|Mikasa Italian Countryside collection via Macy's|
I love the idea of special occasion china, but the fear or breaking fine china and the nightmares of years polishing silver was just entirely impractical in today's world. So instead I registered for 2 sets of inexpensive, dishwasher and microwave safe china patterns that were not expensive enough to make me cry when I inevitably drop one or more in the coming years. Let me take a moment here to wax poetic about why I think that is one of the best decisions I have ever made. As tempting as that beautiful fine china is at the moment, I can guarantee that unless I am in Belk shopping the clearance section in the home and kitchen department, I will never even be tempted by the thought of wishing I had fine china. --Curse you Belk, I love you so much but my pocket book is never safe there--
|Johnson Brothers Blue Willow China via|
Choice one was the Mikasa Italian Countryside, which I figured would be perfect for "every day" use. You really can't go wrong with white china, and I love the idea of investing in one with a bit of a pattern to make it more visually interesting. The Mikasa French Countryside was a close runner-up for me, and I really loved Lucy's Vietri selection. So many choices, just choosing white china isn't going to narrow your selection. The real perk of white or ivory china is that it is so versatile. You can use it for every single time of the year by adding the right accent pieces. Pair with fresh flowers for Easter; add red and green napkins at Christmas. Neutrals are your foundation, and pretty much an essential to your kitchen if you care about hosting anything at your house.
|my own dinnerware mix-up|