Tableware from Become.com
Since the first known use of the term in 1766, the evolution of tableware has come a long way. What once was a simple bowl has now turned into a soup bowl, cereal bowl, or fruit bowl. Plates now include, but are not limited to, dinner plates, salad plates, and dessert plates. It seems as though there is a different type of dish for each category of food. Fortunately there are dinnerware sets available that consist of all the different styles and sizes of dishes. Once you know what set you want and how many, then you have to think about if you want ceramic dishes or porcelain china, glass or plastic. The options seem endless and can get overwhelming really quickly. Here´s a breakdown of the best tableware that is functional and decorative for different occasions.
Day to day use:
What you choose here should be durable, long-lasting, and easy to clean since you´ll be using it every day; but you´ll also want something that you can appreciate the style for that exact reason. Ceramic or stoneware is a good choice here because it looks nice and holds up well. Plastic is also a great option, if you drop a plastic plate on the floor you only risk spilling the food or liquid that was on it, not breaking the plate. However, plastic does not always last as long as ceramic or stoneware, it starts to get cracked after too many runs through the dishwasher. We suggest keeping your plastic ware on the top rack to preserve it for as long as you can. Flatware should be dishwasher safe, like stainless steel. Glassware is the most frequently broken piece of tableware, which is frustrating especially when it is a beautiful stem glass that you lose to a fall; even more so when it is filled with red wine. Tumblers are a great solution to this problem, shorter and more stable.
Dinner parties and special occasions, like holidays or birthdays:
These are the perfect occasions to show off your beautiful china and polish that silver. If you have a lot of guests over, make sure to have wine glass charms on hand so people can easily keep track of their own glass. If you are looking for easy ways to decorate your table, a wine cork holder makes a great center piece. These are usually short enough that it will not block conversation across the table, and easy to make yourself if you are looking for a fun diy project, you can get creative with wine cork crafts. Since hosting a gathering can get stressful, and spilling is a part of human nature, a helpful hint is to use a vinyl tablecloth on your table. These are really easy to clean and reuse. Also there are a lot of style choices available for you to choose from, so you can find a tablecloth that best fits the occasion.
While there are so many different choices when it comes to your tableware, there is an understated sentimental value when it comes to your favorites. Whether it´s an alma mater coffee mug that you use every day, or a special bowl that your friend painted and glazed for you. Treasure those and make sure you pick tableware that you enjoy, it will make the meal experience complete.