wedding gift list ideas: Plate up!

It’s time to plate up and have fun while choosing a dinner set to add to your Wedding Gift List. Dinner sets are one of the basics that every household needs in order to function. From eating tasty home cooked meals to hosting scrummy tea parties, make what you eat off a stylish accessory you and your friends will want to lick clean! And don’t think you are limited to your basic white chinaware as there are so many designs to choose from. You’ll be able to find one that fits right in with your home.

traditional with a twist

If you’re hunting for a set that’s quite basic but with a pinch of flair, opting for a white or cream collection could be best. The Orchard’s Crown Embossed Ceramic Dinner Set has an aged effect finish and subtle ornate detailing to create a royal dinner service while the French White Heart Set by Out of Love has gorgeous heart detailing; ideal for any newlyweds’ humble abode, plus its dishwasher safe! For a slight hint of colour the Wonki Ware Cabbage Rose Side & Dinner Plates by The Rose Shack are glazed in a subtle pink hue for that extra charm and come in two hand drawn patterns. But if you want something more classic, Pimlico Dinner Set by Sorbet Living is perfect with its simple, decorative dotty edge.

fun and quirky

For a dinner set that makes a statement all on its own, you’d be spoilt for choice with Lou Rota’s stunning range. My favourites are the Jewel Beetle And Forget-Me-Not Side Plate, the Assorted Flamingo Side Plates and the Hummingbird And Lily-Of-The-Valley Plate. Each is gorgeously hand-decorated and a sure talking point at any dinner party. Don’t think you have to keep to the normal round shape for your dinner service. These Hanging People Side Plates Set of Four by alice mara ceramics are a contemporary square design, decorated with hanging people around the edge for a touch of amusement. If bright colours are more to your taste, then these Thomas Paul Sea Life Dinner Plates by Supernice will freshen up any meal time whether you’re by the seaside or not.

vintage teatime

In the past tea parties and stylish dinners were all the range, so why not channel that past etiquette by opting for a set that reflects that era? Once Upon A Tea Cup’s Royal Albert Bone China Vintage Tea Plates are beautifully designed or the Upcycled Butterflies And Hat Vintage Plates by Melody Rose, with gold trim and surreal style, would definitely make the cut. For a one-off collection, the Four Mismatched Vintage Plates by The Vintage Tea Cup are 1930s originals, each delicately hand painted with its own design. If you want to widen your ceramics to a tea set too (after all we are channelling all things vintage), then The Orchard’s Vintage Tea Party Set of Side Plates, Tea Pots, Milk Jugs & Sugar Bowls and Tea Cups is so stylishly, shabby chic that you’ll love hosting tea parties.

wedding styling too

Don’t think you have to keep your dinner set to the kitchen as your wedding day is also a perfect place to show off your gorgeous chinaware. Use plates as table names/numbers for a quirky take on wedding styling. Snowden Flood has an iconic selection of London River Plates that are printed with historical, landmark buildings, making them a great addition to any London wedding. They can be bought individually or in a set, so you can decide what location each table represents. Another option is the fun Alphabet Plates by JustNoey. Opt for table initials, rather than numbers, for your table plan so each setting can represent a special word to you both. Whether it be your initials, the first letter of the place met or your honeymoon destination, the possibilities are endless. You could even have the plates spell out a romantic word and ask your guests to work out what it is. For a bit of fun there could even be a prize for whoever gets it right first.

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