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Nobody wants to eat their meals on rickety old dishes covered with chips and cracks. But not every household can afford to serve meals on lavish plates and saucers that cost a month's salary to buy. Thankfully, with the widespread availability of affordable dinnerware sets, family meals can feel special no matter what type of budget you have.

Fiesta Dinner

Fiesta dinnerware has been around for years, and it takes casual dining to the next level. This affordable dinnerware features dishes in an assortment of vibrant colors such as lemongrass, chocolate, heather, tangerine, sunflower and scarlet. Fiesta dinnerware has added alpha alumina to enhance the durability of its dishes, improving their ability to retain heat.

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If you're looking for themed dishes for special holiday gatherings, Fiesta has a small assortment of Christmas dinnerware sets to choose from. This beautiful collection also offers companion pieces to match their bright, bold dinnerware such as baking dishes and hostess bowls. Be sure to use cutlery that complements the look of your dinnerware as well.

China Dinnerware

China dinnerware is for those occasions when you truly want to impress friends and family. It can be quite expensive for the average household (especially hand-painted china), but it can be a worthwhile purchase for those who spend a lot of time throwing formal dinner parties.

Corelle Dinnerware

Corelle dinnerware boasts an array of decorative patterns and designs to complement almost any kitchen decor. It offers both casual and formal dinnerware via its Livingware, Impressions, Square, Hearthstone and Ultra Lifestyles lines. Corelle has both lightweight and heavyweight dinnerware that resists chipping and breaking. With normal use, this dinnerware can easily last for years. This brand also offers plenty of discount dinnerware selections, which can make wonderful gifts for weddings, anniversaries and housewarmings.

Quality dinnerware doesn't have to be expensive. Corelle's endless selection of decorative designs, as well as Fiesta's line of brightly colored dishes proves that dinnerware can be affordable and beautiful at the same time. And if your budget is a little more daring, fine china dinnerware can certainly add a touch of elegance to any dinner table.