If you aren't doing anything particularly thrilling atm, can we have a quick chat about crockery and those kinda things?(54 Posts)
We have 8 usable dinner plates, a few more than that of bowls and side plates, and 6 pasta bowls which we use quite often. We have about 8 -10 wine glasses and maybe 10 other glasses of varying sizes.
I think that is probably way below average for a family of 4!
Am I right? We should probably be buying some more crockery and glasses but I find that sort of shopping horrendously dull.
How many of this sort of thing do you have? and do you have a "best" dinner service like my parents and inlaws?
Why do you feel you need more? I've been on the decluttering thread and have been charity-ing any extra crockery gathering dust in my cupboards. It feels good to be able to reach things easily rather than shift things about to get to my plates and glasses . Btw, i am easily pleased..
I dont have a best dinner set, but if i did, i would use it every day
no "best" stuff here
have never seen the point
we have about the same amount of stuff as you, more dinner plates though, to allow for people coming round. it's all cheapo sainsburys/ikea stuff and I'm fine with that.
Generally people seen to be downsizing on crockery and getting rid of unused items. So think you are fine as you are, you are already minimalist which others with unused dinner sets aspire to
Think we have about 8 large and 8 side plates. Only about 5 bowls as DS broke a load before we got cupboard locks. Got loads of glasses as went a bit ott with our wedding list (sherry, brandy glasses and champagne flutes are gathering dust).
We are a family of four and have roughly the same amount as you, some plain white cheapo stuff and some the non matching stuff. Haven't got best set either, can't see the point.
I think we've got about 6 wine glasses non of which match!
You'd think I'd have better stuff than this the amount if time I spend browsing lakeland, but much rather buy gadgets or food!
Best tip I ever had was buy everything in white - looks elegant, everything matches and easily replaceable. I have a best breakfast set which is prob a bit weird but it is something I got a lot of for my wedding and in the future I imagine me and DH having long leisurely breakfasts with it
We have eight of everything. It all matches although its only from Tesco.
Very apt username for this thread you have there, Princess of China.
Well, this is quite reassuring, thanks for your replies. I was a bit unnerved when I stayed at a friend's house recently and they had cupboard after cupboard full of crockery and china - glasses for sherry, champagne, brandy, red wine, white wine, cocktails, shots, high-balls. It was like a branch of John Lewis in there!
I might not fit in in on this thread!
I have an every day set - dinner plates, side plates, pasta dishes, bowls, and some smaller plates - all matching. Some random side plates. A cheap set for four from Sainsburys that we don't need but DH thinks we should keep "in case".
Have a 'best' set of white porcelain from John Lewis - all seconds in last January's sale. A Royal Doulton dinner service that was a wedding present. We had a list . I hate it. Liked it at the time but hate it now.
Also have a dresser full of various serving dishes and bowls bought in various places. Some Polish pottery. Some spotty stuff in various colours.
Mugs? Far too many. Two sets of coffee cups and saucers.
Glasses - lots of random sizes for every day. Some crystal - wedding presents again. Some nice big ikea wine glasses. Champagne glasses. Brandy glasses.
I even have Xmas mugs and some plates and serving platters.
And that is AFTER decluttering.
I may have a problem.
There are 5 of us and we have
12 big plates
15 small plates
Not enough mugs
12 glasses + tonnes of kids plastic cups.
We also have a set of nice crockery with 6 settings that I saved up dunnes vouchers for years ago but never use.
2 of us and, in daily use, we have:
3 dinner plates
4 side plates
10 mugs - something to pare down I think
put away "just on case" there are
4 dinner plates
12 side plates
4 wine glasses
I'm in buda's gang with far too much. Most a hangover of time spent in Japan where the crockery is beautiful...but in day to day use we have about 12 mismatched plates, maybe 15 bowls of different sizes, and 2 shelves full of mugs.
