The Great China Pattern Debate

Instead of registering for both casual and formal dinnerware, Cari and her fiancé, Jason, decided to look for a place setting that will withstand daily use, but can also be dressed up for special occasions. The pair tend to gravitate toward clean, classic designs—nothing flowery or overly feminine—and had narrowed it down to four designs before getting stuck. Which pattern do you think they should register for? Click here to vote for your favorite design.

Tin Can Alley Four°

Jason picked out this simple white pattern. "When I come home from work I like to eat my dinner—even if it's the usual hot dogs or leftover Chinese food—on a nice plate. I thought this design was classic enough to use every day, but still had an elegant touch," he says.

Tin Can Alley Four° accent plate, $17.95, and dinner plate, $20.95, both Lenox; Emerge 5-piece place setting, $34.95, and Palomino silver-pewter placemat, $8.95, both Crate & Barrel (seen throughout this story)