questionsdo you use squared dinnerware or circular? what…

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My dinner plates have blue and green swirls around the edges with a kind of sponge pattern in the middle, which is green. Oh, and they're round. All of my plates and bowls are round, but the dinner plates and the dessert plates have completely different designs. If I had to replace it all for some reason, I'd get a matching set. Dinner plates, dessert, small saucers, bowls...the lot. Square plates/bowls are cool, but that's up to you. Find a color or design you really like, and get it. Square, round, oval, whatever.

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Mine are square, a black and white abstract design. Correll. I bought a set, then as I had the money or need, I bought additional pieces, some of which are plain white. The salad and dessert bowls are square. All three sizes of plates are square.

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@rprebel: Oooh, that sounds nice! Do your cups match color-wise, or did you opt for clear?
@pooflady: I was just looking at Correll on walmart.com. :) Are you pleased with the quality? Also, do they stack nicely? That may seem like a very silly question, but sometimes the way dishes are designed, there leaves a large gap which then takes up space. Also, are your cups also squared? Sorry for so many questions, I just never realized the variety available!

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black octagons here. had the same set for 15+ years.

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I purchased a round (about 20 years ago) then squared dish set (about 10 years ago). I see a couple tradeoffs between the two. The square v. the round plates are little bit deep, but take up a tad more space. The square plates are ideal for anything with a sauce. The square v. round bowl is a little more difficult to scoop food stuffs out of the corners. The sets tend to be cheaper than buying the individual pieces. However, if I used this approach, I would buy square plates and round bowls.

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@kamikazeken: Do you happen to remember the brand? Because that sounds pretty cool. Though, who knows if they still make them, lol.

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@mattysc: That's very interesting. I think round bowls would look really nice with squared plates. I found a beautiful set online with the rounded bowls but it's out of stock so I can't even add it to a wish list. :( The mugs, plates and bowls are black on the outside and red on the inside and I had already been fond of the idea of getting black-handled utensils since the all silver ones are pretty boring. Unfortunately the dinnerware set is pretty expensive as well as out of stock. Ugg.
Also, why is dinnerware so expensive in comparison to silverware and glass sets?

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I have very plain white square(ish) Corelle everyday dinnerwear. They are white on the top, and black on the bottom, 4 piece (I think) set I got somewhere or other. Maybe 6 and I've broken a bunch. It works fine, sooner or later I'm going to have to replace it.

Kinda like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Corelle-Square-16-Piece-Dinnerware-Service/dp/B000EZUN2G

except the bowls are a bit larger, and with the dark color on the bottom is isn't so boring.

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I have circular dinnerware, 14 mostly complete place settings (small/large/bread/dessert plates, cereal bowls, mugs, serving platters & bowls). As a teenager, I found a pattern that I adored on clearance at TJ Maxx and Marshalls. My mother and I made it a game to collect a full set for me, so we'd go to different stores all over the city and beyond, for years, getting anything we could. My set doesn't have all the same images--I have a few of each "picture" available in each type of plate/mug/etc. It makes it so much more fun to use when everything put together is obviously from the same set/line but different enough for interest. My linens, crystals, and silver are very simple, so it all works beautifully. There's still stuff I don't have, like wide-lipped soup bowls and some of the serving stuff, so I just wait for really good sales and buy a piece or two from the manufacturer every year.

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I rather like square(ish) plates and serving pieces, but I dislike square bowls and mugs. With a square mug, you have to drink from a corner, and the corners are usually not at a good angle from the handle. Square bowl / round soup spoon = bad combination.

I have three (more or less) sets. The Noritake looks nice, but is not really microwave safe, and replacement pieces are hard (not to mention expensive) to find. Mine now mostly resides in storage boxes. I have a plain set of Corelle which always substituted for the Noritake in the microwave, and I ended up using it more and more. Inexpensive, light, dishwasher/microwave safe, and easy to replace pieces, but rather boring. The stuff I use most is Fiestaware. It is bright, has a safe glaze, microwave/oven/dishwasher safe, and is made in the USA. Easy to find replacement pieces almost anywhere.

Go with something relatively inexpensive that makes you happy now. It doesn't need to be a lifetime commitment.

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@kllangellier: I used to be a bit of an amateur bartender, so my "cup" collection is fairly massive and doesn't match at all. Martini glasses for all occasions, beer mugs shaped like a boot, cordial glasses I picked up in an antique shop...I wouldn't say it's as "important" for the glasses to match. The great thing about having a full set of barware is that those glasses work just fine for lemonade too.

I spent a few years amassing all that, so you may just want to start off with a basic set of tumblers (again, just get whatever looks good to you) and go from there. With the exception of some of my martini glasses and coffee mugs, everything I have is clear glass.

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My stuff is circular stoneware in white. I'm that vanilla guy.

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@kllangellier: NOVOCTIME. I think they were sold in sets are target. Dinner plate, desert plate, bowl, and coffee mug, set for 4 people total of 16 pieces per box.
I've actually found partial sets at goodwill and at garage sales so I now have enough for about 14 people, lol. Comes in handy when you break a plate.

this looks like it

seems to be a set that was very widely sold/distributed

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I purchased a square set about 6 months ago and absolutely love them. I had wanted square for the last 20 years. What I bought was from Corelle. And the pattern is white background withdeeper red and light black leaves. The bowls are square and the cups are a rounded square so there is no awkwardness in drinking from them. The set comes with a red edge on the bowls. (I think the set is for four ) ? I purchased mine at Macy's during a spectacular sale. I have seen them at Target as well and also at outlet stores. While at Target or maybe is was the outlet store - Corelle has several square patterns and one is almost similar with the colors but the bowls are edged in black. So I purchased just the squared bowls with the black edge - these complement the ones with the red edge.

Also : buying square pieces saves room - so whether buying dishes or storage containers choose the square - less room/space is wasted. Also Corelle is light weight which is wonderful. Enjoy

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I like any dinner ware that has the dividers so my food doesn't touch.

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@binkav: Corelle seems to be quite popular. Sorta upset I missed out on the pieces I wanted from the Side sale since the design I had been looking at was Simple Lines, and would have made everything come together. sigh Oh well. And yes, square saves space, which is an upside for sure. I hate when I'm putting dishes in the cupboard and the edges of plates and bowls touch and like, squeak on each other. >_<
@kamikazeken: Thanks for the name and picture, I am SO much more jealous now than before!! I'll have to check them out, I may be in love!

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@hcsencsi: That would actually work well for me, too. It's weird but I prefer my food not to touch in my plate, but then take a little of (almost) everything onto my fork and take a bite. It makes little sense since Other than peas and mashed potatoes, I don't want them mixed in my plate, even if it's going to be mixed on my fork. I usually stab a piece of meat, dip it in my potatoes, and then press the mashed potato part into whatever veggie I'm eating. To be fair, I DO have OCD, though I'm not sure if that is why I do it, or simply that I've gotten so used to the process of it, that it doesn't seem a hassle.
Divided plates would probably be great for portion control too! Smallest space gets the carbs, largest gets the Veggies! Ok, maybe not exactly portion control, more like preventing me from grabbing too much mashed potatoes in relationship to my veggies.

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Mine is all different shapes and sizes, round, square, triangles and other weirded and strange pieces. I think it showcases the food better and makes for a more interesting table. They are all white and come from a variety of places. Because they are not really a matched set (other than color) I don't get upset when one hits the floor. I just put the others in the rummage sale and find something new in its place. And about colors and patterns... Can't stand to eat food off busy dinnerwear , I keep thinking is this plate clean. White only for me!