China

My sister in law has china. My siblings have china. jealous. John said i could pick a pattern.
I love the kate Spade "June Lane Gold" China. You can get it a Macy's.

I also like blue and white china. They have nice patterns at Horchow.com

The blue and white dinnerware is nice for my house and had lots of patterns. The Porcelain blue dishes are on sale now.
Picking china is difficult. I feel peace now that I have a pattern- but I don't know that I will ever get any. China is expensive.

aaron wilkinson (April 28, 2010 at 10:54 AM)  

Thoughts on china:

I personally think china is not very practical for young families. First, you never use it because it is too expensive and don't want the kids to break it. Second, when you do finally reach the point that you can use it you have enough money to buy new (even cooler) china. I think a mountain bike or a crash pad is a much better investment.

kathryn (April 28, 2010 at 1:11 PM)  

I agree with that comment. I remember eating Sunday dinner at a friends house when I was a teenager. I guess they were using their good china because the parents winced every time I tried to cut my meat. Someday I'll get china but I won't until I'm wealthy enough to not freak out when people eat off of them.

Carlie Madsen (April 28, 2010 at 5:05 PM)  

China, as you know, is actually stronger than most other plates, so there shouldn't be any need to worry about what folks are eating off it. Though, maybe impractical with small children. We always ate off china for Christmas, and that has made me want to have China for special occasions. I do use my china, a couple times a year or more. I love it. But, I like when things are fancy! Enjoy shopping!

Mel (April 28, 2010 at 5:18 PM)  

I love practically anything by Kate Spade. Good choice on patterns!

I don't own any china either, and I think before I acquire any, I first need to upgrade my regular dinnerware. When Andy and I moved in together, we just bought an Ikea pack and they are just the ugliest beige dishes. I'd like to think that my cooking deserves better presentation. ;-)

Carlie Madsen (April 28, 2010 at 5:41 PM)  

I actually have white porcelain plates. Different material, but again, very durable. I've been inspired to get mine out and use them even more often. I picked a pattern that reminded me of the one's I grew up with...nothing fancy.

Angie (April 28, 2010 at 11:01 PM)  

Those are pretty patterns. I really like the first set.

We still don't have a full set of wedding china, almost 3 years in. We even picked out practical, black and white bone china. It's just our style. Dishwasher safe, microwave safe, but it's china! & it gets more valuable over the years! It's something we can use AND pass on to our kids as a family heirloom. & No one bought any for our wedding!

We decided each year for our anniversary we'll buy 1 place setting until we have a full set. Forgot (more like broke) last year, but we'll continue this year.

Maybe that's an idea for you, so you can eventually have your china.

janet (April 30, 2010 at 12:04 PM)  

I love china, but find it to be very impractical unless you plan on using it as your everyday dishes. Many years ago I was given a stunning set of silver cutlery that had been in my mothers family for a very long time. I used to bring it out on Thanksgiving and Christmas...that's it. One day I realized that something that beautiful was for special occasions and the thought came to me.....what is more special than my family & friends. That silver is now my everyday cutlery and I love using it ! So I guess I'm saying, if you buy chine...Use it and enjoy it!!

Brooke (May 2, 2010 at 7:57 AM)  

I adore that pink dragonfly pattern! I will never understand china though. I think it is hilarious how you shop with no intention of buying :)

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