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Registering for dinnerware that will last

Hi! I am registering for my everyday dinnerware and I'm struggling to find the best choice. I want a plain white design that will withstanding scratching and chipping. I'd also like it to be thin like china. Is bone china the way to go for everyday dinnerware? Do I need that on top of our fancy, patterned china? If so, which brands and styles are best?

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  1. If it's important that it's thin, look at Corelle. Most non-china dinnerware is thicker. You don't *need* any china, plain or patterned, unless you rub elbows with high society. China is expensive and delicate. Most people who have fine china rarely use it and some wish, in retrospect, that they'd never bought it.
    Plain white place settings can easily work for more formal dining, when combined with good table linens, centerpieces, etc.
    You can always get a set of patterned charger plates (even mismatched chargers can work if the color schemes tie together with the linens and flora)to make the service look more formal.

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    1. re: greygarious

      Yeah, I guess if thinness is a requirement, but Corelle to me is the ultimate in old timey, cheap stuff.

    2. I've used Apilco daily for more than forty years with nary a chip. It is not as thin as Herend or Royal Worcester china, but on the good side, you'll have money left over to actually buy food.

      Edit: I assume that you want information for porcelain or a similar product for everyday use. If you want something else, disregard my post.
      No one can answer the last part of your question ("... which brands and styles are best?" Best for what? Whom? Why do you think that you need " ... fancy, patterned china?" Need is a very tricky word. Have you given this serious thought regarding your likes and dislikes? Do you host formal dinner parties? If so, what are you using now? How would you like this to change, if you want it to change? Automatically registering for china - just because it is recommended in Bride magazines or your Aunt Bertha did it - is unnecessary if this is not something you will use and enjoy. On a much more material note, getting several plates, a couple of glasses and some silverware will not set a full table. Think about narrowing your choices so that you have enough of a single item, an item that you love, instead of piecemeal gifts. Good luck.

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      1. re: Sherri

        One of our daughters has Apilco (WS) and it's wonderful for all types of dining. She never for a moment considered the whole 'china/silver/crystal' thing although they entertain regularly.

        1. re: c oliver

          We've had Apilco now for several years, and although it's not as thin as china, it's not like stoneware either. The porcelin is tough as nails, elegant white, does not scratch or leave gray marks from the flatware (like our other stuff did) and although it's somewhat pricy, it's durability makes up for it. If I had it to do over again, it would be porcelin again. Apilco is one of three quality French brands that I would consider. Pillivuyt and Revol are the other two. We spent a lot of time picking this dinnerware, we even bought 4 plates to make sure they didn't leave marks from the flatware, and used them for about 4-6 months everyday to test them out.

      2. Corelle will last forever - but that may be a curse more than a blessing. Dad had corelle in his single-dad bachelor pad in the 80's and i still come across bits of it in his elegant new digs.

        hey, for your fine stuff - get something beautiful and exquisite that you can gift to your granddaughter someday, something that will grace you family table for holidays and special occasions - when our family holiday table is set with late Grandma Carol's Lenox and Waterford along with Mom's Sterling Lunt there is history and memories and it looks great - all styles are classic, simple and timeless - but for your everyday stuff accept two things - 1, stuff breaks and 2, tastes change - get something affordable that you like now and know that someday you will swap it out - hey if its really good maybe your kids will dig it out of the basement and take it to college finding it's retro mid 2010s look "ironic and funky"

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        1. re: JTPhilly

          But DO understand that the chance of your son/daughter or grandson/granddaughter wanting that stuff is slim to none. In my experience anyway.

          1. re: c oliver

            Haha, no, its yours to burden them with LOL

            actually the "kids" will never want it but the grandkids might and the great-grandkids will for sure be furious for that stuff getting thrown out.

            I really love having my great-grandparent's stuff around but I am sentimental. The female cousins got china and jewelry I got pickle jars and rocks glasses LOL so I think I came up in the end.

            1. re: JTPhilly

              We got all the stuff and didn't want it. Saved it for the kids/grandkids who didn't want it. Then we got rid of it.

              1. re: c oliver

                LOL - well you made the thrift store junkies/trash pickers happy (like me!)

                1. re: JTPhilly

                  We've been clear with "the girls" that if they don't want something, GET RID OF IT! My husband's late MIL didn't and WE got to deal with that mess.

        2. Hmmm...second try on my response--maybe it will take this time! I bought my current everyday dinnerware back in 1998 or 1999, and it is still going strong--Crate and Barrel's Aspen dinnerware. It has weathered many military moves over the years, as well as my husband and kinda klutzy teenage daughter! I've had to replace a few pieces, which is easily done since this is a pattern that they have had for quite awhile. My plates have some knife scratches, but not bad enough that they need replacing. I highly recommend it!

