Growing up, we were always amazed at the various sets of dishes our Mimi and Nana kept on hand for entertaining guests. There were sets for special occasions, including Nana’s blue and white Wedgewood of Etruria & Barlaston china she received as a gift from her brother, and Mimi’s Johnson Brothers dinnerware she set out every Christmas morning. Additionally, there were sets for everyday use when we’d visit during the week and on school breaks. And now that we’re older and find ourselves eating off of those same dishes when we’re enjoying meals together, we’ve learned a few things from our grandmothers. For one, if you choose classic, everyday dinnerware for any occasion, they will serve you and your guests for many years. Two, if you keep an everyday set on hand, it will lessen the wear and tear on your special occasion collection and in return prolong the life of them. And finally, an everyday collection can be incorporated into any tablescape you design through the seasons.
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While we’ve been welcoming the Spring season, we’ve also been considering our personal collections and doing a little bit of Spring cleaning, if you will. When it comes to Spring cleaning, we often think of purging our closets, disinfecting various surfaces and organizing hidden spaces. At the same time, we often overlook the need to go through our entertaining essentials following the peak season (the holidays) for entertaining guests. Our cabinets become stuffed with decorative dishes, our shelves are stacked with large serveware and our drawers overflow with tabletop details and utensils.
What we know all too well is an overabundance of stuff can weigh on us and deter us from using items the way they were intended to be used. This notion holds true for anything in our lives, including the pieces we use to serve others in our homes. This means, if we become overwhelmed by the serveware in our homes or simply cannot find them, we will be less likely to use them to serve others at our table. So, our encouragement to you is to get back to the basics by curating a collection of entertaining essentials that not only simplify your hosting needs but also your life. The best place to start is by investing in everyday dinnerware for any occasion.
When it comes to everyday dinnerware, our best advice is to choose a set that is neutral and basic. Our go-to is a round, white set, because they are timeless and can be incorporated into any occasion and any tablescape design. They can be dressed up with elegant flatware, linen dinner napkins and sophisticated stemware or kept casual, stacked on a buffet display or set with informal utensils and disposable paper goods. The best part? They are generally affordable and can be found at most of your favorite retailers.
So, if you’re looking for an everyday dinnerware set for any occasion to help curate your collection, here is a round up of our favorite sets sorted by price.
Everyday Dinnerware for Any Occasion
Target Stoneware Avesta Dinnerware Set
$1.67 per piece
Corelle® Winter Frost White Dinnerware
$2.63 per piece