I love it when my kids call me for advice - especially when it has to do with looking for a source or product they need for their homes.
My daughter decided to start out the New Year with some different plates -the ones that she had were chipped and a bunch of them had gotten broken.
I am a frugal Lifestylist®, and as luck would have it I found some great plates at The Dollar Tree that are an amazing deal! They had dinner plates, bowls, and mugs all for $1.00 each. I love that they are a simple white with a raised beading around the edge, and at that price they are almost less than paper plates! It's a good thing she's in Florida because I think I bought up every one in Dallas.
White is a great choice for your table - it doesn't fight with whatever color your food is, and you can easily add color to your table top with napkins, placemats, and flowers.