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What color are your everyday plates?

For a few years, I have been keeping a photo log of my kitchen adventures and been mildly obsessed with white plates as I think it obscures whatever food is on the plate, but have been itching to buy some Fiesta Ware. What color are your everyday plates? Do you have a favorite color?

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  1. White! I had colored for awhile (dark blue and red flowers with greenery on a beige plate) but it was unappetizing.

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    1. re: Hobbert

      I find it unappetizing as well though I can't figure out why, perhaps it's just too distracting.

      1. re: fldhkybnva

        I think that's it for me. It's distracting. I can't enjoy my meal on a colored surface, especially a multi colored surface. It feels like chaos. Plus it's easier to match everything when it's all white :)

    2. My everyday plates: Lemongrass Fiesta Ware. :}

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      1. re: Baskerville

        Dinner and soup plates are cobalt blue Fiesta Ware. Salad plates, bowls and platters in Paprika and Marigold.

      2. Truthfully, I have a little bit of everything, mostly plain white plates, but some much loved older stuff from my mom and aunts (all now passed) on which they "gifted" things and never wanted the plates back in return.

        1. Dansk Gridworks, in both blue and green (about a dozen of each). Color around the edges, white under the food. Best of both worlds.

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            1. re: BobB

              I also have Dansk. They're white, polished in the center, with a matte finished fluted rim.

              1. re: lynnlato

                I have one set that's white with a back/white scroll pattern on half the dish. Some matching serving bowls, but I bought all black matte serving platters a few years ago

                1. re: cheesecake17

                  Lovely cheesecake17. Yep, mine are black matte and are from when we were first married 17 yrs ago. I'd love to switch to a white Portuguese set from Crate & Barrel or Potterybarn. I love the ones w/ the beading around the lip of the dish. Simple, rustic and clean.

                  1. re: lynnlato

                    They're from target! I bought the matte serving dishes in a mikasa outlet for a few dollars each. The kohls stickers on the bottom said $60!!

                    My other set (for dairy) are white with a light blue and silver Greek key pattern on the edge

                    1. re: cheesecake17

                      I happened to be in Target yesterday and went on a mini-plate buying binge. I love the Threshold series of the white plates.

                2. re: lynnlato

                  Me too -- I love the way food looks on black plates -- the colours pop.

                3. For a long time I used Blue Willow. Then I bought a set of Emile Henry - half of the plates are blue and half are red. It's kinda fun!

                  1. Knock off Target brand Fiesta Ware. Sort of a dusty spring green shade. I love pretty patterned plates in theory but in practice, yeah. It clashes with the food or something.

                    1. My set from Crate & Barrel (sadly discontinued, lots of quality issues, but so pretty) is a mix of blue triangle salad plates, green round dinner plates, brown dessert plates, and green coffee cups. I mostly use the blue triangles because the shape is fun,and they're almost as big as the dinner plate,

                      1. Mine are white with a teal-ish border with magnolia blossoms on it. I'm in agreement with everyone who has complained about the patterns being distracting. It's a hand-me-down set from my mom, and I'll be registering for an unpatterned set. Still deciding on a color, though. I'm trying to decide between white, black, or maybe cobalt. Fiesta Ware, most likely.

                        1. I am a dishes freak. I used to have NINE sets. Unfortunately our everyday plates are my SO's. I think they're ugly, big heavy stoneware, colored in black, tan, and grey. Very much "man" dishes. But when I started unpacking my things, he got very upset because he thought I was going to get rid of his dishes. His mom later told me that he was very proud of them, it was one of the first things he bought after he bought his house. So, we use them. I do like the shape of the bowls though.

                          MY set is a great modern set from Crate & Barrel, white. We use them for nicer occasions, like Thanksgiving. I also have some great vintage sets, both in white/cream but have patterns/designs on them. One pattern is a dark aquaish blue color with diamonds and stars (atomic looking) and the other is leaves with blue and green and brownish colored. Those pretty much stay put away these days, until I have a nice place to display them. I'll use the serving pieces on nicer occasions.

                          It's actually interesting to compare our dishes, because they definitely reflect our overall tastes. He likes heavy woods, "natural" colors, and stuff like log furniture (ack!). I am more modern, I love whites with pops of bright colors, and wood with little grain like walnut. I love jadeite dishes. Coming up with furniture and decor that we both like is definitely challenging.

                          Oh and I read yesterday that Dansk is reissuing their Kobenstyle dishes. I am now obsessed but we have far more dishes than we need. http://www.thekitchn.com/new-colors-f... But fldhkybnva, maybe you would like these... sort of the best of both worlds... white on top, colored on bottom/edges.

