Is there any point in buying "fine china"? I mean, if you have plain white plates and ordinary knives and forks and glasses and whatever, would people even notice that it's not your best table settings? What's the point in dragging out the non-dishwasher friendly china once a year for Christmas dinner when nobody gives a fuck anyway? If you're that insecure about what people will think of what you eat off of, then take them to a restaurant. They're not worth having over for dinner in your house, anyway.