Set Your Table With Blue Dishes

by fitzcharming

Blue and White Dinnerware Makes A Charming Table Setting for Entertaining

Choose blue dinnerware and cookware for traditional kitchens and decor. Tables set with blue and white dishes have long been a traditional favorite in many homes. Most dinnerware designers and manufacturers have at least one blue and white pattern in their portfolio because it's so loved by homemakers and entertainers everywhere.
I have an assortment of blue and white dishes, from fine china to basic crockery. My family uses them as mix and match place settings every day and they have served me well during the 30 years that I've been cooking and serving meals for my family. I suppose I'm considered a quasi-collector of blue dishes. Not that I intentionally collect them but whenever I go shopping for tableware I migrate over to the blue and white section automatically. And now that shopping is more convenient that ever with on line venues like Amazon, all I have to do is type "blue dishes" into google and I can browse for hours. I've assembled some of my favorites here for your viewing pleasure.

thumbnail photo credit: iriskh via photopincc

Villeroy & Boch - Fine China and Crockery Since 1748

Bone China, Fine Porcelain, And Earthenware

Villeroy & Boch started in business in 1748 in a tiny village in France, when the founder Francois Boch began making simple ceramic tableware, and has since grown into an international designer of tableware; bathroom products such as bathroom saunas, whirlpools, and hot tubs; and tiles. The company has over 260 years of expertise the quality of Villeroy & Boch products is second to none. Through the company's history it has moved from France to Luxemburg, and finally to Mettlach, Germany, where the headquarters is today.

I love their dinnerware. They have lines of fine china and porcelain, as well as earthenware. All are made in beautiful coordinating colors and shapes, which lends themselves to mix and match style entertaining. I'm such a fan of blue design china that I love to browse their patterns and plan out table settings I would love to create.

Portmeirion Pottery and Ceramic Tableware

Portmeirion Now Owns Royal Worchester And Spode

Porteirion Potteries was founded in 1960 by Susan Williams-Ellis in the town of Portmeirion Village, Wales. Her early patterns, Malachite and Moss Agate were unique in design and style for the time and received high acclaim. Susan was able to purchase a pottery making company in Stoke-on-Trent, England, where Portmeirion Potteries is still located. The most popular tableware pattern, Botanic Garden, was created in 1972 and remains a best seller. Susan Williams-Ellis passed away in 2007 but the company is still turning out beautiful and innovative new designs. In 2009 the company purchased Royal Worcester and Spode, and Portmeirion continues to grow internationally.

Portmeirion dinnerware is casual and fits comfortably with today's modern life. It is affordable and has a huge wordwide fan base. The pottery is made with layered glazes and the blue hues in particular are soft and reminiscent of country designs. Tableware sets and gifts come packaged in a Portmeirion hat box, making their storage as beautiful as their use.

Portmeirion Botanic Blue Dinnerware Patterns

Coordinating Pottery Platters Bowls Serving Pieces Cake Plates
Portmeirion Botanic Garden Dinner Plates, Set of 6

Artist Susan Williams-Ellis found her inspiration for Botanic Garden from antique botanical Illustration plates. The mix and match collection currently features around 30 indivi...

View on Amazon

Botanic Blue Tea Set

Combining the centruies-old beauty of blue and white porcelain with Portmeirion's world-renowned Botanic Garden, is the inspiration for this new classic: Botanic Blue. This limi...

View on Amazon

Portmeirion Botanic Garden Dinner Plate Hydrangea

Dinner Plate Hydrangea - Various Flowers Portrayed With The Name And Species Given For Each - Butterfly/Dragonfly Accents - White Background - Laurel Leaf Band On Rim - Design B...

View on Amazon

Portmeirion Botanic Blue Cake Set

Combining the centruies-old beauty of blue and white porcelain with Portmeirion's world-renowned Botanic Garden, is the inspiration for this new classic: Botanic Blue. This limi...

View on Amazon

Dansk Danish Dinnerware In Blue

Dansk Designs Dishes From Denmark

Scandinavian design has been popular in the United States since the 1950s, when sleek clean lines and shapes of the Eames era made their way into American homes. The Dansk Company was formed by a couple that recognized the need for casual dinnerware that fit the new less formal tastes of families. Ted and Martha Neirenberg began searching European design houses looking for elegant, yet simple forms and materials in dinnerware that could be exported to America at affordable prices. Danish artist Jens Quistgaard was their choice to create the clean modern dishware in a style that is synonymous with the Dansk Company. For over 60 years Dansk has been making entertaining and dining more enjoyable all over the world.