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                          1. re: juliejulez

                            I got a set of white from Crate & Barrel about 6 years ago. I loved them, but they chipped really easily. I replaced them one by one with a very similar plate from World Market that goes for $4.00. I think I have five of the original C&B plates.

                            1. re: southernitalian

                              These ones I have have been great... I got them at their outlet store in Chicago so they weren't very expensive, and they've survived two cross-country moves and still look brand new. But they are a bit of a different shape and they're thicker than regular dishes... like the whole bottom is flat and then the sides come up about 3/4 of an inch, so maybe that helps the chipping?

                              1. re: juliejulez

                                Here's a picture of my Thanksgiving table, with the dishes :)

                                1. re: juliejulez

                                  You have great taste, Julie. I like it. I like it.

                            2. re: juliejulez

                              I like those Dansk Kobenstyle a lot, Julie. I think it's time for you to renegotiate your dinnerware contract with your husband. You could switch off every other year.

                              I have numerous sets of dinnerware, none with patterns save concentric circles (flowers only belong in a garden or a vase, and those "scene" patterns belong back in their originating centuries).

                              I have a mixture of different Fiesta colors, all post-86, and mostly Juniper (dark teal), with lots of contrasting pieces.

                              I have Metlox Colorstax in Fern and Sky Blue. The Fern (really chartreuse) mixes nicely with Juniper and Cobalt Fiesta.

                              Then I have a dressy set of navy porcelain dishes with platinum concentric circles. They're called Tiago, and they're designed by Thomas O'Brien for Reed & Barton.

                              Finally, I have a set of white dishes called platebowlcup, designed by Jasper Morrison for Alessi. They're the only ones I don't like. First, they're white, and I am in the minority who do not believe food automatically looks better on white dinnerware. Plus they're a little thick. Not for me. I wish I could sell them, but no one's ever heard of them.

                              Oh, and I used to have Russel Wright's American Modern. I gave them to a friend as a wedding present. I'm highly inclined to give china as a gift. I just bought some Scarlet Fiesta for two friends who are getting married (their choice, from their registry).

                              By far, my favorites are the Fiesta/Colorstax mix.

                              1. re: Jay F

                                Ha well, he's not my husband yet :) I don't mind that much... I'm not big on food presentation most nights so if the plates are ugly it's not a big deal to me.

                                But, when we get married, we're registering for new dishes, and those will be the ones we use every day :)

                              2. re: juliejulez

                                Julie, thanks for the link to the Kobenstyle. I love the white plate with teal! I'm in the market for a whole new set, too. I've had a set of Crate & Barrel since 96 but I'm down to 4 plates.

                                For you or anyone else with the Dansk Kobenstyle, are they chippable-resistant enough for everyday use? I'm off to research but would love to hear of personal experience.

                                1. re: juliejulez

                                  But when I started unpacking my things, he got very upset because he thought I was going to get rid of his dishes.

                                  We had a similar issue except it was with the glasses. In the end, the old glasses lost.

                                2. white. everything is white. even the good china.

                                  crate and barrel aspen for every day. KPM for good.

                                  1. Portmeirion Dusk. Subtly the somewhat iridescent color of sky around the edge, leaves across the center of the dinner plates. Anyone familiar with my food pics will recognize the leaves (which sometimes appear to be a garnish on my dish). :)

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                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                      I have to know, what food is that a picture of? :)

                                      1. re: juliejulez

                                        LOL, you're gonna love this: it's Cap'n Crunch chicken before it hit the frying pan.

                                        1. re: kattyeyes

                                          Ha! That actually sounds really good though!

                                    2. My ex-boyfriend parted amicably with his (very lovely) prior girlfriend a few months before he moved in with me. She had bought her own set so gave me her old dishes set, which were from her parents and had have lovely mid-70s orange floral motif going on. When I broke up with the guy, he said since he didn't cook, I might as well keep them. They are absolutely hideous but serviceable, and I have place settings for like 12 people. I don't feel too bad if they break either.

                                      If I got new dishes, I'd probably go for some wild and cheerful pattern with a lot of colors. But I'm not big on decor.

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                                      1. re: Heatherb

                                        LOL Okay, I've seen a few of your posts, and I thought your name was "Heat Herb" until this post, which makes it more clear....

