in the house I just bought. Maybe in that cabinet that is practically unusable because I can’t reach it? So it is more than just cost, you have to put those second sets somewhere.

  • wiscokid
    8 days ago

    “$2.49 is the cheapest” IKEA lists the OFTAST dishes at 79¢ each. And they have small sets for even less per. Target and Walmart also have similar. Even cheaper would be a thrift or goodwill, but you would have to luck to find a matching set

  • H202
    8 days ago

    To suggest that people are using paper plates because non-paper is elitist and out of reach for many.... might be the stupidest thing I've read today. Like others are saying on here, Ikea and other places sell dishes for insanely cheap. A set of 4 plates would be competitive to a package of paper plates. Pick up something for way cheaper at Goodwill, facebook free stuff, or craigslist. And like someone above said, if you're bbq'ing for 8, it seems likely you've got $5 to buy a set of cheap china.....

  • Olychick
    8 days ago
    last modified: 8 days ago

    I have an appreciation for the beauty of much fine china, but I really don't care for the way food looks on most of it. I think the fancy china sets a beautiful table, but I don't want to eat off of it. I try very hard to serve food that is beautiful and I prefer it on plain white dishes. My wedding china was used until not much remained and I replaced it with plain white plates, bowls and salad plates from Room and Board. My circle of friends and relatives is not 'fancy' though they appreciate nice things. I don't think any of them have 'good' dishes that they use, even for holidays. I'm the same.
    Just the sound of Corelle sets my teeth on edge. And no plastic or paper, ever.

  • jmm1837
    7 days ago

    " And no plastic or paper, ever."


    I'm okay with paper when it's the neighborhood BBQ, but that's about it.

  • Olychick
    7 days ago

    Yes, I've eaten off paper at picnics and at other homes/parties, but I don't use it in my own home (but I don't host a neighborhood BBQ)!

  • annie1992
    7 days ago
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    I have an ever growing set of Fiesta Ware, all of which has been purchased used from various sources. I also have Christmas themed dishes and four plates for Easter from Pottery Barn that have rabbits on them, the kids love to use those. I have lots of serving dishes, from Pyrex to cut glass, a platter with a turkey on it, Christmas themed cookie platters. I also have various pieces of things that I just think are pretty, like some peach luster and a few pieces of jadeite.

    I have no matching "fancy" china, but I do have a set of white Pfaltzgraf that Elery bought at the local Menards for about $40. It's in the garage because I just use the Fiesta Ware for everything.

    I don't like plastic or melamine because if I put hot food on them I can taste the off flavor from the plastic, and I dislike that. I never use paper plates because I have lots of FiestaWare and can wash them. If they get broken, I can buy any color, they are all mix and match, LOL. Plus paper plates are flimsy. I did use disposable plates when I still had Christmas parties for 40+, but I don't do that any more since Dad died.

    As for my kids, Amanda would like just the purple Fiesta Ware and some of the Pyrex. Ashley could care less.

    The only thing I really need is more spoons, I don't know what happens to those.

    Annie

  • territheresa
    7 days ago

    I use Corelle for everyday and company. They are plain, white, light weight, and very hard to break.  Dropped one on the wood floor the other day and nothing happened to it. They take up less room in the dishwasher too. I use fine China to make broken plate mosaics.

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  • HU-455869934
    7 days ago
    last modified: 7 days ago

    We have our wedding china, which is a simple and entirely white pattern (Wedgewood ”Candlelight”) that SWMBO chose because it would go with anything. 8 or 10 settings. I broke four of the dishes in one clumsy moment, but replaced them on eBay.

    Two older friends gave SWMBO their wedding china sets because their kids didn’t want it. Charlotte’s set has fancy gold plate edging and I think of her when we use it, which is mostly at holidays.

    SWMBO made a set of thrown and carved plates, which we sometimes use - but typically as serving dishes.

    For everyday use we have some pottery glaze experiments and a random assortment of dishes from Ikea and unknown sources.

    Since Covid, a few pieces of the nice china has been used - twice, I think. By this point all our friends are vaccinated and I have enough HEPA air cleaners to make the dining room into a biosafety clean room, so we could have parties again, but we’ve fallen out of the habit. I hope we get back into it, Charlotte would like that. But until the kitchen is more presentable, we might defer.


    John still-HU’ing Liu

  • MaryBocaTX
    7 days ago

    I have everyday dishes (set of 12 plain white china, set of 12 with a funky floral-ish pattern).


    For most of our casual entertaining I have a set of about 18 Fiesta Ware.


    For holiday entertaining I decided many years ago to purchase 16 place settings of the Lenox ”Holiday” fine china. We use this at Thanksgiving & Christmas set on Mikasa (I think) gold chargers, with what I call ”plate gifts” on top of each place…just a pretty little beautifully wrapped (fun, inexpensive) present (to coordinate with the china) for each person to open after we say grace and prior to me removing the chargers.


    I told the kids (3 boys) that (for us) Thanksgiving marked the start of the Christmas season…which explained why the table was set in that fashion (I really just wanted to use the fine china more than once a year!).


    My wedding china was some God awful baby blue floral rimmed in silver that I fell in love with during the gift registration process…when I was 19. Ah, youth! I think I only received about 4 place settings or something - thank goodness!


    Anyway, the boys and their wives are all very excited to inherit the Holiday and the Fiesta Ware as there are so many memories tied to each.


    It’s our tradition that any males in attendance (probably sexist, but I don’t care 😉) have to clear and clean the kitchen after Christmas & Thanksgiving, so the boys have known for years that they have to instruct everyone to handwash the Lenox. It still looks great after at least 35 years.


    If you want new everyday (or fancy) china, just buy what you like and what will make you happy. Believe me; life’s too short.

