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Long gone are the days when nice flatware—usually fine silverware—was only used sparingly and for special occasions. Couples today register for all sorts of flatware for every occasion, and many times what is considered "fancy" and "every day" are interchangeable. There are endless options to choose from, covering every style, color, material, and finish.
From vintage-inspired silverware to ultra-modern pieces, there’s truly something for everyone. Also, you don't like you have to stick to just one pattern! With so many possibilities, you may feel like registering for a couple of styles and mixing things up at your next dinner party. When you're registering, it's also helpful to think about other areas of your life that might be less expected— think reusable plastic flatware for your lunch or picnic excursions. Don’t worry— whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
Here, the best flatware sets.
Most Unexpected Flatware: Sharecook Multicolor 5-Piece Set
This modern iridescent flatware is a dream if you aren't a fan of the word “understated” and if you’re fully on board for using these aside equally playful plates. When you set the table with these shimmery statement makers, you can make your own rules.
Best Gold Flatware: Hawkins New York Highland 5-Piece Set
This gorgeous gold flatware set falls somewhere between glam and handmade, and we’re into it. A shiny finish and nontraditional shape add interest to any tablescape. Don’t overwhelm the table with too many other metallic accents if you use these, however, as things could turn a bit flashy.
Best Colorful Flatware: Mepra Fantasia Color 20-Piece Set
If you want color on your table, this flatware 100% serves that up (pun very much intended). With fourteen colorways to choose from (we especially love the more understated sage and sky blue), you can quite literally match your flatware to your china if you want. Looking for more variety on your table? Get the “sea” set and you’ll get mixed blues and greens, or the “earth” set that includes brown, white, and blues.
Best Dishwasher-Safe Flatware: Mepra Stiria 24-Piece Set
You may think that all modern flatware was created dishwasher safe, but many sets still require extra care. Make sure you always check before registering or buying—you have to be willing to commit to handwashing if your everyday flatware isn’t dishwasher safe! This set is versatile, stainless steel, and feels modern but not too modern for your morning cereal or eggs.
Best Handmade Flatware: Laguiole Olivewood 4-Piece Set
Crafted by an iconic French brand that has been around for generations, this flatware set is handmade using olivewood, and it’s exactly what our imaginary French countryside cottage needs (or our apartment IRL). If you’re going to invest in more expensive flatware, we definitely suggest going the handmade route for longlasting quality and excellent workmanship.
Best Faux-Vintage Flatware: West Elm Richmond 5-Piece Set
Did you pick these up at a flea market in Paris? No, but your guests won’t be able to tell. The weathered silver finish and traditional shape scream vintage but can be used in a contemporary place setting or alongside mix-and-match vintage plates alike.
Best Mixed Metallic Flatware: Crate and Barrel Tuscany 5-Piece Set
For those who crave the traditional flatware patterns, this banded set is perfect. A silver and gold-toned mix means it’ll go well with whatever metallic accents you already have on your table. With just enough weight to feel sturdy, you know it’ll stand the test of time.
Best Black and Gold Flatware: CB2 Earl Gold and Resin 20-Piece Set
Quirky and cool, this black and white striped flatware set mixes resin and gold for a Beetlejuice meets Kelly Wearstler vibe. Best of all, the resin lends itself to a more laid back aesthetic and the gold fancies things up, so you can dress these babies up or down, depending on your mood.
Best Wooden Flatware: Pottery Barn St. Michelle Pakka Wood 5-Piece Set
This classic, slightly masculine style lends itself perfectly to a mountain home or ranch aesthetic. Dark brown wood and stainless steel create an air of sophistication and timelessness. These are hand wash only, but we think it’s worth the commitment.
Best Bamboo Flatware: Pottery Barn Bamboo Stainless Steel 5-Piece Set
Bamboo-style flatware has been around for a while—we love this updated version in a stainless steel finish that works perfectly as your everyday set. It's a more casual shape mixed with an elegant silver finish, so it's perfect for both casual brunches and dinner parties alike.
Best Preppy Flatware: Sabre Paris White Stripe 5-Piece Set
Nothing says preppy quite like a good stripe. With a look that appears hand-painted and perfectly imperfect, this nautical style would fit perfectly in both a seaside cottage or just your outdoor living space. The design is refined, yet playful, and begs to be used all summer long.