                                      2. Any color as long as it's bone white.

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                                          1. re: Chinon00

                                            White Apilco with colored accessories...usually cobalt blue, sea foam, deep maroon depending on the time of year.

                                          2. I have fiestaware in 7 colors (2 sets of each color). My serving pieces are also multi-colored. Some are Fiesta Ware and some are pieces I picked up in Mexico. I LOVE the way the table looks when I set it :). I try to make sure that no one has the same color plate, and then if there is a salad or bread plate, they can't have matching ones. It is so FUN. DH resisted for a while, but now he plays along ;).

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                                            1. re: justme123

                                              I love these threads, highlights how we're all different creatures. This would drive me bonkers :) I love it though, seems like dinner might be more festive.

                                              1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                I can't take the idea of "they can't have matching ones" either. It is nearly impossible for my brain to process more than three colors at a time. I can't take cacophony. There's a block in W. Philadelphia where a bunch of adjoining homeowners went wild-and-crazy with too many paint colors, and I avoid walking down that block.

                                            2. Everyday dishes are Corelle -- white with a small blue floral border. We have 2 kids, so I wanted something durable.

                                              My other set for company is plain white from the Pottery Barn Caterer's line.

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                                              1. re: boogiebaby

                                                I also use Corelle. Used to be a dish freak, had four sets. My faves were the Johnson Brothers Rose Chintz that I had growing up, and my mom sent me a set when I bought my first house. My aunt also had them, but during the 1994 earthquake in LA every piece of hers broke. I gave her mine, and by then I'd accumulated a lot. It works well for her. Also had a set of white, again gave away. "Good" set is Lenox Autumn, which is just beautiful but I find bone china is a little fragile and you have to plan your menu accordingly--nothing requiring steak knives.

                                                When I moved in with my DH I bought a black set at Walmart, figuring it was cheap and unimportant enough that i wouldn't get upset if one of the guys broke one. Stepson "toted" it (one piece at a time, it all mysteriously migrated to his apartment) and it didn't break my heart or cause me to do a search and seizure. I got two sets of four place servings of solid colored stoneware at Sam's Club. Pretty, enjoyed mixing and matching them. But arthritis in my hands began to make handling it difficult. One day I dropped four plates unloading the dishwasher. It was a sign. Went down to the outlet mall to the Corning store, got 16 plates, 16 salad, 8 small and 8 large bowls. I didn't like the white, so I got a bisque color. I like that they're sturdy, lightweight, and can work with any decor or season. And cheap enough that I could buy 16, so they work for big parties instead of buying paper.

                                                My personal preference is a plate that has no pattern. I think food looks better. White or ecru.

                                              2. Simple white rimmed plates & matching bowls from Crate & Barrel.

                                                1. I can spend hours looking at dishes on eBay, Replacements Ltd, etc. etc. (Gien!) (the adorable Anthropologie stuff!) My main everyday is "Design Naif, by Villeroy and Boch. It is multicolored, different little scenes like Grandma Moses pictures.
                                                  The design is in the center, so with dinner on it all you see is a plain sane white plate with black bistro border.

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                                                  1. re: blue room

                                                    HEE HEE, almost like those Bunnykins dishes we had when we were kiddos. Once you got to the bottom of the bowl there was a bunny scene of some sort. Or maybe they went around the rim of the bowl, too? Yes, rabbits ran around the lip of the bowl. I like a hidden picture, however. :)

                                                    1. re: kattyeyes

                                                      I also have some of these, done by an artist named Laura Zindel.
                                                      Definitely not Bunnykins!

                                                      1. re: blue room

                                                        Those are WICKED! I'm especially drawn to the bees (love them), but I'm not sure how I'd feel to see the surprise spider as I ate through my plate...because I'm a screamer. ;)

                                                        1. re: blue room

                                                          Oh gosh those are fun, I love them. Creepy but fun.

                                                          1. re: juliejulez

                                                            She has all sorts of nature themed dinnerware, just gorgeous.

                                                            All perfect detailed pen and ink type drawings.

                                                            Click on "collections" to see variety.

                                                          2. re: blue room

                                                            Those are wonderful! Would love some for patio dining!

                                                        2. re: blue room

                                                          That looks very nice, blue room. The food, too. What is it?

                                                            1. re: blue room

                                                              Thank you, too. I think I'll make that. I love sherry vinegar. It's probably my favorite.

