Tableware also known as dinnerware or crockery are the dishes or dishware used to set a table, serve and display food. It includes cutlery, glassware, serving dishes and other useful items for practical as well as decorative purposes. Tableware is used to set a table for eating a meal or for serving food. It can be made of glass, ceramic, earthenware, stoneware or porcelain.
The nature of tableware varies from religion, culture and cuisine. It can be categorised into four types – serveware, dinnerware, silverware and drinkware or glassware. Whether it is for daily use or a big party, there is always tableware out there to suit every occasion. Here are the four types of tablewares and how its used!
Serveware is used for serving. This category comprises of serving bowls, platters, salad bowls, dessert bowls, casseroles, soup pots, tea pots and any other dishes that are used to bring and present food into the table. Utensils such as serving spoons, ladles, pair of tongs and containers used for serving drinks such as pitches are also classified under this category.
Dinnerware also known as chinaware or crockery, is comprised of anything that is used to serve individual portions during a meal. Dinnerware consists of an array of dishes that ranges from the basic plate and bowl to more specialised dinnerware with unique shapes, colours and sizes for specific purposes. The courses of meal served will influence the choice and arrangement of dinnerware. It is usually made with materials such as melamine, porcelain, glass, stoneware or earthenware.
Silverware also known as flatware, is comprised of cutlery such as spoons, forks and knives. They may vary in size and shape depending on the variety. Silverware comes in different price points where you can choose from depending on your budget.
Drinkware is used to describe any item that can be drunk from. This category of tableware is comprised of mugs, cups and glasses. Drinkware comes in different shapes and sizes, the specific glass is usually chosen depending on the beverage or theme of the occasion.