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.

Canvas Home Abbesses dinnerware collection sold on Zola.com

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, a salad plate, a 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 and simple look with the Villery & Boch For Me collection, or try something with a bit of texture like Juliska’s Berry & Thread collection.

1. Villery & Boch For Me Collection
2. Juliska Berry & Thread Collection

2. Pop of Color

If your kitchen is already pretty neutral and you’re looking for a little pop of color, try the Abbesses Collection from Canvas Home, or this Dansk Kobenstyle 4-Piece Place Setting in red.

1. Canvas Home Abbesses Collection
2. Dansk Kobenstyle 4-Piece Place Setting

3. Bold & Colorful

If you’re a bit more adventurous with your home decor, go bold with full-on color. The Wanderlust Collection from Juliska captures the spirit of global adventure with its Mediterranean-inspired blue and white motif. We also love the intricate design on the Viva by Vietri Lace collection, created by the real impressions of heirloom lace on handmade clay, which comes in three complementary colors for tons of mix-and-match options.

1. Juliska Wanderlust Collection
2. Viva by Vietri Lace Collection 

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