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

posted 9 years ago in Gifts and Registries
Post # 62
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

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@autumn865: Thank you! Yes it is! Now if I could register for some kate spade bags… πŸ™‚

Post # 63
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Helper bee

This is our “formal” china (Old Country Roses)

& our everyday dishes! (Fiesta)

 

Post # 64
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

We registered for fine china, because I know I’ll use it one day when I start having family dinners, and I wouldn’t buy it for myself otherwise.  Mine is dishwasher safe too!  I don’t think its essential, just a nice-to-have.  Here is my Noritake ‘Platinum Wave’:

 

I always like eating off of my mom’s fine china for family dinners and holidays (she uses hers a good 4-5 times per year).

ETA: we already got 2 place settings as an engagement gift – I may use them for a ‘butt-nekkid’ dinner one of these days now πŸ™‚

Post # 66
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

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@peachplum09:  Thank you. I really wasn’t  trying to be obnoxious.  I just felt bad for the poor girl who wanted to know what the stuff was.  I managed a dinner ware store for several years.  PP made it seem like it was this expernsive fancy stuff that you use once or twice a year.  I simply wanted her to know even if you don’t want formal dinnerware you can still get China.  Just get an informal set of China( like the fiesta which is made of china)  and use it every day.  It will last SOOOO much longer than using Stoneware every day which is what most people get which chips like crazy!!  Years ago I had informal China that I used everyday because I had small children, it is far more durable.  I had beautiful stoneware for the special stuff because that is the stuff that chips so easily.  So we used it far less often. 

Post # 67
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

When we registered for our china (at bed bath and beyond) the lady picked up a piece of the set i wanted and slammed it HARD on the table. She said it is Bone China and it wont break like your grandma’s old china…. so not always very breakable! i think it is worth it to put on your registry and it is nice to have nice things sometimes πŸ™‚ plus like  

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@unixfairy: its not just for holidays its for special dinner/nights with your hubby!

This is the line that we got nad i just LOVE it!! Mikasa Love Story 5-Piece Place Setting

Post # 68
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Ok and just so you can make fun of me I will share my patterns

Noritake Oxford – started this set from Goodwill at a $1 or less a piece and have about 20 place settings now (need to figure out if they are complete – just bough 29 more pieces off ebay) – we found this together so it is our china – it is from the 1950’s but I love that it still is in fashion

The infamous BUCK NEKKID china – Wedgwood White Dolphins – have loved this from the moment I saw it and have collected it for about 15 years – 20 full place settings and serving pieces – it was discontinued in the US in 1990

Wedgwood Amherst – never loved it but it is simple and my exhusband liked it – saving it for my kids if they want it – service for 8

Here is my breakfast China – Homer Laughlin Arcadia – Have a bunch

I have Fiesta for everyday wear and it has lasted forever to the point I am actually tired of it and may replace it πŸ™‚

I like to set my table different ways so have to be able to change my dishes

Post # 69
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

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@december bride:  Very true!!  I had just assumed she was talking about bone china too!  Thanks for posting! 

 

This is china similar to my mother’s that she is giving us πŸ™‚

We’ve registered for this as well as our Fiestaware for those kind of middle of the road occasions where you may not want to use just everyday dishes but you really don’t want to drag out the china either.  It’s called Johnson Brothers Pink Castles (but it’s really maroon not pink).  My aunt has them and we use them for Christmas brunch sometimes.

Here’s what I initially wanted and 1) Fiance shot me down haha and 2) a dinner plate was like $50 at Belk sooo ummm no…  I liked them though because being an artist, I liked the fact each one was hand made.  I know that they definitely wouldn’t be for everyone but I like them πŸ™‚  They’re called Vietri Incanto.

Post # 70
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We used china almost every night when I was growing up – my mom thought it was silly to not use something that was so pricey and that she loved so much, and I agree!

Our china was pretty inexpensive – i don’t know, it seems like some bees think it only counts as china if it’s super expensive fine china. But The more inexpensive kind is still china! I got all of mine for just $99 and we love it, it was a wedding gift we had registered for. They are porcelain china and very durable and modern looking, it’s one of my favorite wedding gifts.

Post # 71
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

My dad and stepmom own a nice set of holiday china, and for as long as I can remember we have always used it for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners.  There’s something I really like about doing that, and I figure I will probably end up registering for china.  I don’t anticipate hosting special occasion dinners anytime very soon, but someday I’m sure I will.  But I can also understand why someone really wouldn’t have to be bothered with something like formal china and would never care to use it.  Totally a personal preference thing.  To each their own.  πŸ™‚

Post # 72
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Worker bee

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@autumn865:  I have the same pattern!

 

First, I wanted to point out that china is actually more durable than most modern dishware that is why people have so many heirloom pieces.  Second, most is now dishwasher safe.

 

I grew up in a household were we used the fine china for holidays and other special dinners all the time.  My mother has always got a lot of use out hers.  We recieved all of the Lenox and Waterford that we registered for.  I have not used it yet and it is packed away but that is because we have a small apartment and haven’t had the honor of hosting any holidays yet but in a few years when we own our own house and have kids and start hosting the holidays and other special events we will be prepared and I can’t wait.  I know at 25 most people can’t think they need it but remember in a few years you will enjoy it and no one is going to be looking to buy you gifts then.  If you didn’t grow up using it then I can understand how you can’t see the use but if you did then you know how just seeing your mom pulling out the fine china can bring back memories of those special holidays and wonderful times with friends and family.   

Post # 73
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Aubergold: It’s just fancy schmancy dinnerware. I registered for it, because I think it’d be nice to hand down to my kids one day. I think it’d also be pretty to use for holidays. I figure this is the only time of my life people will willingly purchase this kind of thing for me and Fiance, so we registered. Even if we never got any of it, it wouldn’t have been a big deal. We’ve ended up with three place settings so far lol. It’s just pretty to look at, but if you don’t think you’ll use it, or like it, then it’s not a loss.

Post # 74
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Personally, I think china is silly. I’m not registering for it, but a friend of mine has it on hers. 

 

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