When it comes to registering for fine china as well as everyday china, unless you have a family collection to build on, or a pattern that instantly draws you in, it can be a bit daunting narrowing down your selection to just one! While we admit to loving all things tabletop, this blog entry will be focused on china patterns that are versatile, functional and as always – absolutely beautiful!! For those who have already registered and are not in the market to purchase new fine or casual / everyday china, we think you’ll be interested too. While there are certainly times in our lives that lend themselves to purchasing fine china as well as everyday place settings, we justify the purchase of pretty plates as “essential” to staying alive! …That might be a bit of a stretch, but if you have to have a plate, it might as well be nice to look at.
Some of our favorite everyday place settings include Gien’s filet taupe, vert and bleu; Spode’s Blue Italian, Woodland, and their new Delamer Rural; Bernardaud’s Louvre, Juliska’s Berry & Thread, Vietri’s Incanto, Wedgwood’s Nantucket Basket, and the list goes on!! Each of these patterns offers an undeniable added element to love – they are all dishwasher safe!! Sometimes the “simple” task of having sit down dinners (even casual ones), meal planning and making your house presentable can result in a bit of a buzz kill. This is why having a beautiful pattern that achieves a pulled together look but without the hand-washing fuss is a good thing!
Additionally, most all of these patterns mix nicely with other patterns. Mixing and matching can work nicely and actually add a personal touch complimenting your style. Regardless of your preference to mix and match or to go with all one pattern, did we mention the endless ways to decorate with plates?! Some of our favorite decorative uses are with bone china. Bone china is essentially white china. You can hang plates on a plate-wrack, or vertically stack them one on top of another on a wall. Both options make beautiful displays! Propping a plate or plates up on plate stands is another easy but classic way of decorating with your favorites.
Now that we’ve mentioned functional and decorative uses for everyday place settings, it is important to note that special occasions are special with or without fine china. Fine china is truly divine and sets the most gorgeous of tabletops, but you can have just as pretty of a tabletop for your special occasions by changing up your linens and/or adding a pretty floral arrangement to your everyday setting. For example, you might want to add a red placemat to your white / tan or green place setting for Christmas dinners. You are only limited by your own imagination.
When it comes to pretty plates, they are all lovely! Take a look at the options and know that if your lifestyle is more casual, there is definitely a beautiful pattern to fit your needs that is anything but hard to care for. Remember, classic patterns in everyday place settings can be surprisingly easy to care for, resulting in pieces that will always be.