(We have a "best" set from our wedding, a couple f coffee sets, maybe 6 teapots! Arg!)
There are 3 of us. I do not have a best set, as my mum did when I was a girl, and the men sleeping and the women washing on Christmas, etc...I just decided I didn't want that. Either it's dishwasher safe, or I don't use it (crockery).
However, it is Mikasa and very good quality. Most people think it is china, but it is very durable.
I have a Lot of dinner plates. You will laugh, but probably about 25, all matching. The reason for so many dinner plates is simple. When ds make his First Communion a few years ago, we had it catered but at our home. I didn't want to have to use paper, so I bought enough extra matching plates so that everyone could have a regular plate to eat off of. Likely we will use the same for when he graduates or gets married or something!
We have 8 small bowls and 12 large bowls, all matching again, that we use all the time. I just replaced all of the small bowls and most of the large as with 13 years of marriage, they did chip over the years.
Our glasses are probably down to 8 large, 8 medium and 8 small, I'm not sure. We could do less with the glasses and have more mugs. On trips we've collected mugs hand made by a potter neighbor of my dh from many years ago. Over the years they have broken and we are down to maybe 2 nice mugs.
Have an everyday set that we bought from a local homeware store about 4 years ago; 12 of plates, sideplates, bowls and 8 mugs which all match, together with a load of assorted plastic tat that is a hangover from having little children but which comes in useful for weighing/microwaving stuff.
We have an eclectic collection of glasses for every day, none of which match, but we do have a cheap set of Tesco wine glasses that do.
BUT we do have a complete set of best china which comes out for dinner parties and Christmas and I LOVE using it. We had it for a wedding present. I have also inherited a load of crystal glasses from my grannie but they hardly ever get used as they only hold a thimble full!
The best china goes in the dishwasher though, refused to have any that doesn't!
Probably a bit sad, but I really enjoy getting the best china out, setting the table with a linen tablecloth (not the every day child proof plastic one) and making an event out of dinner.
What happens if you have a 'best' set is that you never ever break ant of the stuff you use every day, but the one time you get your 'best' set out, something gets broken - so you don't have enough. And then you find it's been discontinued, so you can't replace the broken piece and have to get another 'best' set, and then the same thing happens to that one too....
I love what we do- but it's a bit hippy-ish, I warn you!
I have lovely real silver ware (inherited) and lovely crystal glasses(ditto).
But our plates and bowls are a mismatch- we all love charity shops so we buy odd "good" plates that we like and add them to the collection. Every now and again we re-charity shop any we've gone off- keeping the number to around 12 of each. I love choosing the plate for the person, and people seem to like comparing plates!
Could not possibly afford to replace the whole of the best set, it would cost far too much! My DM had an "incident" with the gravy boat on Christmas Day, I'm now hunting a replacement one. There are websites who specialise in discontinued china....have you tried them?
There are 6 of us
We have a Wedgewood service 8 place settings & serving dishes & cups & tea & coffee pot etc. was a wedding pressie, 20 years ago. Worth a fortune So hardly ever use it, but it is beautiful & sentimental.
Have a Bridgewater service 12 place settings (Dinner plates, side plates, bowls, cups, serving dishes etc) use this when friends come over, big family dinners, Birthdays etc.
Have an everyday ikea service, white lots broken, but was cheap. Use it for all everyday family stuff.
We also have quite a lot of random serving dishes, big plates, bowls etc.
Far too much, but love it!
No best stuff but enough matching white for 16 people. Cheap stuff from sainsbos as I refuse to buy good stuff until kids are all grown. If I had good stuff I'd have to empty the dishwasher rather than getting kids to do it!
And the fantastic thing about our system is that if we're feeding more than 12, a quick nip round the charity shops tops up the "set" at 75p -£1.50 a plate!
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FlouncyingMinty you are very now & on trend!!! Less is the new more. Enjoy the cupboard space!
