How To Mix & Match Dinnerware

There’s nothing we don’t love about throwing a good old-fashioned dinner party. Planning the menu. Choosing a tablescape: Flowers? Candles? Both? And where we really shine is in our tableware presentation. Having classic dinnerware and tabletop collections in your cupboard, along with some novelty pieces to switch out from season to season, creates endless possibilities. So, after the guest list has been written and the hors d’oeuvres dreamt up, set aside time to mix and match your placemats, glasses, silverware and plates. If you’re at all like us, you may find it’s the most fun part of the party planning process.


You can’t go wrong with an assortment of outdoor-friendly melamine plates and bowls in solid colors. Mix them together in different ways at every seat, or throw in a playful pattern set to perk things up.


If bright colors don’t suit you, experiment with slightly textured chargers and dinnerware. Even in subtle tones, the intricate designs make for a polished presentation. Bonus points for including a textured napkin ring.

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If you’re attempting to mix and match for the first time, keep things simple. Bowls or plates in a pop of color layered against classic white make an impactful presentation. Tie in a patterned napkin featuring the same pop of color and your guests are sure to be impressed with your styling skills.

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