(Closed) Fine China

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Do you use your fine china?
    Yes, rarely for special occasions : (13 votes)
    35 %
    Haven't used it once : (14 votes)
    38 %
    No but I plan on using it : (6 votes)
    16 %
    other : (4 votes)
    11 %
  • Post # 3
    4371 posts
    Honey bee

    I use mine quite a bit, since it’s dishwasher safe. Not every day, but whenever I want a nice dinner to look more elegant. Just put it out with the rest of your dishes so you’ll use it.

    Post # 4
    1681 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @MissParrot:  My parents have a 12 person set of 14k gold trimmed Lenox china plus serving dishes. They bust those suckers out 3-4 times per year and spend 45min-1hr washing them after dinner. Because of course, the “good” stuff can’t go into the dishwasher.

    If I’m going to spend a couple hundred on something that causes me extra work, takes up space all year, and is barely used, you’re crazy. lol. If it can’t go into the dishwasher, there’s a very good chance I’m not buying it!

    Post # 6
    1681 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    @MissParrot:  That definitely makes a difference. IMO if I’m going to buy dishes, I’m going to use them daily. Would you consider using them as your day to day set?

    Post # 7
    6015 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: March 2012

    I inherited mine from my mother (yeah for once being the only girl in the family pays off!!!!)  I bust those suckers out all the time.  My mom used them for Thanksgiving only.  I found a site that if I break one I can get the matches, so who cares?  I stick them in the dishwasher.  We even use the silver, I’m not polishing those not to use.  I also have good china Christmas dishes from my Grandmother, not complete set but found them on that website so either my birthday or Christmas I get a peice.  DH even found a dish from the set at an antique store and gave it to me … just cause 😀 

    Meh we have plain white everyday dishes that are ok, but I like the real china.  (we have been known to eat pizza off it) 

    Post # 8
    11166 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper

    @MissParrot:  We did not register for china and crystal because I have been gifted (if we accepted) gorgeous sets from my aunt. She has had it since she was young and hasn’t even removed it from her cabinet for any reason other than cleaning for years (and years). Most people that I know that have it never use it. As I am not expecting a visit from the queen any time soon my Corelware with have to do. 

    Post # 9
    150 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    We didn’t register for fine china, but we did register for much nicer (and dishwasher safe!) day-to-day dishes than we currently have. That said, my fi was gifted china several years ago by his mom and it comes out for our annual Xmas party, if it’s lucky. I’m a) too scared to break it and B) not a huge fan of the pattern. We have silver that gets used roughly as often…

    I wouldn’t personally register for it, but we aren’t planning on kids so there’s no ‘heirloom’ drive from our end, and we don’t do fancy entertaining-I don’t want my guests (or me!) being terrified to knock a plate off the table. Nicer day-to-day ware will suit us just fine 🙂


    Post # 10
    1097 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I was wondering this myself actually so thanks for asking!

    We were on the fence about whether or not to register for fine china or not as well…at first we thought nah..we don’t need it.

    But then I thought…we may want it someday. And we will likely never drop the 2-3k to buy all of the stuff. So now or never!

    We compromised by finding a cheaper set that is dishwasher safe. I think we’ll appreciate it someday. And it can be sentimental, passed down to family members, etc. 

    I hope we will use it in the near future though!

    Post # 11
    1211 posts
    Bumble bee

    Def going with fine china. I want to do more entertaining and would bust those babies out all the time. Oh and sometimes I drink fruit punch out of my Waterford crystal glasses soooo…

    Post # 12
    9114 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: December 2012

    IMO China can wait. I would get something more practical.

    Post # 13
    8576 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2014

    Ive never seen anyone use fine china ever, in my entire life.. and my grandmother owned an entire set. She always said it was too fancy to use.. even for christmas.

    I guess I never seen the point of it?

    Post # 14
    379 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I registered for fine china because I grew up in a home where it was used for holidays and when guests came over for dinner. My philosophy is to register for these more expensive things now so you don’t have to buy them yourselves later. 

    Post # 15
    576 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    I registered for china and silverware. All the women in my family and FIs have fine china, and use it regularly for holidays and dinner parties. My Mom’s is dishwasher safe so she even pulls it out for birthdays sometimes. The china I registered for is a simple and timeless pattern, hopefully one of my children or grandchildren will be happy to inherit it. My theory with our registry was to register for things we need (a small list because we both have all our own stuff, we both own our own homes and have been on our own for many yers) and then register for things I want but will probably never buy for myself. I might upgrade my everyday dishes one day, but I would never buy myself china even though I know I would use it.

    Post # 16
    3370 posts
    Sugar bee

    @MissParrot:  I used to have a huge amount of Pfaltzgraff Winterberry dishware. I used it ONE time. ONE time in 15 years. I eventually sold the whole lot to a couple for $75. It was worth more, but I just wanted someone to actually use it. I hope they did.

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