Tableware guide for a perfect wedding gift

It is normal to feel a little anxious when it comes to picking the perfect wedding gift for your loved ones. Events such as weddings, marriage anni...
Tableware guide for a perfect wedding gift

It is normal to feel a little anxious when it comes to picking the perfect wedding gift for your loved ones. Events such as weddings, marriage anniversaries, birthday celebrations, and so on not only bring joy and excitement but also the distress of finding the perfect present that is both useful and tasteful to the receiver.

Tableware has proven itself to be the perfect gift for such occasions. Behind are the days when tableware was used as a normal household thing. The evolving trends have brought unique and luxurious dinnerware to the forefront and made it a part of a luxurious lifestyle & a status symbol.

People are not only investing their money but also a significant amount of time figuring out the perfect tableware set for their home. An exquisite tableware today makes a mandatory wedding gift. Gift a timeless, heirloom designer tableware to the newlyweds or style some crockery with artwork to present at their wedding. Weddings are the perfect occasions to show some love and affection to your loved ones. So, pick the finest quality tableware with a brilliant design that inspires awe among the spectators.

There is an extensive assortment of dinnerware that makes a perfect wedding or anniversary gift. Make the wedding season unique by giving something innovative and useful to the couple that they can cherish for life. You can pair beautiful tableware set with some classic utensils or some bone chair cutlery with artistic work. Get your creative wheels turning and present an elegant gift that dazzles the audience.

Natural tableware varies in cuisine, religion, and culture. It can broadly be categorized into four different types- serveware, silverware, dinnerware, drinkware, or glassware. Whether it's birthday parties, formal gatherings, or regular use, tableware always embellishes the dining area. It will be intelligent for you to pick trending tableware that suits every occasion. Following is a detailed explanation of this categorization and how these can make a perfect wedding or anniversary gift.

  • Serveware

Serveware is the most basic kind. This category mainly includes platters, serving bowls, salad bowls, casseroles, dessert bowls, soup pots, teapots, and so forth. Serveware is primarily used to present food to the dining table. Furthermore, utensils such as serving spoons, pairs of tongs, ladles, and containers (used for serving drinks) are also covered under the same category.

Add a delightful texture and color to your tabletop with high-quality serveware. You can adorn your dining table with serveware like shiny gold serving utensils, a turmeric-tinted Dutch oven, a peacock-blue salad bowl, or an ornate batch cocktail dispenser. Such gorgeous pieces will add a unique charm to your designer tableware and make each meal memorable.

  • Dinnerware

Also regarded as Chinaware or Crockery, the dinnerware comprises anything that is used for serving individual portions during a meal. Dinnerware includes dishes that range from a bowl or a basic plate to more specialized pieces with unique colors, shapes, and sizes, each designed for a specific purpose. The meal courses that are being served will determine the choice & arrangement of the dinnerware. Dinnerware is popularly made with materials like porcelain, melamine, stoneware, or earthenware. 

Dinnerware is the driving force of your tableware and therefore, needs your special attention while you shop for it. While you go for online tableware or shop at a local store, make sure you pick the right dinnerware that can be appropriate for all your occasions and needs.

Types of dinnerware material:

Dinnerware remains the focal point of your dining table. Before you decide on a particular color or pattern, first explore the material available and make up your mind for that. There are a variety of materials available when it comes to dinnerware. You can keep in mind the choice and functionality of the tableware according to the people you are giving it to.

  • Bone china: Bone China is a lightweight and durable dinnerware. It is an elegant option for both special occasions and everyday use as it is chip resistant. It comprises the strongest range of china and unlike fine china, Bone China is dishwasher and microwave safe.
  • Earthenware: Earthenware exudes a casual appeal, sturdiness, and value. It can provide your dinnerware with significant weight as it has been the industrial material for relatively a longer period of time. For extended life of this quality tableware, you must avoid unexpected temperature fluctuations such as using it in the oven and microwave at high settings.
  • Porcelain: Porcelain is known to be a very versatile material. It has a non-porous surface and tremendous durability which protects it from high firing temperatures. Porcelain pieces are microwave, dishwasher, and oven-safe. However, be cautious about the metallic accents that some of this porcelain dinnerware may have. 
  • Melamine: Tableware sets for melamine are an entertainer's dream. They are shatterproof, chip-resistant, and harder to break. Melamine is the perfect match for an outdoorsy feast. This type of material is dishwasher safe but is not suitable for microwaves or ovens.
  • Stoneware: This category of material has a unique finishing gaze that furnishes a smooth look to the overall piece and an impermeable finish. Stoneware is more durable when compared to earthenware, but it still requires maintenance. Stonewares must not be exposed to extremely high or low temperatures. Moreover, pieces that have intricate hand-painted designs will need hand washing.
  • Silverware

Also going by the name flatware, Silverware is an elegant piece of tableware and reflects an element of class. This category mainly comprises cutlery that includes forks, spoons, and knives. With endless options to choose from, buying a set of silverware can be a daunting task if you are not sure what you are looking for.

Several stores even provide sample sets that can furnish some information about the weight of the individual piece, how comfortable it is to hold, etc. you can also gather a little more information about the material. Not all materials are equally durable. The most advised material for silverware remains stainless steel flatware as it can be used every day. On the other hand, sterling silver flatware makes an elegant piece for formal occasions.

Most stainless steel silverware comes in two kinds of finishes i.e., ‘mirror finish and the other is ‘satin finish. The mirror finish is highly polished and satin is more of a muted, brushed finish. Before moving on to purchase silverware for gifting someone, check if the finish is even all over the surface of the utensil. Other factors to consider while buying silverware include the weight and balance of the flatware, its length & shape, knife construction, etc. Pick a long-lasting look!

  • Drinkware

Shopping for drinkware doesn’t seem like a big deal. At least not initially. But as you proceed with your research, you’ll come across endless options for products, styles, types, designs, colors, etc. the assortment ranges from low-end drinkware or glassware to high-end designer brands. The array of glassware includes pieces like wine glasses, champagne glasses, whisky glasses, beer glasses & mugs, modern stylish glasses, and the list goes on.

Types of drinkware:

  • Everyday use

The most basic of glass tableware comes in this category. This type of drinkware can be used for everyday meals or snacks. These are low-end tableware sets in terms of their cost and can be replaced easily. They have average quality and are less ornate. They can be used by everyone and need replacement from time to time.

You’ll easily find a replacement for this category of glass tableware. This drinkware includes tall & short glasses that you use to drink juice or milk.

  • Stemware

This category of drinkware is quite exquisite and fancy. They have a stem between the bowl part of the glass and its foot. If you consume wine with your meals on a regular basis then this is the right choice for you. They are considered decorative pieces and give an aesthetic vibe to your dining area. Include these unique pieces in your tableware set and add an element of elegance to each of your gatherings or celebrations.

This category includes tableware pieces like wine glasses & champagne glasses. Serve your guests with this extremely elegant drinkware to build an impression.

  • Barware

This category of drinkware is an integral part of every household. You can add these to your designer tableware collection as they range from formal glasses to elegant ones. Barware can amplify the fun element on every occasion. The intimate relationship between this drinkware and the drink served in it is quite intimate. The greater the quantity of alcohol, the smaller the glass would be. However, there are always exceptions.

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