A highlight of a few popular china patterns and advice about what to buy!

Bridal Showers 101 Part 2

Fine China Registry

A Bridal Shower simply isn’t complete without a Bridal Registry to notify your friends and family what you and your sweetie really want! We Design Weddings wanted to spend the next couple posts talking about bridal registry items. Enjoy!

Perusing To the Bride, we enjoyed reading through their suggestions on how to pick out fine china patterns! We cross-referenced the information to what advisers are suggesting today and were shocked to find out that most of the information is the same. It may seem a little old hat to be picking out a china pattern as part of your wedding gift registry, but today’s fine dinnerware companies would beg to differ. We wanted to take this opportunity to highlight a few popular patterns and pass along advice about what to buy when it comes to fine china.

What to Buy
When picking out a china pattern, it is important to note how your china will look when laid out with your silverware. Ornate silverware design begets more plain dish patterns, and vice versa. China is typically purchased in individual “place settings,” which is made up of a dinner plate, salad plate, butter plate, cup and saucer. Our 1950s authors suggest you start with “a minimum of two place settings… and add additional settings and serving pieces as you go along.” The expansion of a set might include a meat platter, open vegetable dish, cream and sugar set or extra serving dishes.

Where to Buy
There are several companies that still sell fine china – and a lot of it! Here are a few popular patterns and companies:

Lenox – this American company was founded in 1889 by Walter Scott Lenox. It was Lenox china that was the first to grace a president’s table when it was commissioned by President and Mrs. Wilson in 1918. Since then, Lenox remains the only American porcelain in continuous use at the White House, with new services created for Roosevelt, Truman, Regan, Clinton and George W. Bush. The most popular pattern sold by Lenox is Opal Innocence, which you can purchase here!

Noritake – a Japanese company founded in 1904. The Morimura Brothers founded it with the goal of creating western style dinnerware for export. One of Noritake’s most popular patterns is Sweet Leilani China, which you can purchase here!
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oberonWedgwood – a British company founded in 1759 by Josiah Wedgwood. Handed down through generations of children, this company still produces some of the world’s most popular china, including Oberon, which you can purchase here!
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How to Care for Your China
We couldn’t make it through a 1950s advice book without a little “how-to” concerning the cleaning and care of your precious china! Here are the 9 Rules of Care they suggested:

1. Wash as soon as possible after using
2. Do not stack in dishpan
3. Wash individual pieces in warm water using a mild soap
4. Rinse thoroughly… drain on rubber mat or dish rack
5. Avoid harsh detergents, gritty cleansers or steel wool
6. Stack plates, larger ones at the bottom, on your china shelf
7. Hang cups separately or stack by twos
8. Do not put fine china in the oven. Drastic temperature change may cause cracking
9. Do not put hot liquids into cold cups for the same reasons

And they assure you “Treat your lovely china as you would any other cherished possession and it will reward you with a lifetime of beauty and usefulness.” Now you can get to work on your bridal registry! Swing by next week for more registry guidelines and suggestions.