                                                        3. I'm a CHEAP yard saler! Something has to be outta this world for me to go much more than $5!?! A few springs/summers ago, came across a few Fiesta bowls... like for cereal & soup. My sister had just started buying F-ware and I thought... ya can ALWAYS use extra bowls. Seller said she had a LOT she'd like to get rid of. I went WAY over normal budget and spent $50! Came home with 12-15 dinner plates, 12-15 bowls, 8 salad/sandwich plates, 8 mugs, a gravy boat and a sugar/creamer set!! Seller had just gotten "tired" of them?? Mostly jewel-tones but some pastels. NO chips/cracks and signs of wear hadda be LOOKED for. Was a VERY happy yard saler that day!

                                                          1. fiestware, all different colors. so easy to replace when the kids break something or to add a new color to the collection on occasion. I like all the colors against a solid tablecloth.

                                                            1. Plain white china. Light but sturdy (I still have nearly all the pieces of my 30-year-old starter set despite daily use) & it never clashes with the food. Plus it's easy to get get extension pieces, replacements, serving dishes, etc. that look like they're meant to go with it.

                                                              1. Some white. Some green.

                                                                Both from Ikea, of course

                                                                1. Plates? Oh, do we have plates (our dinner plate count hovers right around 200). Many different patterns, styles, vintages, and we mix and match according to whim. We live in a Victorian house with walls and walls of bookcases, the rest of the walls covered salon-style with 2-d art, and horizontal surfaces blanketed with a collection of 3-d art and many patterned textiles. We collect what appeals to us visually, and plates are no exception. The hodgepodge of dinnerware patterns we have lives quite comfortably in this context. I like all of it, as we can create whatever mood we wish on the table.

                                                                  My favorites? If I could have no other dinnerware, I would have Arabia Ruska (http://www.designed-in-finland.com/ar...), but they sadly discontinued the line in 1999. I have a few pieces and treasure them. I find brown to be a very nice color to pair with food, personally, and the design of the plates works well. When numbers matter, my favorites are the Franciscan Ware "Madeira" pattern, because we have a lot of them, and the pattern and "feel" works well in our home. And when it's just a real special meal for Mr. Cay and me, we break out a selection of tenmoku glazed plates, because it's just so satisfying to eat off someone's beautiful art piece. We are a family of artists and our dinnerware reflects it. It makes mealtimes that much better.

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                                                                  1. re: cayjohan

                                                                    This is my dream, I can't seem to stop buying random plates in sets of 1

                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                      Hooray for "sets of 1!" We do that all the time - from yard sales and thrift stores, and from various clay artists we like. They become somehow more "special" to me (weirdly, I suppose) when they are just one, and not one-of-24. It was interesting when each of my kids moved out of the nest and voiced their opinions of what dishes they wanted to take with them - one wanted The Best Oatmeal Bowl Ever and The Perfect Summer Sandwich Plate, the other, The Rooster Plate and The Small Blue Glazed Plate With The Turquoise Dot, etcetera. We've developed very individual relationships with the dinnerware, I think! And I never, ever have to worry about not having a full set of anything, when we have so very many Sets of One. It's incredible fun, and actually feels meaningful - y'know, when I haul out a plate for my lunch and recall "Oh, Kid # 1 always liked their poached-egg-on-toast on this" or the like, and feel a warm-fuzzy. Not that I don't like large numbers of matching plates; I do and have them for appropriate times. It's just that seeing what different personalities pick for their their eating vessels is so very aesthetically interesting to me. Go hodgepodge!

                                                                      1. re: cayjohan

                                                                        It's just me and SO and we don't host many occasions with more than a few so our sets of 1 collecting will continue until I reach that ripe age at which I might have to grow up and get a set of matching dinnerware.

                                                                        1. re: cayjohan

                                                                          I do this with tea saucers/salad plates. So fun to make a good find! Mugs and glasses, too.

                                                                          1. re: cayjohan

                                                                            Cayjohan, I love the story of your children's choices!

                                                                            I love vintage and handmade and don't mind orphans at all. I respond strongly to color and pattern. The almost automatic process of choosing the dish which matches my mood or has symbolic meaning is so much a part of my day that I miss it when traveling to matched kitchens.

                                                                            I really enjoy seeing what pieces guests are drawn to. I often make little bets with myself as to their choices. It leads to very interesting conversations such as the one I had with a fellow who looks like the stereotype of a lumberjack. He always uses the most delicate cups for his coffee. After a bit of thought he realized it was because they reminded him of his grandmothers fancy tea set. He had thought it was the most beautiful thing but wasn't allowed to touch it as a child.She allowed his sisters to use it but thought boys were too rough.