We are (now) a family of 3 and we have:
6 dinner plates - excessive
4 soup plates
3 bread and butter plates
(above all matching)
4 medium sized glasses
1 large glass (others broke & not being replaced)
3 wine glasses
3 coffee cups I use and about 6 I don't - I need to check half of these.
4 small missmatched bowls I can eat in and cook with.
2 large bowls - I eat pasta out of or use as large salad bowls.
PLUS assorted plastic plates and cups for toddler which have recently been heavily edited.
oops - that should read 4 of the dinner plates match & the other 2 are gorgeous charity shops finds I use to put cakes on when I bake. But they are so lovely they are now my plates of choice.
We have 5 mismatched dinner plates, about 30 tea plates, 4 deep (mismatched) bowls and a full complement of 6 matching soup dishes that never get used.
3 wine glasses, 1 champagne flute and about 10 odd half pint and pint glasses and an assortment of liberated mugs from coffee shops.
I hate matching crockery but I kind of think we need to put a bit of effort in. I'm 41 for gods sake.
I have a blue willow pattern set for every day, plus seven nice large, deep turquoise bowls I bought for about 1 each in a supermarket. The turquoise bowls are great for pasta or stew or a lot of soup. The blue willow was all wedding gifts 26 years ago and there has been a good deal of breakage and chipping since then but it's a pattern that can always be replaced. I have enough right now to seat 10 for dinner but only 8 of my lucky guests can have dessert. I originally had a complete setting for 12.
I also have four large turquoise mugs from the same supermarket, the original 12 cups and saucers in blue willow, and 9 blue willow mugs in two different sizes/shapes -- four are from the original wedding gift setting and the rest I bought in the supermarket.
On top of that I have a formal dinner service in Royal Doulton for 12. It's quite nice, white with blue-grey band and platinum rim. I never use it because I am afraid of putting it in the dishwasher and doing it by hand is a pita especially on the sort of special occasion such as Christmas when I could see myself dusting it off for the day. I am considering Ebaying it. exMIL talked me into putting it on my list (in the US) -- I would have preferred loads more blue willow, which imo looks good enough for company.
What I use for Christmas is a set of Spode 'Christmas tree' plates that goes in the dishwasher.
Serving/casserole -- two blue willow oval vegetable dishes that are used at Christmas and Easter. Two deep, round white casserole dishes with lids. One large rectangular oven and stovetop safe heavy roast/bake/fry dish in red (from Aldi). Two oval oven safe dishes in olive green. Two pyrex rectangular dishes and one square. I use them all the time. One nice Royal Worcester 'Evesham' souffle dish that I get a lot of use out of too. I bake cakes in it in my crock pot. Two large oval metal plates that I serve turkey/ham/roast beef/lamb on for special occasions. One small casserole dish from Provence that I use for small/unpopular Christmas side dishes like Brussels sprouts.
I have one teapot (blue willow) and a blue willow coffee pot that I used to use for hot chocolate when all five of the DCs were small. Also a BW sugar bowl and nice little jug.
Wine glasses -- a mish mash, all cheap, and there are four champagne flutes too. I hate the wine glasses because it's hard to load them into my dishwasher. I drink wine bistro style, from a small ordinary glass. I have some plastic tumblers that see almost constant use.
Oh and I have four Waterford crystal wine glasses and a set of 8 Galway crystal glasses too. They never see the light of day. Another thing I am considering for Ebay.
In my defence there were 7 of us here at one point and at Christmas there are always at least 6.
Oh and a blue willow gravy boat.
I am freakishly clumsy, so I don't have a set 'for best'. I also didn't have a wedding list, which is where lots of people seem to get their best china from.
Rather, I'm another who has all white. Well, mostly white, anyway. And none would cause an issue if I broke it. The majority of it from Ikea (10ish plates, side plates, bowls, pasta bowls). More plates that I have 'inherited', that I get out when I have a ton of guests. Mugs are a mish mash - none of them matchy-matchy however.
