Post # 1
I am not exactly a “formal dining” kind of gal when it comes to entertaining at home. I was not planning on registering for china. We’ve got a couple of Belleek pieces that were given to us as a gift (literally. Two pieces. A cup and a saucer). We laugh at the people who register for $130 sugar bowls. Not only did I kind of chuckle at the “Why China, Why Now?” brochure that was given to me when we registered at Bed Bath & Beyond, but I outright guffawed at the reasoning they give as to why we should.
“Because people really like to give you lovely gifts”. – Yes, but I think pots and pans make more sense.
“This is the time to get nice things”. – yes, but won’t bath towels and a vacuum cleaner come in WAY more handy?
Then they show all of these ways you can use it- have a “Spa Day” party with your girlfriends. A speakeasy night. Book club night, “one bite night”- whatever happened to just plain old having your friends over???
So I amused myself with my overwhelming sense of cynicism… then. Oh, then.
Then I laid my eyes upon Lenox “Chirp”. Now I don’t know if it’s the bright red and vibrant turquoise…or the ridiculously lovely watercolor birds… but I am in love. And within about 30 minutes on the Bed Bath and Beyond website, was trying to decide if it made sense to cancel everything else on the damn registry and just outfit my entire kitchen and dining room in this beautiful pattern. (To the tune of quite literally, thousands of dollars).
They are PLATES. Can I bring myself to ask for $100 place settings of this stuff just because it’s beautiful and I could stare at it for hours? (And because our new home happens to have a built in hutch in the dining room that is just BEGGING to be filled with beautiful shiny things?) And if I register for it, how many do I register for? Is 4 enough? (Of course BB&B suggests 12- TWELVE- settings). Would people turn their nose up at my desired $199 5-piece serving set? Do people actually BUY this stuff?
Another idea I had was to stick with our original plan of registering for plain white plates (like a 16 or 20 piece set) – and adding some “Chirp” accent pieces as sort of a “signature”.
Post # 3
I don’t want a dining room so I don’t need china. I’m with you, I laugh at those people so I don’t want to be one of them!
Post # 4
OMG I freaking love the Chirp pattern. My FI told me absolutely no way were we having bird china for our entire lives, so we went with something a little more classic. HOWEVER. We registered for a platter, a bowl and a serving set. AND. (Here’s the best part) at Macy’s, they have bath towels, kitchen towels, aprons, table linens, napkins, a freaking bathroom set (toothbrush holder, soap dish, etc) that is just ridiculously awesome. If you think the china is too much to spend for dishes, they have other things in that pattern that are very reasonable.
Post # 5
- Wedding: September 2014 - FMILs back yard
I LOVE china, but we won’t be registering for it. We’ll be buying it ourselves. I feel it’s not appropriate to register for it considering who will be buying us gifts. (I don’t think anyone we’re inviting has the means to buy us expensive gifts, so we’re registering for cheaper items, but things that we still need/want.)
Post # 6
We registered for china. Hubby thought it was pointless, but I thought it would be cool to have some nice plates we could use for anniversaries or holidays or dinner parties. My only requirement was that it be dishwasher safe so that it would actually get used! My mom was the only one who got us any, so we have four place settings. That’s enough for me!
Post # 7
@sarals24: So did you just get the “accent/serving” pieces in your pattern?? LOL- yes I know about all of the OTHER pieces and things…I told FI I might just register for like the salt and pepper shakers and some kitchen towels. For me, outfitting our new bathroom in “Chirp” would probably drive both of us bonkers in short order.
@PatientBride: I unfortunately have to admit that more than once during this wedding planning process, I’ve felt like I was becoming one of “them”. LOL
Post # 8
@ALAin2014: I registered for it, didn’t get any, and I am THRILLED!
My grandma gave me her china set (as a congrats on conceiving my first great-grandchild gift), and I LOVE it!
Post # 9
I was actually quite surprised to learn in my research that it is really quite durable. (Rationalization, much? LOL).
@missjayb: That’s kind of where I’m at as well. As pretty as it is, there are definitely things we need that will take precedence… and I don’t want people overextending themselves anyway.
Post # 10
@BrandNewBride: That’s awesome, congrats! Cool too that you like the pattern- BONUS! My future MIL has these Christmas/holiday plates that are so exquisite.
Post # 11
- Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia
I won’t have a registry as we have too many plates we can handle. Having different plates would be great as a hobby food blogger to have a variety of plating options. However, it has been a blessing & a curse to receive plates for my birthday and for Christmas. I don’t think I want to see anymore plates after the wedding!!! I can’t imagine they would survive many days of driving.
My mom hosted endless family dinners (30+ guests) with mismatched plates — it’s not the end of the world! 🙂
Post # 12
@ALAin2014: FI is obsessed with birds, and he reverted to a little kid when he saw this set. He sidled up to me, pulled on my shirt and just said “Pleasepleasepleaseplease” for like an entire minute.
With that said, because we are having an extremely budget wedding (read: we are broke), we really can’t justify registering for any china.
So we’ve decided that we would rather “earn” our expensive pieces by saving up for them ourselves, rather than ask friends and family to drop thousands on china for us.
That, and we’d much rather have cash 😛
Post # 13
We registered for china, (our wedding was in October) and received 10 place settings and a few of the serving pieces. We hosted Thanksgiving right after the wedding, and used everything right away. I know that we will continue to use it as we get older and have more holidays together. Both of us grew up with our parents using special china on holidays, so it was important for us.
Post # 14
We registered for the CHIRP pattern and I absolutely love it. However, I didn’t register for entire place settings, only individual pieces that I wanted. For example, dinner plates, salad plates, dessert plates, the wonderful bird trays, platters. I didn’t need the bowls or coffee mugs as I have white ones that can match from our regular Crate & Barrel daily/ pre-marriage dishes.
I’m sooooo glad that I did— I love them!! So does my husband. And they totally fit our life style- they are oven to freezer safe, chip resistant & you can put them in the dishwasher.
Love ’em love ’em love ’em 🙂
i know that china isn’t on everyone’s registers, but we had so many family members coming to the wedding and buying for us, we had to register for a lot of individual items. Hubby & I are from the Deep South and giving cash as a gift really isn’t part of the culture here. Here, you give house items. Anyway, just throwing in my two cents about the loverly Chirp pattern and my vote for wedding china!!
Post # 15
I have Lenox Chirp! It really is nice… We’ve banged it around in the dishwasher for years and its still just as nice as the day I bought it. Go ahead and register for it… It’s a popular pattern and will probably be around for a while, and you can always buy it piecemeal on eBay and Lenox.com, where it goes on sale frequently, to supplement whatever you don’t get from your registry.
ETA: I have six dinner plates, six salad plates and four bowls. I’ve never felt the need for more. We don’t have the matching mugs, just cheap white mugs that look just fine with the chirp pattern. I got them at TJ Maxx when I found them there on sale for $10/plate.
Post # 16
Oooh, that set is really cute! If you really want it, register for it, although I think your idea of doing white plates and then Chirp accent pieces is good.
We didn’t register for china. We’ll never use it, no one in our families uses it. We registered for some plain white dinnerware/serving pieces that we can decorate around as the times change.