                                                                              1. re: meatn3

                                                                                I love the teacup story; how touching! Expanding beyond just plates, I do the same with cups and mugs as well, and I think it's important since everyone has such different hands and finds comfort in different drinking vessels. The Cup is such an individual thing, don't you think? From my 4'9" MIL with her teeny delicate hands to my 6'5" son with incredibly long fingers, to my burly father with hands built like overstuffed catchers' mitts, we just cannot have a single design that suits everyone. So we, um, have them all it seems. It's fun.

                                                                              2. re: cayjohan

                                                                                I owned (and still really like) ONLY "sets of 1" for most of my life. Then I saw the Villory and Boch New Wave line and it was love at first sight. They seem to be rather polarizing (my friends either love or hate them) but they make me very happy. I particularly like the rectangular dinner plates.

                                                                                1. re: Pwmfan

                                                                                  I see the appeal! They absolutely remind me of a pattern that's on my short list of *ahem* "things my people could give me to make me really happy": http://www.americandiscounttableware....

                                                                                  Book shaped plates, since there's no thumbnail. They're completely charming, and stylistically similar to the V&B New Wave. Since our weekend table is usually littered with books and newspapers and galleys, I think I *need* them!

                                                                            1. re: cayjohan

                                                                              It sounds like your house is truly a home, cayjohan. It sounds wonderful!

                                                                            2. White corelle, blue border.

                                                                              1. Being a vintage dealer and loving vintage kitchenware..... we have several sets. The man had Fiesta when I moved in so we've always kept those in the cabinet but we use the Franciscan Starburst a lot, too. The Franciscan Autumn Leaf is more of the special occasion ware since I have such a huge set of it (with the serving pieces.) We also have various pieces of Dansk Kobenstyle (original pieces,) some Russell Wright, a little of this, a little of that.... a little of something for every mood.

                                                                                  1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                    Same here but think I may change up.

                                                                                    1. re: Bill Hunt

                                                                                      Beige Wedgwood Edme are my dream set of dishes. I think I may buy two place settings for me and Mr. Pooch.

                                                                                    2. White. I was going to post a link, but looking for the link just revealed that they are discontinued at Crate & Barrel. BOOO! I love the pattern (Halo), and had been meaning to replace a few broken pieces.

                                                                                      I also have some small blue plates for snacks, and the set I inherited from Grandma (she had several) is white with silver on the rim, maybe some more elaborate decoration, I don't know, they are in storage and I have never used them.

                                                                                      1. I have these thick sturdy oven to table wedgewood plates with red and yellow flowers on them that my mom gave me years ago. I can't find a link online but these puppies have taken a ridiculous amount of abuse over the years. I'm really fond of them.

                                                                                        1. Mine are a neutral earth tone. The pattern is Denby Memories, which was my everyday pattern I registered for when I got married almost 32 years ago. I have loved it and hated it at different times over the years (really didn't love it during the late 80's and early 90's when blues and greys were all that). The dishes are almost indestructible, which is why I still have the set after all these years. I also have about six sets of china and two sets of Christmas china. But the Denby is what we use 95% of the time.

                                                                                          If I were to start over today, I would go for a white or off white pattern.

                                                                                          1. White porcelain. Works with any tablescape and it doesn't get hot in the microwave. Plus it's really durable. In 5 yrs I've broken 1 salad plate and 1 soup mug.

                                                                                              1. I have 2 blue, 2 red, 2 yellow, and 2 green. They are pale colors and similar to Fiestaware but from Pier One.

                                                                                                1. All my plates are pure white French porcelain...either Revol or Pillivuyt. They look good, show off food beautifully, and are dishwasher, oven and microwave safe. They are also extremely strong. I use them everyday or for guests!

                                                                                                  1. mine are white with blue trim from WS


                                                                                                    I also have 6 place settings of blue and white Mikasa plates and shallow bowls that I picked up at a yard sale. I use them pretty often, at least once or twice a week.

                                                                                                    1. I hope that everyone is aware of Replacements, Ltd.
                                                                                                      You'll find stuff you didn't know you wanted so badly.

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                                                                                                      1. re: blue room

                                                                                                        Replacements is terrific! If you are in the area stop in for a visit. They conduct tours hourly iirc. Going through the stock area is a mind blowing experience. There is a small area in the showroom about the history of china. Another display exhibits the most popular patterns. Then there is the bargain room... I stop in every chance I get!


                                                                                                        1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                          I don't know about every line of china -- who could? -- but twice I have had to return things to Replacements because they were of such poor quality.

