Perhaps you’re still using your mom’s dinnerware on loan or you never upgraded from the mishmash of dishes you had in college. These plates only come with a select few dinnerware sets and are ideal if you host dinner parties.
Whether you prefer a minimalist aesthetic, elegant dishes with sophisticated style, or something more geometric and modern, you can find some great options below. Any of these fancy dishes will surely impress friends, family and dates you cook for in the near future.
AmazonBasics offers an affordable and attractive set that has everything you need to serve dinner for six. If you’re looking for affordable basics for everyday life, you’ll want to check AmazonBasics, which makes everything from cheap dinnerware sets to air fryers and yoga mats.
These incredibly lightweight dishes can be used indoors or outdoors thanks to their plastic melamine construction, but they look attractive enough to serve as your main dinnerware, too. When designing your tables cape, you can go for several styles, but the most popular and traditional is light plates against a darker table and metallic decor.
The deep blue ceramic set is offset by golden accents. As an added bonus, these dishes are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe.
These lightweight yet durable dishes are made to blend into your existing kitchenware with their white and black modern design. The DIY Doodle Plates allow you to draw pictures or write sayings on them using the four included markers.
Each plate looks like a piece of notebook paper so that it feels natural to draw on them. These plates are neat to have in your home or make a great gift for kids and adults alike.
Millennials have given up on the polished silver and fine china used by Baby Boomers in favor of practical, durable and easy-to-clean dishes. Courtesy of Food52, these matching dishes and bowls come in a variety of pastel colors perfect for the millennial kitchen.
Even better, each of the dishes is crafted from sustainable bamboo fiber and non-GMO corn starch. This top-rated dinnerware set from SPY favorite Corell includes enough plates, bowls and side dishes for an 8-person dinner party.
And for under $120, this affordable dinnerware set offers an incredible value to young people still acquiring kitchen essentials. While this 16-piece dinnerware set is more appropriate for a double date than a full dinner party, it comes with plenty of handsome plates and bowls for your kitchen cupboard.
With attractive neutral colors, these affordable plates will blend in with any kitchen. Corell made a splash on the dinnerware scene a few decades ago but has remained popular thanks to the company’s uniquely durable dishes.
This set combines Corell’s signature durability with a trendy terrazzo design that is sure to impress your guests. Blue-and-white is a classic color combination for kitchens, whether we’re talking about the tile beneath your feet or the dishes in your cupboard.
However, this set from Abner takes that color scheme and remixes it with bold patterns. The Durable French Glass Dinnerware set is made in France where it is very popular among starter households.
The dishes themselves are extremely sturdy, and the glassmaking process used ensures they are impact and chip resistant, too. The plates each feature a unique shape that’s not quite round, while the mugs have rivets that run along each edge.
They also boast a reactive glaze finish for an extra touch of class. West Elm has a reputation for chic and modern home decor, and we love this elegant dinnerware set.
While this striking pattern might look delicate, these dishes are perfectly safe for both the microwave and dishwasher. Unlike your mom’s fancy serving plates, you don’t have to wash these by hand.
This set is made in Portugal and has a distinctive glaze that makes each piece unique. You’ve watched Gordon Ramsey verbally abuse chefs with incredible results on TV.
Now bring his attention to detail and perfection to your dining room table with the Royal Moulton Exclusively for Gordon Ramsay Maze 16-Piece Dinnerware Set. These simple white dishes with concentric rings really allow food to take center stage.
This large dinner set from Stone Lain is quite affordable for a 32-piece set and comes in a green and cream color scheme that will match most dinner table color schemes. The two-tone dishes have speckle in them as well for a balance between trendy and classic with an artful design along with a durable construction that’s dishwasher and microwave safe.
Designed and made by food experts Food52, this set is chip-resistant, subtly textured and microwave and dishwasher safe. It’s also neutrally toned, so you can mix and match these dishes with your existing set or add colorful mugs and glass without an issue.
From sleek stoneware sets with modern designs to plates with playful circus motifs, these are definitely not your grandmother’s good dishes. Here are seven dinnerware sets that would make a striking addition to any tables cape and serve you well for every occasion, from quiet breakfasts alone to the fanciest of dinner gatherings.
The unique crackle design lends an antique feel to this dinnerware set made with BPA-free melamine plastic. Simple, yet elegant, this 16-piece set features a creamy finish and a distinctive beaded design that runs along the edges of all of its pieces.
The set is made of earthenware and dishwasher safe, and its neutral color palate and understated design lets the food shine. This playful porcelain set from Hermès features a predominantly pink multicolored design accented with illustrations of animals and acrobats.
An Anthropologist online exclusive, these beautiful decayed stoneware dinner plates feature a striking floral design. A SUR La Table exclusive, this whimsical dinnerware set is inspired by the artwork of a culinary icon–Jacques Pepin.
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That combo, regardless of which of the three millennial-friendly colors you purchase, imbues the Place with a handmade feel that's usually shorthand for “very expensive.” The sets are co-signed by Kali ta, who lists the Main plates in a locked Pinterest board of dinnerware she keeps for her clients.
“I think is great if you care about design, but you’re 23 and just moved into a teeny tiny apartment and you just want something that looks good,” she said. The company was founded in this century, but sees itself as the product of 400 years of Japanese pottery in the Nagasaki prefecture.
“Norm Architect's hand glazed collection for Menu trades the typically industrial flavor of minimalism for a slightly more rustic feel.” For those who tend to destroy their dinner sets, and are willing to lean into the mess-hall-kitsch-vibe, Eggs suggests looking into dishware made from melamine.
Depart's ceramic dinnerware sets itself apart with a hearty gloss glaze and a pronounced rim. Despite mostly being into white dinnerware, Kali ta says she makes an exception for Danny Kaplan's deeply colored glazes.
Kaplan was an interior designer and food stylist before discovering a knack for ceramics in a class he took for fun. The beautiful and delicate lines of Royal Copenhagen tableware is a natural extension of that love.” She says they’re just as good in a traditional setting as they are in a Park Slope townhouse with modern chairs and globular lighting fixtures.
They're super hearty and reminiscent of the kind of plates you'd find at your neighborhood Greek diner, especially in the “Line” pattern. Though Eggs notes that IKEA's dinnerware sets have a notably short shelf-life (“they look so terrible after being used like, 14 times”), Hampering says they’re fine for any person with an “as long as it holds soup” mentality.