(Closed) To use or not use our awesome inherited china…what do you do?

posted 7 years ago in Home
Post # 3
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

My aunt offered to give us her beautiful china and crystal stemware as well. While they are gorgeous I would do the same thing and store it away without use simply because it is so fragile and tedious to clean.

I certainly think china should be enjoyed more often than just when the Queen comes to dinner. It would be lovely to have the time and enegry to use it and then clean and store it properly but that just isn’t realistic in our household. For now the Corelware will have to do (FI can’t break it, yet).

Post # 4
4192 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

That’s a beautiful set- very cool that it’s modern yet vintage. My advice? USE it! There’s no reason it can’t be your every day dinnerware if you want. Yes, you might break a few pieces over the years, but if you love it and it makes you happy using it, do it! If it needs to be handwashed, you might want to save it just for weekends or dinners, but that’s too pretty to be stuck in a cabinet. πŸ™‚

Post # 5
1749 posts
Bumble bee

@claireos:  Sunday dinner, family brunch or anytime I want a glass of champagne.

Post # 7
5778 posts
Bee Keeper

I always used mine for Sunday dinners and all holidays, and then I got sick of the pattern (too color and style specific) so packed it away. I wish I’d have listened when my Mom told me to get something plain and more usable if my taste changed (she was right).

I’d use it all the time if I were you. No reason not to, but it may not be conducive to the microwave and or dishwasher since it’s older. That might be the only reason you may find it inconvenient to use. (I used to polish my silver pieces a few times a year too, but it went the way of my china after many years too.)

Enjoy it!

Post # 8
1227 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We use ours at least once a week, but ours isn’t an antique/hand-me-down. It came from Bed, Bath, and Beyond, so maybe we’re a little more cavalier with it because it seems like it’d be easier to replace if we broke something.

However, in general, I’m not a fan of having nice things that you can’t use for fear of damaging them. What’s the point of that? I say break them out whenever you feel like having a “special” meal – weekends, holidays, celebrations, or even just a night when you’ve cooked something really awesome.

Post # 9
11422 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2009

Wow! Your story reminds me so much of mine!!! Thanks so much for sharing it!

My father was in the USAF in Korea while he was engaged to my mother, and he sent back two sets of beautiful china — one for my grandmother, and one for my mother.  My mother loved the set that my dad sent to my grandmother, so my grandmother gave that set to my mother and took the other set, with the purpose in mind of never using it but instead keeping it for the daughter she hoped my dad would one day have.  And I am that daughter!

My grandmother died when I was a young teen, and the china was stored in its original boxes — never used — in my parents’ attic until I purchased my first home. Since then, I’ve had it in a beautiful sideboard, and I’ve used it a total of one time. However, I’ve often displayed some of the place settings on my formal dining room table, the same way place settings are often displayed in model homes. Of course, that means I have to dust it occasionally when I do that, but it’s a very nice way to be able to see your china! If I ever have a larger home and have the space for a china cabinet, I would love to display this china in that cabinet.

By the way, when Darling Husband and I became engaged, I still registered for china, even though I already had this set. Because the set I inherited has a gorgeous pattern in the same colors I have long loved and had chosen for my new house (I find that amazing, by the way!), I decided to register for a very elegant and simple set of Lenox that is white with a silver rim, similar to yours. I’ve used that set twice so far for holiday dinners.  I should note that I absolutely love china and also have three casual sets that can go into the dishwasher, one of which I just recently purchased a few weeks ago as a back-up to my everyday china, since so many of my everyday plates have chipped now that I’m married and have stepchildren.

Post # 10
1575 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am of the opinion that beautiful objects should be enjoyed and used, even if just every now and then. Life is short, enjoy beautiful things as much as possible!

Post # 12
129 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011 - Palma Sola Botanical Park

We use ours! We didn’t have alternate plates — mine sucked and his were nonexistent (he used paper plates all the time). We have my grandma’s “fancy” china (which looks a lot like yours), which are our everyday plates. Yeah, we’ve broken and chipped a few, but there are TONS (I think there are like 12 place settings or something, and plates for everything under the sun). We have a set of way fancier and potentially collectible china socked away, but it’s also not really my style. It’s really pretty though — maybe someday it’ll be our “special occasion” china, but for now, we use the same plates for holidays as we do for every day.

Post # 13
189 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Those are lovely!  I say use them!  We grew up using my mother’s wedding china.  We used them for dinners all the time.  She would even let us use a tea set that had been passed down through generations for our tea parties.  Yes, we chipped a few things, but she was always of the opinion that what’s the point in having something that sits in a box?  I can’t wait to do the same with my own kids.

Post # 14
2261 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

special occasions πŸ™‚ I use mine sparingly and only when we have guests that I know won’t be rough on them! … no kids that’s for sure! 

Post # 15
1501 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’d say use them! I always use my crystal when I’m having an evening beverage. It is made to be used and not sit away. Yes I have broken a couple of the wine glasses, but it is not the end of the world. Why spend all that money to have it sit and look nice.

If I had nice china I may not use it every night because handwashing everything may get tedious, but I would use it a couple times a week.

Post # 16
772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I use my grandma’s china, particulalry the serving bowls and smaller plates the most.  I was a little worried about lead, so I would just caution you about not putting acidic foods on the plates, and obviously no mircowave and I hand wash.

I rarely do the full plated setting, but using individual pieces are fun.  My shallow salad bowls work great for chips, and my bird really likes to take a bath in one if I fill it with water ;0 (she has a special one I have saved out for her so no one has to eat on it).

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