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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:21:58 PM
My husband and I are primarily responsible for hosting most family get togethers. Currently, we have two sets of dishes that we combined and I really want to get a new set for dinner parties and holidays. We don't have a set of china, so I would like something a little better then the average Corelle.

I collect vintage Pyrex in the Horizon Blue pattern and the Butterprint pattern.

Since I use my Pyrex to serve food at most things I would really like to find a set of dishes that looks good with these patterns, I would prefer white.

I like these or these which are more affordable, but I'm having a hard time committing to anything! I feel the same way about dishes I'm seeing in the store. I'm also trying to decided if I should make an "investment" in new dishes and spend $300-$400 or if I should just find something more reasonably priced like the Ikea set. Additionally, part of me thinks I should find something slightly more stylized like these.

Last three things: 1. We need deep bowls, my husband likes to eat cereal. 2. We don't need mugs, I would prefer to find a set without mugs actually. 3. We need at least 12 place settings.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:33:03 PM
I have the Blue Brasserie collection from Williams-Sonoma, they have it in solid white though, too. Going on 15 years with them and they still look like new! The cereal bowls (not breakfast bowls) are nice & deep...I love them!

ETA: Personally, I picture the vintage Pyrex paired with something simple as opposed to stylized.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:45:10 PM
I'm a fan of Fiestaware, and they have some colors that would coordinate really well with those pieces.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:52:12 PM
I agree Fiesta! I do LOVE the Pyrex!!

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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:52:21 PM
I'll give you my standard answer - Fiestaware! It's made in the USA, it's affordable, it wears like iron, and the colors are lovely.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:57:30 PM
I have a lot of vintage Pyrex in my kitchen. With the patterns you collect, I think white would be nice too. Food always looks nice on white plates. I'd probably go with something better than IKEA. I bought a friend a nice set of white Pfalzgraff dishes for a wedding gift. They came in a set of four place settings. I'd go to a few different department stores and see what they carry. I'd also look at Fiestaware and see if there are any colors that would look nice with your Pyrex.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 4:57:41 PM
yep, fiesta would work if you like that. then you can buy only the pieces you want. plates, bowls etc. you can also just get a few cereal bowls in another style to satisfy your husbands need for man bowls. i have some square bowls from goodwill that i like to use for cereal. we also use them when i make chinese food.

if not, the diner style like the williams sonoma link would be ok. you can probably find a similar look for a lower price (walmart or target maybe).

my mind goes to a plain white plate with decorated edges. like hobnail edge or fluted.

let me see if i can find a couple quick links.

something like

or this

walmart has some square plates if you like those.

i don't like real expensive dishes because i like to change them when i get tired of them.

i have fiesta now, my most expensive ever.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:04:05 PM
Look more closely at the Ikea set. I once was all set to buy a set of blue Ikea dishes. I brought one plate home to see how it looked in my kitchen, and hated the finish on the plate. Forks and knives bumping against it made this horrible, nails-on-the-chalkboard kind of sound. It was awful, so I didn't get any more and threw the one dish into the trash.

I'm not saying the Ikea set is like that, but I'd check it in person before you get a bunch of pieces.

My sister has the pottery barn and loves it.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:04:56 PM
I have the PERFECT dinnerware for you. I have these and I love them. My kitchen is done in vintage turquoise and I have some of the pyrex dishes you posted.

These go perfect with that 'retro' kind of feel - they are sturdy too (made by the same company that makes Fiestaware)

I think you would be very happy with them. The bowls are really deep and you can order the pieces individually if you prefer (which is what I did since I didn't want mugs either).

They have a hint of color but not too much and they have various colors but Ilike the turquoise the best.

America's Original Diner Collection

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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:20:06 PM
Fiesta Ware

ETA---look at the banded one in the link above

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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:34:43 PM
I really like those turquoise american diner ones! I think they'd look really nice with your pyrex.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:46:03 PM
I really like the Homer Laughlin American Diner set!

Do you think I could incorporate some solid color bowls in the Peacock color from Fiestaware? They have huge bowls that I think my husband would love.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 5:52:05 PM
Another vote for Fiestaware. They have some colors that would match your Pyrex perfectly and it's made in America!


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Posted: 1/31/2013 6:05:36 PM
You can get 5 place settings for the price of 4 and free shipping on orders over $150 right now direct from the official Homer Laughlin factory direct site. Just thought I'd throw that out there! (No affiliation with Fiesta other than loving my own collection of Fiestaware!)

