4 Reasons To Use Your Fine China NOW

table for two with fine china

Welcome Fall Tablescape Blog Hop


Welcome Fall! One of the main reasons I encourage you to use your fine china is to create a lovely Tablescape for Fall. I’m so excited to join this warm, fun and creative bunch of bloggers. We have come together to share our ideas with you for a festive table this Autumn. You’ll find their creative masterpiece links at the bottom of this page. Before you scroll, check out these 4++ reasons to use your fine china now!

fine china fall tablescape

4 Reasons to use your fine china NOW!

You can’t give it away. You can’t take it with you. Nobody else is using it right now. Fine China is art. It is pretty and makes everyone feel special when you serve with it. So, I think I have found more than 4 reasons to use your fine china and I’m about to blow some minds with one more… You can put it in the dishwasher!

anniversary flowers

#1 You can wash it in the dishwasher

I know there are those who adamantly disagree, but I am 60 years old and this is how I’ve done it for most of my fun, partay-filled life. I’ve used my fine china for my parents’ golden anniversary, bridal showers, baby showers, our anniversary, birthdays and during the holidays. After each use, I rinse off the plates and put it in the dishwasher. I make sure to space them apart so they don’t chip. Then, I turn off the heat and use the shortest cleaning cycle on the panel. As soon as the dishwasher is finished, I prop open the door to let any moisture escape and allow the dishes to air dry. The silver is in tact around the edges and none of it is chipped.

fall fine china placesetting

#2 You can’t take it with you

wafers and milk

Being 60 is another reason I say USE YOUR FINE CHINA NOW!! Use it for Sunday dinner at the table and use it to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich from a TV tray! You only live once. What are you waiting for? How special does the occasion have to be for you to pull a few pieces out of the china cabinet?

vanilla wafers on fine china

table for two with fine china

#3 Nobody else is using it

The plight of fine china makes me sad. Young brides aren’t registering for it because it’s too much trouble, they no longer want to store it in a china cabinet and it’s too expensive for everyday use. At least these are the reasons I hear.  I had a beautiful luncheon set by Noritake in my booth for over a year and these are the reasons people shared for not being interested. Once I marketed it as a sweet little tea set for a flower girl gift, it sold pretty quickly. But the price was not near what it’s worth.  That’s why I say you can’t give it away.

shepherd smoker

#4 You can’t give it away

A friend shared with me recently about her offer to give her granddaughter her fine china. She wanted her to have it now instead of it becoming part of an inheritance. Her granddaughter was very sweet and appreciative, but shared her reasons why she should give it to someone else. She included all the reasons I’ve stated here and finished with not wanting to hand wash dishes after occasions that were exhausting to plan in the first place. Can you relate?

jewel water goblets

I remember those evenings after a fantastic party or get together. I’d plan for weeks ahead of time. Make lists and shop and chop and bake and ice. Then in a flash it’s all over. The guests are in their cars, and the porch light is out. Then I’d return to the kitchen with kids needing a bath, food needing stored away, a stack of dishes in the sink and the dog whining at the back door. The last thing I wanted to do was wash dishes. So I didn’t. I stuck those babies in the dishwasher and tucked the kiddos under the covers.

Bonus: #5 Fine China is art and fun to collect

I am a dish lover! It never mattered to me if it was fine or everyday china. I had salad plates for every occasion. Winter snowmen, pretty hearts on Valentines, leprechauns for St Paddy’s Day and cute little chicks or bunnies for Easter. In the summer, I’d proudly display the Stars and Stripes on my table indoors and watermelons on the porch. Autumn would bring out bird plates and pumpkins which quickly transitioned into turkeys and pilgrims. And of course, the year always ended with my favorite original Cuthbertson, Christmas Tree china. I also had the “You are Special Today” plate that I brought out on each family member’s birthday.

