china and entertaining
There are some of us in the world, that have a thing for pretty bowls, fancy wine glasses and cool dishes. I am one of these people. To this day, for some reason, I still have a gravy boat and I don't even like mashed potatoes. When going through your stuff, it is helpful to be practical. For years, I had two sets of formal china that I inherited. I may have used them once a year at most. They were fun to look at and fun to own. But in reality, they were too fancy for the type of life I lead. Even if I had a dinner party, I wouldn't be pulling out my grandmother's china. It wasn't bringing as much value to my life as I thought it would. So, I gave it all away to other family members who wanted it. I made sure to give it to people that I knew could benefit from using it. As you analyze your entertaining habits, read over these tips and see if anything will help you live a more authentic life. For the record, I kept the wine glasses, silverware and a few bowls, but got rid of the rest.
1 >> Use it. OK, if you want to keep your china and crystal bowls after all, use them! Don't save them for good. Use them all of the time and enjoy them. It will make the Wednesday night dinner fun and you won't regret it.
2 >> Document it. Many times when people are getting married, they register for a set of china. They receive pieces as gifts and finally have the set they were dreaming of. Over the years (if you actually use the china) you may have some wear and tear with chips or even breaks. Unless documented early on, it might be heard to remember where you ordered them, or what the color or pattern is called. It is a good idea to write down all of the important information for replacement purposes. (saving you time and energy in the future)
3 >> Protect it. Many china sets come with padded cases to store them in. First of all, you should buy these storage containers if yours doesn't come with them. Very handy for moving or storing things you don't have on display. Put the china pattern, color, manufacturer and where you bought them on a card on the inside lid of the case and you'll be able to easily find it in the future. Thanks Martha! Not able to find this tip on her site marthastewart.com, but for sure, I got this idea from one of her books over the years.
4 >> Give yourself a limit. I have this built in hutch in my dining room, so I just told myself that anything that doesn't fit in this cabinet, I don't have room for and I am going to get rid of it.