Christmas dinnerware sets are in demand for holiday dinners and parties everywhere. Nothing is better than entertaining friends, family and acquaintances during the holidays. And one way that people do this is with a great meal. Christmas dishes can be extravagant or casual, but during Christmas time dinnerware Christmas style can really bring your table to life.
There are many manufacturers that make holiday dinnerware. If you are into collecting dinnerware for certain occasions, you will love a complete Christmas dinnerware set that you can use from year to year and hand down to the next generation.
If you are more practical, you may enjoy purchasing a fine China dinnerware set that has added accessories for Christmas.
You might also want to get a set that is dishwasher safe because cleaning up all those holiday dishes by hand can be a large task. And while you're at it, get a set of unbreakable dinnerware, so that you can let the kids have fun at their own table without ruining your day.
Christmas China Dinnerware
Breaking out a set of Christmas China dinnerware is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Just like how many people love putting on holiday songs, decorating, and seeing themed dinnerware can put you in the holiday spirit. It's beautiful, lively, and fun to display. It plays a part in setting holiday traditions and making memories that will last a lifetime.
Whether you are looking for fine China or a more casual dinnerware set to use as Christmas dinnerware, you will find loads of ideas here.
It is not uncommon to use a casual dinnerware set for everyday use during the holidays and serve on a fine China Christmas set solely for Christmas dinner or holiday celebrations. Both can be displayed in a China cabinet or on a kitchen hutch to become part of your Christmas decorations.
I often display tea sets as part of my Christmas décor. They look great sitting on a coffee table or even a fireplace hearth. Christmas cookie jars also come in handy for serving homemade treats during the season. And they can help pull the whole look together when used with your dinner sets and holiday plates.
Holiday Dinnerware Sets
Something that I'm particularly fond of is disposable holiday dinnerware. It brings together the festive feel along with a stress-free holiday. However, there are also many dinnerware dish set choices that can be reused again and again. They come in the standard 20-piece dinner set collection, or you may find them in different set orders.
Here are some of my favorite dinnerware Christmas sets:
- Seasons Greetings by Churchill China
- Holly Berry by Farberware
- Christmas Tree by Fiesta
- Holiday Classics by Gibson
- Victorian Christmas by Johnson Brothers
- Holiday by Lenox
- Opal Innocence by Lenox
- Christmastime by Nikko
- Holly and Berry by Noritake
- Winterberry by Pfaltzgraff (see more Pfaltzgraff dinnerware sets)
- A Christmas Story by Portmeirion
- Christmas Tree by Spode
- Old Saint Nick by Vietri
- Winter Greetings by Lenox
- Old Britain Castles Christmas Tree by Johnson Brothers
- Holiday Tartan by Lenox
- Christmas Tree by Waechtersbach
- 12 Days of Christmas by Lenox
Holiday Fine China
Some fine China companies produce Christmas dishes that complement their regular China lines. For example, Lenox carries a pattern of China that is called Opal Innocence. It is white bone China that is accented with platinum that is appropriate formal dinnerware year round.
To match the dinnerware, a Christmas accent plate is made available to turn the everyday formal dinnerware into holiday dinnerware. Homer Laughlin does the same thing with their Fiesta line of dinnerware. A holiday dish is made to complement their standard everyday dinnerware.
If storage space is keeping you from purchasing Christmas dinnerware, it might be a good idea to check out these options for getting holiday accent pieces to go with your China. A lot of renowned China companies have taken up this practice.
Personally, I love the dinnerware that is created especially for Christmas; however, it does make a lot of sense to purchase a dinnerware set that is versatile and by just adding a few pieces you can transform it into a holiday set.
Holiday dinnerware is available with all sorts of designs from classic to modern, from cutesy to elegant, and from casual to formal. With a little bit of looking around, I am certain that you will find Christmas dinnerware sets that suit your fancy.
Christmas Dinnerware Set: Most Loved Patterns
Choosing a Christmas dinnerware set can be a challenge, to say the least. There are so many choices in both casual and fine China patterns. At any rate, reviewing the best-selling holiday dinnerware sets can help you to make the best decision for a dinnerware set that you can enjoy for years and pass on to your family.
Johnson Brothers Christmas dinnerware
Johnson Brothers is a preferred brand of dinnerware that is enjoyed by many. There are several holiday patterns in the brand.
