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Celebrate:  20 Christmas Plates to Make Your Table a Standout!

Celebrate: 20 Christmas Plates to Make Your Table a Standout!

Stunning Christmas Dinnerware Patterns for a Spectacular Table

There is one certainty in my life, well actually two if you are counting, but firstly, Christmas is my favorite time of year and secondly, I am in love with way too many dinnerware patterns! Mix those together and I seriously need a storage unit just for my china, crystal, silver and all the matching goodies!

But as my Grandmother used to say, "Now Holley, a Southern lady can never have too many dishes or too many pearls."  Such a lovely lady she was and a true Southern Belle!  In fact, I'm sure that this strange obsession that I have was inherited directly from her.  And if that is the case, I'll take it and wear it with pride.

There are many different styles and types represented here, from ultra formal to whimsical, very affordable to expensive and vintage to brand new, but I love them all and I hope you will too.  Enjoy!

 Bing & Grohdahl "Bringing Home the Tree" Appetizer Plate

Bing & Grohdahl "Bringing Home the Tree" Appetizer Plate

 Bing & Grondahl "Christmas Night" Appetizer Plate

Bing & Grondahl "Christmas Night" Appetizer Plate

Though no longer made and highly collectible, these Bing & Grondahl yearly Christmas plates have been made every year for over 100 years.  Most people wouldn't naturally gravitate to cobalt blue and white when decorating a table top for Christmas, however, these plates, when paired with pewter, silver or platinum and white in your linens and centerpieces will be the talk of the town.  Stunningly beautiful and full of history, these are truly special, magical pieces.

 Casafina Deer Friends Dinner Plates

Casafina Deer Friends Dinner Plates

This is a lovely and whimsical pattern from Casafina - Fine European Home & Table Decor. Made of Casa Stone, it is both dishwasher and microwave safe.  There are several more pieces that match this set, including dessert plates, mugs, serving pieces and more.  Deer Friends accent a Woodland Christmas or Rustic Elegance table theme perfectly.  

 Hermes Cheval d'Orient Dinner Plate

Hermes Cheval d'Orient Dinner Plate

 Hermes Cheval d'Orient Salad Plate

Hermes Cheval d'Orient Salad Plate

Although this particular pattern from Hermes is not a "Christmas" pattern, it makes a stunning tablescape for the Holidays.  The colors are bright and vibrant and the red grounded rim on the dinner plate works wonderfully for a Christmas setting.  The golds and blues can be accented with your glassware and linens for a gorgeous holiday table.  Perfect for the Equestrienne entertainer!

 International China Country Christmas Dinner Plate

International China Country Christmas Dinner Plate

This pattern was discontinued in 1992, but can still be found on various websites and in antique stores.  Country Christmas is perfect for a down home holiday celebration featuring a menagerie around a snowy Christmas tree.  This set looks perfect with gingham checks and Mason jars or can be dressed up with Ruby glass or vintage depression glass pieces.  The combinations are endless!  

 Johnson Brothers Merry Christmas Dinner Plate

Johnson Brothers Merry Christmas Dinner Plate

The Merry Christmas pattern is the quintessential Christmas dinnerware set that will give your table a refined and traditional look.  It has beautiful dark greens with touches of red, blue and gold and looks stunning atop a gold or tartan plaid charger plate.  The original pattern was discontinued in 1995, but was manufactured again for a short time in 2004.  You can still find these pieces available on the internet or in antique stores.  There is a similar pattern, Friendly Village, which can be purchased at many big box stores, but they are not specifically Christmas sets.  They are a good option if you can't get your hands on a full set of Merry Christmas.  The colors and patterns work very well together.

 Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles in Pink Christmas Plate

Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles in Pink Christmas Plate

This beautiful pattern was produced for only two years, between 2002 and 2004, but can still be found today.  Many of the companion pieces feature green accents as well as the pink ground color.  This pattern is very versatile and can be dressed up or made more casual depending on what you pair it with.  It is particularly stunning when accented with whites and silver.  Pair with silver rimmed white accent plates or a set of vintage monogrammed silver napkin rings and starched white linen napkins and your table will be brilliant!

 Country Estate Holiday & Winter Frolic Scalloped Dinner Plate - Christmas Eve

Country Estate Holiday & Winter Frolic Scalloped Dinner Plate - Christmas Eve

This gorgeous pattern by Juliska is the perfect casual layering set for your holiday table. Scenes depict winter life on a country estate with trees, ice skating, birds and sleigh rides, all in a gorgeous winter red.  The versatility of Holiday and Winter Frolic is one of its magical qualities because it can be paired with a pewter charger and tartan plaid napkins for a more traditional look or a polished silver charger and silver-rimmed crystal and flatware for a more contemporary look.  This pattern is currently produced, readily available and there are many pieces in the collection to choose from.  This is a classic that will make your table a showcase for many years to come.

 Lenox Solitaire Ivory with Platinum Trim

Lenox Solitaire Ivory with Platinum Trim

 Lenox Solitaire Christmas Luncheon Plate

Lenox Solitaire Christmas Luncheon Plate

The Lenox Solitaire Christmas pieces were originally manufactured from 1999 to 2001 and include the snowflake luncheon plate, a holly rimmed luncheon plate and a Christmas tree luncheon plate as well as salad plates, cereal bowls and mugs.  These are still available from many places online or in antique stores.  I absolutely love these pieces because they are made to work with the original Lenox Solitaire, first produced in 1965 and still produced today (see dinner plate above).  The colors are elegant, classic and stunningly beautiful.  This pattern makes a regal tablescape when paired with your platinum rimmed crystal and finest silver. These can be handed down from generation to generation, they are that versatile and beautiful!

