Post # 1
We registered for china on our registry, because it seems like the thing to do and we received some as an early wedding present. So that is very nice.
And now, I’m at a bit of a loss–it sounds weird, but I don’t know what to do with china. My fiance said we need to display it in a china cabinet, which we don’t have. Do we really do that? And when is it appropriate to use china? Is it for fancy get togethers, or events, or….?
I feel a bit silly asking this, but I guess I’m at a loss for it’s proper use and display.
Post # 3
lol, I’m curious as to the answer to this also. I had no idea what i really would have needed it for, so I didnt want it or register for any.
Post # 4
My uncle uses his parent’s china circa 1952 Royal Albert pattern for almost every special occasion. Which includes all major holidays and birthdays. He feels that it should be enjoyed as much as possible and not collecting dust.
Post # 5
We display ours in a china cabinet in our dining room. It sort of feels silly (pretentious?) but it just seemed like the thing to do. We’ve been married over three years and we rarely, if ever, use our china. I can think of a few times that we’ve used a large serving bowl for fruit or salads because it’s just a nice size, but we’ve never used the actual place settings. Sometimes I use the good crystal when I’ve made a nice dinner and we’re having wine or champagne.
Edited to add: we really like our china, it’s just that I’m afraid of dropping/breaking it! Also, it’s kind of a pain because you can’t put it in the dishwasher.
Post # 6
I guess it depends how often you plan to have dinner parties. Displaying it is certainly lovely.
My hobby is dinner parties so I’ll be looking for an excuse to break out our fine china as much as possible!
But I’ll probably turn into Monica Gellar if any of it breaks…does anyone remember that Friends episode? lol
Post # 7
you don’t need a china cabinet to store it although it’s the obvious choice. do you have room in your cupboards or maybe a buffet server cabinet type of thing?
break it out during the holidays or when you’re hosting a dinner party.
Post # 8
I inherited a nice set of China (12 place settings) but we don’t use it much, if at all. I packed most of it away. If we ever hosted thanksgiving or a nice dinner we might use it. But I don’t have a China cabinet and it takes up way too much room in my tiny kitchen. I did keep some of the tea cups for everyday use, since it’s fun to have tea in a nice teacup.
Post # 9
We have started talking about registering and my Fiance is convinced we do not need to register for china because we would never use it. His parents just moved across the world though, and they gave us their wedding china, so we are going to use that.
I think we will use it for any special occassion, and even dinner parties regardless of if it is for a particular occassion. I will be scared of breaking it, etc. but I agree that it is no fun if you never get to use it, and there is always replacements.com if you do occassionally break a piece.
As for storing it in a China cabinet, that is totally up to you! My parents never did, but I’ve seen it at other people’s houses so I think it just depends on your preference. I guess you could also consider how ornate it is since a super plain pattern may not stand out as much in a China cabinet (certainly not a deal breaker, just a thought).
Post # 10
I think China should be used and enjoyed on holidays, dinner parties, whenever possible.
Post # 11
I think china is pointless, so we won’t be registering for it. We’ll have Corelle for everyday use (because it seems nearly indestructable), and plain white breakable dishes for when we want to be fancy.
Also, putting china on the registry would put us at risk for receiving half a set of china and no toaster or something. I wouldn’t want to distract people from buying gifts we’ll actually need and use every day.
Post # 12
We have our china stored in the pantry and still haven’t used it.
Post # 13
@ThingsThatShine: I LOVE corelle, I actually, just finished cleaning my kitchen and was wiping down my counter tops. I picked up a strainer I had on the counter forgetting that I had put a corelle plate under it to catch the water and continued my wiping motion and wiped the plate clear off the counter onto tile floor 4 feet away.. and it surived! Not even a nick on it.
sorry for being off topic, just had to share the corelle love. =)
Post # 14
We didn’t register for china, knowing that we would rarely, if ever, use it and that there were other things we’d rather get off our registry.
But if we had china, we would store it in a china/curio cabinet or a buffet cabinet.
Post # 15
I use it. I use it for holidays and special occasions for things we want to celebrate, when guests come over etc.
I think its silly when something nice and expensive only gets used once a year. If you dont think you will use it, you dont have to get it!
Its like that pretty shaped candle that never gets burnt, but then one day it melts in the sun or the dog eats it.
Post # 16
We don’t have any, I’m hoping to inherit from either my mom or Mother-In-Law later on in life. We didn’t register for it b/c I’d rather have my great grandma’s china than something new.
But neither of their china is on display, just in their kitchen cabinets. They use it for holidays and fancy meals. My mom entertains a lot so she’ll put it out for any kind of party to make it feel more fancy.