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We approached our wedding registry 20 years ago with white as our theme. I like white. White is alright. White goes with everything, right? White dishes and towels were certainly easy to work with when we moved into our new home a couple of years later. Ever since, I’ve always been partial to sticking with the classic white place setting. It’s worked well over the years.
Recently, I’ve realized that it has more to do with me not being able to commit to a color or pattern that keeps me loyal to basic white. That’s why many years later I found myself in a basic black and white kitchen, with even more white dishes. Although I’d attempted to add pops of color through a spattering of colored serving dishes and pans, plus a little collection of Polish Pottery (which compliments white quite nicely), I thought it was time for something new and fresh and fun. So I purchased one place setting of Fiesta dinnerware a year or so ago in happy turquoise to see how I liked it. It felt like such a bold move. I know you understand.
Fiesta dinnerware is a sturdy classic, and not fancy. I felt if I could decide on a color, I’d go with the Fiesta dinnerware and move out of the white abyss. The turquoise was nice and bright, but it was bright. I think I’d get tired of it, ya know? Then I thought of red. Red is good. Red works for so many holidays, but it’s red. And very … red. Red all the time? I don’t know … because the green is so lovely too … and that pumpkin color would be nice for autumn. The cobalt blue would match the polish pottery. They do have a white Fiesta dinnerware, don’t they?
This is the process I go through with wall colors, linens, purses, eyeshadow …
I know I’m not alone. Right? Please tell me I’m not alone.
It seems I was missing the beauty of Fiesta dinnerware in that all the colors can be mixed. That’s what a fiesta is anyway, a celebration, right? But I still wasn’t sure. Until I visited Ree this summer and enjoyed first hand how she mixed all the colors of the Fiesta rainbow together. She really likes Fiesta too. It really was the perfect solution for my indecision.
So, as I found a coupon or sale here and there, I gradually began purchasing 4-piece place settings. When Randy and my parents asked what I wanted for Christmas, I had a simple answer. The fun thing is, any color can be bought. My mom was able to go pick out whatever colors she wanted to and not have to worry about matching. And if a piece breaks? No biggie. Just replace it with any color. Genius. And not white.
Randy surprised me with the fabulous red salt and pepper shakers.
And aren’t the mugs cute? They feel so solid, and that little ring hole is adorable.
It’s been fun to see the kids gravitate to their favorite colors. I’m hoping to keep adding to our colorful collection. These will be the dishes that our children and grandchildren will enjoy over the years, then will eventually be handed down, possibly even split up between them all for them to begin their own personal collections. And when they come to me to ask my opinion about what they should register for when they get married, I’ll have the perfect answer.
Do you have a favorite collection or pattern of dinnerware? Do tell!
I am dying to buy some but I am concerned that food will not look appealing on all of the colors? What is your experience with this.
I don’t know other than we haven’t noticed any problems with the food not being eaten. 😉
Hi. For the person who has old fiestaware that has lead in it, I too have a few pieces of the real old stuff. I put it on display on a high shelf above the refrigerator, that way no one is eating from them, they are there for decoration, pretty to look at, and the old colors are not the same as the new. So, we still enjoy them, although I don’t have many pieces of the old. You also could probably sell yours and get pretty much money for them, (to buy the new lead free stuff) if you want to. I bought some lead free in the 90’s at penneys outlet in pink, sea mist green, apricot, persimmon and pale yellow. 1 white bowl. I’ve had the plates & bowls in cabinet, have used them since then. We also were eating on Christmas plates (another brand). Decided last spring to get fiesta, different colors. I found in storage areas some of the 90’s fiesta pieces I didn’t know I had. We went to VA to tent sale, bought a lot in the newer colors, mostly concentrating on serving pieces. I have 23 different colors. Just 3 place settings. The rest of dinnerware were pieces bought separate. I like the bright & light colors. We mix & match. Love how it looks on table. A lot of the serving pieces are displayed on the cabinets, but all are used. Never knew using and even washing dishes can be so much fun. There are just 3 of us but I have 10 dinner plates, 8 cereal bowls and other sizes bowls & plates, but not that many of each type. Also have some Christmas and halloween pieces. We do use them all.
Oh, I wish I had some of that sea mist green, Patricia. It’s one of my favorite colors. And yes, we use it every day and pick our plate color depending on our mood. 😉
Bought Fiestaware 15 years ago as a new set in a new house. Eight different colors. Have added numerous pieces over the years. Just bought some new bowls last week. Still love just looking at the dishes in the cabinet 😁