 Lenox Winter Greetings Dinner Plate

Lenox Winter Greetings Dinner Plate

Lenox Winter Greetings is a holiday classic!  It is produced on an ivory bone china ground and trimmed in 24 karat gold.  The artwork is by renowned nature artist Catherine McClung and the dinner plate features a nuthatch, chickadee and cardinal resting atop a garland of pine boughs and holly entwined with a beautiful red ribbon.  Everything Christmas should be on a plate!  It is versatile in color due to the beautiful birds, so you can pull in some blues, teals and golds as well as reds with your linens and glassware or set a completely traditional table using your primary reds, greens and ivories.  Heritage pieces for certain, this is classical elegance that will make your Christmas table a standout!

 Mudpie Tartan Plaid Charger Plate

Mudpie Tartan Plaid Charger Plate

Not technically a dinner plate, this tartan plaid charger plate is one of the most versatile elements you can have in your butler's pantry to set a gorgeous holiday table.  Pair this with just about any of the plates listed in this post and you will have a traditional Christmas plaid element as a part of your Southern Holiday table.  This one simple element can transform the ordinary into the extraordinary!

 Pier 1 Christmas Animals Salad Plates

Pier 1 Christmas Animals Salad Plates

It is no secret that I am an animal lover through and through, so these plates speak to me. These adorable critters all clad in their Christmas finery are miniature works of art in themselves.  Bright and colorful with a neutral ground, pair these with your everyday white dinnerware, a red napkin, gold napkin rings and you have a festive casual tablescape that is sure to say welcome home!  

 Pottery Barn Artistic Forest Salad Plates

Pottery Barn Artistic Forest Salad Plates

More precious animals!  These are perfect for a woodland theme or rustic luxe themed tablescape.  The artwork is sculptural and each plate is painted and glazed by hand over an eggshell textured base.  I love the array of colors that can be pulled out of these plates with a frosty blue tablecloth, a beautiful white monogrammed napkin and fresh pine boughs of dusty sage green.  Imagine how pretty these would look atop a red dinner plate, using a round slice of wood for a charger!  Nature is a fabulous inspiration!

 Williams Sonoma Twas the Night Before Christmas Salad Plates

Williams Sonoma Twas the Night Before Christmas Salad Plates

Williams Sonoma has an entire collection of Twas the Night Before Christmas pieces to complete this collection.  I truly love the vintage feeling of the artwork on this dinnerware, it just brings back some happy memories!  Beautiful colors fill a gold scalloped, durable porcelain plate.  These would work beautifully with a tartan plaid dinner plate, a red tablecloth, some Ruby goblets and satin flatware.  Bring back your childhood Christmas memories with an old-fashioned tablescape.

 Spode Christmas Rose Dinner Plate

Spode Christmas Rose Dinner Plate

Spode Christmas Rose is one of those patterns that is as elegant and stylish in 2016 as it was at inception in 1890.  The rose design proved so popular that a single piece turned into a complete dinnerware set!  The colors are slightly muted and elegant, like the white Christmas Rose that blooms only from October to February.  Get out your finest crystal, silver and linens to set a traditional Christmas table and create a lifetime of memories.

 Three Posts Christmas Deer Dinner Plate

Three Posts Christmas Deer Dinner Plate

This gorgeous white porcelain plate embossed with a Stag Head and Laurel Wreath is a Rustic Luxe go to piece for your holiday entertaining.  You can literally mix and match this piece with any color, from your traditional red and green with tartan plaid to an all white winter wonderland. These would look stunning with white linens, shiny silver flatware, sparkling crystal and a napkin ring of silver jingle bells atop a bed of pine boughs.  So many possibilities!  

 Tracy Reese Christmas Dessert Plates

Tracy Reese Christmas Dessert Plates

These Christmas Dessert plates by Tracy Reese are unlike any of the more traditional ones that I typically gravitate toward.  But there is something about the rich colors and patterns that speak to my eclectic side.  Trimmed in 18 karat yellow gold, they are luxurious and elegant and would pair wonderfully with a neutral dinner plate and jewel-toned glassware.  Place both plates atop a gold charger plate and I think you have a winning holiday combination!

 Pfaltzgraff Snow Flurry Dinner Plate

Pfaltzgraff Snow Flurry Dinner Plate

Snow Flurry brings a touch of fun and whimsy to your table with big bold snowflakes falling onto a deep winter blue background.  Each snowflake is different and unique, delicate in concept, yet strong in design.  I love these particularly because you could use them for the holidays or for the entire winter season.  I also adore the fact that they are blue, which lends a unique freshness to the design.  These could easily pair with solid white accent pieces or you could even bring in a touch of aqua and silver for a pop of color.  Snow Flurry is an affordable, practical and very stylish option for your Christmas table and beyond!

Do you have a set of favorite Christmas dinnerware that you use?  New ones on your wish list? Family heirlooms that are special?  Tell me about them!

Until next time...Godspeed!

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