I have to admit that we've had no fancy dinner opportunities to mix high and low -- but I hope to rectify that soon! We are being hosted for the holiday elsewhere today. But we have had plenty of casual dinner guests and it's nice to have dishes you can dress up or down. As for the white color, they have not shown any stains from coffee or food. I am not getting scratch marks on them from stacking them and pulling them on and off the shelf every day.
Call me old fashioned and out of touch, but if anyone is registering for wedding gifts or setting up house and are registered for gifts, register for plain white bone china. It will last a long time, it's practical and easy to care for -- as long as you don't get a metal trim that won't last in the dishwasher.
It sounds fancy-schmancy to eat of china every day, but nothing could be more sensible!
My simple set