We actually use our real China to eat off of every day. They ARE our regular dishes & the only set we own! The salad plates are the perfect size for dd to eat from. She does use plastic plates, too, & used them much more when she was younger b/c I was afraid she would drop the real plates. At any rate, try your salad dishes, or pick some up at the thrift store. For a bowl, we have a beautiful baby set that a friend gave us that has a sturdy ceramic bowl & mug. The bowl is heavy enough to be perfect for learning to use a spoon & it has cute bunny pictures all over it. We also use these little pudding-type, I guess ramkin bowls. They are from the fifties & made of that white glass.
Sporting goods stores, like Dick's, have enamelware in their camping sections. It is cheaper there than to order from Nova. There are also many camping sites, like this one: http://www.wagonmound.com/enam1_a.html
, that sell inexpensive enamelware. Look how cute those espresso mugs are!!!!