Post # 1
I’m looking at dinnerware sets to add to my registry, and am having a bit of a dilemma. I really want some colorful dishes, preferably a nice shade of medium blue. My kitchen is decorated in blue, yellow and white, with a teapot theme, since I have a collection of them.
Three of my favorite teapots:
Dishtowel/oven mitt pattern:
I really love the look of Fiesta dinnerware, but at ~$30 for one place setting, I’m having doubts about putting it on my registry – none of my family/friends are especially wealthy, and asking for dinnerware that expensive might be seen as pretentious.
I found a 20-piece set of Pfaltzgraff Kamryn dinnerware in blue at JC Penny that I like, but the current price ($40) is a sale price and I’m not sure how long it will be offered. Also, this is the ONLY place that I’ve been able to find this dinnerware, so I’m afraid replacing it in the future would be difficult/impossible.
We really don’t entertain that often, so I don’t think we need fine china or anything, but all our current dishes are mis-matched hand-me-downs and I really would like to have a nice set of new dishes for our future home.
Should I bite the bullet and register for a few different Fiesta place settings, or register for the Pfaltzgraff? Or should I just ask for a nice set of white dishes?
Post # 3
@cassclaw: Not sure if you are in the U.S, but I looked up the setting from JcPenny to see the full price if someone buys it not on sale and it’s $100 full price. $100 for a wedding present seems reasonable to me, so ask yourself would someone buy them for you for $100. I love Fiesta, but even on sale it’s pricey for everyday plates. If you don’t think someone would get them for $40 I would get them myself and add something else at a lower price point for other people.
Post # 4
@aliciapdx: Yeah, the $100 regular price is part of what is making me hesitate to put this set on my registry. I know no one in my family (or FI’s family, for that matter) would be able to afford to spend that much on a wedding gift. (Also I would just hate to have something that expensive on there – I’m trying to keep each registry item $50 or under.) But I think if I register for, like, four Fiesta place settings in different colors, someone would be more inclined to buy one of them. I might not end up with an entire dinnerware set that way, but I could always get whatever pieces I still needed after the wedding. With the Pfaltzgraff, I haven’t been able to find a place to buy the individual pieces.
Post # 5
Well, now I’ve changed my mind. I can find white dinnerware sets for much lower cost, which means I’m more likely to actually receive them as gifts and I don’t feel so guilty about asking for them. A white dinnerware set will go with anything, which means I won’t have to worry about it matching kitchen/dining room decor when FI and I finally buy a home, and it can be used for both casual and “fancy” occasions. I can always add colorful Fiesta pieces later if I want.
I really like the look of Bed Bath & Beyond’s “Everyday White” dinnerware, and it has fantastic reviews on the store website. Has anyone else used these? Did you like them, and are they durable?
I’ve put 6 place settings (dinner plates, lunch plates, cereal bowls, mugs) on my registry, along with 6 soup bowls (3 small, 3 large), 3 vegetable bowls (my FI likes to eat giant bowls of cereal lol), 4 serving bowls, 4 platters, and some odds and ends – butter dish, sugar bowl, pitcher, etc. Does that sound like enough? We really don’t entertain much. At most we might have 3-4 friends/family members over at a time, 2-3 times a year.
Never thought I’d be spending so much time thinking about dishes, lol!