Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dinner Parties = an Occasion for Pretty China!

A recent posting by Elle Decor of the beautiful green china setting (shown below) reminded me of the china pattern I chose for our wedding registry. I fell in love with the pastel green and gold color combination of Martha Stewart's Collection with Wedgewood China at Macy's called "Garland Moss."
I love the shade of green combined with the gold trim. The pattern is luxurious. I love entertaining and dinner parties. I use my china often for dinners with family and friends. I recommend using your china for dinner parties and not only for holidays. I love my china too much to have it get dusty in my china cabinet; however, I did buy a cabinet with glass doors so that it was visible. ;)
Elle Decor's Spring Trend Alert: Pretty Pastels
My china, "Garland Moss:" Martha Stewart Collection with Wedgewood

Using the dinner plates for one of our dinner parties:

If you do not have china and don't want to spend the money I would recommend browsing discount Home stores, such as Marshall's, Homegoods, etc for pretty place settings at a much lower cost. As I was shopping in Marshall's one afternoon I found china (Royal Scotland) and immediately was drawn to the pink and gold pattern. I fell in love with it even more as I looked at the prices- $3.99/dinner plate and $2.99/salad plate. I bought 12 of each. I also found a creamer for $2.99 and a serving bowl for $4.99.

12 Dinner Plates at $3.99 = $47.88, 12 Salad Plates at $2.99 = $35.88, Creamer = $2.99, Bowl = $4.99
Total = $91.74 = LESS than 1 place setting at Macy's!!

I chose not to get the bowls because I have white soup bowls that would match perfectly. I was afraid the pattern would be too overwhelming with matching bowls and coffee cups. The creamer and serving bowl will match my "Garland Moss" pattern, too, since it has a gold pattern. I love to mix and match dinnerware and glassware.

I love the gold accent color on both of these china settings. If you are not a fan of gold, look for a setting with silver or white as an accent color. I hope you are motivated to look for a setting that you will fall in love with without compromising cost.
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