Personally, I like Johnson Brothers dinnerware because of its British inspiration. It is one of my favorite dinnerware brands.
Lenox Christmas dinnerware
Lenox is another popular brand that makes holiday dinnerware. Their best-selling Christmas pattern is simply called Holiday.
This is a simple pattern of holly leaves on Lenox's high-quality ivory bone China. It is a wonderful setting for a Christmas dinner party.
Lenox produces several Christmas dinnerware patterns that are worth looking into. The design and quality of the dinnerware are top-of-the-line.
Noble Excellence Christmas dinnerware
The Noble Excellence pattern, Twas the Night Before Christmas, is a unique pattern that I just love. It reminds me of historical Christmases and Christmas stories that make family times special and memorable.
Noritake Christmas patterns
Noritake is another high-quality dinnerware producer that offers beautiful holiday dinnerware patterns. Possibly the best known holiday pattern by Noritake is the Holly and Berry pattern.
It is one of my favorite patterns of Christmas dinnerware, but it's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the selection of Noritake holiday dinnerware.
Royal Doulton - Royal Albert Old Country Rose
I was amazed when I learned that Royal Doulton's Royal Albert brand introduced a Christmas pattern to accompany its all-time famous, best-selling pattern, Old Country Roses.
This is a beautiful pattern of English dinnerware that I will always find attractive. I absolutely love the Christmas dinnerware set!
What is the Number One Pattern?
Without a doubt, the Spode Christmas Tree dinnerware is the best-selling pattern in the United States. We can't talk about holiday dinner plates and not talk about Spode's holiday special.
This pattern, developed specifically for the USA, was first introduced in 1938. The pattern has changed some over the years and each year, new additions appear in this pattern. This makes it a collectible item that can build on over time.
The Spode Christmas Tree Grove is an original pattern. It leaves the tradition of the Christmas tree, but the floral pattern makes it more decorating-friendly for coordinating with day-to-day décor.
Spode Christmas Tree Dinnerware
Spode Christmas Tree dinnerware is a very popular pattern of Christmas dinnerware. It was first introduced in 1938 by Spode and is still produced today by the Portmeirion Group, who purchased the Spode brand in 2009.
This pattern was specifically created for the United States market and is known as the oldest holiday dinnerware pattern in the country. In 1999, this pattern was recorded as the best seller in the United States in regard to casual dinnerware patterns.
History of Spode Christmas tree
These Christmas dinnerware sets have an interesting story that is reflected in slight pattern changes it has incurred over the years.
The first pattern of this dinnerware, produced by Spode in 1938, featured a Christmas tree and the dinnerware had a green band. A crimson band pattern was also produced so there was a choice of green or crimson.
In later years, the pattern changed for a new look from time to time. When viewing vintage Christmas Tree dinnerware from Spode, you will see various shapes and borders made of green, crimson or red bands, or green lines and holly borders. You might even find some with a pink band. Some of the Spode Christmas Tree dinnerware pieces even feature a candy cane border, which is just adorable.
What is consistent about this Christmas dinnerware set, is the gorgeous Christmas tree and the festive ambiance that this holiday dinnerware brings to the table.
Spode Christmas dinnerware sets
If you are looking for a Christmas dinnerware set, the Spode Christmas Tree pattern is top-notch. It is simply beautiful, the quality of the dinnerware is very good and the price is reasonable.
Today, this dinnerware is made of stoneware, also known as porcelain earthenware. The material is very durable and it is safe for use in the microwave, dishwasher, oven, and freezer. The current pattern features a Christmas tree adorned with decorations, gifts, and holiday greens inside a green band.
A dinnerware set is the first step to creating an awesome collection of Spode Christmas Tree dinnerware.
Matching accessories from Spode
What I really like about long-produced patterns is that there are several serving accessories and decorating items that match the dinnerware and you can mix and match vintage dinnerware to bring the life of the pattern to the table. This pattern also looks great as a Christmas display to bring the atmosphere of holiday cheer to your home.
Because this is a collectible pattern, there are annual collector plates and dishes that are a wonderful decorative addition for a holiday hostess.
