Pfaltzgraff, which started as a small pottery company in Pennsylvania, has over 200 years of experience providing consumers with quality items for home use. Today, they offer expertly crafted dinnerware, drinkware, flatware, and home accents. Their dinnerware is available in a wide range of colors, designs, materials, and prices.
We can’t think of a better way to set the Thanksgiving table than with the Plymouth dinnerware set, which features embossed acorns, pumpkins, ears of corn, and leaves. Available as a service for 8, the set comes with 8 each 11 ½ inch dinner plates, 9 inch salad plates, 20 ounce soup/cereal bowls, and 12 ounce mugs. All pieces are crafted of high-quality stoneware. Another thing that especially attracted us to the Pfaltzgraff Plymouth collection was the variety of coordinating pieces available. Here’s a sampling:
The Plymouth pattern isn’t your only choice for Thanksgiving dishware though. Pfaltzgraff makes several other sets that are perfect for Turkey Day, and quite a few that are great for both Thanksgiving dinner and everyday use all autumn long. Here are a some others you might want on your fall and Thanksgiving table:
Rachel Ray is best known for her work on the Food Network, but did you know she also has a line of colorful dishware, cookware, and other home items? One great thing about the dinnerware is that most pieces coordinate with Rachel Ray cookware, bakeware, serveware, and more. Rachel Ray dinnerware is reasonably priced, and you might even be able to save a bit of money by shopping on Amazon.
Our featured set, the the Cucina dinnerware set in pumpkin orange, is constructed of solid-colored stoneware with a glazed finish. The service for 4 has 16 pieces, which includes 10 ½ inch dinner plates, 8 inch salad plates, 5 ½ inch cereal bowls, and 12 oz. mugs. These easy-care dishes are all microwave, dishwasher, refrigerator, and freezer safe. They can also be used in a 250 °F oven, which is pretty convenient for keeping your food warm.
If the pumpkin-colored set isn’t for you, don’t worry – there are other options, in the Cucina collection that also invoke the feeling of autumn leaves and a Thanksgiving harvest such as Cranberry Red, Mushroom Brown and Almond Cream. If you choose any one of the Cucina dinnerware set syou might also consider a matching oval platter, round baker, or oven-to-table casserole dish - or mix and match for a table full of fall colors.
One of the things that we love most about the Cucina collecton is that the solid colors lend themselves not only to decorating your fall table scape, but with the right accents you can use them for other holidays – or just by themselves all year long. We can already picture the red set on a festive Christmas table. Now we just need someone to pass us the cranberries.
Johnson Brothers, an English company founded in 1883, was originally famous for “white granite” dishware, also known as “semi-porcelain” due to its china-like appearance. Later, transferware and flow blue patterns would cement the company’s reputation and popularity in the United States. His Majesty is a stoneware dinnerware collection featuring plump turkeys in fall hues. What could be more appropriate for the Thanksgiving table?
The 16-piece set is a service for 4, which includes 10 ½ inch dinner plates, 7 ¾ inch salad plates, cereal bowls, and mugs. The pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe. If handled with reasonable care, they should last for years to come. There are also some lovely coordinating pieces available, including:
If you’re looking ahead to the winter season, and want something with a nostalgic feel, we recommend checking out the Johnson Brothers Friendly Village and T’was the Night collections.
Sur La Table began in Seattle’s Pike’s Place Market in 1972. The company’s vision was to offer superior quality culinary tools from around the world. The company has expanded greatly but has never lost sight of its original purpose. Sur La Table’s Pumpkin dinnerware set is perfect for creating a rustic fall setting for your Thanksgiving dinner.
The Pumpkin dinnerware collection features rich orange pumpkins on winding vines printed on durable earthenware. The salad plates have a large pumpkin in the center, while the dinner plates have a border of smaller pumpkins and vines. We like the variety this adds to the set. The 16-piece set serves 4, and includes 10 ¾ inch dinner plates, 8 inch salad plates, cereal bowls, and mugs.
If you want the kids to have their own special place settings for Thanksgiving or any day, the Woodland 3-piece set is an adorable choice. For the grownups, Sur La Table has a number of dinnerware sets that will work as well for daily use as for Thanksgiving. Here are two that we saw:
Hardcore decorators will appreciate that the Pumpkin dinnerware set coordinates with pieces from the Harvest Gathering collection, which includes serving platters, salt and pepper shakers, cocktail napkins, table decorations, and much more. Channel the spirit of Thanksgiving with festive pumpkins. We think it would go great with Sur La Table’s Glass Leaf Plates.
