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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!
Hi, Amy. I love this. Love the vibrant colors – fun for any occasion!
I love my standard white and I accent with lots of colored plates, etc. If I had more room in my house, I think I could really get into getting some patterns, colors, adding to different collections.
Now, when can I come for dinner and eat on those plates? 🙂
Come on now Sandy! I’ll set the table. What’s your favorite color? 😉
I have a huge set of Fiesta from my Grandpa when he passed away. We rarely use them – I need to get them out for everyday dishes. I love the colors!
I’ve always loved Fiesta ware. It’s just so cheerful and I can have a different colored plate for every meal if I want to. I often find good deals on Fiesta on eBay.
I’m not shy of vibrant, bright colors in the kitchen! I wish I would’ve registered for Fiesta instead of traditional white china when we got married. I do like that it is inexpensive enough that I can slowly build a collection, though. 🙂
That’s what I like about them too! They’re great quality but don’t cost an arm and a leg. I’m looking forward to adding odds and ends servings pieces I find them on sale.
Fiesta Ware is so fun! and HAPPY!
Fiesta is very cute. I’ve been tempted several times to get them. My everyday now has become a collection of various patterns of those plastic sturdy little dishes from Target that change with the season. They’re cheap, fun and best of all, they don’t break.
We did the whole white thing too, although we didn’t really discuss what we wanted prior to registering. TOTALLY wish we’d gone a different direction – I love the bright colors in the Fiesta pieces! And 6 years later I realize that I like the whole non-matching thing a lot better than having a nice set of white plates. Fits our personalities much better 😉
My children gave me a set of vintage Fiesta ware for Christmas two years ago. My son in law is an auctioneer and he got it for me. I have all colors, even boring white and I adore using it. I mix the colors and it sets a beautiful table. I have platters, everything but a pitcher.
I have to admit, I’m a tad bit jealous. That is one cool gift!
It was very cool!
We bought Fiesta place settings for 12 a few years ago. In white! Our Type A personalities told us that we can add color with napkins, etc, but white would go with everything. Recently we started buying accompanying Fiesta ware in colors – 4 beautiful coffee cups, a set of ramekins (all different colors). I want to gradually add more colors and am starting to realize that not everything has to “match” in order to be beautiful!
I’m with you on the Fiesta! When my daughter got married a few years ago, she registered for Fiesta. After that I decided I needed some too. I now have a full compliment– probably 10 or 11 place settings–all in different colors. (I also previously had white dinner ware!) This year I got a 4 piece place setting of the new Flamingo. Love it! I have numerous other serving pieces, but I’m still working on adding to my collection! I think Plum (purple) is my fav!
I thought I was the only one with “color indecision syndrome”! I’m breaking out of that mold by having my son paint my dining table a jade green. I love your idea of buying a four-piece place setting in each color a little at a time! I’ll have to try that.
My mom always loved Fiesta Ware and I love all of the colors but I did the same thing with my registry…white all around!
This is so me. I am a gal who has stayed plain white too. I’ve been thinking I would like to add color..You’ve convinced me. I’m going to town tomorrow and buy some color!!
Yay Kelly! Let me know what you end up getting.
I have always had Pfalzgraf, but have loved Fiestaware for quite some time. I think the next time get new dinnerware, that the way I’ll go.
What a fun thing to collect, I love those vibrant colors.
I’ve had Fiestaware for close to 20 years. The original colors I have are all discontinued except the turquoise (the others are rose, persimmon, pale yellow, and periwinkle). For Christmas I got 3 place settings each of 3 new colors, lemongrass, paprika and ivory. I LOVE this color combo. We’re going to add cobalt to the mix, too! I have more place settings than I’ll ever know what to do with, but I love all of it! Welcome to the Fiestaware club!
I have a big stack of fiesta ware and find it always cheers me up to serve dinner of such vibrant plates.
I’m with you about not being able to commit to a color – I get it! These plates are beautiful, and I love those cute mugs!!
This is such a great idea! I break dishes like they are free, I’m so clumsy. I am constantly getting new sets, this would be the way to go for me and I always love the bright colors of Fiesta Ware!
I’m in love with cobalt fiestaware. It mixes well with my other dishes, but I love how you mix all the colors.