DAILY: Arcoroc whites, bought at SM/Shopwise. Eh galing makabasag helpers -- this is easy to replace anytime. (Corelle is dificult to replace by piece, so tinigilan ko na yan) The help use some Thai dinnerware from S&R. They change, that is I pay for a new set every 8-10 months ata for them. Ewan ko ba kulang kulang gamit sa kababasag.
For glassware - for the family -- I bought on sale at Php299 per set of boxed 6 goblets at S&R late last year mga 22 dozen in all. I use those now for my parties & some for our daily use. O eh di nakabasag na sila ng 6, these oughta last 2 years. lolz.
Glassware or the helpers is some Thai brand with floral design. Ganon - I buy a dozen and then in 8-10 months, buy maybe 6 or less to replace ano nabasag.
The thing is, family dinnerware & serving ware are all white; our goblets all clear, plain.
The dinnerware, glassware, etc for the help are colored or in whtever designs they fancy. That way,
madali enforcement of property separation between the family & service kitchens. Hehe
Oneida bought in the US for flatware for the family; some China brand for the helpers from SM.
All tablenapkins used from my suki supplier at the Greenhills tiangge. I maintain different colors in sets of 6 -- I have 12 sets. all napkins per meal must match... Even those not used are laundered para no oversight binalik ang nagamit (yuk) and each set comes back complete from the lavandera. With 12 sets -- ensured napkins are always freshly laundered.
Helpers use paper napkins
For casual/large parties: Noritake white dinnerware, serving ware and Oneida (I have a separate set for 60). Napkins - I have sets of 60 of the regular sized in red, green, white & black. I have 3 sets of whites. I also have sets of 60 of beige, white, red & gold for the bigger large dinner napkins too.
Napkins bought from my Greenhills suki, Gourdos, Rustans or my favorite: Chinese Arts & Crafts in HK.
Serving ware is from Noritake, Gourdos, Rustan, SM, etc. Kasi if I stick to all white -- madali to buy whtever to add/replace pag nabasag/chip. But I maintain accent pieces of sterling silver (minana mostly, some bought abroad) or silver-plated serving ware (bought in the US); also a lot of crystal serving ware (bought in the US mostly, or from Deco Centrum at EDSA-Annapolis).
Glassware are the goblets bought at sale from S&R.
For formal dinners - we limit to 30, try try try.
I use high-end lead crystal glassware & servingware, sterling silver serving dishes, Christofle flatware or those gold German flatware that dazzle my help (lols) bone china dinnerware (I have 5 sets), and big formal napkins bought from Bergdorf, Horchow or Rustans. Also, expensive napkin holders (pag dinner for 12 or less). Most of my loot I got from my lola (who bought from all over the world, including daw fom the smugglers of the 70s. Also ftom MIL -- unbelievable! She gave me some of her wedding loot. some from my mom (konti kasi dami give to my sisters in law), some from friends. Some were wedding gifts. Some I bought, kasi, well, hindi ako makatulog. Before my cousins realized the value of
the stuff in my lola's house -- before they realized puede gamitin old stuff in our modern lives. -- hahaha, half the loot was with me na. Bagal nila magka epiphany eh. Lolz
So there -- look at what your lola/mom/MIL possess. Usually, they will give you what they treasure but have no energy to use na.
But I like best my daily dinnerware No sweat. Pag nabasag - send off a helper to buy a replacement.
Don't forget your tablecloths, runners & cloth placemats. I am a sucker for such. I buy everywhere I travel. From the pikit-mata embroidered tablecloths bought in Paris to the P100/square dyed ones from Boracay. Tablecloths dictate my party themes (since my tableware is neutral).