Entertaining Green: Plates and Dishware

Roundup

The holidays are fast approaching and we'll definitely be hosting our fair share of parties and dinners. However, we are a little low on dishware, so we've been scouring some of our favorite sources for plates and dishes to serve our guests. Some of our picks are perfect for the holidays, while others can be used to celebrate year-round.

We've divided our selection into two categroies:

TOP ROW — Plates

1 Tableware by Heath Ceramics: Heath is one of the best handmade, high-quality and timelessly beautiful ceramics company around. In addition to amazing homeware, the decades-old company makes gorgeous tableware out of their California-based studio.
2 Stone Contour Dinnerware by VivaTerra, $39-159: This handcrafted stoneware is distinguished by it's asymmetrical perimeter. We love the unusual shape, but the neutral color will ensure the plates will work for any occasion for years to come.
3 Fiestaware : What's more festive than Fiestaware? Similar to Heath Ceramics, Fiesta has a long, quality driven history. The American-made collection is available in an array of colors to compliment your decor..
4 Seconds Plates by Jason Miller, $90-132: We love this completely unconventional fine china — each set is unique and is sure to be the talk of your party.
5 Recycled Glass Dinnerware by Roost, $61/set: A glass plate set is a nice neutral alternative to white, and can be easily used for both everyday and special occasions. This Roost set is 'free blown' and distinguished by bubbles, dimples, flow marks and rippling.

BOTTOM ROW — Serving & Dishware

6 Slate Cheese Board Set by VivaTerra, $69: We are huge cheese fans and serve our favorite varieties at every get together. This slate cheese board can be written on to label some of our more unusual cheese selections.
7 Plates With Purpose by Riverside Design: These plates have a lot going for them — they're good looking, made of recycled glass and non-toxic color, are dishwasher and microwave safe and come in three sizes. But to even top those things, Riverside Design goes one step further by donating 15% of its proceeds to a variety of charities that correspond to one of the eleven available designs.
8 Dishware by Pigeon Toe Ceramics: Pigeon Toe Ceramics produces some of the best modern, fresh and high-quality handcrafted items. In addition to their home decor they have a great selection of tabletop and servingware pieces that will surely brighten-up any event.
9 Recycled Glass Servingware, $15-64: This collection of recycled window glass servingware has actually been a great go-to gift of mine for the past several years. The pieces are beautifully textured and colored and come as plates, trays and bowls.
10 Burl Hors d'Oeuvres Tray by Roost, $86: This is rustic take on the usual chips and dip tray is made from fir wood burl roots, which would otherwise go to waste.

Of course using vintage dishware is an easy green choice — we've shown our love for mismatched plates many times. Besides, thrifting can be fun, a good way to find beautiful and unique dishes and an opportunity to get that snowman-shaped plate set that you normally wouldn't spend more than a dollar on.

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