Like a lot of young couples, when my husband and I were planning our wedding, we selected a few of our favorite stores and created gift registries. Wandering up and down the aisles, we toted that handy scanner and zapped the towels, silverware and throw pillows that we liked best.
And, thanks to the generosity of our family and friends, we received all sorts of beautiful gifts that, in the 7 1/2 years that we've been married, have been put to good use. True, there were some that maybe spent more time in the cupboard than others (the salad spinner seemed like a good idea at the time, really it did) but those that have really been utilized are starting to show a little wear and tear after all that time.
One such item is our dinnerware. The plates, bowls, platters and more have been through a lot, from daily meals to multiple parties, and have just gotten a little... old. When we have people over to our house, do I really want to serve them food on a scratched (or possibly chipped) plate? No, I want to pull out something not only strong and durable but beautiful as well.
Which isn't a problem now that I can serve my meals proudly on my Blue Sage Culinaria dinnerware from Oneida.
Available in eight different, make-a-statement colors, Oneida's Culinaria line caught my eye from the moment I first saw it. I really liked Pound Cake (a creamy yellow) and Chili (a bright, vivid red) but my husband and I agreed that the Blue Sage was the perfect complement to our kitchen and dining room decor.
When the 16-piece set arrived, I opened the box and prepared for at least one chip or crack as, after all, this was dinnerware that had been sent through the mail. But no, every dinner plate, salad plate, soup bowl and mug was perfect. It was all I could do to stop running my hands over the circular banding and stylish rolled edge to put them into the dishwasher so that they would be clean and ready to use.
The twice-fired, glass-like finish to this ceramic stoneware makes them not only attractive but high quality and being able to use them in both the dishwasher and microwave is a must for busy families. They have held up perfectly to our daily use and I have no doubt that the classic look yet modern, unique color will be a staple in our household for years to come.
Even better, I love the way that Oneida offers limitless possibilities for extending your dinnerware set to make it your own. I could just as easily complete my set with these:
Or, for a great mix-and-match way to add in some pops of color, I could stick with the Culinaria collection but choose to include some of these that would go really great with the Blue Sage:
Whether you prefer bold or soft shades, Oneida has made it possible to show your personality with the high quality, durable, visually appealing dinnerware in their Culinaria line. I love that their pieces are made for everyday use but are still beautiful enough to be pulled out for special occasions and look great.
The 16-piece sets come in round or square but you can also purchase a 4-piece set of just one item or individual items on their own. Go ahead and browse the great options on Oneida's website and then be sure to connect with them on Facebook and Twitter as well. No matter what you choose, the wonderful colors will bring everyone to the table!
(Other than the 16-piece set of Culinaria dinnerware in Blue Sage that I was provided by Oneida, I was not compensated or enticed or to do this review in any way. This review is solely my honest opinion of this company and their products.)