dollar tree

I wasn’t picky about where I purchased my dishes either. If I found something I liked at Old Time Pottery, I snagged it. I bought chargers, napkin rings and placemats at Pier 1, the Dollar Tree, Williams Sonoma  and Sur la Table. I loved using unusual items for placemats, like wreaths, wrought iron plaques meant for the walls, ceiling tiles, and magnolia leaves from the yard. Before Pinterest, I would scour magazines and books for ideas, walk the aisles of department stores and of course I’d hang out in the fine china department of Macy’s during any holiday season to see how they displayed the newest pieces. One of my favorites is Old Country Roses.

wood charger

It doesn’t have to match

Many of the pieces I’ve collected have come from an end of the year clearance. I decided that I wanted a silver edged pattern to mix with my gold edged pattern. So, at the end of the year, I’d go to a local store here in Fairhope and buy one or two pieces. What I’ve ended up with are some of my very favorite pieces. And it is with these pieces that I’m setting my Fall table this year. It’s not fancy. It’s not everyday. It doesn’t match. It’s just fun. I hope you enjoy this and all the other Fall tablescapes in this blog hop I was privileged to join. Please leave comments if you love these ideas. And feel free to share or pin! We all love it when that happens!

mismatched china

salad plate mismatched

fine china fall tablescape

Now browse away and go pull out your fine china! The time is NOW!

Don’t forget to check out these tablescapes! Happy Fall Ya’ll!



39 thoughts on “4 Reasons To Use Your Fine China NOW

  1. Kim, I am totally with you on using the fine china now. It’s too pretty to keep stored away. I do have to admit that I have never put our gold-rimmed Lenox in the dishwasher. I just can’t bring myself to do it. My mom never did and that’s what she taught me. I will say hand washing the dishes after a dinner party is when my husband and I (or relatives who stay to help) get to visit and rehash the evening. I do allow the china to air dry overnight. It is too bad that young brides don’t want china. I’m so glad my older daughter did get china and she uses it.

  2. Great reasons to use your china! I have my mother’s china and I use it every Thanksgiving. You’re right, hardly anyone registers for china anymore and that’s a shame. Those chargers are so pretty and I love the whimsy added by the pumpkins on stands. Beautiful work and have a happy week.

  3. So happy to see you at Tuesday Turn About! I couldn’t agree more! Using our ‘good’ home items, including china, just makes sense… why have it if you don’t use it? Hope to see you each week!

  4. AMEN! Growing up we were always told to “save it for good”. Shortly after we were married my mother in law passed away. In cleaning out her home I found TWO cake sets…beautiful large plate for the cake and 6 dessert plates. One was a beautiful blackberry pattern, the other floral. My sister in law took one, I took the other – and I was struck by the fact that the dishes were still in the boxes, packed in cardboard, never used. She was only 54 when she died….and she never used them. I decided right then ( over 42 years ago) to use the good stuff! You are so right that nobody wants the dishes, china, silver…we downsized when we retired and found our family did not want that stuff. I gave some to friends I knew would love it, and the rest came with us and we use it often. I set the table each day with placemats, cloth napkins, and a seasonal place setting. Life is short…enjoy it NOW!

  5. Your post is a bright spot for all of us tablescapers who just love to use all of our dishes! Especially to mix and match no matter if they came from the dollar store or if they are a priceless heirloom. Thank you for encouraging everyone to get those dishes out and use them!!! Happy to hop with you. Hope you have a wonderful Autumn 🌻🍂🍁

  6. I love the idea of using “your best” whenever you please and have forever… My oldest, dearest friend has her wedding china, her sister’s, her mother’s AND her grandmothers’, sometimes multiples from each. She also has very sweet everyday sets; probably 4. She has 2 children and 5 grandchildren. NO ONE wants any of the sets, none! They’ll borrow if they’re having a big party, but don’t want to own them. She has all the silver that you can imagine would go with them from being raised in New Orleans. Antique stores don’t want them either. With the early beginnings of dementia, she won’t let any of it go. It’s so sad!

