I was in Target yesterday and ran across a new display of white porcelain serving pieces. It's no secret that I love white--we have white stoneware, white china, white everyday porcelain, and white glassware in our kitchen cupboards. By keeping all my dishes one color, it's easy to mix and match when setting a table.
What I liked about this new collection is that there are four styles of dishes (square/modern, scalloped, beaded, and ridged), all of which could be used individually or with another pattern. Prices ranged from $2 - $25, and my local store had a nice variety of pieces left (serving bowls and platters, pitchers, salt and pepper, bread bowl, spoon rest, coffee mugs, etc.).
I almost bought these ramekins, but the tag only says they are microwave and dishwasher safe, so I'm assuming they're not oven safe. I wish they were--these would be so cute for creme brulee or mini cobblers.
I thought these scalloped edge coffee mugs were really pretty, and they meet my mug criterion (generous handles so knuckles will not be burned!). They would make a great gift for a friend--a couple of these, along with a favorite tea or coffee blend.
Here you can see a few more pieces. The serving bowls on the bottom would be especially multifunctional, but I also liked the simple white tea pot and sugar and creamer set.
I ended up just buying one beaded bowl (for $4). I can think of a lot of uses for this: serving candies or mixed nuts at a party, holding jewelry in my closet, or even filling it with water and floating a single large bloom inside.
I'll definitely keep an eye on these; if they get marked down in a few weeks (which many times seems like the case at Target), I might pick up a couple more pieces.