Dinnerware is tough to purchase when living on a budget. You want everything to match, but splurging on a full collection of dishes is not first priority in your small apartment for two.
You would think it's not rocket science, but there are a few things you must think about when purchasing dinnerware.
1. Always check to see if it is dishwasher, microwave, oven, and freezer safe.
If it's not most or all or those things, it's not worth it!
2. Make sure you have a very durable dinner plate as this is what you will be
eating off of the most. A heavy stoneware (virtually chip-free) is worth spending the
extra money on because it will last and last and last some more. This Juliska Berry &
Thread dinner plate is perfect for resisting cracks, chips, and breaks. Although it is a bit
of a splurge ($39/each), it is worth every penny.
3. Choose white or a neutral color for your dinner plate. This allows you to have some
fun with side plates, cereal bowls, and fun vintage glasses.
4. Don't purchase prepackaged dinnerware! It doesn't allow you much freedom with extra accessories.
5. Go antiquing for some fun serving pieces! Milk glass and Jadeite are always fun choices
for use and decorating with a little vintage flair.
6. Don't be afraid to mix and match patterns, colors, and styles. Vintage, contemporary,
or classic--it's much more interesting.