I have more dishes and serving pieces that I could possibly need in a lifetime and I am quickly running out of places to store them.  And the ironic part is that I don’t even cook, so I really don’t need that many!  But nonetheless, I absolutely love plates, cups, saucers, mugs, serving bowls, etc.  There’s something so appealing to me about the endless variety of colors, patterns and shapes.  Vintage plates with chipping and crazing don’t even faze me, as these “flaws” just become a part of their character.  Truly, it’s amazing to me how you can totally transform the look of a table with just a few pieces of dinnerware.

My everyday dinnerware is the plain white ARV set from IKEA.

{via IKEA}
{ARV dinnerware via IKEA}


I love this set because it is reasonably priced and coordinates with almost anything.  It also has a slightly ruffled edge to give it a softer look and I love a ruffle!

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I tend to use white dinner plates as a base and if I want a bit more color, I will add either a pretty salad plate, or maybe an interesting cup.


Tidbits&Twine Fall Tablescape 10


If you follow me on Instagram, then you’ll know I recently purchased some teacups from HomeGoods.  Polka dots, stripes and a charming image on the inside of the cup – what’s not to love?!  My morning coffee is sure to taste better now.



I also snatched up the mugs.  :)



I wish now that I had purchased a few of these pretty blue and white plates when I saw them at Elsie Green.  And how sweet is the coordinating blue water glass?!

Elsie Green House and Home 2


As Spring approaches, I find myself looking at colorful and whimsical plates.  We don’t normally spend Easter at home, but I think this year will be an exception, so I need to get thinking about a Spring tablescape.  I’ve had my eye on these cute rooster plates from Cost Plus…

{via Cost Plus World Market}
{via Cost Plus World Market}


…and these adorable bunny plates.  {The bunny in the lower right is my favorite!}

{via Williams Sonoma}
{via Williams Sonoma}


And although this seems to be a slight departure from my usual style, I’m also really drawn to these colorful and eclectic nature plates!

{via Anthropologie}
{via Anthropologie}


I don’t need dinnerware that is particularly expensive and I’m not too concerned about lasting quality since I change my plates out often, which is one of the reasons that I love HomeGoods.   They have such a great selection of unusual dinnerware but at reasonable prices.  I also like Target.com and recently found this blue salad plate that would coordinate well with my white dinner plates.

Target Aqua Salad Plate
{via Target.com}


I like to mix and match plates to create a collected look…plus I tend to get more use out of each piece when I feel that different pairings of plates create different looks.  I might have to finally part with the dishes we got when we first got married since I no longer use them, but the sentimental value is high so I’m not sure I’m ready for this step just yet.  Maybe if I clean out my pantry a bit I could eek a little room out for some cute Easter dishes!


What is your favorite Spring dinnerware?
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  1. Do you happen to know the difference between Arv and Upplaga dinnerware by Ikea? They look similar. And are either one of them dishwasher and microwave safe?

  2. I ahve so many dfishes and tablescaping items that I now have a DISH ROOM!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been my dream to have one and now I finally do. I love all your suggestions, I really want those bunny plates. Going to W right now:)

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Are you serious?! A dish room?! That sounds FABULOUS!!! Sadly, I’ve run out of storage space, but the truth is that I really need to sort through what I’ve got and get rid of things I no longer use….so that I have room for new things! :)

  3. This describes me so well. I haven’t figured out why I love dishes so much but I do. Thank goodness they don’t have Homegoods here or I would be broke.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      I have a love/hate relationship with HomeGoods. I go in just to browse but always end up buying something!!! Lol!

  4. I have been loving all the spring dishes out there as well. I had my eye on some new ones at Pottery Barn and they were sold out a day after I got my catalog!

    I agree that having a set of white dishes is a great base. I like to get salad/dessert plate on sale to make different tablescapes. I have gotten really picky though as I am totally running out of room!


    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      I hate when that happens! Hopefully, they’ll be back in stock soon so you can get them. :)

  5. Too cute. Love the bunny plates. I saw on their site they have a platter with that cute bunny from the 4th plate. Might have to get that. Super cute. What is it about plates?! I seem to collect them too.

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Hi Kris – Thank you for letting me know! I’m going to check it out because he is just too cute! :)

    1. User Avatar Tidbits&Twine says:

      Thank you!! :)

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