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Long gone are the days when nice flatware—usually fine silverware—was only used sparingly and for special occasions. Couples today register for all sorts of flatware for every occasion, and many times what is considered “fancy” and “every day” are interchangeable. There are endless options to choose from, covering every style, color, material, and finish.
From vintage-inspired silverware to ultra-modern pieces, there’s truly something for everyone. Also, you don’t like you have to stick to just one pattern! With so many possibilities, you may feel like registering for a couple of styles and mixing things up at your next dinner party. When you’re registering, it’s also helpful to think about other areas of your life that might be less expected— think reusable plastic flatware for your lunch or picnic excursions. Don’t worry— whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
Read on for the best flatware sets.
What to look for in flatware
Are you a couple who loves to throw fancy dinner parties or plan to host everyone during the holidays? Or do you cook mostly for the two of you and prefer a no-fuss, dishwasher-safe set? It’s important to think about your lifestyle and plan accordingly.
The best sets are made of high-quality stainless steel, which is both durable and long-lasting. Silver, silver-plated, and pewter pieces can be beautiful but are expensive and hard to care for. If you’re choosing outdoor or travel flatware, make sure to go with BPA-free plastic or a bamboo-based eco-friendly material.
Think about your overall tabletop decor and aesthetic, and make sure to consider the plates, glassware, and napkins that you already have (or have registered for). A more simple, modern set will fit well with different types of tabletop decor versus styles that are highly decorative and specific.
Flatware is the overall term for forks, knives, and spoons that accompany plates and glassware at a table setting. A general set will include two forks (one small one for salads and a larger one for the dinner course), one or two spoons in different sizes, and a knife.
It depends on how much you entertain, but it’s a good rule of thumb to have at least enough to serve eight to 12 people. You also might want to consider having two sets—a fancier one for special occasions and another, more durable (and dishwasher-safe) one for everyday meals.
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