White Dishes Never Fail

November 22, 2010

Heather from Chesapeake, Virginia emailed me yesterday with this question:

"I was wondering if you could email me or blog about where to buy white dinnerware dishes. I am looking for a set and there are so many on the market…but I don’t want to spend a huge amount of money!  I saw in your ’Five Fall Savory Soups’ post that you have a nice set.  Could you please tell me where you bought them?  I am looking for a durable set on a frugal budget."

Sure Heather!

First, let me say I can’t remember the last time I bought a dinnerware set with plates, bowls and mugs.  I prefer to buy open stock plates rather than have extra mugs or bowls I won’t use.  Matching basic plates is perfectly fine for everyday, but when it comes to holidays or dinner parties, I say mix up your settings for more visual appeal. 

That said, it’s so helpful to have a good set of plain white dishes that you can work with on a daily basis, or a basic white dinner plate that you can use when setting a special occasion table.

Here are a few choices:

I like Crate and Barrel’s Essential White plates you can purchase by themselves.  Six white dinner plates will run you $28, the salad plates are $4 each.  Z Gallerie’s St. Helena dinner plates are on sale for $28 for four, salad plates are four for $24.

cb z gallerie white plates


If you’re looking for a more modern restaurant style square plate, Walmart has a these Canopy white plates, $13 for four dinner plates.  These Cordon Bleu rounded edge dinner plates ($6 each) and salad plates ($5 each) are available at Bed, Bath & Beyond.  Also check out their Everyday Whites collection, you can buy those plates individually as well.

square white plates

Pier One, World Market or Home Goods are also worth a visit!

But to answer your question Heather, the plates you see in my home are these:  Pottery Barn’s Caterer’s Plates!

pb caterers plates


These perfect white dishes are not too thin, not too thick, they’re just right!  And priced perfectly too:  $49 for 12 dinner plates, $39 for 12 salad plates.  You can’t beat that price for the quality and traditional style.  I’ve had my sets for almost two years and we eat off of them every single day.

One final suggestion is to check your local Goodwill or Salvation Army.  Just today, I saw these sets!

goodwill plates


Your local thrift stores are always a good place to pop in for inexpensive extra place settings.  Every now and then, you get really lucky!

White always works because you can mix it with plates from different collections, or with patterned dishes.  A plain white dinner plate makes a perfect backdrop to a decorative salad plate ~ here are a few of my holiday favorites!

holiday salad plates

Jolly salad plate ($6 each);  First Frost salad plate ($18 for 4); Winter canape plate (4 for $23); Lenox butterfly Christmas tree salad plate (4 for $30);

Add a simple colored napkin folded beautifully or tied with a festive napkin ring, plus some simple decorative elements and you have a perfect holiday place setting.

White dishes work every time!  white holiday place settings

Images: West Elm and Country Living

You can see more of my PB white dishes in this spring tablescape, and paired with these soup recipes.   Do you know of any other great sources for inexpensive quality white dishes for Heather?

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