I guess the closest thing I have to a family heirloom is a gorgeous, ruby red punch bowl that I use now as a fruit bowl. I value the gem-like qualities of the bowl the same way I would if it were a real ruby, say, in a super-sized cocktail ring that was left to me.
The punch bowl was part of a set, but the only pieces left include three small, round plates. Even a cracker looks elegant against this rich red background. These plates are probably the reason I love glass dinnerware, whether it is crystal clear or in deep gemstone colors. But I knew there wasn’t much of a chance of easily finding a modern, glass dinnerware set in deep colors.
Gleaming Ball of Cobalt
So imagine my excitement when I walked into a Walmart store and saw a jewel-of-a bowl in shiny cobalt blue. The bowls, which can be used for cereal or soup, are made by Anchor Hocking. I picked up four to buy, but I didn’t stop there. On Anchorhocking’s website, there was an entire 18-piece dinnerware set selling at a big discount. I ordered it. Walmart also has sets online.
The great thing about glass dinnerware is it’s very cheap. The ones we’ve seen in 18-, 20,- or 24-pieces are all under $60. For that low price, you can set a beautifully inviting table. And since the glass dishes are muted–even the cobalt blue set is unassuming–they won’t clash with any dinnerware you might add from a non-glass set.
Glass Dinnerware on a Budget
Squaring It Off
The glass dinnerware collections seem to all have room for the square-shape, which adds an artsy look to the dinner table. Libby, also a large American glassmaker, has a clear, square set that looks like a flat sculpture.
Here’s an idea: If you take pieces from the cobalt blue set, add clear glass pieces (they would be a good stand-in for white) and mix them with any non-glass red dinnerware, the presentation would work for celebrating the summer holidays.
What ideas do you have for using glass dinnerware sets?
Thanks for stopping by! I'm Catherine, your Budget Fashionista style editor. I'm a bargain shopper at heart, as I love nice things but hate paying for them! I'm also a personal finance writer who's been featured on USA Today and MSN Money.