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About Dinner Sets

Dinner set is one of the most important dining decisions you make when stocking your home. Whether you are registering for a dinnerware set before a wedding, replacing your current dinnerware or restocking after a move, your decision will define something you will likely use every day for years. There are important aesthetic, financial and material decisions to make when choosing dinnerware. Read on to find out how to choose the right dinner set.

Dinner sets are commonly made with bone china, porcelain, stoneware, semi-porcelain, ironstone, cream ware, majolica and faience.
Casual dinnerware should be made with a sturdy, dishwasher-safe and microwaveable material. It is most often made of stoneware or earthenware, such as cream ware, majolica, faience, and delft.
These materials are less sturdy than bone china or porcelain, but they are inexpensive and easier to replace.

Formal dinner set is often made of bone china and porcelain. Porcelain is the hardest ceramic and is referred to as "white gold." Bone china is strong because it is fortified by ox-bone ash. Both types are expensive, and neither is ideal for dishwasher or microwave use, because they are harder to replace.

Majolica and faience chip very easily. They are often brightly colored or hand painted. Full dinnerware sets are uncommon because of their fragility. Serving platters or plates should be used with care.

Consider giving your children their own style of dishes. They like to have their own plates, bowls and cups. You can also choose children's dishes in materials that are lighter or harder to break.

If you are on a restricted budget, choose a type of dinner set that you can collect. Many kinds, like Fiestaware, have been around for decades, and they are unlikely to be discontinued. Start by collecting plates and bowls and add to these sets as you are able.
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