Dinnerware Sets

Dinnerware is more than just a way to hold your food – it sets a decorative, colorful tone for every meal you share with your family. No matter if you host dinner guests often or simply enjoy quiet evening meals with loved ones, our dinnerware sets at Williams Sonoma help you dress up the table for a beautiful meal. Choose from bright and colorful patterns and prints or simple and elegant designs. Whatever you love, there’s a dinnerware set to match your personality.

Dinnerware Materials

When selecting a dinnerware set, it’s important to consider the different types of materials available. Some are more durable and versatile than others, so choose the one that matches your needs well. Bone china is one of the strongest types of china available. It resists chipping and cracking, making it durable enough for everyday use. At the same time, it’s elegant and lightweight, making it attractive and a welcome sight on the table for your most special occasions, too. Another bonus is that bone china is dishwasher and microwave safe. Porcelain is also highly durable with an attractive, smooth appearance – it often looks very similar to bone china. Many porcelain dinnerware sets are safe for the dishwasher, microwave and oven. However, be on the lookout for porcelain dishes that have metallic accents, and remember not to use these in the microwave.

 

Stoneware dinnerware sets are fired at high temperatures to make them durable and chip resistant. These stand up to the wear and tear of daily use, making them a family-friendly option. Stoneware also has a glaze over the ceramic to give it a smooth, protective finish. Though most stoneware pieces are sturdy enough for the microwave, some have hand-painted patterns that stand up better to hand washing. Earthenware sets have an artisanal look that gives them character, and they’re a little smoother than stoneware but rather similar. Crackling in the finish enhances the beauty of each piece. Earthenware is durable and heavy. It’s ideal for everyday use or casual occasions. Hand washing helps keep these pieces looking their best.

 

Finally, melamine is a wonderful material for outdoor dinner parties or casual occasions. Items made from this lightweight material are shatterproof, resistant to breaking and come in a variety of fun colors and designs. While they’re easy to clean and care for, these sets are not microwave or oven safe.

What Comes in a Dinnerware Set?

Dinnerware sets come in different sizes and with different pieces. In general, you can expect to find a dinner plate, salad plate, cereal bowl, coffee/tea cup and saucer in a set. When you’re selecting a set or mixing and matching different pieces to make your own unique dinnerware set, look for these basic pieces and build from there. Add other pieces, such as a gravy boat, butter dish or condiment bowls to complete your set.

Be prepared for any occasion by purchasing two different sets. Have one on hand for everyday use and another reserved for special occasions. Having dinnerware for a minimum of eight guests ensures that you have enough for your family to use and for a few guests who drop by for dinner at your home.

Design a Stunning Table

With so many different colors, patterns and textures to choose from, your dinnerware set can show off your own personal style and taste with ease. For formal occasions, solid colors and simple patterns bring elegance to the table. Dinnerware with details around the rim offer the same elegance while allowing a bit of your personality to shine through. Bright colors and fun patterns work for casual use or add a bit of excitement to a plain dinnerware set when you use them as accent pieces.

In addition, tie the pattern and design of your dinnerware set in with the rest of the table. Chilewich placemats and runners anchor your dinnerware in a beautifully cohesive way and help to emphasize its beauty. Candles, baskets and other decor pieces help you create a theme or set the mood for your tablescape.

The dishes you choose create the exact tone you want for the entire meal. Select dinnerware sets from our collection to bring your entire family together around the table while inspiring joy.

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