To register for china or not to register for china? That is the question that Zola registry advisers are asked on a daily basis. The answer is—it is up to you! If couples love to entertain, fine china is a fantastic registry option. For those on the fence, there are a few ways to incorporate pieces that last a lifetime into your tabletop. Try taking a traditional registry gift, and freshening it up. Couples don't need to register for an entire set of china, but they can creatively mix and match styles and sets at varying price points for a combination that is unique and representative of their personal taste. Here are a few ideas to help master the high-low tabletop mix.
Rustic Meets Traditional
If you want to add color to your tabletop, try a more muted pastel palette of pinks, blues, greens, yellows, and even purples. A timeless white charger, like the Rosental Charger Plate ($56), is a clean base for any pretty pastel. Masculine meets feminine in this blue and pink combo of the Kate Spade Mercer Drive Dinner Plate ($38) in light blue paired with the Rórstrand Swedish Grace Salad Plate ($20) in pink.
Florals and Metals
Mixing florals and metals turns any place setting into a conversation starter. The pairing of an opulent charger, such as the Match Pewter Convivio Charger ($265), with a delicate print, is beautiful in the most unexpected way.
Artistic and Sleek
Minimal and modern, the artistic Hawkins Jackson Collection of dinnerware ($24-$108) pairs well with any neutral tone, like the Canvas Home Salad Plate ($100, set of 4) in white or grey. It is a look that suits any design buff.
Glamorous and Sweet
Don't forget to register for finishing touches like serveware, flatware, and Champagne glasses that will pull the whole look together ($50-$195).