Post # 1
As of now, I have formal gold rimmed lenox dinnerware that my mom gave me: http://common1.csnimages.com/lf/46/hash/1209/982840/1/1.jpg (In my 4 years of having them, I’ve used them more than my mom did in 30 years!) and I also have casual china- the roulette royal stafford dinnerware: http://www1.bloomingdales.com/shop/product/roulette-by-royal-stafford?ID=8603
I want to get a third set of china that is somewhere in between- something I could use for brunch, Sunday lunch, or a casual evening dinner.
I really like this casafina pattern: http://annsandra.com/store/index.php?…
Any input on this choice? Does anyone else have casafina dinnerware? Any other ideas or patterns you would recommend?
My only stipulation is that the pattern shouldn’t be super busy- i don’t want complicated patterns competing with the food plating.
Post # 3
Your links didn’t bring up pics. 🙁
We went with Vera Wang for Wedgewood Lace –
But debated this Ralph Lauren and Noritake as well –
I ended up with the Lace pattern as the design is all white and silver which would give me more flexibility for decorating the table. The RL is a light green and the Noritake is a cobalt blue. The pics are pretty deceiving. Something that drove me batty was the teacups too. I love the classic shape in the Noritake while the RL shape is more modern and casual looking. Drove myself insane over that.
Post # 4
Oooh, I love china-related posts! 🙂 However, your link didn’t show any pics of the pattern you’re considering, so we’re not really able to comment on it.
Post # 5
Sorry for my late reply! Ok, I’m posting pics finally of the china I’m taking about!
Here’s the lenox that I have for formal events:
Here is the casual stafford dinnerware (I’d rather just use this for everyday or super casual sunday lunches with company- it’s nice and heavy, with little dots all around the edges, but not very special):
And here is the Casafina china I’m looking at that is the in-between:
Any other ideas for elegant but not too formal china? Do you all like the Casafina pattern?
Post # 6
@baletrina: Oh, I love the Vera Wang! So gorgeous!
@Evie19: The Lenox is amazing! I wish I had enough formal occasions to warrent buying formal china. We’ve only had brother and sister-in-law over, and one of DH’s friend (with children) so not worth buying it to just sit in the cupboard.
Not a massive fan of the Casafina, unless you’re going for the ‘rustic’ French country look. But then, my tastes are a lot more modern.
Post # 7
@pink_sherbert: Thanks! I love the Lenox and I entertain around 4-8 times a year, so I use it pretty often!
You should start throwing dinner parties for friends, it’s so much fun. 🙂 Then you’ll have a reason to buy the china. 😉
I’m not totally sold on the Casafina although I do like it, but I feel you have to LOVE china to invest in buying it all, right?
I also like this Italian ceramic baroque design:
As well as this GG collection:
I can just picture my idyllic Sunday lunches….also, the intricate brown chargers and accents don’t even need to be included.
Post # 8
@Evie19: I totally agree. Got to start on the dinner parties. There is a chance we could be emigrating in the next 3-6 months, so I’m holding off buying any more china / glass ware until we know for certain (as I don’t really want to worry about having to pack and ship it all / put it in storage).
You definitely do have to love China to invest in buying a whole dinner series. I’d err towards buying a couple of spare settings (mainly because I’m clumsy) so would think about it in detail before making any purchases.
The boroque is nice for Italian garden themed outdoor lunches. Is that the kinda style you’re going for, and do you live somewhere warm?
This is nice every-day wear in your style too:
I love this tea set:http://www.selfridges.com/en/Home-Tech/Categories/Shop-Room/Dining/Cuckoo-range_SS-04HOMEBUN085/
It’s on my birthday wish list 😉
Post # 9
@pink_sherbert: That tea set is so adorable!! I love it.
I like the everyday dinnerware, but I’m already covered on that end with the royal stafford set.
I do live in a warm climate, but I mostly host indoors. Maybe the other one (The GG collection) could be used for both?
Post # 10
@pink_sherbert: I have that tea set! It’s really delightful. I’d recommend getting additional sugar/creamer sets and tea pots of you’re planning on hosting lists of Tea Parties. The Wedgewood Butterfly Bloom set coordinates with the Cuckoo and is a bit more modern looking.
Post # 11
We didn’t get china because I knew by the time we had the space to entertain, I’d want something different. So someday when we buy a house, I’ll get china 🙂
Since you have something formal, and something casual, I’d go with a more whimsical & delicate style for the Sunday brunch. Like a pattern or a vintage floral.
I like this blue pattern from Spode http://bit.ly/10pyteu
This beautiful set of bird china (that has tons of serving pieces and my Darling Husband hates) from Lennox http://bit.ly/PiIuoS
And this set of lacy prettiness from Vera Wang, called flirt. http://bit.ly/10pAvew
ETA: I tried to add pictures and it made my post full of gooblygook 🙁 So click the links to go to Macy’s.
Post # 12
@Mrs.Camera: Thanks for the links! I think I’m more interested in something ceramic since I already have bone china though.