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Nov 1, 2008 07:05 AM

Dinnerware Distress

I sold all of my very expensive Royal Doulton fine china (14 place settings and serving pieces). In the 15 yrs I've been married, we used them about 20 times and they were like new. Our entertaining style has changed. We are less formal and have larger dinner parties with extended family.

So, I am on the hunt. I would like to get traditionally shaped all white dinnerware. What do I get - china, porcelain, stoneware, etc? What are the pros and cons? Ideally, I would like to put them in the dishwasher. I will not be purchasing full place settings, I think. I already have accent pieces (chargers, coloured pces, etc).

I also purchased new flatware from Oneida - the oversized SS matte handled traditional European looking line.

Any advice, help, suggestions?

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  1. Of all places, K-Mart carried (don't know if they still do...) a line of dinnerware called MSE; Martha Stewart Everyday. Simple, white, round, bistro-ware. It was not sold in sets, but by the piece. I got 12 of each dinner plate, salad/dessert plate, and oversized soup bowls. 13 years (and many dishwasher loads later...) I still have nearly every piece. No chips, a little crazing in the glaze, but that's it. Spent less than $100.00 in 1995 dollars. Not sure if it's china or stoneware. It's definitely not porcelain. If they still make the stuff, I don't think you'd be unhappy with it. Adam

    1. One of our daughters just got married and this link shows what she got from Williams Sonoma

      I too got rid of the china and I use all white dinner plates. I've like Pier One in the past and they were about $5 each, I think. I also have other pieces in white but I tend to mix it up. Also white allows me to go a little crazy with napkins, rings, etc. Have fun.