How to Choose Flatware Sets for Your Dining Table

Flatware sets usually include knives, forks and spoons used for serving or eating food. A flatware set is sometimes also referred to as silverware, cutlery, tableware or utensils. Flatware sets are available in a wide range of sizes and materials. You can choose from silver-plated or stainless steel flatware or even decorative utensils. Here are some tips to help you choose the best flatware sets to enhance your dining experience.

A good way to judge the quality of cutlery is by its weight. Choose flatware that is slightly heavy, as weight often corresponds with quality. Besides quality, look for flatware that is comfortable to hold and will be easy to use.

Choose flatware that is complete with dinner forks, salad forks, teaspoons, tablespoons and a table knife. This will allow you the flexibility of creating settings for a multicourse dinner. Consider choosing a set that includes serving spoons and butter knives if you often host parties.

It is also essential to determine the type of flatware sets that will go best with your existing plates, glasses and table linens. If you’re planning to use your flatware for a long time, you’ll want to consider a style that is versatile enough to transition to different decorating styles. Flatware ranges from the simplicity of classic designs to the ornate scrollwork and detail inherent in traditional patterns.

For a well-decorated table, choose flatware that matches the style of your plates, place settings and stemware. If the plates have a swirl pattern and the stemware has decorated fluting, choose flatware that is ornate. If your plates are plain, in a solid color, choose angular flatware with smooth, clean lines.

The maintenance is another important aspect to consider while selecting cutlery. A popular option is stainless steel, as it is remarkably durable, dishwasher safe, and rust resistant. Stainless steel cutlery can be easily cleaned with a little baking soda and a gentle scrub. For those who often host formal luncheons or dinner parties, opt for silver cutlery. Silver flatware sets look timeless, but they also require regular polishing to keep their shine.

You can also purchase a few extra flatware sets to ensure that you don’t run out of utensils and to account for broken or lost pieces.

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