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Posted: 1/31/2013 6:15:19 PM
I know you said you don't want corelle, but I have Corelle Old Town Blue (link ) which is white with a simple navy design around the edge. I think the style would completely coordinate with your older Pyrex dishes. It was originally designed in maybe the 70's and you can still buy it today (mine is newer). I love them!

However much I love the look of many stonewares, I have sworn off stoneware due to the weight, the amount it chips and the flatware marks left on them.

The only negative for me is that I can't get mugs for it.

Just my two cents.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 6:17:31 PM
I have these white Pfaltzgraff dishes. I've had them for over 15 years and I've only broken a handful. They have nice, deep soup bowls that match.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 6:53:37 PM
Not at all practical to collect; but These would be awesome.

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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:34:54 PM
I love your Pyrex collection and I think you have great taste. I couldn't see those images (I've never see Pyrex like that - I have one piece from the 70's in harvest gold and it's ugly!!) without commenting.



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Posted: 1/31/2013 8:51:04 PM

I really like the Homer Laughlin American Diner set!

Do you think I could incorporate some solid color bowls in the Peacock color from Fiestaware? They have huge bowls that I think my husband would love.

I think they would look great together.


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Posted: 1/31/2013 9:59:36 PM
I really like the first set of PB that you linked! I've been trying to decide between a few of their sets for a few weeks now - lol!



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Posted: 2/1/2013 6:47:52 AM
I collect pink vintage pyrex & it matches my rose pink & flamingo Fiestaware dishes.

I also have two blues in my Fiesta collection that would look great with your blue pyrex.

Maybe you can take a piece of your pyrex into the showroom & put it with the dishes, to see how it looks.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:28:58 AM
I once bought 2 sets of IKEA as I couldn't decide on anything else and they were cheap.

They didn't last too long, about 1-2 years. They soon had marks all down the middle of the plates.

I love the white sets. I now have Fiestaware, the cream (yellow), the colbalt and the evergreen. With various serving dishes in those colors.

I don't ever use the mugs either. I have a bunch of unmatched mugs that I have collected over the years that I prefer to use.


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Posted: 2/1/2013 8:42:44 AM
Ooh, I've been collecting that butterprint pattern (didn't know what it was called) whenever I see it. Love it. I also have some of the gold flower print Corelle from the 70s because that's what my mom had - I like the turquoise and gold together.

Anyway, I'd probably do Fiestaware in all their shades of blue, if I were you. I think that would look really nice.

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Posted: 2/1/2013 10:11:53 AM
Another Fiestaware fan here ... you can find the colour(s) that works best with your pyrex and go from there


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Posted: 2/1/2013 11:05:49 AM
Should I chime in and say Fiestaware? LOL... They have blues that would look great with your bowls.. but I think that has been said several times.. lol


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Posted: 2/1/2013 10:33:53 PM
My suggestion: cobble together a collection of white from thrift stores. It looks fantastic to mix together different white patterns. Skip the mugs/cups-and-saucers if you want, although this is often a charming feature of the cobbled-together look. You'd be amazed at the variety of white dishes in thrift stores, and you can continue to add pieces over the years without worrying about matching the patterns. I've helped two friends amass their mismatched white collections, and they both absolutely LOVE them. (I'm a thrift store addict.)

With the money you save, you could get open stock blue Fiesta bowls and maybe a stack of salad plates (Peacock? Turquoise?). That way, you have the choice of an all white table or blue and white.


-A lot of people here love the deep Fiesta "gusto" bowls, but I find them heavy and ungainly. Dillard's (exclusively for now) sells the Fiesta rice bowl, which is my all-time favorite Post-86 Fiesta bowl. Make sure to look at the bigger of the two sizes, although the smaller one is darn cute. (Click on the color swatches on the website to change the color.)

-White dishes can get horrible utensil marks, which can usually be removed with Barkeeper's Friend - liquid better than powder; don't be afraid to rub. It's liquid magic. I've used it on both retail and thrift store dishes. It doesn't always work, but no big deal if you only paid two or three dollars for a dinner plate.

- (If this matters to you), check the bottoms of the thrift store dishes to make sure they're new enough to be dishwasher and microwave safe. As you're reading, you'll often notice that the dishes are from Pottery Barn or Crate and Barrel.

- Fiesta also has white. They are prone to utensil marks, so they need some upkeep.

Yes, I like dishes. I need a 12-step program. But you did ask...and I have a soft spot for anyone who collects vintage Pyrex...

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Posted: 2/1/2013 10:48:03 PM
I'd go for something simple, classic and white, like this

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Posted: 2/2/2013 8:04:18 AM
I don't have any suggestions but I just wanted to pop in and tell Amelia Bloomer that I appreciated her post. Well done.

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