Formal Elegance: Do You Own Fine China?

Whisper-thin and incredibly delicate, fine china dishes instantly transform a table into a beautiful and elegant landscape. We know this from holiday dinners at our grandparent's house when we gazed longingly from the kid's table! Do you have any fine china yourself?

As beautiful as it still is, we feel like chinaware doesn't hold quite the same special place it once did. "Picking out your china pattern" was once on every bride's to-do list, and yet almost none of our married friends ever mentioned it or added any china to their wedding registry. Our grandparent's house is still the only place when we ever routinely encounter it (and now we've been moved to the grown-up table!).

What do you think? Has china been replaced by more modern styles of tableware? If you own china, when do you use it?

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