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The Top 5 Trends in Millennial Dinnerware

Wedding registries, and what they contain, are a sign of the times. At Zola, couples register for everything from sleeping bags to home brew kits to Airbnb gift cards. While almost all couples still register for kitchen and dining items, the kinds of dishes and flatware that couples are choosing has evolved towards new shapes, materials, and finishes that better represent millennial tastes. Here are the top 5 dinnerware trends we’ve seen recently on Zola (spoiler: gold is here to stay).

1. Coupe bowls are having a huge moment.

In fact, the Miya Company Tokusa Coupe Bowl is on the list of the top 10 dinnerware items added to Zola registries, period! Whether it’s fettuccini, Frosted Flakes, or frozen yogurt, this style of large, low bowl is extremely versatile. It’s also perfect for the current Buddha/grain/smoothie/anything-under-the-sun “bowl craze.” 

2. Special holiday plates are out.

71% of Zola couples who register for dinnerware only ask for one set—gone are the days of fancy vs. everyday dishes. Because every day is a special occasion when you’re eating with the one you love, right?  

3. Silver flatware is no longer the norm.

This might not sound like a newsflash, but your forks, spoons, and knives don’t have to be silver. Couples nowadays are following the gold-is-everything trend and giving their dinner tables the Midas touch with flatware in warmer metallic finishes. In fact, 4 out of 10 of the top-selling flatware sets on Zola are gold, rose gold and copper:


1. Fortessa Arezzo in Gold
2. kate spade new york Malmo in Rose Gold
3. Knork in copper
4. Mepra Due in ice oro

4. Surprise! Millennials DO still want fine china.

So, okay, this is more of a tradition masquerading as a trend, but bear with me. While you might have expected this generation to forego something as formal and old-fashioned as fine china, but you’d be wrong. In fact, nearly one-third of Zola couples with a 2018 wedding date registered for a fine china place setting. Our #1 set is not your mother’s china, though—it’s the Kate Spade Birch Way Indigo Collection.

5. Handmade stoneware wins the day. 

Even if two-thirds of Zola couples don’t want the technically “fine” stuff, they are not going low-end with their dinnerware choices. Handmade porcelain and artistic stoneware pieces are trending, particularly those that evoke the wabi-sabi concept of the perfectly imperfect. In fact, the absolute #1 dinnerware set on Zola is the Canvas Home Dauville Collection. No shocker, it’s ten times more popular in gold than silver.

Curious which are the top 10 selling dinnerware sets on Zola right now? Have a peek: 

1. Canvas Dauville 5-Piece Place Setting

2. Canvas Home Shell Bisque 4-Piece Place Setting

3. Fiesta 4-Piece Place Setting

4. Casafina Ibiza Dinnerware

5. Fortessa Aria 4-Piece Place Setting 6. Royal Doulton Gordon Ramsay Maze 4-Piece Place Setting

7. Noritake Colorwave Coupe 4-Piece Place Setting

8. kate spade new york Birch Way Indigo 5-Piece Place Setting

9.Vera Wang Venato Imperial 4-Piece Place Setting

10. Costa Nova Pearl White Collection



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