My Everyday Silverware

sterling silver

Last year, I posted a photo of my everyday silverware drawer on IG. Apparently, I shocked a lot of people when I admitted that I use my sterling silver flatware a lot. Contrary to most, I use my silver every single day. As in the good stuff. 

This is my silverware drawer. It has a combination of sterling silver and silverplate.

This drawer holds my sterling silver (Wallace Rose Point) and my Vintage silver plate (Rogers Bros. Vintage). I love both of these patterns so much that I cannot imagine only using them for special occasions. So I use them every day.

sterling silver patterns

I love using Rae Dunn to store some of my silverware

And the most shocking part? I put the silver in the dishwasher. All of the time. My grandmother would be shocked and for sure take back all of the silver I own. Some may call me foolish but I think it’s too pretty not to enjoy all of the time. And even though I put it in the dishwasher, it still looks as good as the day I got it. Of course, this does not mean that I can guarantee the dishwasher won’t harm your silver. But for me, after thirty years, it still looks perfect.

sterling silver flatware

For the engagement party we hosted this summer, I had enough silver and silverplate flatware to serve 65 people. 

using sterling silver

I love nice flatware. I also combine all of the patterns I own when I set a table. I never even try to make it match!

sterling silver at breakfast

And yes, I even use my sterling silver at breakfast.

Some may call me foolish but I think sterling silver too pretty not to enjoy all of the time. And even though I put it in the dishwasher, it still looks as good as the day I got it. Of course, this does not mean that I can guarantee the dishwasher won’t harm your silver. But for me, after thirty years, it still looks perfect.

sterling silver dining outside

Can you guess what surprised me the most about the reaction to my post about this on Instagram? Lots of people pulled out their silver and started using it again!

 

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18 thoughts on “My Everyday Silverware

  1. I knew you and I would be best friends….I love your silverware useage and I do too! Looks like we even have the same patterns. I preach all the time that you must use the good stuff to have the memories that go with it…or the next person at the estate sale won’t care at all. The memories are what make the items so valuable. HUGS!!!

  2. My sterling lives hidden and it makes me so sad! My mother URGED me my entire adulthood to make sure a piece NEVER went in the dishwasher because it would “pit”… so now I need to know more details… does your dishwasher have a heating element? (Bosch does not) and have you used all types of soap or found one to be better than others? TY marcy

  3. As the [rebellious 😉] daughter of a mom who brought out her silver two or three times a year, I absolutely agree about everyday use. Our families are our most special guests.

  4. Yep…I use mine too and have always put it in the dishwasher…it still looks perfect and I don’t use a certain detergent…seems such a waste to only use a couple times a year!

  5. What a wonderful idea! I’m pulling some of mine out right now! I have mine, my mother’s and both of my grandmothers’!

  6. I inherited a beautiful set of real silverware from my great grandmother. I use it at every family occasion. One time while cleaning it, I found a serving spoon that she had put a piece of tape on with her initials. ABR. I was so excited to find it, and cherish that spoon! My mom recently passed, and while going through her things I got another set of silver. So now I will be passing to my children, one set each. And they have been brought up to know it is a family heirloom and they cherish it as well. I never put mine in the dishwasher, I’m too afraid! But I may start using it with every day meals now that you have inspired me….thank you!

  7. You are so smart! My mother sacrificed to see that I got nice silverware and I rarely use it. I’m gonna give this try and test out a few pieces in the dishwasher. I am singing your praises!

  8. I have never put my silver in the dishwasher! I have several sets that are carefully stored in their wooden boxes. It would be a leap of faith for me to throw them all together – I’m a bit anal about keeping all the patterns separate. However, I love the fact that you use yours everyday. Maybe I need to branch out and throw caution to the wind!!! Ha!

  9. Fascinating! I love that you do this. Two questions. Do you use a special dishwasher setting? Do you still have to polish?

  10. I’ve heard so many people say that the best way to make silver last is to store it in a tight place so that it doesn’t tarnish. But a jeweler once told me that the best way to keep your silver looking it’s best, is to wear it. ( In this case use it). And to clean it, he said to just shower, do dishes, and wash my hands wearing the piece of jewelry. I own a lot of silver jewelry and I never polish it unless it’s been stored for a long time. So I can see how the same is true for flatware.

  11. My mother in-law would like to give me not only her silver, but her grandmothers and aunts. I was dreading storing all of it. Now, I am excited to know I can use it everyday and throw it in the dishwasher to clean. Whew! Thanks!

  12. Six years ago, this coming weekend, we hosted our son’s wedding rehearsal dinner at the wedding venue (our back yard). I pulled together all of my sterling and plated flatware to serve 60 people. Not quite trusting, I listed the number of pieces used from each of my sets. Thank goodness for that, as I had to go through the trash to retrieve some pieces! How gratifying, though to be able to use it for such a memorable occasion! I am intrigued by the number of people who say they use their sterling every day…and I just may start doing that, too!! Love your blog.

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