These white dishes from Williams-Sonoma are my very favorite — affordable, sturdy and clean. Just the right thing for plating the perfect dish!
Let me start by saying this is not a sponsored post.
I simply feel it’s fair to share two things: 1) my love of this particular make of white dishes and 2) how presentation and aesthetics can really change the feel of a plated meal.
Let’s be honest.
Did I always have white dishes? Nope.
Did I always understand the aesthetic beauty of white dishes? Nope.
Have white dishes fixed all the plating problems in the kitchen? Yes. (Okay, well mostly.)
When did white dishes become so important?
When I started this blog in 2010, I knew nothing about plating and shooting food photos, aside from a few years of photography classes in high school and college way before the age of amazing smartphone cameras and affordable digital options (I used an old — but sturdy! — Pentax K1000 and spent copious amounts of time in the dark room).
It didn’t take long for me to realize the earthy gray-bluish plates we’d gotten for our wedding in 2002 were AWFUL in photos.
And they didn’t do much for the food in real life, either.
My photos were terrible, and … not just at the fault of the plates, if I’m honest.
So, it was somewhat serendipitous when my co-workers gave me a holiday gift card to Williams-Sonoma in 2010.
My first thought was, “How do I spend this?”
Followed quickly by, “I need new plates!” You can read more about the gift card here.
For a food photographer (even an amateur like me), having really great accessories can make or break a photo.
Some food bloggers pull out all the stops, with little original touches of delicate silverware, special linens, backdrops … you name it.
I love that. But that’s not me.
I’m simple. I don’t like to fuss around much, nor do I have the time for it.
Give me a white plate, some natural light, a terrific angle and I’m good to go.
And, because it deserves another shout-out: always use natural light whenever possible for every photo, food or otherwise.
But you’re not a food blogger.
Okay, so you’re not a food blogger.
White plates are practical for everyone.
They make your food the highlight of the plate. It looks more appetizing. They go with any type of color scheme you have in mind for napkins, candles, tablecloths, or whatever’s in place for your dining room or tablescape.
And they look so clean.
I love these dishes. So much so, I keep buying more pieces to add.
Williams-Sonoma Pantry Dinnerware
Williams-Sonoma Pantry Dinnerware is kind of hidden on their site, so if you go searching it may take a few minutes to find it.
It’s amazing, though, so aside from it being a lot less expensive than other dinnerware options in the store, I’m not really sure why it’s buried. Here’s their description:
A superb value, our restaurant-quality porcelain dinnerware is sophisticated enough for entertaining yet sturdy enough for everyday dining. The clean, simple lines and pristine white color coordinate beautifully with other dinnerware and serveware, so you can use the pieces as part of a wide variety of inviting table settings. Made of high-fired porcelain for exceptional durability, they will provide years of memorable meals. Oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.
Check out this list for these and other white dishes. While you’re at it, find ways to organize your pantry, here!