(Closed) Why is choosing dishes so hard?! Opinions?

posted 6 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Which do you like best?
    #1 with thick rim : (19 votes)
    21 %
    #2 with gray/blue and yellow stripes : (29 votes)
    32 %
    #3 thin rim : (36 votes)
    40 %
    I have another idea : (7 votes)
    8 %
  • Post # 3
    2058 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I think 1 & 3 might look dated in 10 years.  IMO, black dishes can show fingerprints REALLY easy.  FI had some when I moved in and they were given to goodwill very quickly!

    #2 is super cute, and much more happy & cheerful! 

    Post # 5
    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I like #1 best because they’re plain. so in 10 years they’ll still be okay.

    #2 is dated, looks 1970’ish

    # 3 is also okay…

    Post # 6
    966 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2016

    I think #2 looks dated already. The stripes on the cup remind me of a style I saw at walmart =/ I don’t feel they’re dressy at all. I like 1 and 3. Hard to go wrong with black and white.

    Post # 7
    951 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I like 2 because they look more classic. 

    Another option to consider is to just get plain white from Ikea or a similar store for every day use. We have 100% white dishes that are from Ikea’s basic line which means everytime we break one, we can replace it without having to replace the set.

    Of course, white is boring when you have guests over so you could get a fancier set for occasions!

    Edited to add: Our white Ikea plates actually belonged to FI’s dad before us and so they have been in ‘our family’ for about 12 years. We have broken some and replaced some as needed. Anything more stylish or fashionable we would not be able to replace as the designs change so quickly.

    Post # 8
    2425 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: May 2012

    I like 2 o 3. Don’t care for 1 at all.

    Post # 9
    406 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2012

    I personally prefer all white dishes, we went with Mikasa Antique White, but out of the ones you posted I like set #1 the best. We considered those, but thought we might get tired of them too quickly.

    Post # 11
    44 posts
    • Wedding: June 2013

    I love the 3rd set – I always try to imagine what the food would look like on the plate (i love to cook).  The 3rd set is simple, modern, and you can do so much with napkins, holders, etc.

    Post # 12
    2866 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I’m not a fan of any of them, they all already look dated to me 🙁 Are you really tied to that style? If so #3. 

    Post # 14
    9955 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    Encore Bride here… an Over 50 Year old, who was married the first time for more than 20 Years

    Lets see if I can’t shine some light on this dilemma for you.

    IMO… unless you are considering Fine China, this really is a non-issue.

    Day-to-Day Dishes just don’t stand up to the test of time… epecially any that are purchased as a box set either in sets for 4 or 8 (those purchased Open Stock, such as Denby are a whole other issue *)

    Generally speaking, you’ll replace your Day-to-Day Dishes every 10 years or less… because of breakage and a change in trends / styling.  In my lifetime so far, I’ve gone thru 3 sets and about to purchase another.

    • One set I had the first 5 Years I was married (4 Place Settings & a few Service Pieces)
    • Purchased a different one when we bought our first home… wanted something that went better with our kitchen decor.  (8 Place Settings & more Service Pieces than the first time)
    • Replaced it after aprox 10 Years… now in a bigger home and looking to do more entertaining (8 Place Settings & a Full Set of Serving Pieces).  This set also mixed & matched well with the left-overs that I had from my previous set so that in a pinch, I could accomodate 12 people and not have everything look like a total mish-mash.  I took this final set (# 3) of dishes with me when we Divorced and used it for the transitional years.

    Now that I am about to marry Mr TTR we are out shopping for a NEW set for our life together (both having mismatched mixed up pieces that we’ve got together from our past lives).  As we will also be renovating our Kitchen, and upgrading a few items in our home, we think that buying Open Stock this time round makes sense.  We are therefore considering Denby, Pfaltzgraff or Williams-Sonoma Casual Dinnerware.  And will go ahead and make the major investment that we need for our day-to-day needs and entertaining for the foreseeable future (see NOTE below)

    *NOTE – Even Open Stock Companies have issues when it comes to keeping your Casual Dishes a lifetime (more so than Fine China) in that they frequently discontinue patterns.  So my best advice is BUY IT ALL NOW (ie enough Place Settings for 12 PLUS Serving Pieces)… OR consider that the “investment” might not be the best bang for your buck.

    Hope this helps,

    Post # 15
    4520 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I think #2 looks dated already — I agree with the PP who said it looks 70s-ish.

    I voted for #3 because they’re simple & plain — they’ll stand up to everyday use but can also be fancified. They’ll go with any place setting, tablecloth, holiday, season, food, etc. 

    #1 is ok but there’s too much black for my taste.

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