Post # 1
I’m very excited that FI and I have agreed to put China on our registry! I didn’t think I would be excited over this, but I am! My family has no China to their name. My paternal grandparents never had any, my maternal grandparents gave their China to their oldest son (my Uncle, my Mom’s brother) when he married, but when he divorced, his now ex-wife got the China. My parents pawned their wedding China early in their marriage because they needed the money.
So, needless to say, I want lovely China that can be passed on!
The problem is that FI and I have hit a roadblock. When we made a list of what China we liked, we had different sets on our lists. We’ve narrowed it down to one each, but we can’t agree on one! We’re going to look at them in person, but for now, we’re getting no where. We’ve agreed on Lenox as a brand, though.
Here they are:
Federal Platinum Dinnerware by Lenox
Rutledge Legacy Dinnerware by Lenox
I’ll post after some votes which of us likes which set. Feel free to explain why you chose whichever one you chose!
Post # 3
My vote is for Federal Platinum, hands down! The other set is pretty, but could look dated quickly (and in my opinion, already does :-/ ) The FP is lovely and timeless.
Post # 4
I picked the Rutledge set because it’s really beautiful. The other is nice, and classic. But I think it’s a bit too simple for my own tastes.
The second is pretty, will likely stay in style, as the floral isn’t dated looking. The only downside is that it has color. So if you ever decide that blue isn’t your favorite color, and go with another color in your dining room, you would likely need to be mindful of matching that blue.
Post # 5
I like the Rutledge because the other one seems a little more boring…
Post # 6
I really love the Rutledge but agree with @sarahbabs that it could date quickly, it actually reminds me of my moms for 1981.
For timelessness’s (is that even a word?) sake I’d go with the Federal
Post # 7
I think they’re both nice, but the practical side of me would go with the first one because it’s timeless.
Don’t agonize over it too much until you see it in person! My FI and I went to look at china in person last weekend for the first time (after scouting out different patterns online). I was surprised by how much more I liked certain patterns in person because of small details/textures I couldn’t see in pictures. It made it so much easier to narrow down our choices.
Post # 8
ALL food would look good served on this. The other is too prissy for my taste!
Post # 9
I like the first one best because it seems like it would stand the test of time more than the design on the second one. I chose Lenox for our China and I love it! We went with a different pattern though.
Post # 11
they both look whitish in color with silver. why couldn’t you get pieces from each set and mix it?
Post # 12
@roxymalone: I just don’t like his and he just doesn’t like mine. I, and probably FI, would prefer to mix-and-match with two sets we both like than compromise and only like half of one whole set…if that makes sense.
Post # 13
I voted for the Federal Platinum for two reasons. First, because it’s the pattern that my DH and I chose, and second, because of its simple, classic elegance and versatility. I have several sets of beautiful dishes, but, at Thanksgiving and Christmas, I found myself wishing I had a set of plain, elegant china that would go much better with the traditional colors of the season. It’s so much easier to have many sets of beautiful table linens that vary by season than to try to make a beautiful, colorful, more-elaborate china pattern coordinate with every holiday. P.S. I am posting this from my phone, so please forgive the resulting typos.
Post # 14
I like the Platinum because it’s classical, the Legacy has a pattern that may not be liked by many people.
If the Legacy was $100 cheaper than the Platinum, I still would get the platinum set…
Post # 15
One more thing — I don’t know if you’ve seen them, but the accent plates for the Federal Platinum are AMAZING!! 🙂
Post # 16
I voted for the Rutledge #2… it has a classic yet unique look!