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Rustic Dining in a Modern World

Picture a cold winter day. You’re in the wilderness at a lodge. A hand-stitched blanket is wrapped around you while you look out the window at the snow-covered ground and sip on a cup of hot chocolate.

Now picture that cup you are sipping the hot chocolate out of. If it’s a corporate logo coffee mug, kind of ruins the setting, doesn’t it? The same is true if you have put a lot of work into your rustic dining room atmosphere only to serve on modern-looking plates. You’ve got the country linens, a beautiful rustic dining room table, but the wrong plates will immediately put the brakes on the atmosphere you are trying to create. It’s kind of like taking a trip back to the renaissance and seeing someone wearing a wristwatch. It just doesn’t work. You need a rustic dinnerware alternative.

While you may think you can just pick any rustic dinnerware sets and move on with it, that is not the case. Different sets speak to different environments.

What is your theme?

Are you doing a general country theme? If so, dinnerware with apples, roosters, or a country quilt work pattern may be your answer, to continue that ‘life on the farm’ feeling while at the table.

Other sets may depict covered wagons, prairie scenes and other Western themes that will bring the Wild West alive at your dinner table.

If you are going with a wilderness getaway theme, you may want to look more into cabin dinnerware or lodge dinnerware. Whether your preference is pine trees and pinecones, cabins, fish and fishing, or black bears, moose and elk, you can find dinnerware sets where these themes are well represented while you enjoy your soup, salad, entrée, and cup of coffee. 

You don’t have to stop at the dinner plates either. There are also a number of rustic flatware options that are on the market to complement your dinnerware and glassware.

Thankfully, clean up doesn’t is a snap. Most pieces these days are microwave and dishwasher safe so there’s no need to pump water from the well to clean up after dinner.