The age old question, "To match or not to match" is always present!
When I'm feeling whimsical, light hearted I tend to get out all the pieces and mix and match, using a chosen color palette to unify and make the tablescape work together.
When the mood is a celebration or has a theme, I love to pull out all the stops and lay a balanced table setting of one pattern. I use flowers and napkins to add interest, or give the eye a place to rest. I also make use of the "rule of 3" more when the focus is placed on one china pattern.
Do you have thoughts on this age old dilema? Of course, I'll keep hunting the tag sales and collecting while I wait for your comments!