A typical casual dinnerware set for eight usually includes 16 pieces. This includes four different types of dinnerware per person for a total of 16 pieces.
The four pieces typically included in an eight-person dinnerware set include plates, bowls, and mugs or cups. There are typically two different types of plates. One plate is larger, which is suitable for the main course. The second plate is smaller and more suitable for side dishes and salads.
These sets also include four bowls for soups, cereals and similar foods. They also usually include four mugs for drinks. Sometimes, there are smaller tea plates included, which are often placed underneath the mug or tea cups which came with the dinnerware set.
It is also possible for dinnerware sets to include silverware. A set for eight people might include a butter knife, a dinner fork, a desert fork and a spoon for each person. Dinnerware sets may also include glass drinking cups in addition to mugs.
Different cultures tend to have slightly different types of dinnerware which match the way they traditionally eat meals. A Japanese dinnerware set, for example, often includes rice bowls, noodle bowls, dipping sauce cups, chopsticks, chopstick rests and hot noodle bowls.