Whether it’s your everyday dinnerware, inherited china or one of your favorite designer patterns, setting the Christmas table can be an amazingly simple or elaborate endeavor. A table set with plain white china can be just as beautiful as a one set with a best-selling Christmas pattern. Whether you like to keep things simple or go with a full tablescape, make it your own with a few personal touches.
I have a pretty good collection of china and a few favorite Christmas patterns. Several features of Christmas patterns make them appealing beyond the fact that they’re primarily used during the holiday season:
1. You can mix and and match patterns and serving pieces with existing china.
2. Changing drink ware, flatware, linens and table accessories can present an entirely new holiday look.
3. Coordinting patterns with seasonal plants and floral arrangements can bring a table to life.
Replacements China in Greensboro, North Carolina has over 1000 holiday/Christmas themed china and dinnerware patterns listed. Each year they compile a list of their top 10 best-sellers. The most recent list is as follows:
1. Christmas Tree by Spode
2. St. Nicholas by Fitz and Floyd
3. Holiday by Lenox
4. Happy Holidays by Nikko
5. Poinsettia by Block
6. Christmas Rose by Spode
7. Christmastime by Nikko
8. Christmas Story by Portmeirion
9. Eternal Christmas by Lenox
10. Merry Christmas by Johnson Brothers
Personal Favorites (click link for photos)
1. Grenadiers by Bernardaud
2. Holly Wreath by Vera Wang
2. Winter Greetings by Lenox
3. Gold Poinsettia by Pickard
5. Holiday Gatherings by Lenox
6. Noel Christmas Plates by Gien
A Few Notes On Table setting
- Table setting makes reference to the way a table is set with eating utensils, drink ware and dinnerware. Setting this arrangement for one person is called a place setting.
- Most centerpieces serve solely as a decorative function but can be edible such as arrangements of fruit, confections or other edibles. The centerpiece should not obstruct the view of diners and should leave enough room for place and other serving dishes.
- Unscented candles are best used as part of a table setting to avoid competing scents and aromas.
Tips for Setting a Festive Christmas/Holiday Table
Plan your holiday table around a color scheme. Plain white, black and white, green and purple or blue and brown work beautifully. Silver and gold or red and green are forever festive options. For a little whimsy try a candy cane, reindeer or winter wonderland theme.
Choose your linens. A plain white cotton tablecloth works just as beautifully as a vintage embroidered find. Whether you go with a seasonal design or use only place mats, choose colors to accent your theme and highlight your china or dinnerware. Matching napkins can be nice but plain white always does the trick.
Design a centerpiece around your color scheme. If you’ve chosen a green and purple color scheme, perhaps an arrangement of green and purple calla lilies with white roses, winterberry and greenery would be beautiful. Alternatively, a mini-arrangement at each place setting would be very attractive and a nice personal touch. Add a well placed bowl of coordinating ornaments and a few white candles and the table is set!
Accessories give your table jazz. A festive ornament or a small gift at each guest’s place setting is very welcoming and thoughtful. Try securing dinner linens with an unusual napkin holder, a loose satin ribbon or raffia. Spread tablescape accessories strategically and you have officially jazzed up your table!