Dansk now owns the Lenox table top and giftware company, and Gorham silver. The quality of the brands is stronger than ever and the durability and elegance of all the Dansk family of products is second to none. There are many beautiful Dansk blue dishes that can be conveniently purchased on the internet and delivered directly to your home. I like the bright blue patterns against the stark white backgrounds. The look is clean and modern.

Dansk Blue and White China And Dinnerware

Blue Dansk Tableware Sets To Mix And Match
DANSK Kobenstyle 4-Piece Place Setting, Blue

50's Inspiration. Modern Sensibility. The Kobenstyle Blue 4-Piece Dinner Set by Dansk is designed to brighten any meal with its mix of gleaming white and vibrant color.

View on Amazon

Dansk Kristina and Florencia Dinner Plate

Don't limit this Kristina and Florencia Dinner Plate by Dansk to dinner only. Pile it high with eggs, potatoes, toast and more for breakfast. Serve hearty sandwiches and main-di...

View on Amazon

Dansk Silhuet Dinner Plate

Enjoy the beauty of flowers at every meal with this Dansk Silhuet dinner plate. A graceful floral motif, in a watercolor style, decorates the white-bodied dish.

View on Amazon

Polish Serving Pieces and Dishes In Bright Blue Patterns

Handmade Folkart Stoneware Dinnerware and Kitchen Accessories

Polish Pottery from Boleslawiec, Poland are some of my favorite types of dinnerware and serving pieces to use. The brilliant blue and colored patterns are eye catching and functional. And there are so many unique styles and pieces that aren't typically included in traditional dinnerware sets. Take the Bunzlauer Polish Pottery Butter Lady shown here, for example. Her big country farm skirt covers the butter in a folk artsy style. She's sure to be a conversation piece at any gathering.

The inspiration for Polish pottery designs is from the proud peacock. The original designs were used at the tables of Polish farmers to brighten their tables. There are some beautiful holiday designs too. Check out the charming blue dishes for your Christmas entertaining featured below.

Polish Pottery Ceramika Boleslawiec, 0105/162, Teapot Fruti, 3 1/4 Cups, Royal Blue Patterns wit...

This Unikat Signature Polish Pottery is a Limited production from a small factory near Boleslawiec, Poland. The Model 0105 Pattern 162 created using Boleslawiec White Clay molde...

View on Amazon

Boleslawiec Stoneware - Polish Pottery 16 oz Bubble Coffee or Tea Mug - Eva's Collection "Isabelle"

Part of ''Eva's Collection'' : 4" dia and 4" tall; Polish Pottery from Boleslawiec is scratch and chip resistant;lead and cadmium free; oven, microwave, dishwasher and freezer s...

View on Amazon

Polish Pottery Nature Cake Plate

In your favorite patterns! Cake plate - 9.5" diameter, 5.5" high.

View on Amazon

Polish Pottery 10" Dinner Plate #163

This top quality piece of Polish Pottery Stoneware is designed for everyday use in your home. It is crack, chip, and scratch resistant. This premium cookware distributes heat ev...

View on Amazon

Johnson Brothers China Company Of England

Inexpensive Dinnerware With A Staffordshire Flair

Johnson Brothers China was started in 1882 by three brothers who bought a bankrupt dishware company in England. The developed a durable and inexpensive earthenware called White Granite which became very popular and gave them a good start in the business. Later they created a semi-porcelain that was as durable as ironstone, yet as delicate as fine china. This became their signature line. Now owned by the Wedgwood company, one of the great-grandsons of the original founders still oversees the brand from the Wedgwood board of directors. In 1970 Johnson Brothers China won the prestigious royal warrants of both Her Majesty the Queen and Her Majesty the Queen Mother.

Blue Willow is one of the oldest and most popular patterns and different versions of this classic have been made by dozens of china and earthenware companies.  I have Blue Willow by Johnson Brothers along with a few Old Britain Castles and Blue Denmark pieces. My Johnson Brothers dishes have lasted through a large and busy family's heavy daily use and remain one of my favorite dinnerware brands.

