Formal Dinnerware

Formal Serveware

Formal Glassware

Formal Tabletop Collection

Formal dining is an ideal setting for celebrating special occasions at home. From family holiday gatherings to home-cooked anniversary meals and spontaneous fetes to congratulate a major accomplishment, such as a promotion or college acceptance, formal dinnerware introduces a special air of occasion to any meal. Williams-Sonoma offers a generous selection of fine china place settings and serveware in addition to formal crystal goblets and wine glasses for a complete formal dining arrangement. No matter what your occasion, our formal dinnerware will make it feel extra special, even if youʼre just eating an everyday meal in a celebratory setting. With options from some of the worldʼs best formal dinnerware designers, including Wedgewood, Pickard, Waterford and Royal Copenhagen, you can introduce some classic elegance to your home.


We offer a wide variety of dishes, serveware and glassware in this category, allowing you to choose the style that suits you best. This includes refined, elegant minimalism that focuses on painstakingly delicate details such as hand-painted precious metal trim or carefully crafted, subtle texture on the porcelain itself. If you prefer more color and pattern, we offer a variety of bright but still polished dinnerware options with botanical motifs, non-figurative detailing or classic shapes such as gilded starbursts.


Our focus on classic formal dinnerware sets from famous makers allows you to replace pieces from an heirloom sets or build your own collection of formal dinnerware. From complete place settings to individual plates, bowls, cups and serving pieces, our selections offer you maximum versatility in your shopping approach. While the traditional approach is to select a single set that allows you to present a cohesive table setting, you may want to mix and match pieces from different sets to create a more eclectic but still refined and formal look. To split the difference between the two options, you can always select serving platters and trays in a neutral design scheme or in colors that complements but doesnʼt match your chosen formal dinnerware place setting pattern.


Whether you use your formal dinnerware just once or twice a year or you introduce it into heavy rotation for regular dinner parties, religious meals, family gatherings and holidays, you can have confidence that the place settings and serveware you choose will stand the test of time, perhaps even becoming an heirloom item for your descendants. Though theyʼre crafted from fine materials, such as crystal glass and porcelain, and may include precious metal detailing in 24-karat gold or platinum, these plates, bowls, cups and glasses blend time-honored decorative techniques with modern craftsmanship. Some of these pieces are dishwasher-safe, allowing for easy cleanup. However, to guarantee the longevity of your dinnerware, be sure to follow specific instructions about detergent types and other cleaning particulars.


From versatile serveware to faceted crystal goblets that are for special occasions only, this product category facilitates special events and precious memories for everyone in your household. You can choose to display these lovely dishes in a China hutch or glass-paned cabinet to allow their beauty to decorate your house on a daily basis, even when you have no cause to use your special dinnerware. You may even find yourself coming up with excuses to use these beautiful dishes more regularly than you initially anticipated.


When combined with a formal tablescape that uses elements, such as fine linens, candelabras, cut flowers, elegant vases or seasonal decor, our formal dinnerware selections can create quite an aesthetic impact. Your guests will enjoy the luxurious feeling of eating off such glamorous dinnerware, and youʼll take satisfaction in seeing another hosting job well done. To maximize their usefulness, donʼt forget to select fine flatware and serving utensils to accompany your formal dinnerware pieces.

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