Whether you are planning your wedding registry, replacing your aging dishes, or simply wanting a change, picking out a new china set can be a fun (and occasionally stressful) event. To ensure you choose the best set for your home and for yourself, there are a few things to consider first.
What is your personal style? Now, how about your partner?
While your heart may palpitate at the sight of the ultra-feminine, pinkish-hued set, you must also consider your partner’s taste (if it will belong to both of you). If you have varying preferences (such as you like flowers, while he likes, well, power tools), try to think of a common hobby, color, or motif upon which you can agree. One Lenox customer said about her china set, “We registered for it when we were getting married. [We] picked it out together. The colors remind us of the ocean, which we both love. ”
Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks.
One of the main problems you may encounter while shopping for china is that everyone else seems to have an opinion about it. A standard “rule” is to pick out something classic, something that will not go out of style. However, what if your personal style is trendy or loud? Think about what you like, not what you should like. If bright colors are more your speed, look into such vibrant Lenox china sets as the Chirp pattern or any of the Kate Spade designs.
How do you plan to use it?
Will it be your daily dinnerware? Will you only break it out for fancy dinner parties? Or will you only use it during the holidays? Lenox has varying china sets to serve any purpose. For example, if you plan to use it every day, think about choosing a pattern from the Simply Fine line. These dishes are safe for use in the microwave, freezer, dishwasher, and even the oven. Additionally, they include a chip-free guarantee. One china owner stated, “We just bought some plain white plates to build up our supply for holidays…my family is bigger than an army,” while another one said, “I actually prefer Christmas china to regular china, but regular china is so much more practical.”
Decide on a budget.
Figuring out what you plan to use the china for can also help you set a budget. If the set will be used sparingly, the pieces are less likely to receive damage. Therefore, you may decide to spend more on those pieces, whereas your daily set may not warrant as high a price tag. There is a wide range, price-wise, of china at Lenox. “I chose a moderately priced style: Lenox Eternal,” said an owner. “I specifically chose this because it's very simple and classic, so it'll never be dated and [it] will go with any table setting.” On the other end of the spectrum, a woman told me, “The only set I have ever liked was $200 per plate—not for the whole place setting.”
January 1, 2011