A Stylish Kitchen loves setting a beautiful table and of course one of the stars of the show is the silverware. Silverware is a universal term for flatware but not all flatware is made of silver, in fact the most common material for flatware is stainless steel because it can handle daily use without bending or breaking. Everyday flatware sets are easy to care for. In fact stainlees steel, sterling silver and silverplated flatware are all dishwasher safe but be sure to check the specific care instructions for the silverware set you choose because hand washing may be recommended. Especially if the flatware has any type of alternative metal or special decorative details which may require washing by hand.
Flatware sets can serve as few as four (5 piece) place settings and up to as many as 12 (5 piece) place settings. A five piece place setting is usually typical for flatware. Traditional five piece place settings will include two forks – a dinner fork and a salad fork, two spoons – a dinner spoon and a teaspoon and a knife. In choosing your flatware set, consider how many place settings you will want to have on hand. Hostess or completer sets include the serving pieces – a tablespoon, pierced or slotted tablespoon, cold meat fork, sugar spoon and butter knife. More elaborate sets may also include a pie/cake server, gravy ladle or casserole spoon.
It is quite common to have more than one flatware set in your collection. This will allow you to create formal or casual table settings. The finish, shape and style of your flatware will contribute to the overall appearance of your table setting.