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20 Best Dinnerware Sets for Everyday or Holiday Use

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Finding the best dinnerware sets for your family and lifestyle is all about knowing where and when you'll use them. Are you in the market for everyday plates and bowls? If so, they can look a bit more casual—and they definitely should be as indestructible as possible. Do you want dinnerware for entertaining and holiday meals? In that case, you're probably looking for fancier china that's on the more delicate side and looks formal or ornate. Or are you hoping to find dinnerware you can use outdoors in the spring and summer? Try some melamine pieces that won't be totally wrecked if the wind knocks over a few plates.

For her part, Ree Drummond loves traditional china patterns with floral and toile designs. In fact, the dishes she uses at her restaurant, The Mercantile, are actually modeled after vintage dinnerware! And because Ree is in the kitchen a lot, she has quite a few sets of her own at home, including lots of floral pieces from her line at Walmart.

So whether you're looking for pretty weeknight dinnerware or elegant bone China pieces for holiday celebrations, you'll be bowled over by this list of the 20 best dinnerware sets. There's truly something for every type of table setting—and even if you're not hunting for a completely new set, it's worth taking a look, especially if you're missing a few too many mugs or entertaining with chipped plates. This might just be the perfect time to upgrade!

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Ree's Pick
The Pioneer Woman Vintage Floral Dinnerware Set

Ree's Vintage Floral pattern mixes antique-looking flowers with a pop of her favorite color, turquoise! You can also find tons of matching serving pieces for it.

Price for 12 pieces

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Ree's Pick
The Pioneer Woman Timeless Beauty Dinnerware Set

Jade-colored glass and scalloped edges give this set a vintage vibe. It may look delicate, but it's dishwasher safe!

Price for 3 pieces

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Best Blue and White Combo
Juliska Iberian Journey Indigo Place Setting

This ceramic stoneware set is made in Portugal and comes with a dinner plate, dessert plate, cereal (or ice cream) bowl, and mug. The design was inspired by ceramic tiles you'd find in Spain and Portugal.

Price for 4 pieces

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Classic Pick
Fiesta Lapis Place Setting

Fiestaware has been popular since the 60s because of its classic shapes and bold colors. This ceramic set is sturdy enough for everyday use and is one of Ree's favorite Fiesta colors.

Price for 4 pieces

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Splurge Pick
Juliska Cherry Blossom Place Setting

Nothing says spring like cherry blossoms. Just take a peek at how magical they looked at Alex's wedding! This ceramic set would be so beautiful on a table set with lots of pink flowers.

Price for 4 pieces

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Iconic Pattern
Blue Italian Dinnerware Set

Spode's Blue Italian pattern might be one of the most iconic China patterns of all-time and is a favorite of Ree's. If you're looking for a set with staying power, this one's for you!

Price for 12 pieces

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Modern Pick
Kate Spade New York Nolita Place Setting
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Not all China has to be serious and formal. This set comes with mixed stripes and color-blocked pieces to make a modern set that guests won't forget.

Price for 4 pieces

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Buy Individual Pieces
La Jolla Glass Dinnerware

If you're looking for something a bit funkier than your typical ceramic set, this marbled glass set should do the trick. It comes in purple, green, blue, and gray and pieces can be purchased individually to make the perfect-size set for you.

Price for 4 dinner plates

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Lots of Matching Serveware
Lemons Dinnerware Set

This sweet set for four has a cheerful lemon pattern but is made of delicate bone China. It's a great mix of formal and fun.

Price for 16 pieces

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Rustic Look
Axel Caramel Place Setting

Each piece of this earthy stoneware is handmade in Thailand. It's also dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe, so it's great for everyday use.

Price for 4 pieces

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Bang for Your Buck
Tivoli Garden Dinnerware Set

Florals for spring: groundbreaking (said in Meryl Streep's voice). Ok, so it's not the most unexpected idea, but this floral set is very different from your grandma's China! The pieces are covered in loosely sketched wildflowers that would fit right in on Drummond Ranch.

Price for 16 pieces

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Buy Individual Pieces
Garden Tile Dinner Plate

These stoneware plates were hand-painted to look like shiny mosaic tile. They feature plenty of butterflies, perfect if you're a fan like Ree!

Price for 4 dinner plates

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Most Versatile
Spode Vintage Denim Service

Ree loves denim, so why not add some cool blues to your dinnerware? This set is made by the heritage brand Spode and has a pretty floral that would work well with formal or casual place settings.

Price for 32 pieces

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Ree's Pick
The Pioneer Woman Farmhouse Lace Dinnerware Set

Food always looks incredible when it's photographed on white plates. This set isn't your typical restaurant-style look, though, thanks to the intricate lace-inspired pattern.

Price for 12 pieces

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Formal Pick
Lady Carlyle Bone China 5 Piece Place Setting
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When you picture having a real-deal tea party, this is probably the China you dream of. This set is made of bone China and inspired by the extravagant Rococo art of the mid 1700s.

Price for 5 pieces

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Use Outdoors!
Zak Designs Confetti Melamine Dinnerware

Melamine is a game changer for outdoor dining. It looks much nicer than paper plates but it's equally as indestructible! This confetti pattern was made for birthday parties.

Price for 12 pieces

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Use Outdoors!
Gibson Home Seaberry Melamine Dinnerware

These elegant plates are actually melamine! Each piece comes in different colorways so you can mix and match.

Price for 12 pieces

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Great Wedding China
Larabee Road Setting
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When brides- or grooms-to-be are filling up their registries, they're typically looking for sets that are elegant and have some staying power. This polka dot set comes from stylish Kate Spade and is made of bone China with platinum accents.

Price for 5 pieces

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Editor's Pick
Caspian Reactive Glaze Dinnerware Set

During the firing process, the glaze on these pieces drips and changes color, making each one totally unique. They also have a cool crackle effect that makes them look totally artisanal.

Price for 16 pieces

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Modern Pick
Clara Aqua Place Setting

This geometric pattern looks fresh and modern, while maintaining the expected level of elegance thanks to bone China and platinum trim. Best part? It's chip resistant!

Price for 5 pieces

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