Choose Mom's Favorite Dishes to Make Her Day Special

by kimbesa

Mom's favorite dishes -- dinnerware and foods -- can inspire gift and tableware ideas for Mother's Day, birthdays, or other special dinners to honor your Mom.

When you're having a dinner for your Mom, it should be about Mom, from the menu down to the dinnerware. The good news is, this an easy theme to pull off, using what you know about her special favorites. Let dishes she enjoys help you inspire your ideas for a special Sunday dinner.

And by dishes, I mean the china, the glasses and even the foods. When you start brainstorming, based on her likes and dislikes, you’ll be surprised how fast your list of possibilities grows. The biggest challenge may be choosing just one or two for Mother’s Day.

Corelle Dinnerware Is Pretty and Popular

Corelle dishes in use for some food favorites
Corelle dishes in use for some food favorites
Photos by kimbesa

Combine Her Favorite Dinnerware And Foods

Add to her collection, and use those dishes to serve special treats. I’ve got just one example here.

Corelle is one of the most popular dinnerware lines ever made. After more than 40 years, Corning still brings out new patterns every year. Many of the older patterns are still in demand, and you can find them via yard sales, thrift stores, and online shopping venues. Some of the most desired patterns have been reissued.

More plates or bowls in Mom’s favorite pattern makes a great Mother’s Day gift. You can also find accessories made to match. Which items varies, depending on the pattern, but look for creamers, sugars, salt and pepper sets in china made by Jay Imports.

Spoon rests and even canisters were made, too. In a few cases, there are linens like napkins, place mats and table runners.

For newer patterns, check your favorite retailers and online vendors that sell Corelle. I was surprised to see that Walmart has some different patterns than other stores.

After you have your dishes, just add food favorites to the menu, like the black raspberries or banana pie shown in the photo.

Corelle Dinnerware on Amazon

Corelle Livingware 18-Piece Glass Dinnerware Set, Winter Frost White, Service for 6

Functional and versatile, our Winter Frost White collection is a fundamental basic - perfect in its simplicity and pure in its form.

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Corelle Livingware 74 Piece Classic Cafe Blue Dinnerware Set with Storage Lids, White

Set includes: (12) each: 10-1/4" Dinner Plates, 8-1/2" Salad/Luncheon Plates, 6-3/4" Bread and Butter Plates, 18-oz Soup/Cereal Bowls, 10-oz Dessert Bowls, and Serveware Include...

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Corelle Square 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, Shadow Iris, Service for 4

Corelle Square 16-Piece Set in Shadow Iris Corelle glass dinnerware is designed to make an impact and take one. Our patterns are inspired by the latest trends in fashion and hom...

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Corelle 20 Piece Livingware Dinnerware Set with Storage,Winter Frost White, Service for 4

Functional and versatile, our Winter Frost White collection is a fundamental basic, perfect in its simplicity, and pure in its form.

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Corelle Embossed Bella Faenza 16-Piece Dinnerware Set, Service for 4, White

The new Boutique collection embodies the subtle sophistication of fine china, but remains true to the celebrated, durability heritage of Corelle. Enjoy the moment. Your best din...

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One-of-a-Kind Two-Tier Server

Unique Pieces Can Complement Her Dishes
Unique Pieces Can Complement Her Dishes
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New and Unique Serveware Makes For a Special Table Setting

The panorama of serveware will give you a huge choice of good ideas, both for dishes and for foods.

If your Mom likes tea parties, then you’ve probably seen the two-tier and three-tier china serving stands used for the pastries and petite sandwiches the ladies enjoy at their gathering.

There are lots of these available, in china, glass and metal, to complement your Mom’s existing party china. Put a bow or some ribbons on top, fill it with some special cupcakes, cookies, scones, petit fours…you gt the idea.

There are lots of other serveware ideas, if these kinds of servers aren’t her style. Soup tureens, platters, chip and dip sets are just a few of the possibilities. What foods does she enjoy, or what does she like to serve for guests. Then consider what matches, or complements, her dishes and ideas will come to you.

Lots Of Pretty Accessories

If she loves gardens, this could be her pattern, too.
Portmeirion Botanic Garden Kitchen 10-inch Wall Clock

60896 Features: -Kitchen wall clock.-Hand wash recommended. Dimensions: -Overall dimensions: 10'' W x 10'' D. Collection: -Botanic Garden collection.