While it’s possible that you may not recognize their name, Gibson is top producer of dinnerware, glassware, flatware, kitchen tools, cookware and housewares in the United States. Gibson’s family of brands include The Pioneer Woman, Oster, Mr. Coffee, Sunbeam and Crock Pot, just to name a few. It’s no wonder we chose them as one of the best dinnerware brands. They offer offer dinnerware in a wide variety of colors, shapes, and patterns.
One particular pattern that has a great fall feel is our featured set, the Shangri-La collection in amber. The 16-piece set serves 4 people and comes with 10 ¾ inch dinner plates, 8 ¼ inch dessert plates, 7 ½ inch bowls, and 4 ½ inch fruit bowls. Note that, unlike many dinnerware sets, this one does not come with mugs. Buyers who don’t drink coffee or tea may appreciate having fruit bowls instead, while caffeine addicts may want to choose a different dinnerware set if having matching mugs is important to them.
We think the 16-piece amber Shangri-La set is great for Thanksgiving, but there are plenty of other dishware collections to choose from, including some in lovely fall colors. Here are some of Gibson’s dinnerware sets that are excellent choices for your Autumn or Thanksgiving table, as well as for for daily use:
Gibson also has melamine dinnerware sets for those looking for a durable and inexpensive option.
Buying Thanksgiving dinnerware to host that perfectly cooked turkey is similar to selecting other types of dishes including winter dinnerware, fall dinnerware and Christmas dinnerware; you’ve got to first consider the number of guests—invited and uninvited—who will be indulging in your succulent spread. Next, given that this type of dinner accessories is only going to be used during this momentous occasion, it is important that they be able to stand the test of time. Looking for quality over quantity is the best way to go. And when all is said and done, you will have to clean your dishes well and without causing damage to their intricate details. On top of that, you will need to store them properly when not in use. So look for dinnerware that’s easy to clean and fits right in your cabinets.
Thanksgiving dinnerware is one of those items that you can literally splurge on with plates and cups emblazoned with exclusive patterns to gold accents. But before you go all out, it is important that you determine how much you’d like to spend on dishes. The last thing you want to do is break the bank during this festive season. Thanksgiving dinnerware can be had across a wide spectrum of prices that depend mostly on the materials they are made from and the number of dishes included in a respective set. For example, if you have a table of four to feed, it makes perfect sense to pay a bit more and invest in a set that comes with the right amount of place settings (number of items included in the set) rather than falling short with a cheap Thanksgiving dinnerware set. To give you an idea of prices you can expect to see on the shopping trail, Thanksgiving dinnerware can cost you anywhere between $100 to upwards of $400 for a set that will really impress your guests.
Although the pattern you choose for your Thanksgiving dinnerware set is a matter of personal taste, there are a few questions to ask before heading out shopping. Among other things, you will want to know how many items you need and the size of those items.
That said, here are a few factors to take into account when in the market for the best dinnerware set:
Thanksgiving dinnerware comes in a wide range of materials, and knowing the advantages of each will help bring the best set home. Dinnerware in its oldest form was exclusively made from earthenware. What it is essentially is unrefined clay that’s fired at low temperatures to create a glass-like, non-porous substance. Dinnerware made from earthenware is generally deemed to be dishwasher and microwave safe, but may not do so well in the oven.
Moving up a notch, stoneware sets the gold standard for being chip resistant and oven safe mostly owing to the fact that it contains fewer impurities than earthenware. Stoneware-made Thanksgiving dinnerware sets are a great choice if you’re concerned about breakage especially if your counters are made from stone. It is worth noting that dinnerware pieces can come in various sizes, so it is wise to select a set that fits perfectly in your cabinets. Otherwise, you have to store the mugs in the kitchen and plates under your bed skirt.
One aspect that many shoppers overlook is whether there are coordinating pieces available to match the dinnerware set. Eating with Christmas theme flatware and Thanksgiving theme plates may feel a bit out of place. Most high-quality Thanksgiving dinnerware is designed to last you for years on end with the proper care, of course. However, to save time and the hassle of cleaning, you can opt for disposable thanksgiving dinnerware sets.
Speaking of which, care instructions vary greatly both across products and manufacturers, so make sure the set you choose can handle the way you wish to care for them. Most items in a Thanksgiving dinnerware set are dishwasher safe, but some that have intricate detailing may need gentle hand wash attention. After care, it is important that you store your dishes appropriately—especially if you’re going to use them infrequently—in order to prevent any dust or damages. This can be done by simply storing them in stacks, a designated dishes spot, or in china protector storage containers.