(Closed) What formal china pattern should I choose

posted 5 years ago in Gifts and Registries
  • poll: Which pattern
    Silver : (25 votes)
    86 %
    Cobalt : (4 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 2
    1355 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2016 - Modern, Classic, Fun

    msu1220:  Im not a big formal China kinda gal, just because I don’t think I’d use it often enough — but my vote was for the silver set. The neutral pallete will let you play around with adding other colorful plates, glasses etc for your table setting based on holidays and themes. that way you’ll never get bored!

    Post # 3
    1992 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2015

    The cobalt set is nice, but I voted for the silver set for the same reason as PP.

    Post # 4
    80 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    msu1220:  I own the parchment China.  There are a lot of positives about this pattern!  It’s subtle so you can dress it up and dress it down.  I’ve also paired it with some vintage China pieces from my Mother-In-Law for fancy dinners, since her China had silver accents.  Another huge positive:  it is dishwasher safe!  I’m not sure if the cobalt pattern is also that way.  Persoanally, I think for a classic it’s a good choice because you can pair it with other pieces on your table to make it look more modern if needed. 🙂

    Post # 5
    1746 posts
    Bumble bee

    I can see why you’re torn.  I like china that has something that pops a little too.  I really wanted “wedgewood india”  but didn’t get it for the reasons PP have mentioned.  Maybe someday if I have lots of room to store dishes and money that doesn’t seem better spent elsewhere I’ll get it. 

    But I went more understated and add zing with tablecloths, chargers, glasses, placemats, runners etc.  


    Post # 6
    1521 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    I voted silver as well for the reasons already mentioned. If you are using them for a holiday party, you don’t want your dishes to clash or take away from your table decor. 

    That being said, my mom and my aunt both have dish sets with a pink floral China pattern. It was popular when they got married and fell in love with it. They’ve had it for 30+ years and have never gotten tired of it. 

    Post # 7
    781 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I voted for the cobalt. I think it will set a more formal table. When I chose mine the store let me set a practice table. It made it much easier to choose a place setting when I saw four of them laid out properly. I could also look at it with different stemware and flatware (even though I didn’t register for flatware because I was gifted a silver set for 12 that was a family heirloom)  


    Also I wouldn’t be too worried about it clashing with table decor. My Aunt has dark blue China and is goes with everything for the holidays. 

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