Product Guide: How to Choose China for Your Event

By: Marquee Event Rentals

When selecting china and dinnerware rentals, your event theme, type, and goals should guide your decisions. For example, china with rose gold accents is appropriate for a wedding, and less so for a corporate event.  

How to Choose Rental China and Event Dinnerware

What are your event goals? Both a tea party and a fundraising gala can be elegant events, but they have very different goals. If you want to generate buzz, colored china can enhance a modern design scheme. To downplay your tablescape while maintaining an upscale aesthetic, choose simple but high-quality bone china.

What is the event theme or color scheme? Rental china can be sturdy, delicate, or even a bit flashy. Your choice should support the mood you want to create. Metallic embellishments and flourishes of color add energy and support corporate branding, while white china adds understated elegance.

Also, keep in mind, when it comes to china, “white” is more than one color. White china can be porcelain white, super white, off white, ivory, etc.

How many guests per table? Consider how much real estate you have at each table. For example, charger plates add sophistication, but require extra room at each place setting. Learn more about using charger plates

How many courses? The number of courses and type of food will also affect your china and flatware selection. Soup, seafood, and dessert require specialty dishes and utensils.

Our 4 Most Popular China and Dinnerware Rental Options

Marquee Event Rentals has an extensive collection of rental china, flatware, and drinkware. Below are some of our most popular items. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please contact us. Our event rental experts will help you find the right china to support your event theme and goals.

Fine China - formal events, traditional weddings, solemn occasions

You can’t go wrong with bone or ivory china. It’s simple, classic, and appropriate for any occasion.

Non-Traditional Shapes and Colors - themed corporate events and fundraisers

Show off your non-traditional side with square shapes, triangle plates, or china with a geometric pattern. If your event calls for something bold and dramatic, opt for midnight black dishware.

Patterns - bohemian weddings, garden parties, daytime events
On the lighter side, vintage china adds charm and sophistication to tea parties and brunches. This Corsica Blue pattern is another popular choice for daytime events.

Metallic Accents - evening celebrations, corporate events, and fundraisers
Our ivory china with double gold band subtly reminds guests your event is upscale but doesn’t distract from other table elements. The gold and black Trieste china pattern takes things up a notch without straying too far from tradition.

Further Reading: How to Mix and Match China Like a Pro

When renting china, it’s always a good idea to know what you’re getting. Our rental experts are happy to set up a sample table with china of your choosing.

Whether you need rental china for a corporate event, wedding, or other events, Marquee has you covered. Let us know what you’re looking for, our event rental experts are happy to help.  Schedule a complimentary consultation in Chicago, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Austin, Dallas, or San Antonio.