It is better to have ordinary food set on beautiful dinnerware than a gourmet cuisine set in ordinary plates. This is true because having excellent food is not just about satisfying the palate but also tantalizing the eyes. That’s the reason why expensive restaurants and plush hotels go to great lengths in setting their special menus in exquisite and expensive dinnerware to impress their customers. If you want to make an impression on your guests, you should invest in buying high quality dinnerware.
What are the Types of Dinnerware?
A dinnerware set is usually composed of dinner plates, saucers or quarter plates, rice plates, dessert plates, salad plates, soup bowls, serving bowls and serving trays. You can also consider drinking wares like drinking glasses, wine glasses, tea mugs, coffee mugs and water jars or pitchers as part of a dinnerware set.
How Can You Choose the Right Dinnerware?
It is relatively easy to choose the dinnerware that’s right for your kitchen. If you know your requirements, your preference and your kitchen setup, you will be able to choose the right sets of plates and bowls that will ‘wow’ your guests. Here are some helpful tips:
- Expensive dinnerware
Basically, you can differentiate dinnerware by the material they are made of. Of course, it is good to have expensive dinnerware if you really can afford them. The expensive dinnerware includes the following:
- Bone China – this is one of the most treasured of all dinnerware and it is the most expensive. They are made from ash powder or powdered cattle bones.
- Porcelain – this dinnerware type is more resistant to chips. They can also withstand extreme heat although they crack easily if they are subjected to sudden heat changes. Be careful in putting them under cold water when you have just taken them out of a microwave oven because they may crack.
- Tempered glass – dinnerware made of this material are very strong and durable because they are made by compressing several layers of glass materials. They are also heat and chip resistant and perfect for microwave cooking.
- Inexpensive dinnerware
For those who are limited in their budget, they can settle for dinnerware that are made of inexpensive materials but are durable as well. Here are some of your choices:
- Stoneware – they are the most affordable dinnerware but also one of the strongest. You can also use them in microwave ovens because they can withstand extreme heat without cracking. They can do so because that is how they are made – by baking them in a furnace. However, they tend to be heavier than other types of dinnerware.
Melamine – another affordable dinnerware but also strong and durable. They are basically made of an organic compound combined with formaldehyde under heat and pressure. This material is also called thermoset plastic. They cannot be used in microwave ovens and other types of ovens.