Easy Entertaining: Mismatched China

updated May 13, 2022
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While we appreciate the elegant, cohesive look of matching china, we can’t deny the charm of a table set with mismatched plates.

Unless you’ve invested in or received a full set of matching china, chances are your cupboards contain a collection of plates purchased here and there. It’s easy and inexpensive to buy interesting plates individually at thrift stores and, by sticking with a similar color scheme or theme, amass a collection that works together as a whole.

This look has been a trend in the wedding world for the last year or so, and we love the idea of using mismatched china to make a formal occasion more approachable. We can definitely see doing this for a holiday meal, maybe with similarly mismatched vintage glasses.

Do you used mismatched china? Any tips for putting together a collection that feels cohesive?

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