The Great China Debate

I’m not talking about the country. I’m talking about dinnerware. Waaaay more important.

When we registered Travis and I had a big debate over registering for china. We went in to Bed Bath and Beyond thinking that we would not add china to our registry. After all, we are_not_the_type of people who need fancy shmancy plates. We didn’t imagine having a lot of dinner parties or entertaining a lot of family over the holidays. We are a wolf pack of two here in Reno.


Then I saw this:

Lenox - Chirp China

Lenox - Chirp China

And this:

Me love.

Suddenly, my thoughts went to dinner parties, garden parties, Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years, hosting family, friends, neighbors. Basically, I would invite anyone over who wants to eat off of my china. Anyone. Call me.

I don’t know what it is about the Lenox Chirp china pattern. It instantly caught my eye. I love how fresh it looks. How it’s traditional, but not.

I picture myself in an apron, preparing a Martha or Barefoot Contessa approved meal. Then I serve that delicious meal on my Chirp china.  I’m wearing pearls and my hair is in a curly bob. Fantasy? Hmmmp. I don’t even own an apron.

My sudden departure from the “China Plan” caused Travis some distress. “But we’ll never use it,” he said. “Let’s register for every single kitchen gadget and appliance instead.”

A lot of our married friends were all, “I registered for china and now I’m trying to sell it on eBay.” Or, “Oh, yeah, the china. It’s in the garage in a box somewhere.”

But, I’m a Capricorn, which means I am sentimental and love traditions. My grandmother had Lenox china that she gave to my mother. We eat off of it at Christmas and Thanksgiving. It’s an antique pink rose pattern. I aksed my Grandma Betty about it and she said that women in her generation would register for a set of 8 pieces of china. Then when they were throwing a dinner party they would borrow their friend’s china if it was in the same pattern.

See, here I go again with the traditions…sigh.

I totally get that the idea of fine china is a little outdated. People don’t really throw dinner parties the way they used to. I just can’t help myself. I love the idea of having an heirloom that I can pass on. This moment in my life will be a short, sweet one in the end. I want my grandchildren to imagine me throwing fabulous dinner parties and using this china.

Or maybe fabulous barbecues. Barbecue and fine china mix. Right?

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4 thoughts on “The Great China Debate

  1. Aunt Beth says:


    China is wonderful. I have my Nana’s china and I drag it out for Thanksgiving and New Year’s Eve. I also have the Spode Christmas Tree pattern that I use for the whole month of Dec. Granny started me on that. I think she always wanted a set of Holiday China. Even while I think about downsizing the china will never go. Go ahead and use it for the barb- b- que. It’s more green.

  2. thedurttybride says:

    Aunt Beth – thank you so much for your comment. I didn’t know that Nanna had china, but it totally fits the way my dad always describes her. I love holiday china. My good friend Lexie has a set of holiday china and I love how special it makes that time of year feel.

  3. Annie says:

    Go for the china! If it makes you smile every time you look at it, it’s worth every penny.

  4. thedurttybride says:

    So true Annie! It’s the little things right?

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