Plastic Dinnerware: How to Add Style to Your Family’s Meals

There are many different styles of dinner plates available, from the traditional white plate to brightly colored Fiesta Ware to treasured heirloom china.

Choosing the right dinner plates: Care and durability

Think about how you will be using your dinner plates most frequently. Most new plastic dinnerware is both microwave and dishwasher safe, but this may not be the case if you are using an older set of china. Newer plates will often have a glazed coating to protect the pattern from running or fading. Usually, the care instructions will be printed on the bottom of your dinner plates. If not, you may be able to find out if the plate is glazed by running your hand over the pattern. If you feel raised bumps, the dinner plate is probably not coated and should not be placed in the dishwasher.

Choosing the right dinner plates: Cooking habits

Your cooking style will also have an impact on the type of dinner plates that are right for you. If you cook for a large family, be sure your tableware set includes at least one oversized serving plate. Larger dinner plates are becoming more popular because they give the food more space to breathe and prevent different foods from running together. Standard sized dinner plates are 27 centimeters across, but you can often find plates in the larger 30 centimeter size.

Choosing the right dinner plates: Traditional white plates

Standard white dinner plates are always a safe bet. They give a nice, clean