As the American lifestyle has changed over the last several decades, so has the way in which we entertain. With two parents working outside the home, gatherings of family and friends have adjusted to a more casual approach.
A shift to buying better but buying fewer and a need for appliance-safe options also influence the new wave of choosing dinnerware. It is romantic and sweet when grandma’s fine bone china is passed down, but a first set of dinnerware should include some basic white pieces such as the MATCH Pewter Convivio collection featuring a decorator’s white plate trimmed in pewter. These pieces are similarly at home in a modern skyscraper apartment and for setting a wine country-inspired tablescape. Endorsed by professional chefs, white plates simply enhance the overall presentation of food. If an even more casual look is desired, Farmhouse Pottery’s artisan American-made stoneware is versatile, heavy-duty, and reflects New England sensibility in form and function. With an extensive range of complimentary pieces to accessorize the dinner table, both the all-white glazed dinner and salad plates are a delightful foundation for building ambiance during mealtime. We steer people to neutral dinner plates void of patterns and design and suggest that the personality is gained from choosing salad or dessert plates such as Gien, an Old World French manufacturer with extensive lines of hand-painted plates. In spring, we find the Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage charger a nice backdrop for any white plate that adds a bit of whimsy and delight, just when a bit of green is waking up in the natural landscape. Juliska’s bamboo-trimmed and Puro collections are heirloom-quality options to create a modern entertaining backdrop.