Johnson Brothers Devon Cottage 4-Piece Place Setting

Johnson Brothers celebrates chic country living with this dinnerware and whimsical mugs. This 4-Piece Place Setting brings a sense of home and country living to any setting. Dev...

View on Amazon

Johnson Brothers Blue Willow 20 Piece Set

A beautiful blue and white pattern with touches of the orient, Willow Blue is both elegant and charismatic. Made of fine earthenware, the collection consists of a full range of ...

View on Amazon

Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles Blue Platter

This historical and traditional pattern, Old British Castles, intricately rendered by a Miss Fennel back in 1928. She, the daughter of a Master Engraver, created these original ...

View on Amazon

Johnson Brothers Blue Denmark Plate 8.5" (Set of 6)

Johnson Brothers Blue Denmark Salad Plate 22cm - set of 6

View on Amazon

Cobalt Blue Le Creuset French Cast Iron Cookware Pans And Bakeware

Colorful Enamel Pots Pans Storage And Cooking Accessories For Entertaining And Everyday Use

LeCreuset is famous for their enameled cast iron cookware. Since 1924 the company has been making brightly colored original pans, cookers, and utensils. The original LeCreuset is located in northern France in a country setting and in the 1970's set up a factory in South Carolina in the United States.

These days Le Creuset is a major manufacturer of stoneware, baking and prep accessories, and storage pieces in addition to a large line of cast iron cookware. The beautiful enamel colors have evolved and there are lots of coordinating pieces, of which the blue is a traditional favorite. I use the serving pieces for everything from baking, broiling, and serving, to storage in the refrigerator for heating the next day.

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French (Dutch) Oven, Marseille

Le Creuset Signature Enameled Cast-Iron 5-1/2-Quart Round French Oven, Marseille Shown in Flame Color Shown in Flame Color Also known as a Dutch oven, this updated kitchen class...

View on Amazon

Le Creuset Signature Iron Handle Skillet, 11-3/4-Inch, Marseille

Inspired by nearly a century of culinary craftsmanship, Le Creuset is proud to present the Signature collection as the next evolution of its enameled cast-iron cookware. Signatu...

View on Amazon

Le Creuset Signature Cast Iron Saucepan, 1-3/4-Quart, Marseille

The smoothly curved interior and rounded base of the Signature saucepan make sauce making easier than ever, with no tight corners to trap ingredients - allowing them to blend ea...

View on Amazon

Spode Fine English Bone China In Blue Patterns

Blue Italian,Woodland, Christmas Tree, Baking Days Are Spode Favorites

The Spode Company was founded by Josiah Spode in 1784 in Stoke-On-Trent, England. He was responsible for developing a blue underglaze process and also the formula for bone china. He started his business making creamware, and pearlware, which are high quality earthenware.

Today the Spode brand is owned by the Portmeirion Pottery Company. Some favorite Spode patterns are the Blue Italian, Woodland, Christmas Tree, and Baking Days collections. They also make fine decorative collectibles and Spode antiques are highly sought after collectibles.

Spode Blue Italian 12 Piece Set

Spode Blue Italian was made possible by Josiah Spode's perfection of blue under-glaze printing in 1784.This collection is a tapestry of blue scene's and figure's. Today we have ...

View on Amazon

Spode Judaica Passover Matzoh Plate

The NEW Spode Judaica Matzoh Tray is a beautifully designed square handled tray that holds another symbolic food during the Seder, a board like cracker called Matzoh. Matzoh is ...

View on Amazon

Spode Baking Days Dark Blue 4 Piece Place Setting

4 Pc Place Setting - Dark Blue Rim With White Dots - White Center

View on Amazon

Updated: 08/01/2014, fitzcharming
Thank you! Would you like to post a comment now?

Have A Favorite Dinnerware Pattern? Please Share

Only logged-in users are allowed to comment. Login
fitzcharming on 08/01/2014

Thanks Kimbesa, that means a lot coming from a dishie expert!

kimbesa on 08/01/2014

I really like blue, and those blue and white china patterns are classic!

You might also like

Starbucks Famous Painting And Artist Coffee Mugs

My collection includes only the mugs that have a Starbucks Logo or sign somew...

Collecting Starbucks Christmas Coffee Mugs

Saying goodbye to my charming Starbucks Christmas Coffee Mug collection. Jus...

Disclosure: This page generates income for authors based on affiliate relationships with our partners, including Amazon, Google and others.
Loading ...