Does anyone else get really excited about fine bone china? I do!
I can’t describe the feeling I get when I’m invited to a wedding and I get to shop a couple’s registry. I particularly enjoy perusing the choice of china. I’m not quite sure what it is that attracts me so much: the fact that it has to do with food, the style of it, or that it is a symbol of special occasions to come! My own china selection experience was a thrill. I couldn’t wait to get into Macy’s and decide on the plates that my husband and I, and our future children, would eat off of every Thanksgiving and Christmas and Easter for the rest of our lives! I first chose a simple Waterford design: white with silver accents, called Newgrange. I felt it was classic, simple, and elegant, and would go with any tablecloth ever made. While this seemed to be the most practical choice, I couldn’t keep my eyes off of Wedgwood’s India, a yellow, green, and pale blue flowery style. It seemed like such a happy design. After a couple of days of scrolling down my registry online from home, and wistfully clicking on “India,” I went back to Macy’s to change my selection. I didn’t want to choose the safe and practical china. If I was going to use this on special occasions for the rest of my married life, I wanted to serve on something that made me happy and excited to see it each time I used it.
So. I’ve been married for ten months. I’ve used our china once, about three weeks ago. It was not Thanksgiving, Christmas, or Easter. I was not having a dinner party or entertaining friends. It was, however, a special occasion. What were my husband and I celebrating, you ask? The fact that I had time to prepare a hot dinner for the two of us, and that we had the time to sit and enjoy it together. With the two of us working full-time, this was certainly a special occasion! Which reminded me something Heather always says. “Life’s too short to not use the good china.” While I always understood that as an analogy to treat each day as a special occasion in itself, it’s got me wondering if I should take the expression a bit more literally and use the good china more often! What could it hurt?
When choosing your china, make sure you pick something that reflects your personal style, and not your sister’s or mother-in-law’s (unless, of course, you have the same taste-then by all means…). China is a generous and kind gift that your loved ones purchase for you and your husband as you unite your lives. Use it often, because each day is a special occasion!