Using Your Fine China
Most of us have beautiful fine bone china sets that we received as wedding presents or by special purchase. In that china were our hopes, dreams and plans for elegant dinners and memorable holiday meals. How many of us have used our china more than 5 times?
Most people’s china found a solitary home in the china cabinet, a high kitchen cabinet, or worse yet, the attic. Holidays have come and gone and it hasn’t been used. You have yet to really break it in.
Gracious Girls, the time is now! Don’t let another holiday season go by with it safely tucked away. Start creating those memories that you dreamed of when you received it. Create memories that will turn your china into coveted family heirlooms for generations to come.
Don’t be that person who cooks a fabulous meal, then serves it on paper plates because they don’t want to have so many dishes to wash. Now I will admit, it takes a bit more care to use your china. Most china patterns, especially if it has a metallic rim, have to be hand washed – but that’s what kids are for! Give them good instructions and put them to work! Pull out that china and use it.
See what an elegant table it makes? Who wouldn’t want to eat at this beautiful table? It sets a sophisticated and classic tone for the meal. Food served on fine china tastes better, (wink, wink) because it is beautifully presented. (That’s my Jedi mind trick!)
Here’s how I set my table.
On this table, I paired the elegant and stately Lenox Hancock with Wedgewood Marquis gold rimmed stemware. To that I added International Silver Company Royal Danish flatware, a crystal candelabra and a teapot in the same Lenox pattern. White hydrangeas in a crystal vase finish the look. This table send a message that something special is about to occur.
Just because you are setting your table with your good china doesn’t mean it has to be boring.
The main elements that I used, the china, silverware and crystal stemware created a very stately look. (Which I happen to like.) But it’s nice to change it up a bit and add some unusual elements to keep it from getting stuffy.
To add texture to the table, I use a damask printed runner, with a neutral palette, but a pop of black. To add a little interest, I ran the runner across, rather than down the table.
Instead of classic white napkins, I used linen napkins. I wrapped the silverware and napkin together with coordinating ribbon, just to add another element of black. A bit of rosemary tucked into the ribbon added just the right touch of whimsical elegance.
The table is set. All we need are friends and food for a memorable occasion.
Here is my challenge to you.
Set your holiday table with your fine china and share your pictures with us at firstname.lastname@example.org. You may get a feature on GraciousLivingGuide.com
Photo credit: Kim Thomas @kpfusion.com
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