23 Best Dinner Sets For Hosting, Reviewed in 2023 | Glamour UK

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By Sophie Cockett and Mayola Fernandes High End Dinnerware

23 Best Dinner Sets For Hosting, Reviewed in 2023 | Glamour UK

Investing in one of the best dinner sets is a sign of being a grown-up. While my younger self may have thought nothing of shoving a ready meal in the oven and eating it out of the chipped pasta bowl I've owned since university, I now like to make a meal of, well… mealtimes. And I love to host dinner parties for my friends.

There's nothing more appealing than laying your dinner table and having minimalist, high-quality porcelain dinnerware that actually matches. Nor is there much more satisfying than owning an 18-piece dinnerware set comprised of dessert plates, side plates, cereal bowls and dinner plates to suit every dish I serve up. I'm a firm believer that your tablescaping skills are just as important as what you actually cook, and the best dinnerware sets make your culinary creations (even if they do come straight from a meal delivery service) as much a feast for the eyes as they are for your tastebuds.

Of course, there are quite a few functionality factors to consider when it comes to shopping for a genuinely good dinner set that span far past just its aesthetic. So, we've curated an edit of the best dinner sets as tested by GLAMOUR editors – that also make the perfect housewarming gift if you're in the market. Happy hosting.

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Your dinnerware should be lightweight enough to pick up (kinda obvious), dishwasher safe, durable enough to withstand daily wear-and-tear and purchased from a brand that'll allow you to add pieces to your collection as your family grows/you drop and smash them. For me - the latter is the more likely scenario.

You should also consider the combination offered, and the number of people you're hoping to serve. Generally speaking:

The most common dinnerware offerings are bone china, porcelain and stoneware (often called earthenware), with porcelain being the most durable.

For us, this has to be the one that'll last the longest, including withstanding scratches, frequent microwave and dishwasher use. A brand that does that well? Corelle.

This glass dinnerware set from the brand, via Amazon, promises triple-layer strength that's resistant to chips, scratches and cracks. It's also reasonably priced and lightweight, not to mention the design looks like something out of a heavenly Nancy Meyers movie kitchen. Need we say more?

If you're after more kitchen content, head this way for cookware sets that'll last a lifetime, over here for cutlery sets to finish your table to perfection and in this direction for glassware you'll love to sip your boxed wine from. We’ve also got melamine plate sets if you’re in the market for some crockery for your garden.

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As stylish as you'd expect from The White Company, this crisp white serveware has been made in Portugal from glazed Portuguese clay and comes presented in a beautiful gift box. We love that it comes with pasta bowls instead of cereal bowls – not least because we're eating spaghetti far more than we are porridge.

Whether you use it every day or save it for special occasions and formal dinners, it's sure to elevate your dining room set-up endlessly. It's also one of the best dinner sets for a wedding gift (that'll out-do a store gift card…).

From female-founded brand Our Place comes our favourite stoneware dinnerware set of them all: the brand's starter bundle which serves up the building blocks for your tableware ecosystem. Bowls and plates are hand-glazed and available in a plethora of muted hues – and we love how neatly they all stack for easy storage. They feel heavy enough to reassure you of their good quality, but they're light enough to easily lift, and the matte, scratch-resistant interior keeps them looking fresh for a long time. The exterior has a satin finish which feels soft and looks expensive, and you can put them in the dishwasher, oven, microwave, fridge and freezer. Royal Doulton who?

M&S COLLECTION 12 Piece Marlowe Dinner Set

Available in three different colours, the M&S Marlowe dinnerware set is not only the perfect housewarming gift, but a lovely gift-to-self if you're looking to move home or update your kitchen home decor. It's crafted from porcelain and designed with the collection's signature ribbing around the edges. You get four bowls, four side plates and four dinner plates in the set, meaning there's everything you need to become the ultimate hostess with the mostest - plus using our Marks and Spencer discount code you can save on your purchase.

Brambly Cottage Eowyn Stoneware Dinnerware - Set of 16

Perfect for injecting spring and summer vibes into your everyday, even when the weather is feeling a little bleak, this hand-painted rainbow dinnerware set is made up of of four cereal bowls, four mugs, four dinner plates and four side plates. Everything is chip-resistant, stackable, oven and microwave safe and dishwasher safe. And you can pick the set up in two different colour combos.

Oslo Rim Stoneware Dinner Set

Reduced in the sale right now and available with free next day shipping, this stoneware dinner plate set is ultra contemporary and sure to elevate your mealtimes in an instant. It includes 12 individual pieces for four place settings: four dinner plates, side plates and pasta bowls – each of which are dishwasher, microwave and oven safe and finished with an oatmeal reactive glaze.

MAISON MARGAUX Gisele set of eight ceramic dinner and dessert plates

I take your IKEA serving bowls and I raise you: kitchenware with a classic white base and timeless Spanish-style motif, courtesy of Maison Margaux. While you could, of course, use these plates as your day-to-day crockery, I think the large dinner plate is beautiful enough to use as a serving platter, adorned with a tumble of cherry tomatoes, a generous spoonful of burrata and a healthy drizzle of first press olive oil. What could be better?

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Vancasso STEPPOJHZ Ceramic Dinnerware - Set of 16

Hear us out. Yes, square dinner sets may have fallen off everyone's shopping wishlists circa. 2018; however, what with the rise of 00s fashion, we see no reason why 00s homeware shouldn't have a resurgance, too. We're talking Tuscany kitchen-style table cloths and chintzy placemats - grandma-core through and through. This 16-piece dinnerware set is more of a 2023 take on your old-timey cane and floral garden furniture era, but it has echoes of the past nonetheless and we're on board with it.

