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Dinnerware

Dinnerware stars as the lead element on your dining table, and the role it plays is much more than utilitarian. Attractive dinnerware presents your food in an appealing setting, determines the mood of your meal and communicates your individual sense of style. Porcelain, stoneware and melamine form the modern triangle of casual dinnerware. Dining sets of these materials are typically dishwasher- safe and heat-resistant. However, use common sense to avoid extremes and usually, melamine cannot go in the microwave or oven. You'll want to check the label to make sure of the approved uses of your potential set before you buy. :

Dinnerware traditionally comes in four styles: solid, banded, patterned and hand-painted. Design an original table with a set in colors and patterns that reflect your personality and complement the rest of your room's decor. Dinnerware sets include a number place settings such as the 20-piece set, which serves four people. One service typically consists of a dinner plate, salad plate, teacup and a saucer for each setting. However, some current casual sets offer a dinner plate, salad plate, a mug and a bowl. Read product descriptions carefully.