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Portmeirion Botanic Garden Soup and Sandwich Set

Over 30 years ago, Susan Williams-Ellis created the world-renowned Botanic Garden Pattern. Today it is one of the top-selling patterns of all time. With over thirty flowers grac...

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Beautiful Garden Theme Dinnerware

Portmeirion china bowl
Portmeirion china bowl
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Check Amazon For Traditional Dinnerware

Old Country Roses Is Just One Example
Old Country Roses 65-Piece Flatware Set

Old Country Roses Flatware continues the celebration as the perfect complement to any Royal Albert table setting. Elegantly decoarated, each piece features highly polished 10/10...

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Royal Albert Old Country Roses 5-Piece Place Setting, Service for 1

Royal Albert's "Old Country Roses" tableware design is one of the most popular bone china patterns of all time. It has sold over 150 million pieces since it was introduced in 19...

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Royal Albert Old Country Roses Spoon (Set of 4), 5.9", Multicolor

Old Country Roses is regarded as the epitome of fine English tea ware. Overwhelmingly popular throughout the world, Old Country roses is a versatile pattern and its heart-warmin...

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Royal Doulton-Royal Albert Old Country Roses 12-Piece Set, Service for 4

Royal Albert's Old Country Roses is one of the most popular bone china patterns ever produced. A design classic, with a lavish 22-carat gold border is adorned by English roses; ...

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When Traditional Style Is Her Favorite

If your mom likes her dishes to match, she’s probably into traditional dinnerware patterns.

There are so many beautiful dinnerware patterns that fall into the traditional group, it can be a tough choice. If you’re shopping for dishes for mom, you’re lucky. She’s made that choice for you!

And many of these patterns have a lot of piece types available, so you can select from more place settings, or specialty serving pieces like platters or tier servers, that she can display all the time, and use for parties and larger gatherings.

Go Deep Into Her Vintage Dishes

Include vintage (by some definitions meaning items more than 20 years old) wares and open the door to even more Mother’s Day gift ideas.

There are dinnerware makers which have made certain patterns for decades. If one of those patterns is hers, then you are probably familiar with the dishes already, because you’ve enjoyed meals using them at her house for years.

Some of these patterns are still made (such as Yorktowne by Pfaltzgraff, since 1967, or Old Country Roses by Royal Albert, since 1962). Others have been discontinued for a long time, but pieces are available in secondary shopping venues.

Adding to her vintage dinnerware set could be a multi-year project. In addition to Mother’s Day this year, there are birthdays, Christmas and other holidays to consider. If she really loves to use her dishes, more of her favorite china can be the perfect gift.

Brookdale by Lenox, shown in the photo. A beautiful and classic vintage pattern.

Gotta Love Her Favorite Vintage China

Bread plate by Lenox
Bread plate by Lenox
Photo by kimbesa

Find Vintage Dinnerware on eBay

Lots of Choices To Complement Mom's Dishes

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Updated: 05/20/2013, kimbesa
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kimbesa on 08/25/2017

Some patterns have complementary glassware. You may have to go to secondary marketplaces like eBay or Replacements to find them. Otherwise, simple flatware patterns and clear or solid color glasses in a coordinating color work well.

DerdriuMarriner on 08/25/2017

kimbesa, What kind of glassware and silverware go best with Corelle sets?

kimbesa on 06/23/2013

It has worked out well over the years with us. It's the kind of thing you can look for over the year, and when you find the right pieces, stash it away for the next occasion.

sheilamarie on 06/23/2013

Great idea to give Mom pieces of her favorite china, as dishes do tend to chip and break over the years.

kimbesa on 05/10/2013


BrendaReeves on 05/10/2013

I love your blog.

kimbesa on 05/10/2013

Yes! Mostly vintage items, on my blog at Diary Of A Dishie dot com.

BrendaReeves on 05/10/2013

I am in love with dishes and other tableware too. Do you have a blog featuring it?

kimbesa on 05/02/2013

Glad you found this helpful, everyone! I can get going when I write about vintage dishes.

pkmcr on 05/01/2013

I really love vintage stuff and you have some great options here for serving the food on!

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