Annual dishes feature the common Christmas tree pattern, but with unique aesthetics that change from year to year. For instance, the 2012 annual plates have a yellow border with partridges, pears, red ribbon, and holly while the 2013 version features a two-tone red border decked with holly.
What is great about collectible holiday dinnerware is that you can usually find Christmas ornaments and holiday home décor that matches the pattern. This makes it easy to coordinate your home décor with the pattern of your favorite holiday dinnerware pattern.
Collecting Spode Christmas trees
If you are looking at becoming a collector of this pattern, you might try shopping at estate sales, antique stores, swap meets, garage sales, and online auctions. Some of the dinnerware replacement companies also carry this pattern where you can purchase items piece by piece.
Choosing Christmas China Dinnerware
There are many companies that make Christmas dinnerware sets. Some sets are made of bone china, while more casual sets are made of porcelain or stoneware. I've seen a few gorgeous ceramic dinnerware sets with Christmas patterns.
Popular Christmas dinnerware patterns include:
- Amaryllis Holiday - Paula Deen Signature Dinnerware
- Christmas Elegant Gathering by Gibson Dinnerware
- Christmas Tree by Spode
- Holiday by Lenox
- Holiday Classic by Gibson
- Holly and Berry by Noritake
- Little Hoot and the Snowman – Rachael Ray Dinnerware
- Old Britain Castles - Holiday by Johnson Brothers
- Old Country Roses Holiday by Royal Albert
- Poinsettia Holiday by Gibson
- Tuxedo Rouge by Red Vanilla
- Winter Greetings by Lenox
- Winter Meadow by Lenox
- Victorian Christmas by Johnson Brothers
- Winterberry by Pfaltzgraff
A set of red glasses from Mikasa is a great addition to a Christmas table setting.
Christmas Dinnerware Makes a Great Gift
If you don't play hostess at Christmastime and you are blessed to enjoy holiday celebrations and Christmas dinner at someone else's home, the hostess would definitely appreciate holiday dinnerware or tableware as a gift.
Table accessories and décor are all a part of entertaining for the holidays. While purchasing an entire dinnerware set might be kind of expensive, gift sets, pieces of the hostess's choice dinnerware, glassware, serveware, cookware, and accessories are affordable. Such gestures make the holiday hostess feel appreciated, and I'm sure the thoughtful gift will be put to use.
Christmas dishes are special
Christmas dishes are true treasures because they create memories that friends and family will hold on to forever. They help to set the mood for the season bringing cheerfulness and joy. They become priceless heirlooms to youngsters that cherish good times with family.
Often, holiday recipes and the dishes that they are served, become the center of attention in unforgettable tales that people choose to share and pass on to their children.
There is quite a variety of holiday dinnerware that ranges from Christmas dinnerware sets to snack plates. I have a weakness for Christmas tea sets and other Christmas dishes such as candy trays and candy dishes (maybe I just like Christmas candy!)
Red glassware is also popular for the Christmas season and if the pattern is standard without all of the holiday embellishments, it double serves its purpose for Valentine's Day.
Corelle has a design called Classic red cafe that would work great for Christmas, Valentine's day, and every day.
How little or much you do is up to you
I'm kind of blasé when it comes to decorating with dishes because I have too much practicality in me. It makes more sense to me to have an elegant dinnerware set without a lot of color or trimming that can be versatile and used all year.
For instance, I would like to have the Mikasa Love Story dinnerware set with all of the accessories and complement it at Christmas time with napkins made of holiday fabric and red or green serving dishes, or serve colorful desserts, like strawberry shortcake, in the matching goblets.
The accessories for the Mikasa Love Story pattern also have a Holiday place setting and Holiday mugs that match the dinnerware set.
Many people that I know go all out at Christmas time changing their everyday dinnerware sets with casual holiday dinnerware sets and using an extravagant Christmas dinnerware set for Christmas dinner. They have Christmas cookie jars filled with homemade cookies, Christmas-covered cake plates with a family favorite cake in them, and so forth. I would like to be that way, but I'm a little bit domestically challenged! Maybe I'll transform when I'm a grandma.
At any rate, whether you go all out or just purchase a few Christmas dishes to use as accessories at Christmas time, these dishes will be remembered and make repeat visitors feel special when presented with food or treats in them. Do you have a favorite pattern or set?