A fabulous dining experience is just as much about the tableware and drinkware as it is about the food on the plate. Consider your cutlery as a sort of accessory that not only frames a table setting, but as the vehicle for a delicious meal. But, large dinner sets don’t have to set you back thousands of rands, although they can be valuable heirlooms to pass down through generations.
Remember, when shopping for cutlery sets it is important to notice the number of pieces in the set. A sixteen piece cutlery set will contain four of each piece of silverware (knives, forks, and spoons). As the total number of silverware in a set increases, there are more table settings included and more pieces added. The higher the number in the cutlery set, the more intricate the table setting.
We have found three divine cutlery sets across three price brackets and aesthetics to take your dining experience to the next level, whether for everyday eating or those pieces saved for special occasions.
Save: Brooklyn Stainless Steel 16 Piece Cutlery Set, R999
Your cutlery does not always have to be silver stainless steel. In fact, there has been a shift in trends that favour unique silhouettes, colours, and finishes from engraved spoons to brushed matte finishes. The best part? These trending sets start at relatively low price points for their unique styles. This Brooklyn Stainless Steel 16 Piece Cutlery Set from Woolworths is a great fit for the at-home cook who loves to entertain, but is on a budget when it comes to decor. The unique, slim silhouette of the silverware introduces a unique style to the dining experience, while the gold accents any table setting with glamorous adornment.
Available through www.woolworths.co.za
Spend: SOLA Lotus Stainless Steel 50 Piece Cutlery Set, R6,699
A 50 piece cutlery set can seem daunting, but these larger sets are great for entertaining, especially for those larger family gatherings during religious holidays. What’s great about these 50 piece sets is they include not only 6 pieces of standard cutlery, but additional spoons for serving and dessert, allowing them to carry your guests through all three courses. The SOLA Lotus Stainless Steel 50 Piece Cutlery Set is not only a great set to have in your arsenal of silverware for entertaining, but makes a great gift for newly-weds, first-time homeowners, and someone moving into their first apartment.
Available through www.yuppiechef.com
Splurge: Arthur Price 58 Piece Cutlery Set Kings, R13,390
There are few things as desirable as a beautifully ornate cutlery collection that sets your table apart from the rest. Feel like an elevated version of yourself by using the same cutlery used for over 100 years by European aristocracy. A 58 piece set serves 8 people and is guaranteed for 50 years. If you are after the finer things in life, then a beautiful stainless steel cutlery set is one way to dazzle not only your guests, but your highest self-esteem.
Available through www.spilhaus.co.za