15 Dinnerware Sets for Your Spring Soirées
Swap those fleeces for florals, cleanse your home of its winter grime and break out the bright and bold dinnerware in preparation for those spring and summer soirées you love to host. Here are colorful dinnerware sets that’ll make your table memorable. From geometric shapes to floral patterns to metallic finishes, these sets are sure to be conversation starters. And remember: You can always mix and match!
1. Greenware Dinnerware ($20 – $52): Chevron stripes in a fresh green hue make for a light and bright party place setting.
2. Sissinghurst Castle ($12 – $20): Thanks to Anthropologie, you can have the prettiest table in all the land with a flirty and feminine floral dinnerware set.
3. Fiesta Four Piece Place Setting ($33): Few hues are as bright and bold as turquoise. So if eye popping is what you’re going for, look no further. The collection also includes sets in shamrock, sunshine, tangerine and paprika.
4. Yellow Earthenware ($5 – $6): Bring some sunshine to the table with pieces from Zara Home. If you’re throwing an outdoor shindig, these puppies are nice and sturdy.
5. Attingham Dinnerware ($12 – $17): Soft edges give a black-and-white set a surprisingly soft and understated aesthetic. Mix and match these pieces with more colorful options to bring both color and texture to the table.
6. Lunea Melamine Yellow ($2 – $4): Crate and Barrel goes clean and modern. Feel free to jazz up no-fuss pieces with patterned placemats and napkins and maybe even some sparkly napkin rings.
7. Striped Melamine ($4 – $6): Brush-stroked stripes are right on trend this season. They add that modern art feel to any party.
8. Paramount Dinnerware ($52 – $80): This girl loves gold, and you should too. An all gold place setting can bring elegance to formal dinners, but don’t be afraid to mix and match metallic pieces with bright and patterned options for a bold (and shiny!) table.
9. Alabama Chanin Camellia ($220): Here is Heath Ceramic’s nod to the Alabama state flower, the camellia. If you ask us, the large-scale etched pattern is nothing less than blooming brilliant.
10. Le Creuset 16 Piece Dinnerware Set ($220): Talk about saturated! These vibrant plates are here to brighten your day.
11. Kate Spade New York Four Piece Hopscotch Drive ($80): Kate Spade brings us a set of clean and classic dinnerware that will last through the ages — this one with a thick stripe of springtime kelly green.
12. Rope Outdoor Dinnerware ($26 – $34): These Italian ceramics might be made for the outdoors (they’re super durable!), but they’ll bring a nice splash of texture to your indoor table as well. Plus, colored glass adds a nice vintage-y feel.
13. American Atelier Trellis Orange 16 Piece ($64): These bright ceramic pieces with their geometric flowers can be dressed down for casual occasions or dolled up for more formal dinners.
14. Modern Lace Gray and Chartreuse ($95): Packed with handmade charm, every piece is unique in its own way. Delicate yet sturdy, this set makes for great indoor and outdoor springtime dinnerware.
15. Garden Buzz Dinnerware ($10 – $15): Bring some fantastical flowers to the dinner table with this Anthropologie exclusive by Michelle Morin. Because everyone loves a bit of whimsy at a spring soiree.
What colorful dinnerware sets are currently gracing your tables? Share them with us in the comments below!
Welcome to Selfmade Finance School, our new money series with Block Advisors to help small business owners with their tax, bookkeeping, and payroll needs year-round. This week, we explore the tax implications of bringing family members into your business.
The question for today is this: Does hiring your family members make sense for your business? Let me be clear. This is not a piece about whether hiring your family members makes sense for your relationships with those family members. As someone who is part of a family business, I could fill up a lot more than 600 words on my opinions about that. For today's purposes, we focus on whether it makes sense from an overall "good business and tax implication" perspective. As it turns out, there is a decent amount of tax nuance when it comes to employing your family. Let's break it down based on relationship to the employee:
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Spouses Who Are In Business Together
Personally, if I had to be in business with my husband, it would not go well. However, many couples build viable, strong businesses together and I say, good for them! Depending on how you have your business entity structured, it will make a big difference on the tax treatment of you and your spouse working as partners. Because a business jointly owned and operated by a married couple is generally treated as a partnership for Federal tax purposes, the spouses must comply with filing and record keeping requirements imposed on partnerships and their partners. The election to file two Schedule C (Form 1040) forms, (one for each spouse) permits certain married co-owners to avoid filing partnership returns, provided that each spouse separately reports a share of all the businesses' items of income, gain, loss, deduction, and credit. Under the election, both spouses will be subject to self-employment tax and on net earnings from self-employment and receive credit for Social Security earnings.
One Spouse Employs Another
If you have a dynamic where your spouse is an employee of your business, then your spouse's wages are subject to income tax withholding, Social Security and Medicare taxes. If you are self-employed (not a corporation or a partnership), your spouse's pay does not have to be included in your federal unemployment tax account (FUTA) contributions and payments. However, if your business is a corporation or a partnership you must include that spouse's pay in your unemployment tax contribution calculation.
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You Employ Your Child
First, let's be clear. I work in my family business, but I am an adult, so I am treated just like a normal employee. However, if you, for example, run a family restaurant and want to hire your children under 18 to work for you, there are some tax benefits. But first, you should check with your state for rules on how many hours minors can work (in non-agricultural jobs) and reference the Fair Labor Standards Act for information on limitations on the kinds of work children can perform.
"This is an often overlooked or under-utilized strategy. Paying your children for true services they provide in your business can be a powerful tax-saving tool," says Cathi Reed, Block Advisors Regional Director. "If you are a sole-proprietorship or single member LLC, and the child is less than 18 years of age, the business is not required to withhold FICA or payroll taxes. The child can use his or her standard deduction against income you pay."
You Hire Your Parent
Oh dear. If you are brave enough to do this, know that you will need to pay Social Security and Medicare taxes on your parent's wages and make the appropriate withholdings, but you don't have to pay unemployment taxes. Now all you have to do is convince your parent that you are the boss. Have fun with that!
Is Hiring Family Members Worth It For The Tax Benefits?
"There are some positive tax advantages to hiring family members. It's important to treat a family member like any other employee. Hiring your children can result in substantial savings for businesses. Make sure your child has real, age-appropriate work to do and a reasonable pay rate, comparable to other employees. Consult with a Block Advisors small business certified tax pro to ensure that you are complying with all requirements," advises Reed. "Block Advisors, a team within H&R Block, is dedicated to meeting the tax, bookkeeping and payroll needs of small business owners year-round. To start working with the tax experts at Block Advisors, visit blockadvisors.com."
In my opinion, you should not hire a family member solely because of the tax benefits. You should always hire based on whether that person is right for the job and keep in mind how this hire could materially impact your relationship with that person and others in your family. Finally, as I mentioned, make sure you have a tax professional on your team when making these determinations. As you can see, things can get a little tricky!
*All details were sourced from IRS.gov and blockadvisors.com