Reader Q&A – Advice on Dishes

Reader Question: I have been looking at china patterns for our home. It can be a little overwhelming, so I was hoping to see what advice you may have. How many sets do you recommend? What parts of each place setting are necessary? I’m actually looking to replace our everyday dishes, since several pieces have been broken or chipped, in addition to have a set of china. Currently we own no china. We’ve been married for nearly five years, so I’m obviously not doing a registry and will just purchase as we can afford. Thank you!

Answer: It truly can be overwhelming, but it doesn’t have to be! As fun as it can be to have every piece made, it just isn’t that practical. For china I recommend a minimum of eight sets – more if you tend to entertain at the holidays, which is when the china will likely be used. For everyday dishes, 12 sets would be more ideal. Many everyday sets are sold as a set as opposed to individual pieces. The most common set includes a dinner plate, salad/dessert plate, bowl and coffee cup. These would be the most basic pieces you need. I enjoy having a bread plate and saucer for the coffee cup, as well. I’ve never found the need for both a dinner plate and a luncheon plate. For my china, I have the same pieces. Each year for my birthday or Christmas, I’ll accumulate more pieces, like a butter dish, serving bowl, etc. The ones I highly recommend would be a butter dish, two serving bowls, large platter and salt & pepper shakers. I have other pieces that I enjoy but don’t consider necessary, such as fruit bowls, asparagus dish, baking dishes for my everyday set, batter bowl, etc. My best advice is to get the type and amount of dishes that suit your lifestyle!

My Love of Lenox


If you’ve followed my blog for any length of time, you may notice I tend to highlight Lenox china. In fact, when I first looked for advertisers, they were who I sought to become an affiliate for. I was ecstatic when Lenox wanted to partner, as well! Why my love for Lenox

  1. First and foremost, teaching Southern etiquette, I have an appreciation for products made here in the South. Lenox’s bone china is STILL made in Kingston, NC. I appreciate their committment to quality, even after more than 125 years in business.
  2. They’re timeless. I have several favorite patterns by Lenox (only two of which I own), but I know without a doubt, future generations will be able to use (and love) my Lenox china without it becoming dated. Again, the quailty will help it last.
  3. They’re not simple. This one may seem a little contradictive to #2, but the fact it, you are able to personalize your dinnerware with accent plates, special pieces, etc. Often, each type of piece (such as a coffee cup) may have three or more potential designs making it even more of your own.

So, what are my top patterns?

  1. I will always adore Vintage Jewel above the rest for the simple reason that it is our wedding china. It is special beyond a doubt to me, and I love using it every chance I get. Here’s what it looks like:As you can see, it is a very classic pattern. The attention to detail on this one (notice the rim) is what initially drew my eye. I also love that we can use it for any holidy.
  2. AutumnThis is a very bright pattern, with gorgeous blues and oranges. It also isn’t a smooth plate, as the accent colors are handpainted. In short, it is stunning. I always get compliments on this pattern.
  3. Royal GrandeurI have always loved blue dishes, and this pattern is no exception. To me, it’s a little less formal, but it’s no less impressive.
  4. RepublicThis is a pattern I could see using on a very nice cruise ship. Gold is as classic as it gets. The little added details sets it apart from more white-and-gold dishes.

Which pattern is your favorite? Do you have a go-to china brand you love? Thank you for reading!

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