Serving dishes, ramekins, jugs, platters etc are mostly white and from Ikea or Sainsbury's... apart from the random things I have collected on my travels, or brightly coloured things that my magpie's eye has spotted.
My assortment works for me. I have people over a lot, so often do need lots of crockery. I'm clumsy, so I don't like £££-precious stuff. The majority of it is white, so food looks good on it (appeals to my inner ponce), and I don't have to be disciplined about hand-washing carefully, nor doing the dishwasher immediately after every meal.
We have 6 of everything in plain white for our family of 4. There's also 4 plastic plates and bowls in varying patterns and probably half a dozen plastic beakers.
I chucked out a bunch of stuff when decluttering a few months back and I haven't missed it. I do have an extra 4 plates and bowls stashed in my 'trial separation' cupboard, which I will get rid of as soon as I'm brave enough.
We started with Susie Cooper Wedgewood in sets of six,remains of which I recently gave to friend's daughter. No idea how many I have of anything now, but it's all in varied blue and whites, which I like and is almost as practical as plain white.
I'm plain white, ikea mostly. It gets chipped it gets replaced. I don't have 'best' but have in the past.
I've just realised my glasses have seen better days though
My MIL has best of everything, she does use it quite alot but she also complains about lack of cupboard space.
That sounds like a great idea seeker.
That reminds me once when talking about Le Creuset saucepan colours, and someone made me feel very envious when she revealed that she had a dozen or so pans, all second hand or bargains and all in different colours, so had a variety of orange, yellow, turquoise, green, black, cream cast iron pans.
It made me scowl at my matchy matchy saucepans for a bit.
I generally have a load of white stuff. I am very clumsy and am always smashing plates so I don't have very expensive stuff, usually the nicer ranges from supermarkets. I do prefer eating out of a bowl though, and have 3 much loved black ones (I know, it sounds vile) which I have managed not to smash and have carted around with me for years.
Re glasses, I have about 6. I smash those as well. I remember having a wonderful gift of dartington crystal glasses and I bit the rims off, they were so delicate.
I mean wine glasses.
I did have some champagne flutes but smashed those.
Have loads of tumbler type glasses and plastic beakers (useful for a pair of clumsy people as me and dd are).
Yes yes to tumblers, Gerrof. I like sturdiness in a glass.
Flutes are all bastards.
I generally have bulk stock of Ikea stemmed glasses; you know the ones with the fat stem.
We have about the same as you for everyday op but also have a 'best' set (8 of each to match our dining table) which I bought whilst regretting not doing a wedding list. I then inherited my grandmothers wedding present china which is a set of 8 full place settings and lovely but used for best family as its only really my dsis's who enjoy it to the full as they reminisce.
I enjoy getting nice stuff out to make a celebration of everything so get the best out for family birthday or dd getting a good report (all reports are deemed good but she doesn't know that)
For us, it's worth having a set of best as it sets the mood for a celebration.
We bought so-called catering standard china plates/bowls in white, and they STILL got black marks from cutlery on them!!
Now we use op shop plates, unmatching. For some reason, they thrill guests who seem to see it as edgy.
The added advantage is that older plates are smaller, so good for portion control, and actually recommended by cardiac rehab.
Duralex for tumblers, but any old wine glass, so long as the lip is thin.
I have so much crockery and so many glasses that I am going to have to do a full inventory before I can even attempt to answer you.
when I moved abroad I spilt it all in roughly half and left loads in the UK, but I have since bought tons more
that I didn't really need.
I have a problem.
I like to have every bowl/glass/cup/dish/plate/spoon for very possible eventuality. I recently acquired 8 amuse bouche dishes which probably makes me a twat of the highest order.
Amuse Bouche dishes, hey?
<Looks at cupboard, finds it sorely devoid of dedicated amuse bouche receptacles>
Tell us about them. What are they like? Do they have a special shape, you know like those devilled egg plates?
