659 Traditional Plates

If you eat dinner every night (and most of us do), your plates probably see quite a bit of use. Whether you have casual or formal dishes, good plates — regardless of use — should last you decades. To last you through the years, your plate set should be sturdy and simple, without leaning on current trends (after all, trends change!). Every good kitchen should have many different plates to accommodate different menus, including dinner plates, salad plates and dessert plates. More 
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As you get ready to make your dishes purchase, be sure to consider this:

What plates should I buy?


Most plates come in a dinnerware set, which oftentimes includes dinner plates and salad plates. If you frequently host and serve dessert, dessert plates are popular additions to the classic dish set. To forgo the mugs and bowls that often come with dinnerware sets, you can also buy plate sets with just dinner plates or a combination of multiple sizes. And of course, single plates are always an option, if you prefer a more mismatched look.

Should I buy porcelain, ceramic, glass or stone plates?


Formal plates usually come in porcelain or fine china, since they are meant to look elegant and sophisticated. Casual plates are much more flexible and can come in ceramic, glass, stone or even acrylic. Think about what works best for your family. Those with smaller kids might opt for acrylic, since they won't break when dropped. Stone is durable though might chip after some wear and tear, while glass and ceramic are usually more affordable.
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