Tableware helps you set the mood for any occasion, from entertaining guests to an elegant meal for two. You can find all types of tableware, from colorful and sturdy dinnerware sets to fine china. You may find it helpful to shop for tableware by occasion. For example, if you are hosting a casual dinner party, then you may consider purchasing plates that are both microwavable and oven safe so you can keep the food warm while your guests are arriving. Similarly, if you are having a formal dinner party then you will most likely want to purchase dinnerware that is made from ceramic or porcelain, which will give your guests an elegant dining experience. For everyday use, your tableware will be based on your style of living. If you are a busy family then make sure to buy tableware that is damage and stain resistant, as well as easy-to-clean after dinner.
Tableware, including serving bowls, platters, cups, and plates come in many different colors and patterns. Traditional tableware is made from ceramic or porcelain and is typically white or decorated along the rim with natural imagery. Traditional tableware has patterns that include natural elements, like leaves, flowers, trees, birds, and other plants. If you are uninterested in the decorative nature of traditional tableware, then consider modern or contemporary design. The latter two often have no designs, or simple designs, which is signature of modern and contemporary simplicity. These two styles are generally less ornate and decorate with simple colors or crisp lines. In addition to serving bowls, platters, and cups, some tableware sets also come with additional serving vessels, like gravy boats and butter dishes, which give your table a cohesive look.
Properly setting the table is a science and an art. Tablecloths, table runners, placemats, cloth napkins, and other table linens help to complement your existing tableware décor. For example, for casual summer parties you can easily pair light and colorful tablecloths with similar dishware. For more formal dining parties, consider pairing your favorite dinnerware with linen tablecloths and napkins. If you already have a versatile table cloth, then consider pairing it with placemats to keep your table and tablecloth cleaner and extend its life. You can easily prevent stains from unwanted spills by using placemats. Table linens also complement your dishware and add interesting texture to your home.
You can complete your tableware set by finding effective and elegant serveware, from large dishes and platters to salad bowls. There are many different types of serveware accessories that you can use to make hosting dinner easier than ever. For example, salad bowls allow you to easily serve your guests a giant salad without leaving it in a metal or wood mixing bowl. Similarly, you can use serving trays for small appetizers and custom chip and dip bowls to hold delicious snacks before your meal.