  7. Kim, you are speaking my language when you talk about fine china. I agree with you wholeheartedly! Life is too short! It just makes me happy to use my pretty china. I am a dishaholic….every cupboard and cabinet is full, and I still collect more. Your autumn table is both beautiful and elegant and looks like the perfect place to enjoy a fall meal. I love the pretty pumpkin pillow. Take care, and happy fall!

  8. Kim, I must admit. I am someone who rescues dinnerware sets. Yes, I, too, use them often. They are a work of art and should be appreciated by using them for gatherings of all sorts. I do agree that they can mixed with other sets and really shows off the owner’s artistic flair. It is so fun collecting and creating and you do it well. So lovely.

  9. I so agree with using fine china, silver and crystal! As far as I’m concerned, nothing should be saved for “company”. I find it unfathomable that young people, at this point in time, do n0t seem to want fine things. Perhaps this trend will change – especially selling good furniture to replace with cheap junk and not wanting fine table items.

  10. Yes, I agree that we all need to use our china more often! We use our wedding china only a couple times a year but I do have several sets of dishes that I alternate between for everyday. Your fall tablescape is so pretty and I love all your pretty details. Thanks for all the tips and inspiration!

  11. Kim, I left a comment yesterday and it disappeared.
    Glad I checked back. I thought when I did not see if you had the setting to approve it first but something told me to check today.
    Anyway, you are so right about the reasons to use your fine china. I have used mine over the years quite a bit but I wish I had realized your suggestions about setting the dishwasher. I will do that now because of all the reasons you mentioned. We should enjoy our lovely things and treat ourselves.
    Your table setting was lovely. I admired your flowers especially the variegated aspidistra and how it was rolled. I’ve learned about that but have never done it.
    I am sharing your post with several of my home town friends.

  12. Couldn’t agree more Kim! I consider using good china as a form of self-care! It makes me happy! Didn’t even think of putting it through the dishwasher though. I guess there is a delicate cycle for a reason! Your table is such a pretty testament to fall. I love your charger plates. Your flower centerpiece is stunning, and I like how you have offset it to the side! Those little glass pumpkins are adorable too! I hope more people will embrace enjoying the good china too!

  13. Kim I LOVE your style! And I love that you put your china in the dishwasher! I have some Noritake that I got in 1981, and I would feel reasonably comfortable putting it in the dishwasher following your directions. However I also have a set of Haviland from the early 1900s that has lots of wear from the few times my mother put it in the washer, so I guess it kind of depends. I am totally on board with your other 4+ reasons and you made me laugh out loud – no we can’t take it with us! 😉

    Thanks so much for the inspiration – I’m so glad I met you through this fun fall blog hop!

  14. Kim, your post is fun and entertaining, but most importantly you spoke truth. I do exactly as you said, fine china goes into the dishwasher. Why have something that you never use…set the table for the ones you love the most. As I was reading your post, I could identify with everything you said. I am so glad you joined the hop…Happy Autumn

  15. Kim, we have the same Christmas china. My mother had it and my sister too. We gave it for Christmas gifts to each other until we all had 8 place settings. When our mother passed away my sister and I divided hers between us. I also have the small wine glasses and the water glasses I use for red wine. I just checked and I do not have an option to turn off heat on my dishwasher. Sooo disappointed. I looked at my china this past week and had many of the thoughts you shared. Our china is Lenox Tuscany, gold design, and oh so pretty and our silver is golden agean weave and guess what my husband picked the silver. Well, we don’t use either because it won’t go in dishwasher. But, thanks to your post I am determined to use and just hand wash. Wanna come for dinner on Hammock Creek? We could do china on the porch soon. Maybe Beth and Phillip could join us.

