Beginner’s Guide To: Casual Dinnerware

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One of the most common categories you’ll see on just about every wedding registry is dinnerware. Although a basic necessity, choosing what type of dinnerware and how many settings to register for can be overwhelming. Let’s break down this everyday must-have with today’s Beginner’s Guide.

What is it?

You know the basic answer to this question – it’s the plates and cups you use to eat your meals. But do you know exactly what items comprise a set? An everyday dinnerware set consists of 4-5 pieces, including a dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl, and cup/saucer or mug. Another characteristic of casual dinnerware is that the design is versatile enough to use everyday.

How many should I register for?

The general rule of thumb is to have 8-12 settings worth of casual dinnerware to allow for a group of guests (as well as the occasional broken plate or glass). Remember, 8-12 settings means 32-72 pieces. So when you see a 16-piece set, you’ll need to register for 2-3 sets. If you’re starting from scratch, we recommend registering for 2-3 different sets so you can mix up the look and feel of your kitchen table.

I need it if…

We’d say everyone needs a quality set of casual dinnerware, so definitely register for this! You’ll use it for your daily meals or casual dinner parties.

What style is right for me?

No matter which style you choose, make sure the dinnerware you register for is dishwasher safe and will fit in your cabinets. Now let’s pick out some plates, shall we?

1. Basic White
You can’t go wrong with classic white plates. They’re a staple you’ll use for a long time. Go for a clean & simple look with these American Atelier Classique Rim 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, or try something with a bit of texture like this American Atelier Bianca Dots 16-Piece Dinnerware Set.

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2. Pop of Color
If your kitchen is already pretty neutral and you’re looking for a little pop of color, try this Denby Azure 4-Piece Place Setting or this Dansk Kobenstyle 4-Piece Place Setting in red.

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3. Bold & Colorful
If you’re a bit more adventurous with your home decor, go bold with full-on color. These Rörstrand Swedish Grace Dinner Plates come in a variety of colors, so you can even mix & match. We love these fun Iittala Kastehemli Dinner Plates as well for an even bigger statement.

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