                                                                                                          The reason given each time was a simple "Oh, someone must have made a mistake grading that," when the reality was that anyone who could see would have realized the item was in such poor condition that it should have been in the "___% off" listings.

                                                                                                          And they're expensive. I've had much better luck, at much lower prices, on eBay than at Replacements.

                                                                                                          1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                            I've only purchased in person so have not had issues. I was there with a friend who was selling some very good china. They went over each piece with us and rejected some items based on almost invisible defects. It was an educational experience.

                                                                                                            They aren't cheap. If you need it and don't want to search high and low then they can be worth it.

                                                                                                            1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                              I sold them my mother's wedding china, or what was left, and was surprised at how low they graded some of it. It hadn't been used in YEARS, and when I packed it I looked hard at them to check for damage.

                                                                                                              Their deal is to buy really cheap and sell at moderate, collector's prices. But, they do have it all.

                                                                                                              1. re: blaireso

                                                                                                                All of which would be fine if, when they describe something's condition as "great," what you receive in the mail ten days later is actually in "great" condition. They've missed two times out of three with me.

                                                                                                            2. re: meatn3

                                                                                                              I bought a few pieces of Wedgwood Wellesley from Replacements years ago, then I took a look at eBay, and completed my mother's old wedding set there. Took several years, but I got some nice pieces at good prices. We used that Wedgewood for our everyday dishes when I was growing up, and Mother gave me what was left of the set when I got married. Now if one of my sons would ever get married, I sure would like to pass the set on again.
                                                                                                              The Wedgewood is off white with a bas relief pattern of fruits around the rim. Very pretty, but nowadays DH and I use a combination of some green dishes from the Bombay Co., and assorted Mexican and Italian looking hand painted patterns.

                                                                                                            3. re: blue room

                                                                                                              Great tip ; I used them to find replacements of mom's set!

                                                                                                            4. I have service for 8 in Fiestaware - 4 of yellow and 4 of turquoise. I also have different color serving pieces and platters. Love it - always cheers things up.

                                                                                                              1. I only have one set of dinnerware. Plain white (hate colored plates!) from West Elm in the "organic" shape:


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                                                                                                                1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                                  Does the fact that nothing's perfectly round ever get annoying, Leo? Other than that, I like your dishes.

                                                                                                                  1. re: Jay F

                                                                                                                    If you leave a fork down in a certain way on the plate, it does have a tendency to slide down, because their sides are ever-so-slightly raised. So that's kind of annoying.

                                                                                                                    But overall I like that they are a little different-looking, they were inexpensive (I have salad plates and small bowls, too) and they've been surprisingly durable. I've had them for about 4 years now; we handwash all our dishes, and nary a chip.

                                                                                                                  2. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                                    I love West Elm. I have some serving and baking dishes from there.

                                                                                                                    1. re: LeoLioness

                                                                                                                      They look great...and are less expensive than the French Revol & Pillivuyt that we buy at Williams-Sonoma and Sur la Table. Agree that imho while is definitely the way to go!

                                                                                                                    2. I hope to get the aqua Fiesta Ware plates and bowls for my birthday this year, then build up my collection, perhaps with a smattering of light green. Those are my favorite colours, besides red, which I think might detract from my food. For years we have eaten on a mishmash of bowls from Anthropologie and mismatched melamine -- hey it doesn't break. My favorite dishes are 4 ceramic plates with a French feel with "cracks" already in them. :)

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                                                                                                                      1. re: drloripalooza

                                                                                                                        Actually, Dr Lori, the complementary color to Fiesta Turquoise is a shade of orange called Persimmon. They go very nicely together, and my friend who has them says everything looks great on Persimmon except pasta with tomato sauce, which becomes kind of invisible.

                                                                                                                        I think their current light green, Lemongrass, looks even better with Turquoise (I'm looking at the two right now). I put a Cobalt plate in between the two. That looks nice, but Tangerine, the current Fiesta orange, might look even nicer with Turquoise and Lemongrass. I don't have any oranges, reds, or yellows, so I can't actually look at those colors in person.

                                                                                                                      2. I have four white and four multicolored. Was thinking about buying fiesta ware in ivory or white because of the sale this week.

                                                                                                                        Looking for recommendations of china as well.

                                                                                                                        1. white, with a simple blue detailing around the edges; I don't really like colored dinnerware.

                                                                                                                          1. I went plate shopping and attempted to branch out but returned home with a new white plates, however I did surprise myself and picked up a few circle dishes. I love square/rectangle plates/bowls and so it was unusual for me but I quite enjoyed the mix up of shape when I used the round plate last night.

