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Eating With A Hint Of Style

May 22, 2008
Having recently moved into my new flat I have found myself shopping for things I did not need to shop for and thinking about home ware supplies that I did not care for so much. Such is the case when you enter into the adult world and start taking responsibility over your own property! One of my most recent purchases involved buying new tableware for my dining table. Simple as this activity may seem, believe me when I say that it is a time consuming effort.

People will agree that when you are shopping for tableware, even if you are on a budget that you must buy the right designs to match with the rest of your house style. It is no use opting towards brightly coloured china, pots and pans when your house is actually a very neutral brown and cream colouring everywhere else. Certainly, this makes for a nice change to the laborious blank setting, but it should also match the design of your dining table.

Tableware these days have become an important fashion accessory for the dining table, so people can feel like they are keeping up-to-date with the latest trends when sitting down for a meal. Seems almost pointless to some, but think about how much more appealing the food will look once it has been served on a nice white plate or bowl. Most people do not care for the design of their cutlery and plates, but they are very much concerned for the quality of the china and cutlery.

Until recently, I was forced to buy plastic cutlery as I was becoming frustrated with the washing up after each dinner party. I found it much easier to buy thick clear plastic knives, forks and spoons as this made for a nice design but also were disposable, therefore I had little washing up to do. Buying plastic plates and cutlery does not to be in the form of a flimsy paper plate and cocktail sticks for cutlery.

Available in most retail outlets are plastic bowls, plates and dishes that come in various colours and styles that will almost look like fine china (almost!). These are fanciful on the table and could be used over and again. Some are even dishwasher safe so they are durable, and very often non-breakable. However, for those who want to use their fine china, may do so with the risk in knowing that after a party it could end up chipped, stained or broken. Sometimes it is simpler to just preserve your precious china and buy something that is expendable.

For those looking to impress others on formal and friendly dinner parties, may consider buying frost-tinted glasses for wine glasses, which gives you a touch of being a trendy host. Glasses need not be pristine crystal clear, buying ones with a slight hint of colouring makes them more interesting to look at and brings a certain relaxing feel to the atmosphere as well. In terms of tableware, always opt for the large and simply designed platters.

The common trend in most restaurants and with many famous chefs is to use plain white china as opposed to intricately designed plates. Ones with simple colouring or small patterns will also provide a modern touch to the dinner table; however, if you have bought a plate that shows pictures of various complicated designs then this would be better as a mantelpiece rather than tableware. Note that food is much appealing when the focus is on what you are about to eat, than what the edges of the plate looks like around the food.

In short, the simpler things in life are better, especially when it comes to plates etc. Rounded, curved edging and square shaped plates can make a difference, and will look chic on the table.
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Anna Stenning is an expert on choosing good quality tableware, having helped people pick out good dinner sets.
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