Post # 1
I’ve recently started looking into registry options and good lord it is overwhelming. I’ve had good friends tell us to go for the Apilco at Williams-Sonoma because it is nice and durable for everyday, but also fancy enough to serve as china as well. However, it’s 28 bucks just for a dinner plate so…that’s crazy. We aren’t registering for china, as we will probably get some from family (and plus I’m not a huge china fan anyway). Basically i’m torn between getting expensive, timeless dishes that have a great reputation and will likely last a while, or going with something cheaper from Crate and Barrel. The things I really like so far:
Pillivuyt Coupe @ WS: http://www.williams-sonoma.com/products/pillivuyt-coupe-porcelain-dinner-plate/?pkey=ctabletop-plates&cm_src=tabletop-plates (although now I’m reminded of how expensive it is and feel ridiculous)
White Pearl @ CB: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/white-pearl-dinner-plate/s397008 (although my FI thinks it’s really girly)
Camden Bone China @ CB: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/camden-bone-china-dinnerware/f50829
Roullette @ CB:http://www.crateandbarrel.com/roulette-dinnerware/f11023
Marin @ CB: http://www.crateandbarrel.com/marin-white-dinnerware/f40522 (although maybe too funky?)
Anyone have experience with any of these, or other good advice? Good everyday white dinnerware that can be dressed up if needed? Maybe with slight pizzazz?
Thank you thank you!!!
Post # 3
@rudytheboxer: I’d go with whiteware. Definitely check them out in the store – Marin doesn’t look anything like the pics in real life.
Post # 4
@rudytheboxer: honestly, have you considered these? http://www.target.com/p/corelle-livingware-16-piece-dinnerware-set-winter-frost-white/-/A-10181500?ref=tgt_adv_XSG10001&AFID=Google_PLA_df&LNM=%7C10181500&CPNG=Unassigned&kpid=10181500&LID=PA&ci_src=17588969&ci_sku=10181500&gclid=CLzj87Go8roCFa1QOgoddnEAGQ
They have held up so well, have never broken or chipped, and can be easily dressed up. We love ours and it is what all DH’s siblings have had (and they love them 10-15 years later!)
Sorry, half my post disappeared– I like them all. We looked at them all and then went with the Target Corelle dishes because my MIL has hers from 40 years ago– with 6 kids and 7 grand kids and no chips. We had a set of hand me down Corelle dishes that were 35+ years old and they look as good as new. I loved them so much more than the WS and C&B dishes. The older ladies invited to my shower loved that we went with such a classic brand– they were bought right up (along with the Oneida silverware).
Post # 5
Amazing quality, heavy duty, and if you feel like mixing it up with the white there are a ton of color options. They come with a 5 year chip warranty too. Also oven safe! We bought one set to check quality, now I have almost one of every color I like. Haha.
Post # 6
I chose the white version of Sophie Conran by Portmerion. I chose it because it is white and could be dressed up, just like you. Worth looking into.
Post # 7
We did the Mikasa Swirl (from Bed Bath & Beyond) – they are beautiful and seem to have great reviews online. We intend to use them for our everyday needs and can dress them up as the occasion demands. Good luck!
Post # 8
I’d like to second the Fiesta suggestion. It’s so cute and sturdy. Not only is it oven safe, it’s technically freezer-to-oven safe (not that I’d probably risk it, but hey).
Post # 9
We registered for the stock white bone china at BB&B, although the stock white bone china at Macy’s also looked nice (I didn’t like the shapes as much though).
We’ve been really really happy with the Nevaeh from BB&B after all is said and done (link here). It is sturdy, light weight, a good size, and cleans up so easily! It’s also not $28 a plate and is being collected by places such as Replacements, so we should be able to replace broken dishes if needed. The 10.5″ plate is about perfect and the white is nice and bright. It was also nice to not have to get a set and own 16 coffee mugs to go with our 16 plates, although we might regret that part later.
I decided to go with white bone china just because it doesn’t chip the same way porcelains do (especially low quality porcelain). Also, with my mother’s arthritic hands, it’s way better to have the heavy part be the food, not the plate (same goes with kids)
My husband has also been happy. He keeps asking for us to have different colored placemats to go with our white dishes. We also got slightly less boring flatware and cut crystal glasses to make things a bit more interesting. There’s all kinds of ways to dress up white if you are willing to go simple. And bone china just can’t be beat for the elegant/everyday tightrope walk.
Post # 10
@SilkieChicken: oh I love the bar you’re hanging them from. So cute! We have a lot of the same colors as well. They’re on sale right now if you want more 😛
Post # 11
@rudytheboxer: I have the WS Apilco dishes and they are wonderful! I’ve been using them every day for almost 6 years now and none have broken or chipped. I bought the Tres Grande Blue pattern when they were discontinued, so I bought a whole set at a very steep discount. I believe they still sell Tres Grande in white though.
If you want something you can use every day but can also dress up for a nice dinner, I suggest getting something that is porcelain or bone china. Both are highly durable and keep their nice sheen over the years. If you’re really worried about price, just do a search on Crate & Barrel or Macy’s, or any other department store, for their porcelain/bone china dishes. You could probably find them less expensive than WS, or on sale.
We went to a wedding recently and the couple registered for the “Claire” pattern at Crate & Barrel which I thought was lovely. I like the Pillivuyt Coupe and C&B Camden sets you selected. I wouldn’t worry too much about the price since they’re both far less expensive than formal china.
Post # 12
Read the reviews at the bottom of the dishes at C&B. That’s how we chose our silverware! We are getting our dishes from C&B as well. Haven’t finalized, but Marin as well as the blue rimmed dishes are both on the list.
Post # 13
We registered for Mikasa, Antique white pattern from Macys. We love it. Very durable, not too heavy, dishwasher safe and goes with everything.
The 45 piece set (8 piece place setting) goes on sale all the time. I think its $169 right now. we registered for 2 sets and got them.
Post # 14
We registered for http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/martha-stewart-collection-lisbon-black-round-collection?ID=524715&CategoryID=53629&LinkType=#fn=PRODUCT_DEPARTMENT%3DCasual Dinnerware%26sp%3D1%26spc%3D26%26kws%3Dmartha%20stewart%26slotId%3D15
It’s a classic pattern that we don’t foresee ourselves not liking, it can easily be dressed up for a nicer party and it’s also microwave and oven safe.
Post # 15
@rudytheboxer: We have the CB Marin (although in yellow) – they’re a bit funky, but I love them!
Post # 16
@rudytheboxer: We registered for the Marin collection and while we haven’t started using them yet (JUST got back from our honeymoon) I love love LOVE the way they look. Interesting without being funky. And we’ve gotten a ton of compliments.