                                                                                                                            1. Liking many things Asian, I got a whole set of the black square plates with white Kanji writing & red seal on them. The larger bowls are red inside and black outside, and the smaller, 1 cup size bowls are all black.
                                                                                                                              I absolutely love them. It makes me happy to plate up on them every day. They are my only dishes, I recently gave my good Noritake china to my daughter as a wedding gift.

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                                                                                                                              1. re: Nanzi

                                                                                                                                I always wonder what the writing says -- probably good luck, good appetite, that sort of thing?

                                                                                                                                1. re: blue room

                                                                                                                                  Me, too--as I have similar plates. I hope what you suggested is right, but a twisted piece of me always wonders if other sentiment is in the mix (HA HA).

                                                                                                                                  1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                    For as long as I can remember, we have had 4 Chinese character hanging on the well in the foyer at my parents' house. For some reason when I was probably about 10, one Friday night when the Chinese delivery person rang the door bell I decided to ask him to translate them and it turns out that they were not a random mix of seasons - spring, summer, fall, but not...winter, the 4th character was mule! Also, they were all not oriented properly. They still exist and hang proudly and I chuckle whenever I spot them.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                      Spring, summer, fall and MULE! I love it! I recently posted a pic of a brownie on one of my plates and someone pointed out it was also not oriented correctly. HA HA!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: fldhkybnva

                                                                                                                                          Here, just for you. I misspoke--it was a strawberry. But yes, a bananas foster brownie is what I thought I'd be sending your way.

                                                                                                                                          P.S. I hate the season of mule. :) I like mules just fine, just not their season.

                                                                                                                                          1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                            That is a cool plate! What pattern is that?
                                                                                                                                            Along with wondering about the Asian writing on a plate, I wonder if anyone cares much about the color blue & food. Blue is suppose to be the least appetizing color to have around food -- (McDonalds emphasizes red and yellow, lots of restaurants use red interiors, etc.) Blue & white dinnerware patterns are so pretty though!

                                                                                                                                            1. re: blue room

                                                                                                                                              Thanks! My mom snagged four of them (different shapes) at Marshalls or TJ Maxx. Nothing fancy, "Wendover Lane" made in China.

                                                                                                                                              I never thought about blue and food being unappetizing, hmm. My real, everyday dishes have shades of blue, green and purple. I, too, am a fan of blue...especially cobalt (of which I have pie plates, brownie pans, chili bowls, etc.). All Chantal and all from discount stores. :)

                                                                                                                                              ETA: Look who I'm talking to--"blue room"--of course you love blue, too. HA HA!

                                                                                                                                              1. re: kattyeyes

                                                                                                                                                My first pattern(s) were Royal Doulton Tangier, a blue pattern which I loved. When we moved here and changed kitchen colors I sent it all to my niece and then started buying it back on E-bay. I eventually gave all of that to her too. My dressy china was RD Sarabande. Bone white china with a platinum band and black beading. That I still have. I also have Royal Crown Derby Panel Green, Minton Haddon Hall, and some plain white bone white dinner plates. I have 24 of them. Some from Doulton and some from Lenox (in bone china) I think everyone who entertains needs these.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Candy

                                                                                                                                                  I recently found a few pieces of Tangier at a thrift store. It's a terrific pattern!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: meatn3

                                                                                                                                                    meat and Candy, that's really pretty, that Tangier.

                                                                                                                                              2. re: blue room

                                                                                                                                                I also have never had an issues with blue dishware and food. Most of my dishes are white, but I also still have dessert plates and cereal bowls in a medium blue from my first set of dishes, bought many moons ago, and I have a few serving bowls (a dark blue Fiestaware, and some handmade ones ceramic with blue designs that my mother gave me). My folks have beautiful dishes from Heath Ceramics with matte pale blue or green interiors, and likewise, they aren't at all off-putting to eat from.

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                  +1 to blue. I kept a set of 6 dark blue cereal bowls from C&B and have a few blue serving pieces including a gray/blue striped bowl that I made in college in the 70's. Food looks fine in them, and they look good with my all-white porcelain dinnerware.

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Caitlin McGrath

                                                                                                                                                    The cobalt Fiestaware is absolutely fabulous. I was torn between that and the white porcelain I ended up putting on my registry, but my fiance wants square plates....

                                                                                                                                                    I don't think it would be bad to eat from. It's dark, so food pops against it. And navy is considered a neutral in clothing, so why not dishware?

