(Closed) What is china and what is the point of it?

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 32
206 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2012

The china I registered for says it’s dishwasher safe, although I will probably end up hand washing it just to be on the safe side. The main reason I registered for it is because my Future Mother-In-Law gave us a china cabniet, and I have just alwasy wanted china! I don’t plan on getting all that we registered for as gifts, but as long as we get 2 place settings for now, me and the Fiance will be using them at least once a month, just because! It is also something I can work on collecting over the years. I agree that it is most definitely not required, but if you ever think you might want any, might as well start now~!

Post # 33
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

We’re going to get Corelle (no one got it for us, boo). I grew up with it, and that stuff does not break.

As a side note, my mom did give us some re-gifted china, but it looks very holiday-ish, so we will probably only pull it out for Xmas. Maybe we will buy china for ourselves later when we are tired of the holiday china and (if we have them) the kids are older. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Post # 34
6511 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

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@KatyElle:  For some reason, that made me think of the china the dads had in The Birdcage: “Oh what interesting china!  It looks like the young men are playing leap frog… Where are my glasses?” Heh. 

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@bellagio:  One of the first things I registered for was Corelle – my Grama tought me its value from a young age ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 35
2154 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

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@sarahbabs: I want… nay, NEED, some sodomy china in my life.

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Buzzing Beekeeper

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Post # 37
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@KatyElle: OH MY GOSH. I can’t decide if that is insane or amazing. 

Op, I agree that unless your formally entertain frequently china is most likely not something you really need unless you just want it. Of course, my family always rocked the dixieware at holidays because no one wanted to hand wash all the gold rimmed fine china my Grandma wanted to use. Although I am exicted that that particular set (Which is quite large and has been passed for 4 generations) will be coming to me someday because I do think it would be fun to have nice stuff. I might have to try unixfairy’s idea after we are married…;)

Post # 38
5493 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2011

I registered for china, got all of it and absolutely love it.  Growing up we used our china, crystal and silver very often.  Pretty much any dinner that was beyond just my 4 immediate family members was served on china.  Every holiday, every dinner party, (there were many) and pretty much any time anyone joined us for dinner.

It made those dinners special and is a huge part of my upbringing and created wonderful memories.

So for me china was a no brainer.  

Post # 39
1679 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Setting the table for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas with my mother was a ritual I grew up with.  I loved the week leading up to holidays because of all the time we spent together getting ready to host our entire family.  Setting out the china, crystal, and silver was part of that.

There are times when I entertain with my basic, everyday table ware and there are times when I pull out the Waterford (Irish family = picked my Waterford when I was 20 and have gotten pieces ever since).  I can’t wait to have my china.  I can’t wait to add my great grandmother’s china to mine when it gets passed down.

As I think I wrote elsewhere, I always give china or crystal from registries because I see those as “forever” gifts that people will cherish and pass down. 

By The Way, I just read an article in some magazine (Traditional Home, perhaps?) about some Brittish artists who are using the traditional process for making china, but infusing modern mesages in the designs.  They’re like conversation pieces for each guest.  ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 40
47440 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I have service for 12  of my china pattern and use it regularly even though there are just the two of us. I definitely also use it for entertaining and for special holiday meals like Thanksgiviing and Christmas.

I wasn’t brought up rich and certainly am not rich now, nor are we “fancy-schmancy shit”.We used my mom’s china when I was growing up and none of it was broken. We didn’t carry it to the kitchen until we were older. It’s pretty hard to break a plate just eating off it.

It’s nice to set a nice table, add some candles and flowers and have a relaxing meal.

If you don’t feel the same way, or wouldn’t use it,then obviously you shouldn’t register for it.

Post # 41
132 posts
Blushing bee

It’s funny, until I saw this thread I kind of completely forgot about china.  I remember being a little girl and seeing my mom’s china (she had it displayed in a hutch though we rarely, if ever, actually used it) and thinking it was really neat.  I also remember going into places that sold it and looking at all the pretty patterns.

I doubt we will actually register for it, but I do think china is pretty.  I’d love to have some…someday. 

Post # 42
2853 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

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@Beluga — LOLOL

Post # 43
7365 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Never understood the point of nice dinnerware being used strickly for special ocassions.

Post # 44
1747 posts
Bumble bee

@Aubergold: I think china and quality stemware is a must. I am a little fancy and like expensive things. Why not? What if you have Christmas breakfast or even a book club meeting at your house? Would you serve the food with regular dishes from Target or Pier One? I think everyday dishes are great for everyday or maybe a backyard BBQ but if you are having fresh flowers displayed and it’s a special event, pump up the volume a little. If you don’t give shit about all this then register for something that makes you happy;0) 

Post # 45
11163 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

China is a set of dishes only used when the Queen comes to dine with you.


I don’t see the point, at least in my household. My Fiance manages to break anything that is Corelle so they would be destroyed in just a few uses. If it can’t go into the dishwasher then I don’t need it. ๐Ÿ˜›

Post # 46
441 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011 - St. Joseph's Parish, Seattle Tennis Club

I really hadn’t thought about china until we registered. Honestly, it does seem to be a bit old-fashioned – not as many people have nice china now. However, I LOVE my china. I have used it for dinner at least 4 times over the last week, and cannot wait to use it for holidays (no matter how many people we have over for dinner). 

Yes, china is for entertaining, but you don’t have to use it solely for entertaining. There are many affordable options these days that aren’t fancy, and that are dishwasher safe.

Do you absolutely need china? Probably not. But for ME, it was a fun thing to register for, and I’m looking forward to many meals using the china in the future.

If you are interested, but don’t want an entire set, maybe you could register for nice china teapot, creamer, sugar bowl? Or something like that? Or maybe just china dessert plates? Just some thoughts.

Either way, have fun registering!!

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