I have a beautiful antique one that my parent brought with them from Europe some 80 years ago!
I actually inherited two lovely ones and gave one to my daughter in law.
When i moved from the country a few years ago, I vowed I would use the good one more often, and I used it for the first few weeks and have probably used parts of it three times since then -and that is over 2 years ago!
The quality is quite different to what is made nowadays...the gold lasts even though it goes in the dishwasher and it has so many different parts to it including coffee pot, soup terrine, large platters, dishes, etc.
No I don't.
I have three amazing plates only, with deep gold inlay.
I did have Royal D....but got rid of it, when my family moved out.
I really hate the idea of the 'good stuff' only being used at special times.
Yes!! I have the most beautiful Coalport Countryware setting for 8.It is timeless, pure white and the design has been made for so very many years that pieces are always replaceable if any get broken! I used to use this gorgeous set,but I am on my own now,so only tend to juse the Tea Cups now!
No, I was very firm about this when we got married and insisted that our wedding china would be used every day and anyone who didn't like that could buy us something else! I knew from clearing out my grandmothers' houses that wedding china too often got put in a cupboard and never used. This just seems like a waste of space and of money - why buy something that will just gather dust? I like my possessions to be useful. I don't think it makes them any less special and now I think about friends and family every time I get a plate or cup out of the cupboard.
We inherited some stuff from my partner's mum that we haven't even taken out of the boxes. The plan is that when we move into a place we plan to stay in longer than a year or two we will unpack and either use it or get rid of it. We presently have about 4 sets of mis-matched stuff that we use all the time. With the kids being small I would probably save good stuff for special occasions...but then every day is a special occasion to me!
I don't have a dinner set for entertaining. I used to but handed it on to someone else when i moved house, the move before last. I never missed it. I have done lots of de-cluttering over the years and try to make frequent use of my crockery.
Have two good Dinner Sets. They were on constant usage, before kids' born, as entertained frequently. But now, they just languish in the sideboard, along with the silver cutlery canteen, which was my Mother's.
Yes and no! Yes we have a beautiful dinner set which is inherited, and no, ours is used all the time. Even our everyday set is 'good' china. If you look at the inspiring pictures in cookbooks and magazines, are they on cheap china - never! We sit as a family every night to eat dinner, no matter how late someone may be. Even if you don't use your china, it is beautiful displayed. Do you 'use' the pictures on your walls? Others' discarded china is my gain as I also collect bread and butter plates. Whenever a friend calls in for a cuppa there is always a different plate for our bikkies or cake. The UK has been renowned for its china factories for a very long time, and now the last one has closed - it is all outsourced to China. Sorry everyone, but I think our minimalist, throw away society will regret it one day, and not just because of the amount that goes into landfill.
No, I've never owned a nice dinner set, as II've never needed 1& they would take up to much storage space.
My 94 year old mother had her mother's set of a green, white & gold patterned dinner set, (which my youngest sister thought she was getting her hands on to it, when the time came!) but my mother had a little kitchen remodelled some years ago, piled it all on to the shelves in a cupboard. Well the shelve collapsed, down came all the china of cause! There is only 1 or 2 pieces still in tact!