We’re working on the kitchen over here… very slowly. I have a kitchen list of 8 things to do, and dishes is #1.
I had no idea buying dishes was going to be such a feat. There are so. many. choices. We had a gift certificate to Bed, Bath, and Beyond. So, at the very least, we knew where we were buying these suckers.
Our current dishes are a hodge podge of randomness. The plates are dollar section Target finds from my college days plus fancy plastic plates with polka dots and hula girls, also from Target. The bowls and mugs are leftover from a mosaic table craft project I did with my mom for my first college apartment.
- Casual, simple, plain white, no pattern dishes. Easy to replace if one is broken or chipped. Patterns get discontinued and white goes with everything.
- Dishwasher, microwave and oven safe. No brainer.
- How the bowls stack. I’m not a fan of our current bowl stacking situation. See them up there? They don’t sit nicely in one another.
- Bowl shape. We want a nice deep bowl for cereal and milk. This proved to be harder to find than we thought!
- The shape of the dinner plate. We want to avoid plates that tip easily when cutting on them. Have you ever eaten off of a plate like that?
- Price. We want to eat on these suckers everyday and not worry if 1 or 5 plates break.
There are lots of dinnerware material options and it’s confusing. I wanted to know exactly what I was buying. The terms ceramic and pottery were confusing me. From what I understand, ceramic is a more generic term, it just means made of clay and hardened by heat. Pottery is a more specific kind of ceramic.
According to lots of articles online, melamine is not safest choice for eating off of. We decided to stay clear of melamine. Good Housekeeping had great tings to say about Corelle’s break resistant dinnerware, and gave them an A. I was not a fan of the patterns of Corelle at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Remember, we wanted white, simple, sturdy and durable. For us, it seemed like stoneware, earthware, or fiestaware were the best bets. Fiestaware was out because our Bed Bath and Beyond did not sale it in the store and I don’t think it comes in white, we only saw ivory. We walked around the dish section touching and feeling all of the plates and bowls. First, we looked to see it it came in white, then we checked out the plate and bowl shape, and of course considered price.
but, the bowls did pass the stack test. We we’re moving on…
Next we had the Gibson Elite Paradiso set.
Everything looked good minus the plate shape. It’s the kind of plate that will wobble when you cut on it with a fork and knife. Check out the side view… We need low profile plates over here. So the Gibson set was out…
Next, we checked out this studio set. The plate scared us again. We really don’t want wobbly plates.
I really liked this set by Loft and it was on sale too. Still $179 for a 16 piece set, but it looked so pretty. Also, Andy was not impressed with the bowl shape or the price. We moved on.
and check out the nice, neat stack comparison of old vs. new bowls.
- Research and buy new dishes (I had no idea there were so many kinds… stone ware, fiesta ware, Corelle, porcelain, bone ware!)
- Container for bag spices in the large food cabinet
- Container for Tassimo pods to clear out the bottom shelf of the small food cabinet
- A home for pot holders and kitchen towels (I bought a $5 door at Habitat Re-Store!)
- Deal with the random stuff on top of the cabinets
- Get rid of/ organize random stuff next to dresser
- Clean out and organize the dresser
- Buy and mount a paper towel holder