  16. Kim, I feel like I just attended a Dishaholics Rally, lol! Oh my, these reasons are ALL so worthy of why we should enjoy the sheer beauty of the things we love and collect. I also put sterling in the dishwasher (!), but it’s still silver simply because of the infrequency by which I use it, rotating my sets for various tables. Dishes are art (after all, many hang their dishes!), and so is styling. Not only is collecting dishes fun, but tablescaping with those and all the other elemental collections that go along with them is a wonderful hobby, too. I hope others who may not be table enthusiasts will read this and see how beautifully you’ve styled your table, and be inspired by the points you’ve made. What a joy it is to be in your company on this roundup. Happy September!

    1. Thank you, Rita. I agree about the joy of your company! We had so many beautiful tablescapes in this blog hop. What a privilege to share this fun hobby with such a talented bunch of ladies.

  17. Hi Kim, I was so surprised to find out you were joining us today, it’s so nice to see your smiling face! We have another thing in common, I have always put my fine china in the dishwasher! I don’t put my silver flatware in though, that is a must wash by hand. When my daughter married 10 years ago, she didn’t register for fine china because she had inherited her grandmother’s. She saw no need for silver and quite frankly I pushed her to register for more practical and modern things. Times have changed, especially now when we’re barely entertaining. But I agree, use what you have and enjoy it daily!! Cheers to mix and match!! Meals should be enjoyed on pretty plates in lovely settings!

  18. This is exactly what I needed to hear. I will start using my dishwasher for my fine china. Thanks for all the reasons to use your fine china. They are all so true.
    Your tablescape is very creative.
    I love your flowers. Is that a variegated aspidistra?
    Nice blog hopping with you.

    1. Thanks, Bonnie. The flowers were a gift for my anniversary. 40 years! Hubby added peach roses in honor of our wedding colors. So thoughtful. Unfortunately, I don’t know what many of the stems are, including but not limited to – the variegated aspidistra. If you think that’s what it is, I’m going with it! 😉 You have a much greener thumb!

  19. Kim, Dishaholics unite and I love to mix and match! 🙂 I love all the reasons you listed. My beloved MIL shared your philosophy and always put her fine china and silver in the dishwasher. So happy to hop with you and celebrate fall. ♥

  20. Hello Kim, I got a kick out of the comment you left on my blog about your hubby’s saying. You are so right about using fine china. What good is it sitting in a cupboard or chine hutch? It should be used and enjoyed. I recently gave my Granddaughter and daughter some china. The flowers look beautiful and the goblets are gorgeous. I adore the cute little blue polka dot mini cake pedestals. The chargers are a favorite. A pleasure to join you on this fall tablescape blog hop. Happy September.

  21. Kim, this is such a fun post! Thanks for sharing all of those reasons for using your china. Isn’t it interesting, I pulled out my fine china for this tablescape hop, too. I feel yours evokes fall a little bit better than mine, but we have both proved there is no reason not to style a table around your fine china. Hey, I have always washed mine in the dishwasher, too! Thanks for joining us!

    1. Chloe, I would say that great minds think alike, but this brain isn’t in the same zip code as your creative matter! Love your videos.

  22. When it comes to using “the best dishes”, this dishaholic is with you, Kim! You’ve shared some great tips and created such a lovely fall tablescape! Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  23. What a great article, in addition to a lovely table. Is that an incense burner, the little man with the beard? So cute is he from Germany? I agree with everything, and I don’t think we will be able to give it away to the next generation so why not enjoy it. I enjoy my grandmother’s China. I’ve never thought of it as art, but I agree. So happy you joined the hop!

    1. Andrea, thanks so much for noticing my little “German Shepherd!” Yes, we bought him in a little gift shop in Heidelberg, Germany back when we could all travel! He just makes me smile.

  24. You are absolutely correct! Inherited my mom’s and grandmothers China as well as my own and use it every day. Even my pets eat off of China bowls and plates. I drink my milk or juice out of Crystal goblets. And I live alone, makes every meal special. Since no one seems to want these works of art, might as well enjoy them before another earthquake consumes part of the collection.

    1. Thank you Naomie! I’m glad to hear that you not only appreciate fine china, but also how very special you are! We are all worth a meal on pretty dishes!

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