Nope! I like plain, white dinner plates; I do, however, buy smaller, sald/dessert plates cheap--in colors or patterns, and use them with the white plates (WalMart vintage!
) That way, I can vary the settings for holidays, etc. I usually buy my cheap plates at WalMart--some are only .94 each, but look and work great. I like nice stuff, but not stuff that I have to be too careful with. I want to be able to put them in the dishwasher. They have great Libbery glass salad plates in various colors--I have the green ones, which look so nice any time of the year--and you can use them in the micro and put them in the dishwasher--less than a dollar each! (I also love the Libbey iced tea goblets that cooordinate--violet purple (the exact shade of the rabies vaccine serum !!!
, and the olive green. They're substantial, but yet elegant. A mere $2.27 each...)
I'm not crazy about the fine china patterns that have colors, etc. It seems so limiting--and they tend to stay locked up in a china cabinet!
Hubby built a sort of china hutch into the former pass-through from the kitchen into the family room. It looks very pretty--we used beadboard for the backing; and he made grooved shelves, and I painted the whole thing gloss white enamel. I display some of the colored plates, and change them for the different seasons. It looks so pretty! I also put teapots on the lower, deeper shelf. At Christmas, I tuck in sprigs of greenery next to the Christmas plates (.98 each from the Goodwill!).
My favorite plates are white stoneware, with scalloped and/or embossed rims. After our honeymoon, I tried in vain to get the Pfalzgraff ones we used in the B&B on our honeymoon, but couldn't. They were pretty, and I wanted a momento of our stay. I used to see that pattern all the time, too! Drat!
I did, however, get Mom-In-Law's family silver (o.k., really plated!) last year. It belonged to HER Mom-in-law, and was only made for 1 year, in 1916. It's the Heraldic pattern, and has the family monogram in Olde English script on it. It has a sort of baronial look to it. It's not worth much (on eBay a lot), but I just love it. I love stuff from the WWI era, and also that it has been used by family brides for nearly 100 years. I use it when we entertain, and for Suday dinner with just us.