How thick is the layer of dust on your wedding china? Pretty thick? You’re not alone. Here’s where I can help. I’m going to show you how to use that ignored, lonely, beautiful china as everyday dishes. Read on to see how I was able to transform one of my neighbor’s wedding china and another friend’s Great-aunt’s formal china into something that they were able to use on a regular basis.
Aunt Edna’s Wedgewood China
So pretty and delicate, but these dishes are not exactly fitting for a casual meal. Here’s my trick for using formal china in your everyday dish rotation: Use one piece at a time. The entire set makes this fancy, but when they are separated into individual dishes, they become much more usable.
By using just the dessert plate here, I layered a carved white wood charger, a pink casual dinner plate, and a blue beaded salad plate beneath it. An amethyst pressed glass tumbler and goblet and rose gold flatware lend to the soft pastel palette. A jeweled pink napkin ring and pink and white daisies are the perfect finishing touch. Transformation complete!
It Takes a Village
How charming are these dishes? They depict quaint villages in Europe, which I fell in love with, but a bit busy for everyday use.
I played off the beautiful aloe hue in the salad plate by using hemstich green linen placemat and coordinating green napkin. Make it a bit more edgy by adding a black rimmed ceramic charger, matte black flatware and a black goblet. Succulents and a cactus votives give a fun vibe to this playful theme, but keep it from being too childish.
Your Typical Wedding Registry China
Although this is gorgeous, it’s your average wedding china – white with a silver and gold rim. I’d never use this for one of my typical dinners and I can say that wholeheartedly because it’s my own! However, I deconstruct this collection all the time by taking one piece and incorporating it with my other casual dinnerware.
Inspired by a nautical theme, I used a seagrass charger beneath a gold acrylic charger, and layered a glazed indigo blue plate and bowl in between the dessert plate from my china collection. White and gold flatware, a blue glass goblet and a geometric wood napkin ring keep it interesting. White marble votives and a single hydrangea complete the look. Using different elements of straw, stone, glass and metallics help make this more causal and less formal.
With the same china collection, I took the salad plate and incorporated it into this rustic winter setting. How cool is the peacock feather velvet placemat? Wooden flatware and a flax linen napkin compliment the theme while the burgundy mums and amber faceted glassware provide some contrast.
I hope I’ve given you some inspiration to try this with your china or formal dishes. Be sure to share your pictures if you do!