Ooh they are little, like dollies' dishes, and they come in all sorts of cute shapes. Mine a like little oval platters, about three inches long
although I have yet to cook an amuse bouche. adds to 'need' list, alongside massive vintage soup tureen
That envy face looks really angry and aggressive today!
To clarify, I am very happy that you have amuse bouche dishes. And now I want some.
Right, I'm doing this inventory from memory alone but I think I have:
In the 'occasional' cupboard in the dining room I have:
A plain white (but with an embossed/raised pattern around the rim) 'best' bone china service of large dinner plate, medium dinner plate, side plate, pudding bowl, cup and saucer x 8, plus milk jug and sugar bowl
I have plain white huge deep pasta/salad bowls x 8, plus one odd one on its own that doesn't match the others
2 large Spanish earthenware coloured dishes and a tagine and a huge couscous dish
we never eat couscous
9 x white amuse bouche dishes
6 x large white serving platters/dishes in various shapes and sizes
One of those glass, lidded cake stands.
8 x rectangular plain white plates, which I used for poncily arranging starters or puts in a restaurant stylee.
6 x plain white square dinner plates for arranging poncey dinners as above.
(I have probably another 10 or 12 serving dishes/bowls/oven to tableware in a variety of shapes and styles, mostly practical/un-posh and used regularly and live in the kitchen.)
I have 4 x ice cream sundae dishes and 8 x little glass dessert dishes
1 x plain glass deep trifle bowl
10 x beautiful Edinburgh crystal wine glasses with a very simple elegant modern cut pattern that weigh a ton and I LOVE them
10 x water glasses to match the above
8 x small champagne flutes with the Moet & Chandon logo on the side (we got them free from somewhere)
About 5 other mismatched champagne flutes
4 x martini glasses
4 x brandy balloons
6 x sherry schooners
about 10 shot glasses
I did have a large glass water jug but I broke it
10 x cutlery settings, in George Butler classic Dubarry design
Tablespoons, big knife, small knife, big fork, small fork, pastry fork, dessert spoon, tea spoon, coffee spoon, soup spoon, fish knife
which I never use even though often serve fish
I'll do my everyday kitchen dwellers later. I'm too exhausted right now.
For four of us we have a 12 piece dinner set. I couldn't downsize it or I'd always be washing up.
If you have a dishwasher, make sure you have enough plates and cups to fill it. No sense in having to wash up early because you've run out. If you want some "not best" then mugs and sandwich plates, not another dinner set.
YY to plain white as it is easy to match.
What happens with having lots of extras and best sets, is that they can fill up your kitchen cupboards, and the kids can throw them away when you die.
I went out bargain shopping in my local charity shop yesterday and came home with a Polish pottery kitchen cannister for £1.99. I am celebrating but feeling a little remorseful at the same time.
Seeker I love your system! I might even adopt it!
We have the remnants of a cheap set bought at Argos ten years ago. And a muddle of mugs, cups and glasses.
When we move into our new house next year I plan on updating these. We received lots of lovely crystal glassware as wedding/engagement presents - I gave away any I didn't like, and use the ones I kept.
If I had a best set of anything, they would be used - life is for living! My sister broke one of my good crystal wine glasses a few weeks ago, but I didn't make a fuss - they are there to serve a purpose, and glasses can be replaced , unlike sisters!
<<imagines dinner party for 10 but alas only 9 amuse bouche dishes>>
They will talk about it for years you know Fellatio
I am always happy to chat about crockery.
We do have a 'best' set, which is a silly idea wait uses up half the sideboard and rarely sees the light of day. I got it out on Sunday and did 'Posh tea' for the DC and I. They loved
glugging sipping Ribena from dainty coffee cups.
