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Matching dishes, we did till they started breaking then I just went out and bought a bunch of plastic wear, for some reason my family prefers it.
There are separate plates for the kids, but that is only used when we have things that will 'run' into each other. I can't stand when food touches each other, so it's more about me then them.
Silverware flucuates in this house. I swear one day we have one spoon between us and the next day all 20+ will show up again. I keep plastic ware on hand for just such occasions.
Funny story, until this year my husband did not allow any glass cups/glasses in the house. Not because of the kids, but for 2 years in a row I ended up in the ER (on Mothers Day) because a glass would break when I was watching it. Did that stop me? Nope, I just found other ways to hurt myself lol
We have a full set of plates that have that stupid gold edging, and then 2-3 of 3 other 'sets'. The smaller plates we have a mix of like 3-4 sets.
We have a bunch of plastic plates for the kids, both round ones and ones with separators.
There is about 35 spoons and like 20 forks. I think I am buying more forks on Friday.
The reason I asked this question is a friend of ours always makes a big deal of our plates. They eat here frequently, and she always says she's going to buy me all matching plates. Then she got plastic plates for the kids since we were running low (she brings 4 or 5 kids with her when they come over) and she told me to throw away the other kids plates so that they all match. Um.. no?
Ours is kind of a few different sets mixed together that we were given. We use some plastic divider plates for the littles (and me, I hate my food touching as well), I don't really care much or even notice until you mentioned it!
As long as they are clean, and put away, I'm good with it!
Jesus loving, homeschooling, gardening lover, devoted wife to a wonderful hubby and 10 kids, ages 13 down to 12.5 months . We are expecting number 11 due January 1st, 2015.
I purchased our very first set, something like 13 years ago. My MIL tends to buy our dishes cause it irks her when ours don't match, but this is coming from a woman who could feed an army on her matching dishes and still have a few left over for the navy lol
I have some guest sets....but for us I like to buy unique plates and bowls that are the same pattern group but design is slightly different but still fits with the set. interchangable i guess....
Silverware is solid for us and not used in every meal. Eat traditionally on the floor with our hands sometimes that is lots of fun and a great way to enjoy the food with family or freinds...We also have our formal dining table that we use . I tend to preffer to have spoons on hand. Large soup size ones along with traditional tea spoons which is what the children use. I also allow my young children to use butter knives at the formal table when appropiate. So long as proper Etiquette is followed.
We use matching dishes. However, our plastic kids' dishes are a wide variety. Only #4 uses the plastic on a regular basis. The rest of us use the stoneware. We got them as a wedding gift, and they have really held up well. We've added a few along the way, and we can usually get through 2 meals with all of us before we would HAVE to have more clean (just in case the dishwasher isn't unloaded).
Mommy to Jasmine (17), Kirsten (14), Ana (12), Katie (3), Xavier (1), and Gunnar (born 10-15-14)