I love china. I'll admit it. I buy sets of salad plates, tureens, tea sets... whatever strikes my fancy. I mix and match with my Herend gold band china pieces. I love the sweet vintage sets by Spode and Royal Copenhagen above.
Also... I adore the English Edwardian silverplate tea caddy. Not china, but something I'm watching on eBay. You could keep tea bags in it, sugar, whatever. Use what you love.