Crate and Barrel Aspen Dinnerware

We did it. After 15 years, we finally bought new dishes!  I went to Crate and Barrel and came home with their white Aspen dinnerware.  It's nothing fancy. No intricate patterns. No fine detailing.  It's plain and it's simple. And it doesn't have any chips or dings....yet!


The aspen dinnerware is porcelain, which is the most durable.  Since these are our everyday dishes, they needed to be sturdy to be handled by two busy little kiddos.

Here are some helpful hints when shopping for new dinnerware...

All you have to remember is E.S.P. (as in extrasensory perception).  But when talking about dinnerware, ESP stands for:

E - Earthenware: This is fired at the lowest temperature.  Therefore it is not as durable and chips the easiest.

S - Stoneware: Fired at a bit higher temperature, stoneware is a bit more durable than earthenware.

P - Porcelain: This is fired at the highest temperature, therefore it is the strongest and less likely to chip.

I do love color so switching to white dinnerware will be an adjustment for me.  My sister-in-law just purchased new dinnerware as well (coincidentally, from Crate and Barrel)! And she reminded me that food looks much prettier when served on a white plate. And I love that the white doesn't compete with the place mats and napkins either! So I think I'll adjust to my new white dinnerware quicker than I thought!

And since our silverware is also 15 years old, I also bought Crate and Barrel's scoop flatware.

Now here's hoping that it Dan likes it all as much as I do!!


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