Great Entertaining Begins with Beautiful Dinnerware

Gone are the days of registering for two sets of dinnerware, one of fine porcelain in muted hues (that only gets dusted off for special occasions) and the other, a durable set of everyday white-ware. And thank goodness for that because there are so many wonderful dishes out there to be discovered. These days we find that Homefest shoppers are purchasing their dinnerware upon moving into their first apartment, purchasing a new home, or after a fantastic kitchen renovation. Not only has the purchasing of dinnerware been overhauled, so has the way we’re using it. Whether serving a 4-course holiday dinner or pad thai from the take-out joint down the street, we want our dishes to reflect our personal style, be functional, and in many cases, to know where it came from and the talented artisans who created it.

The tabletop category is overflowing with creativity, color, and eye-catching finishes to elevate your dinnerware game. We have wonderful partnerships with some of the most iconic names in the business, Vietri, Juliska, Casafina, Costa Nova, Match, Terrafirma Ceramics, and more. But we also love discovering new and unique lines, so you’ll often find hand-thrown, hand-painted, one-of-a-kind pieces to accent your table.

Material Matters: Selecting the Perfect Dinner Plate

We’re here to decode some of the common terms you’ll hear thrown around as you’re shopping our shelves (or pages.)

  • Pottery tends to have a handmade quality with a more rustic, artisan-appeal. It offers great texture, color, and character but can be a bit more delicate.
  • Stoneware is more durable, resists chipping, and performs well under everyday use and is made in a range of colors, textures and patterns.
  • Melamine is back…and is cool again, who knew? Unbreakable and dishwasher safe, it offers a fresh-take on casual dining and is great for a backyard BBQ, a picnic at the pool, or the kids’ table.

We have gorgeous handcrafted stoneware from Portugal by Casafina, Costa Nova and Juliska in classic and textural whites, contemporary grays, and vivid citron and turquoise with crackled finishes. In a celebration of all that is irresistibly Italian, Vietri is serving-up casual sophistication in pottery, stoneware, and melamine in a range of iconic patterns. New York artisan Ellen Evans’ handcrafted pottery, Terrafirma, is a statement-maker in bold colors and mix and match patterns. Durability meets design in an array of melamine patterns from classic white to bold and bright patterns to terracotta that anyone would mistake for artisanal pottery. Everyone is getting in the melamine game including Vietri, Juliska, Q-squared and more.

Whether you’re shopping for your first set of dishes, looking for the latest trends in tabletop to compliment your new kitchen, or searching for eclectic treasures to mix-into your tableware, we’re here to help and have a range of dinnerware from remarkable artisans to help you define your personal style.