Fine china. It's just fancy plates, right? I like the way food looks on plain white plates, so I've never really been into dishes. I bought a complete set of Gibson Regalia dishes at a thrift store in 2004 for, like $40. That's been the extent of my dinnerware shopping, ever. China that's too precious to actually use has always seemed frivolous to me.
But my sweet, wonderful, old-fashioned grandma put aside a set of vintage china for me and each of my sisters before she died, with instructions that we were to be given the sets as wedding presents. I miss her so much. I have no idea what it looks like, but she and I had similar taste, so I'm sure it's beautiful. I'm registering for some white everyday plates, because I've broken about half of my Gibson set, but I'm not registering for any additional china.
Despite that (or perhaps because of it?), I've recently become fixated on super-crazy, ornate dinnerware. It started as casual, voyeuristic perusal of wedding registries on giftregistry360. Does anyone else do that? It's creepily fun to see what brides and grooms requested, and then try to guess what they're like. Especially the couple who registered for ALL PURPLE STUFF. Who are these people?!
Anyway, to make a long story short... As we crafted our registry, I peeked at other registries. I cackled like mad at the woman who registered for china that was $575 per place setting. Honey, your friends love you, but they don't love you that much. And then I became obsessed with fancy plates and stuff. A lot of these would look ridiculous with spaghetti and meatballs piled high on them, but they're so beautiful! I. Just. Can't. Stop. Looking.
|Lenox Watercolor dinnerware in Citrus|
If you like the watercolor painting look but you prefer a small, Japanese style dinner set, these are beautiful. I love the look of the delicate paintings on white porcelain.
|Mikasa Daylight Dinnerware|
|Of all the dinnerware designers I looked at, Villeroy and Boch is my favorite. I like that they decorate the plates prettily but leave plenty of unadorned space for the food. I like this buttery yellow color, and I love a botanical print that looks modern and fresh. OH, and they have a beautiful blog with recipes, pretty table settings, and tempting cocktail recipes. It's now on my lurk list.|
|Nectar dinnerware by Spode|
These funny, elongated little blue hummingbirds look hand-painted, and I'm a big, big fan of that. I also like the unusual scalloped edges of these plates.
And now, for my absolute favorite: Up next is the pattern that I would register for if I was going to register for china. This is the pattern that makes me want to go to HomeGoods right now. For some reason, my local HomeGoods store is awash in pristine but lonely bone china teacups, platters, and serving bowls that somehow lost their brethren and ended up alone at HomeGoods. And from now on, this is the design I will search for there: