Post # 1
How many dinnerware sets should we register? We rarely entertain, although I come from a relatively large family (1 brother and 2 sisters with 2 kids each) so if we did entertain in the future there could be a fair amount of people. I was thinking to register for 12 sets but is that too few?
Also, we are not registering for fine china. I don’t want something so expensive and everyone in my family says it’s a waste and they never used theirs. So then do we just register for a set of everyday plates, or should we register for a set of everyday plates and a set of something nicer, like casual china or something? I know that when you register for china you are supposed to register for fine china plus everyday dinnerware.
It has been complicated picking out plates because Fiance apparently hates plates with the slightest bit of white so everyday plates like Corelle plates aren’t really an option.
Also, is there some kind of material that would be more indicative of everyday plates vs. fancier plates? Like what is the difference between stoneware, earthware, porcelein, ceramic? As you can see I’m totally clueless.
Post # 3
I think 12 is a good number. It’s enough that you can entertain a fairly decent sized group of people, but not so many that you’ll have no place to put it. I’m also not registering for any fine china — I live in an apartment with no extra space to store it, and it’s not worth the huge expense for something that will only decorate a future house and be used rarely. I’m registering for new sets of every day dishes — nice quality, but not going to break the bank, either.
As for the material, you and Fiance should go to a store and actually look at them to decide which ones fit in your taste!
Post # 4
@abbie017: Thanks! This has been pretty stressful. We have some plates on a short list. It’s made even more difficult by the fact that Fiance is dead set against any plates that have white on them. Even just on the bottom of the plate – like the part no one will ever see. I think because the accompanying bowls are typically white on the outside. To make things even more complicated the other day he said he doesn’t want just one color, he wants a mix of colors. I’m feeling this is getting more complicated than it needs to be.
Post # 5
@Cem0930: Sounds like Fiestaware might be a good fit for you. Also, I think 12 place settings is plenty. I getting 16 only because 16 was cheaper than 12, lol.
Post # 6
I have 12 sets of my good everyday dishes. It is the perfect number. I also recommend registering for 2 of each serving piece (e.g. 2 platters, 2 big bowls) because if you host a party it is nice to put food on the table in/on matching dishes and you always need a couple of each. I’ve had my Crate & Barrel set for 11 years and it is still used all of the time. The only thing we NEVER use are the mugs.
Post # 7
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12 is fine. Even if you have 16 people over, you can always go out and get additional settings, especially if he’s ok with mix-and-match.
Does he like cream? I have Classic Century from Crate & Barrel- love it and use it as my everyday dishes.
Post # 8
I don’t really know about the dinner wear sets, we got two sets with 4 place setts each and that’s always been plenty. As for the casual china… I also didn’t want fine china, I got Fiesta ware instead! It comes in every color you can think of! We got one place setting in each color and it looks so pretty! You can use them as everyday plates too and I think your Fiance would love it because there is no white to be seen!
Post # 9
We did 8, because for the home we’re in now (and for the foreseeable future, possibly into the first child) we can’t entertain more than 4-6 for a sit down dinner. Just no space.
I figure whenever we move, we can add to the set.
Post # 10
@taylor.ashleys: That looks amazing! Fiance will be glad to hear about someone that got dishes in multiple colors. Not only does he not want white but when I said something about only one color he was absolutely crestfallen. I was just a little unsure how it would look if you had say 8 different colors for 8 different plates.
Post # 11
I’d agree with the PP’s and say 12 should suffice. We only registered for 8. Our immediate families combined are only 8 people (including 1 infant) so we figured that would be enough for us. If I ever catch them on sale, I’ll probably grab 4 more just to have.
Post # 12
We did 8. 12 is more than enough unless you entertain huge groups a lot.
Post # 13
I don’t know how many but we are getting the Camden Sky/ Stone/ Sand dinnerware from Crate and Barrel http://www.crateandbarrel.com/dining-and-entertaining/dinnerware-sets/camden-sky-dinnerware/f40875. They are really nice and not too casual/ formal and the three colors combined look great together. Just a suggestion… good luck and don’t stress too much about it!
Post # 14
We went for 12 and bought 14 place settings, because china patterns seem to be discontinued pretty often these days. I’m gunning for 16, but have just been buying the odd plate or two on eBay, as we’re trying to move and added to the storage locker seems like a bad idea right now!
Families seem to grow, my mom has service for a million and we were still using a mix of china and everyday when we had a big family BBQ this summer.
Post # 15
We went with 8 for now… We also did fiestaware! So beautiful! And, it’s classic – so if you decide you want to get more settings in the future, you totally can!
Post # 16
Dont get stoneware from correll its horrible even tho it would match the no white for your Fiance it chips like crazy and is too heavy. Were asking for 10 sets of sophie conran by portmeirion mix and matched in 2 colours which will be our all around dishes and serving pieces.