While I’ll be setting my table tomorrow in shamrock and plum Fiestaware, I’ll undoubtedly be mixing in the odds and ends of a mismatched collection of white dinnerware. Years ago I assembled a small kit of various white pieces for food styling, but never went ahead and completed a full set. Which I admit was foolish of me, by the way. So although I’d love to have a few pieces of the turquoise Fiestaware, I’m committed to finding a complete collection of white place settings and serving pieces. (And would be delighted to find any of these under the tree this year!)
Even if you think a totally white table is incredibly boring, a versatile set of white plates and bowls (Like Crate & Barrel’s Essential coupe collection, above) is not only good for everyday use, but also the ideal foundation for creating a remarkable tablescape, whether you choose to mix and match colors, textures, styles or a little bit of everything.
For smart, affordable basics, Pottery Barn’s Caterer’s Box collection is a great concept. A dozen buffet-style salad or dinner plates packaged in a sturdy box for easy storage when you’re not feeding the masses. The husband and I checked these out at the store last weekend, and they’re generously sized and not too heavy. What’s more, the collection also includes flatware, glassware and other must-have entertaining pieces.
I’ve also long-admired Pottery Barn’s extensive Great White collection. It’s available in several styles and includes everything from plates and bowls of all sizes to cake stands and teapots. I investigated these last weekend too, and frankly I stood in awe of its bright shiny goodness.
With its raised edges and circular design, CB2’s Modern dinnerware is simply cool…and stackable! Made from fired porcelain and dipped in a glossy white glaze, the collection is super-affordable and ideal for everyday use.
For an investment collection you’ll keep forever, British designer Jasper Conran’s white fine bone china is at the top of the list. Created for Wedgwood, it’s both sleek and elegant, and too fabulous to be saved just for special occasions.
Martha Stewart’s Whiteware Collection for Macy’s, shown here in Montmarte, is a subtle and refined choice that’s also great for everyday use and entertaining alike. To me, this would be the perfect place setting for a yummy brunch.
Available in sets of six, Target’s Retro Square stoneware collection includes dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls and mugs, each with a neat rounded-corner square style. I think the big plates and bowls would be great for serving appetizers, while the smaller salad plates are the perfect size for guests to pile up with goodies.