"You'd never think they were paper..."
Au contraire, madame! I think we all can see that they're paper plates. Because:
1. China plates don't tend to be shrink-wrapped in packs of twenty.
2. And fine china is not found in the grocery store on the same shelf as plastic knives and forks.
3. Or, in fact, in the grocery store at all (unless it comes in a box of detergent - we'll get to that later this weekend, if I can find the scan).
Having said all that, they are a useful product. You can do plenty more with Royal Chi-net plates besides serve cook's Beef Wellington on them! You can use them as falsies, just like Mrs. Knickerbocker over there on the right, who clearly has a sense of humor about the whole thing - absolutely a prerequisite for this fashion trend. Mind the plate dividers, though.
Many thanks to Uh...Bob at Flickr for the ad.