Before my husband and I walked down the aisle, we filled out our wedding registry. Somethings we registered for we never received. Somethings I regretfully let him include, we did get. Yes, my husband put the singing Billy Bass on the list. Of course, one of our male friends bought it for us him. The fish now greats visitors to my husband’s office.
Like most couples, we registered for dishes. Dishes come in two types, everyday dishes, and formal dishes. Eighteen years and three kids later, we use Winter White Corelle dishes.
Here are my top 7 reasons to choose Corelle for families with children and families looking to live a simpler, more minimalistic life.
#1My plates go with everything.
We started off our married life blue-rimmed Pfaltzgraff plates. They were beautiful but didn’t match our Christmas tablecloth very well. My Winter White dishes are a blank slate. No colors or designs that compete with whatever look I am going for with my table. The plates match everything from spring pastels to Christmas reds.
#2 White Corelle can be dressed up or left alone.
Yes, they are casual dishes. Frankly, most of the time that is all I need. We started our married life off with everyday dishes but not formal dishes, and for that I am glad. If I want to have a formal dinner, I have enough inherited formal dishes to put on a fancy meal. Yet, that is not how we live our life. Hopefully, there will always be children at our table, either in this generation or the next. Our focus for welcoming guests is really on hospitality and relationship building which seem to happen more readily with a more casual environment.
If I want to set our a fancy, formal table, I can still do that! Pick up some themed charger plates and watch your table transform. Add a metallic charger plate under your Corelle plus fancy linens and the right glasses; your table is now the belle of the ball.
#3 My White Corelle plates are light.
The plates are solid but light. Instead of carrying just three at a time, I can easily carry eight at a time. Consequently, less trips from the dishwasher to the cupboard. Also, less trips to from the cupboard to the kitchen table. On the other hand, that also means less exercise, but I prefer to get my steps in outside of my kitchen.
#4 My White Corelle plates are compact.
A set of eight of our previous plates stacked quite high. In contrast, that same number of Corelle plates is about a sixth of that size. This frees up so much more space in my cupboard, allowing me to get more use of the things behind the plates. Plus, it will enable us to have more plates.
In my house, the kids are responsible for emptying the dishwasher. I have rearranged my kitchen to put plates and bowls in the bottom cupboards to make it easier for them to do this chore. Locating the plates in a bottom cabinet also allows my children to quickly set the table and to get their own plate or bowl for snacks.
I don’t worry about them getting out dishes or bowls. I don’t worry about them putting dishes away that still might be a little damp and slippery. Why? Because, I swear Corelle bounces. Not really, it doesn’t actually bounce. There is something about them that makes them much harder to break than any other type of plate I have ever had in my life.
#5 Winter White Corelle is easily replaceable.
So when one of my lovely children does break a plate or bowl, I am not worried about it. I can quickly go down to Walmart and pick up a new one. The fancy dishes that we had early in our marriage were a challenge. When they dropped, they always broke. No one in our small town sold them, so replacements had to be ordered or picked up in the “big” city. Mail ordered plates would often arrive with some breakage. I can even get my Corelle shipped straight from the factory. They are not only replaceable today, but because of the timelessness of the white dishes, I plan on being able to pick them when the grandkids break them too.
#6 White Corelle is inexpensive.
Their low cost also makes it easier for me to assign my children to kitchen chores. With three children, there are lots of other things that I would rather spend my money to buy other than new dishes.
#7 My Plates are made in the U.S.A.
Corelle is made in the United States, except for their cups and mugs. If I can buy something made in the U.S.A which supports regular families like mine, that is a win-win. Plus less shipping and other environmental costs. These are more wins.
Make Service & Hospitality Easy
As people of faith, we want to encourage our children to do service. Service starts in the home. Emptying the dishwasher, setting the table, and clearing the table are all great ways for even young children to serve the rest of the family. We should choose to furnish our homes with items that make the easier for them and less stressful for us, parents!
We are also called to show hospitality to others. So many families do not even eat together, let alone invite others to eat with them. Gathering around a table is a great way to build relationships and spread the gospel. We don’t need to impress or be fancy to set a welcoming table for guests. A simple table setting and simple food allow us to focus on what is truly important: the people sitting around the table.