  • kculbers
    6 days ago

    I have 6 sets of dishes. The first picture displays the Russel Wright Gray midcentury dish that my Mom received as an engagement present; the second is Blue Ridge hand painted dish that my grandparents sold in their hardware store in the 1940’s. The second picture displays the Macys Company Holly dish that my daughter in law gave me; the second is the Alfred Meakin England Medway dish that were my grandmothers (these Medway dishes were showcased in the series “Outlander”). The third picture displays the Mikassa Ciara and the second is the Mikassa Ellis; these white dishes are the main ones I use. The others I use on occasion. I love having different sets of dishes to use. Variety is the spice of life!

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  • amylou321
    6 days ago

    In answer to the question. no. I do not entertain other people, so no special dishes set aside for that.

    However......

    I do like to entertain myself, and therefore I have different dishes for different times of the year. For example, I have my Halloween plates in use now. I have 3 heavy stoneware dinner plates covered in jack-o-lanterns. I also have a set of 4 with just leaves and regular pumpkins on them. I will use those through November, though the jack-o-lantern ones will only be used until Halloween. Pumpkin bowls with the cute little lids are used through November too. I have both orange and black ones. And then there is my dutch oven, Duncan the Punkin, only used in the fall.

    I have 5 sets of Christmas dinner plates, 3 sets of Christmas dessert plates, 1 set of Christmas soup bowls and a gingerbread man and a snowman plate and bowl that I use from the day after Thanksgiving until the day after Christmas. We actually use dessert plates a LOT. Probably more than dinner plates. I have Christmas flatware with cute little snowflakes on them, and Christmas glasses, cooking utensils, bowls, measuring spoons, etc that I use throughout that time as well. I am a big fan of tacky Christmas dishes. The more color, he more character, the better. And I am especially fond of Gingerbread men and Snowmen. Even more so than Santa Clause.

    When my mom or sister hosts our family for holidays, they use paper plates, as it is almost always over 30 people, many of them children, its buffet style and no one cares. They do make an effort to get fun seasonal ones anyway. But in my moms case, me and my sister often have to band together and bring OUR fun Christmas bowls and platters for serving, as it is impossible to convince my mom that plain white stuff is NOT appropriately festive for CHRISTMAS! UGH! She doesn't care. She just does not want to buy new stuff, and lets us bring whatever to decorate and make it fun and festive...and OH BOY DO WE!!!!

    I remember that my mom used to have that Christmas set that everyone seems to have or have had. The one with the beautiful Christmas tree on it? I do not think it was Spode but it may have been. Anyway, we used that for both Thanksgiving and Christmas growing up. But, as everyone has gone forth, teamed up and multiplied (well my 5 siblings did anyway) its likely she still has it but not in near enough quantities to suffice for such a group. Then again, her and my dad are chronic declutterers, so she may have tossed them or given them to one of my siblings. I must ask about it.....

  • Richard Dollard
    4 days ago
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    Most of the time I use Corelle for everyday dishes but I do have several and I mean SEVERAL vintage pieces of dinnerware that I also use. I have Spring, summer, fall and winter partial sets...LOL. I change them throughout the year. I am always on the lookout for vintage dishes. They are fun and cheap! I use the vintage stuff when I entertain. I have a very early Noritake fine china set from the 50's(got for a steal at a local estate sale years ago) that I use once in a great while when I entertain but it has pinecones and can only be used in the winter. I wish Corelle would come up with some better designs, most of them seem very dated.

  • carolb_w_fl_coastal_9b
    4 days ago
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    I love the Blue Ridge ware. Back in the 70s, I worked in a funky health food restaurant that used mismatched thrift store dishes and cutlery and they had so much Blue Ridge! Back then plates & dishes could be had for pennies.

  • kim k
    4 days ago

    I have two drawers of everyday dishes. White Corelle plates (two sizes) since they're lightweight, and virtually unbreakable ( I have 4 youngish kids) then a set of green dishes and bowls from IKEA because they're inexpensive and match my new kitchen colors perfectly. I bought those after our reno. The green plates are for overflow if we run out of clean white ones, green bowls we use all the time. We have a set of wedgewood china that I just love that we use for holiday entertaining. I put it right in the dishwasher, no special treatment. I do like having a nice matching set of 12 place settings with no scratches, chips etc for holidays.

  • Elizabeth
    4 days ago

    I remember when I started middle school that my mom announced she was tired of never getting to enjoy her beautiful wedding china and decided she would rather it be used and inevitably broken rather than never get to enjoy it (and us kids were finally old enough that we wouldn't break it the first time we touched it). So the "good china" became the everyday china for 20 years until enough had finally broken that she had to get new. She never regretted it.

  • lovemycorgi z5b SE michigan
    4 days ago

    Well, I’ve tried to respond twice already with no luck…maybe too many photos attached!


    I love dishes also and have several sets. my favorite to use for entertaining is Spode Delamere. I have different styles of salad plates so I can mix it up for each holiday. These are the turkey plates, which of course I use for Thanksgiving! For everyday, I have an old Dansk stoneware set that is still going strong, with no chips or scratches.



  • krystalmoon2009
    4 days ago

    I have about 20 melamine plates I use in summer for around the pool, white everday dishes and 2 sets of Christmas dishes and a set of china that never gets used.

  • lovemycorgi z5b SE michigan
    4 days ago

    I also have Lenox Christmas china, but I almost always end up using less expensive plates that I’ve purchased from Williams Sonoma or Pottery Barn (Purchased on clearance, since WS & PB can be expensive too!) I hate washing dishes and the inexpensive plates can go into the dishwasher.


    My favorite Christmas combo, so very festive!