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In the United Kingdom and England specifically (ahem, Mrs. Hinch) grey homeware can often conjure images of crushed velvet sofas. But, if you ask us, there is a way to inject grey neutrals into your decor without skewing towards all things diamantes, chandeliers and glitter. With its warm and rustic hue, this Soho Home 4-piece dinner plate set is a perfect antidote to the aforementioned all-or-nothing approach to grey. What's more, if you're a member you can get this set for £65. Dinner party decor, for less? Lovely.

Lulworth Seafoam 12 Piece Dinner Set

This stoneware dinner set is comprised of 12 pieces and part of Dunelm's Lulworth dining collection. Dishwasher and microwave safe, it's finished in a modern seafoam blue hue to update your dining table in an instant. You'll get four dinner plates, four side plates and four bowls in this set which are each embossed with a reactive glaze speckle finish.

AM.PM Set of 4 Horciag Stoneware Plates

If you like a rustic, country-chic vibe about your table settings, then opt for a stone dinnerware set like this one from French fashion and interiors brand, La Redoute. It's dishwasher and microwave-safe, making it super functional, but also looks endlessly chic.

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WATERSIDE 16 Piece St Ives Green Stripe Dinner Set - Green

Porcelain plates and bowls with a Soho House-worthy design, this 16-piece set is sure to be a best selling pick this BBQ season. Just think: everyone gathered around with burgers and skewers in hand, all colourfully strew atop your timeless Waterside dinnerware. Lovely.

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Spode Blue Italian Dinnerware Set, 12 Piece

A classic set that's been in circulation since 1816 (!!), Spode dinnerware is by no means a new arrival in the world of crockery, and there's good reason as to why it's still on the scene. You might not have read this elsewhere but Spode is, quite miraculously, oven safe up to 180°C. What's more, it's widely available in-store and online from the likes of Wayfair and Fortnum & Mason, making it all the more hassle-free to replace those inevitable breakages. So, if you're after a practical set with all the air and grace of fine china, this Spode collection should be right up your street.

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Wedgwood Gio Bone China Dinnerware Set, White, 16 Piece

If it's luxury dinnerware for special occasions that you're after, make a beeline for this Wedgwood dinner set – crafted from fine bone china and finished with an Intaglio texture edge. It's clean and contemporary, can be layered with other dinner and side plate collections from Wedgwood, and has been kiln-fired for durability.

Denby Halo Speckle Stoneware Coupe Dinnerware Set, 12 Piece

If you have a little more to spend, Denby are the creators of some of the chicest dinnerware sets around. This gorgeous speckled set will jazz-up your dining table no end. It comes with four coupe dinner plates, four medium-sized coupe plates and four cereal bowls - all of which are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe, as well as oven safe up to to 250°C.

If you like the aesthetics of enamel dinnerware but the inevitable chipping is putting you off, then vitrelle glass will make for a welcome alternative. Not only is this set well loved by buyers with an average 4.7/5 customer rating, but it's made from up to 80% recycled glass for more eco-conscious buyers. Tick, tick.

Wedgwood Vera Wang Imperial Dinner Setting

Part of Wedgwood's Vera Wang Venato Imperial collection, this gorgeous marble-effect dinner set can be used alone or layered with other Wedgwood collections to elevate your dining set up. It's crafted from fine bone china (which is superior in strength), and is dishwasher and microwave safe.

Sophie Conran for Portmeirion Dinnerware Set, White, 12 Piece

Designed by Sophie Conran, this 12-piece dinnerware set contains four dinner plates, four salad plates and four cereal bowls. It's dishwasher safe, microwave safe, oven-proof and freezer-proof, so perfect for everyday use. Plus, the china it has been crafted in is clay and kiln-fired for durability.

Amazon Basics 18-Piece Dinnerware Set

Keep things classic with this surprisingly excellent dinnerware set from AmazonBasics. It's plain white, affordable and suitable for six people (with 18 pieces) - so it'll cover your whole family/ground of friends. It's microwave, dishwasher, freezer and oven safe (so functional!) and comes in at just over £30. What better?

A more personalised choice given that each piece is individually made and finished by hand, Fable have such high faith in this 16-piece set that they'll even give you a 100-day trial within which to test the stoneware. Plus, you'll get free delivery if you spend over £220 and Fable's drinkware is just yearning for you to peruse its fine, delicate wares.

Berwick Blue Ceramic 12 Piece Dinnerware Set

Oliver Bonas' Berwick range is perfect for everyday use. It's equipped with everything you need for family meals – dinner plates, side plates and pasta bowls, but the tonal pink and blue hues and glazed finish make this a statement set despite its understated colours and simple shapes.

Set of 4 Lilypad Side Plates

Anthropologie's punchy Lilypad range ticks all our maximalist home decor boxes and it's easy to see why. It's perfect for bringing some characterful charm home and would make a great statement centrepiece on your dining table long after guests have left. We're already thinking about what to serve on these gorgeous plates for garden parties next summer.

For something that's going to work for all occasions, a white dinner set will never fail you. Soft edges make this handmade Portuguese clay dinner set feel more elevated, and there are matching items available too. It contains four dinner plates, four side plates and four pasta bowls that are all sleek, simple and timeless.

Nero Dinner Plate, Blue, Set of Four

23 Best Dinner Sets For Hosting, Reviewed in 2023 | Glamour UK

Ceramic Soup Plate This is a beautiful set with an abundance of tonal variations and speckles that mimic the glistening sun on the Mediterranean Sea. It'd work well as everyday crockery but could easily be reserved for special occasions where you're serving delicious canapés or homemade desserts at family get togethers.