My first thought was to just use our everyday tea cups and saucers, they are pretty white porcelain with hob nails around the top, but my oldest daughter (the bossy one) thought that we NEEDED to use my china for tea. I told her that if she wanted to use it that she would have to get it out of the hutch and wash it all by hand before and after tea. I thought that with 6 of us drinking tea, plus the dessert plates that she would opt to use the dishes that, 1). were already clean and 2). could go in the dishwasher.
WRONG. She pulled out all the cups and saucers and plates and began washing them.