                                                                                                                                  2. I love collecting dinnerware sets. Have a lovely gold-edge holly-decorated set for Xmas, a deep brown Majolica-style with leaf-shaped side plates for Thanksgiving, red-rimmed white for the Xmas holidays as well as Valentines' Day & other holidays where red is a dominant color (Memorial Day, July 4th, etc.). . . .

                                                                                                                                    At the moment, our everyday is an Eddie Bauer stoneware set in off-white with a terra-cotta edge.

                                                                                                                                    My next set of everydays will most likely be pure white. I like the way it sets off the food. The food is the star - not the color of the plates.

                                                                                                                                    1. Pale creamy/off-white. I used to have plates with a cobalt blue/sunshine yellow pattern around the wide rim, with an off-white center, but decided to go with all off-white, as the colors were distracting.

                                                                                                                                      I ended up finding what I wanted at The Christmas Tree Shop, of all places. Less than $125 for 10 of everything (salad and dinner plates, cereal bowls, mugs/cups).

                                                                                                                                      My serving pieces are all antique white ironstone, so the new set of dishes works perfectly with them.

                                                                                                                                      1. white plates, wide rim; the remains from an ex-boyfriend (along with a case of moderately good wine...) I had white with floral rims for a while, but tired of the flowers. Plain white with embossed patterns seems good for now.
                                                                                                                                        I did have an idea for "matching" dishes, which would be white with hand-painted rims. The rim pattern would incorporate three common colors, but the members of our household would paint the pattern of their own choice. Sadly, everyone moved away before I went ahead with this $$$ idea.

                                                                                                                                        1. Mine are off white with yellow and blue around the rim.
                                                                                                                                          I have several sets of plating for four in different colors to compliment the food or theme or whatever. One and aqua print for tropical type dishes, one whit with a small red print for spicy dishes, and one square black set for when I'm feeling '80's chic, haha!
                                                                                                                                          I'd really like a new set of everyday dishes, but having just moved, there are plenty of places to put money--that one's not a priority.

                                                                                                                                          1. When our daughter was young, we bought 12 piece place settings of Corelle in white - while not truly unbreakable, pretty close and inexpensive to replace. We do not do paper in the house - except in the bathroom and for noses :) - and this was the best compromise. Use this mostly for breakfast and lunch. Dinnerware is Noritake off-white bone china with no embellishments and dd is plenty old enough now to not worry about breakage. Yet another set of bone china for formal occasions or when we have a large dinner party. Those dishes see the light of day only about a dozen times a year. Hard to find them even on replacements.com

                                                                                                                                            1. "Ceramate" by Ranmaru (Japan) Stone Ware
                                                                                                                                              Designation: Tropicana 3907

                                                                                                                                              Oven to Table to Washer Safe.

                                                                                                                                              1. It depends on the season. Royal Worcester Eveshan Summers, Coalport Hunting Scene Fall, Spode Christmas Tree, Lake Placid Club from Syracuse China winter. Waechtersbach Red the rest of winter. Minton Haddon Hall spring. yeah, I have a lot of dinnerware, but I was a buyer in tabletop long ago.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: Candy

                                                                                                                                                  I love the idea of seasonal dinnerware, why did I never think of that.

                                                                                                                                                2. White Buffalo China---which you have used if you have ever eaten in a diner. Although thin china is considered 'elegant', the ultra-thick Buffalo retains heat better than anything else. PS Do you mean white dishes obscure food, or non-white dishes obscure food? I think the latter, although I also have 'good' china, white with a cobalt/silver rim, doesn't bother me at all.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Wedgwood Napoleon Ivy for everyday, also have Lenox Westwind (used rarely) & several Bunnykins plates & mugs (I think my sister & I had to negotiate who would get which ones).

                                                                                                                                                    1. White with a blue rim. A now discontinued "Bistro" line at Macy's.

                                                                                                                                                      1. Right now, white porcelein from Ikea. We've had a number of dish sets, from Fiestaware to Phalzgraff to crate and barrel, none terribly expensive. My DH does the majority of the dishwashing and he is very hard on dishes so I'm not going to invest in anything that I'd cry about when it breaks. Plus, I do love the blank canvas aspect of white.

                                                                                                                                                        1. White, with a blue stripe around the edge. Late hubby and I chose them at Crate and Barrel, because they were simple, and would coordinate well with all the various blue and white Chinese and Japanese pieces we both had. Still have almost all of it, 22 years later!