How To Choose Dinnerware

Dinnerware is the allure of the dining table. It settles the right tone of the dinner. Whether it is an informal dinner with your friends or a formal with your boss and colleagues or maybe even your regular dinner at home with your family. Different types of dinnerware are used for different purposes of dinner gatherings. If you have doubts about how to choose dinnerware, you have come to the right place. This right here is the proper guide for choosing dinnerware for the perfect setting.

Dinnerware is not just for style, it should be useful as well. It is a daily use item and should be durable for a long time. Now, how do you choose the right type of dinnerware for all different purposes? Don’t know? Well, let us help you with that. Come on, let’s dive into the world of dinnerwares.

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Types of Materials Used for Dinnerware

Before searching for anything else like the style, design, and colors, of the dinnerware set, look for something that will be durable and will not embarrass you in front of your guests. Some of the famous materials used for dinnerware sets are Bone China, Porcelain, Earthenware, Ceramic, and many more. Read on to have a detailed look at the types of materials.

Bone China

Bone China is the perfect type of dinnerware for both daily use and formal dinners. It is durable, stylish, comes in many designs and colors. It is generally thin,  lightweight, and chip-resistant. In addition to its qualities, it is microwave safe and can be easily washed in a dishwasher. It has an elegant appearance and is better than fine china.


One of the oldest types of dinnerware sets that gives a casual appeal. Earthenware gives slight durability and adds value to the dinner set. It also provides a significant weight to the dishes. But make sure you avoid high temperature changes that may damage the look of the material. Keep the microwave at low temperature settings while using earthenware. It is affordable but not as suitable for daily use as others.


Porcelain is the most common type of dinnerware material and the best for daily use purposes. This amazing type of material is dishwasher, microwave, and oven safe. It provides wonderful durability and appealing designs. Porcelain has a non-porous surface that gives an amazing texture. It is difficult to manufacture. But it is less expensive than Bone China and is easily affordable.


Ceramic is specifically not a type of material but it is considered as a class containing different types of china and porcelain. It is generally white in appearance but ranges in color from white to blue. White also has many different shades in ceramic, like off-white and others.

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Stoneware is made from the same materials as porcelain but in different ratios. This makes it more heavy weight and sometimes it has a texture. This material may have speckles on it which gives a beautiful look to the plates and dishes. It generally comes with an off-white body. It is durable and user friendly. It is good for regular use as well as dinner parties. But they need to be kept at normal temperatures and away from both freezing or very high temperatures.


Melamine is used for outdoor purposes as it is unbreakable. It is hard to break or chip. It is dishwasher safe but unfortunately not microwave or oven safe.

Sizes of Dinnerware sets

Now after getting to know about the materials of dinnerwares, next important point is to decide what size you have in mind. Is it a proper dinner set or just some plates for regular use? Let’s have a look.

Formal Dinnerware

Formal dinnerware sets mostly contain all the required dishes for a person to have a great dinner easily. It may also contain soup bowls. It contains full plates, quarter plates with serving spoons, and small spoons for eating.

Open stock

Open stock is a piece by piece sold dinnerware set. It can include dishes of your own choice. You are free to add items of your requirement like plates, spoons, or some dishes. You can mix and match with your collection at home if you need some white plates to go with your set, you can easily find them. If you don’t want the whole dinner set with things you don’t require, then you can go for open stock and select the items as per your requirements.

You can collect single pieces of different sizes or designs and colors according to what you have in mind. Choose whether you want soup bowls or not. Which color will go with your existing collection at home? Which design matches the tone for your dinner party? With open stock, you can customize your cabinet of dinnerware set with beautiful designs, shapes, and colors of the dishes and bowls. If you don’t want the unnecessary saucers, you can remove them, or maybe you just need one serving bowl, it’s your wish. Pick your item and that’s it.

Other Points to Keep in Mind While Buying Dinnerware

  • Choose plates and bowls according to the size of your cupboards and dishwasher. It will cause a problem for you if the plates are too wide or big.
  • Dinnerware makes the dining table look presentable if it is glazed or white with a beautifully designed plate set. So choose your set of designs and colors according to your choice.
  • Don’t shy away when buying a good dinnerware set. It will be useful in the long run. Don’t hold back if the set is a bit expensive. Make sure to buy enough for hosting a huge gathering. You don’t know when you might have to celebrate!
  • Look for thinner rim plates as they offer a larger plate area for use as compared to the ones with broad rims. Or maybe you want plates with flat surfaces.
  • You can decide whether to buy large cereal bowls, that can be used for many purposes, or you want shallow soup bowls. Commonly round bottom bowls are preferred over flat ones.
  •  If you are planning for a formal meal, you may want cups and saucers. They give an old and classic look to the setting.

These were all the required things you need to keep in mind while choosing your set of dinnerware. Enjoy shopping! We have made sure you have the answer to your query that is, ‘how to choose dinnerware?’ Remember these things and you are ready to start your collection of perfect dinnerware sets.