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            1. re: c oliver

              And they're having a sale right now. Quite affordable!

          1. This probably isn't the answer you're looking for, but it's another perspective -- a perspective of looking back 40+ years rather than looking ahead. Get a pattern you like NOW -- a brand and a style that you know will make you happy NOW, that fits your lifestyle, taste and budget. If it scratches with use, so be it; chances are, by the time your set has too few pieces left to be useful, you'll be ready to trade it in for something new.

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            1. re: CindyJ

              I agree with this. Your taste will change. However I will also add that I recently bought Wedgewood White bone china for times when we have guests or family, and I love it! And I'd say that it would last a long time, and is quite light. We put it in the dishwasher. It comes out great. There are several white Wedgwood patterns to choose from too.

              But please know that there is no absolutely right answer here. But if you buy expensive everyday china, there is a good chance you will be tired of it in 10 years or so.

            2. Thank you all for you input. After some consideration, I decided to go with a nicer line of white porcelain, something like Sherri's suggestion of Apilco and not register for bone china. I will either buy a set on craigslist or get my mother/grandmother's passed down and supplement with pieces from replacements.com. I think I will do some entertaining eventually as I work for the government and will need a nice set when the Queen comes to visit ;)

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              1. re: racheliz09

                Realize also that setting the table is going to make it more or less formal. I have very plain white dinnerware and I've gone black tie or barbecue with it. Flatware, napkins, candles, runners/tablecloths take it in either direction.

                1. re: racheliz09

                  Racheliz, thank you for giving us some feedback. Often, a new poster asks a question, the CH community answers and we never hear about the outcome.

                  You mention that you have decided to choose "... something like Sherri's suggestion of Apilco ...". Please understand that my experience is with Apilco, not another brand or 'something like Apilco'. It's been all these many happy years with Apilco, and no, I'm not related to the company in any form.

                  I believe that you will enjoy not only the flexibility of having great dinnerware but the added bonus of all the side pieces - gratins, ramekins, et al - to augment your plates, bowls etc. I love being able to make accompanying dishes in their individual containers, bake them in the oven and serve without every needing to wash a second dish. Individual souffles have always been a hit and dead simple with these great dishes.

                  As c.oliver points out, you can dress these dishes up or down. They're the little black dress of tableware.

                  Good luck on your quest.

                  1. re: racheliz09

                    Great choice, see my post above!

                    1. re: racheliz09

                      Hi rachellz09,

                      I think you'll do very well with white porcelain. I bought tons of it about 8yrs ago and couldn't be happier. Porcelain is almost as thin and light as china, and looks fabulous dress up or down.

                      A fun fact is that porcelain normally doesn't show much color variation (if any) from brand to brand, making it an easy choice to add pieces from another line that appeal to your eye.

                      BTW - Congratulations! :-)


                      1. re: DuffyH

                        Hi DuffyH,
                        You are so right, we have Apilco plates bowls, etc. and Pillivuyt serving platters, and a couple of Revol pieces such as a small cocote and they all are the same color. I wanted bowls for Julia's French onion soup and just couldn't justify the cost of the very nice porcelain ones, so opted for a whiter white than "normal" stoneware, they are close but don't match. All the procelain pieces look like they came from the same company as far as color is concerned. I also get a little up tight when the stoneware goes under the broiler to brown the cheese on top.

                    2. My parents bought a set of Rosenthal china long before I was born. My mother was so nervous about damaging it when she used it that by the time I was a teenager, she'd broken everything but a couple of cups, saucers, a salad plate, and the coffee and tea pots. Thank goodness, because it was butt-ugly as far as I am concerned. But it taught me that fine china is an option easily dispensed with. Originally, I used Arcoroc clear glass place settings, later on bought a set of (pictured)Wedgwood Stonehenge Midwinter White stoneware, which is also very simple. Talk about versatile! They both go with anything.

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                      1. re: greygarious

                        My first set of dishes was similar to your clear Arcoroc, GG. I had the Italian version, made by Bormioli. I'd forgotten all about them. My little sister inherited them.

                      2. Hi there,

                        You have probably received all the input you need right now, but I would like to give you the bit of advice my grandmother gave me long ago: use and enjoy your dishes and glassware in the full knowledge that they may have short lives. Get something you enjoy using, but something you can afford to replace. And never get anything that will break your heart if you have to replace it.

                        Good luck!

                        1. We bought a Denby set (made in England) for everyday when my husband and I got married 2 years ago and we are very happy with them.

                          I broke a mug :( but that was my fault, I dropped it....now I am OCD about being one short in our set!

                          We also received a set of Corelle (just a 4 set) and I really do not like them. My parents had them and that was all I was used to but they feel so cheap to me now. Nothing like eating on nice dinnerware, every meal is important to us and is worth it!