Our 'everyday' set was handed-down from mil. She evidently has a worse china-habit than I do, as we had to charity-shop half of it, there was just so much. It is virtually indestructible stoneware, although two dinner plates are now chipped and it all looks scratched. Recently she offered to buy us a new set. I was about to thank her profusely and suggest we convene at the nearest crockery shop, when dh cut in with, 'Why would we need new?' I nearly wept!
A few years back, she tried to give us her zillions of Eternal Beau, but I politely declined.
My mum has developed a 'mismatching china' habit, so I go junk shopping with her, to fulfil my crockery urges.
Oh don't say that BeCool - they only come in sets of three so I'd have to end up with 12 and then I'd have to upgrade everything else!
I don't aim to have ten of everything, eight is sufficient, but I sometimes buy a couple of spares of some things (the crystal glasses in particular) to allow for breakages.
I get cross if I am having eight people and I am limited to what I can cook because I only have four or six of a particular dish/bowl/plate. Honestly - my life is soooo hard.
For years I had my MIL's horrid 70s plates and bowls, do you remember those white ones with a brown rim? Vile!
So last year I suddenly grew up and went to John Lewis. Oh, a whole new world opened to me!
I bought 4 dinner plates, 4 pasta bowls,4 cereal bowls and 4 side plates in pink, blue, lime green and grey, I think the range was called summer brights. Then last week I completed the set to up to 6 with whatever was left after sale, which was white. It looks pretty, not to matchy-matchy and they are functional and sturdy, with the added bonus of looking happy.
Also last week I got my first ever cutlery set, a cheap one, but hey, no more plastic handled cutlery ( I loathe them, never sure they are properly clean).
I have 4 square tiny bowls, in white, that serve for nibbles, deserts, icecream, 'no idea what to put this in' so i am using these.
Too many cups that no one likes to drink from, DH would have an apoplectic fit if he knew I am systematically taking them to work and 'forgetting' them there.
One dish for serving that came with two matching smaller dishes.
What I would really really like is a coffee set. My life and that of my friends evolve around getting together for coffee. We use mugs, they all have their favourites, but I miss a cup and saucer type of affair and I wouldn't mind some pretty dessert plates for biscuits/ cake etc because we would use them 2-3 times a week and about twice a day at the weekend.
The other thing on my 'sod it, I'm old enough' list is a tagine dish. There is a reason for their existance, and if, like we do, whip a tagine quite often, I can actually justify it: done in a pan it splatters sauce everywhere and the splots dry immediatly and it is horrendous trying to clean that lot.
Oh, and I also could do with a water jug. A plastic one for the garden and a glass one for the table. My water glasses come from Nutella jars. Got so much growing up to do yet!!!
Oh dear I now realise why my cupboards are bursting. Five of us in the household; I have a set of white maxim dinner plates, bowls, side plates, silly tea plates, cups, saucers, and mugs. All times 10. So that's 70 items so far? Not forgetting the spare set which pre dates the maxim stuff but keep for all those bbqs we never really have. So that's another 30 items. Then, there's the best stuff - wedgewood India which I still love after 20 years. But it's a ten place setting with cups and saucers, coffee set etc so maybe another 90 pieces of china. Ridiculous eh.
THis may be a little excessive for three...
One every day set with 5 dinner plates (dh has done away with the rest), 9 sideplates and 7 bowls. We used to have 9 of each in honour of a long ago party for nine.
3 white square plates with 4 dip bowls.
5 noodle bowls, 1 large serving platter and 3 rice bowls acquired in Hong Kong, there were 6 of each but dh dropped a load on the way home (are you noticing a theme here?).
5 sundae bowls, 4 fruit salad bowls and a punch bowl from my nan's house.
Most of a new Denby dinner service acquired to replace the plates dh smashed on Saturday night. Bought it at TK Maxx and it's all seconds but 6 dinner plates, 4 side plates and 5 bowls was £54.50. Bargain!
So I now have nearly a best set. I'm going to buy spares, because dh really is the destructor when it comes to crockery!
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