So we compromise and find something we BOTH like.
For example, Spencer likes plain white dishes, but they make me fall asleep. Our compromise? We registered for white plates with some character, and I have (almost)full reign to decorate the table with pretty napkins, table cloths, runners, and the occasional salad plate.
We registered for Portmeirion by Sophie Conran (found here). A four piece place setting retails for $71.50 but is on sale for $39.32. Let's hope it stays that way for the next 7 months. Made from porcelain, these plates are durable and can go from the freezer to the oven. And if you hit them on the display, they don't chip... (yes, we both did this multiple times because we are super clumsy).
Brights and patterns will look so amazing against what I call "vanilla" plates. Here is what I have to spice up the table:
|Twist Wire Napkin Rings - Bed Bath&Beyond $2.99ea|
|Solid Turquoise Napkin - Pier 1 $3.95ea|
|Cotton Cloth Napkins - Etsy.com seller CarrottCreations $8 set of four|
What have you and your significant other had to compromise on?