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Beautiful Christmas Dinnerware Sets for Your Holiday Table

Updated on March 11, 2014

Great Choices For Elegant Christmas Table Settings

Are you planning a holiday dinner for your friends and family? Don't forget that beautiful Christmas dinnerware sets for your dinner table are just as important as the rest of your home decorations. Whether you want to host a formal sit down dinner or a casual buffet, dressing up the table with the right Christmas dinnerware and decorations will ensure your guests will feel welcomed by the holiday spirit.

It's particularly nice when the set conveys the perfect tone for the evening. There are plenty of options available no matter what kind of Christmas party you throw. Get one or two good quality sets and a few other place settings to create your own style. These sets make great holiday gifts too!


Here are some great Christmas dinner table sets that serve four or more. The styles available are simple, modern, traditional, vintage and kid-friendly. They range from affordable to high range, so it should be easy to find some great dinnerware to fit your budget.

Collectible Vintage Christmas Dinnerware Sets

Christmas is a time for family and reminiscing and nothing works better in that regard than vintage dinnerware. Whether you want to hand your pieces down to your kids or just want to collect antique pieces for yourself, a few manufacturers produce their signature prints and patterns year after year. If you you see these classic prints once, you'll recognize them again immediately. They make great collectibles and gifts.

Some manufacturers sell entire sets in each of their classic holiday patterns. For example, Spode dinnerware is one of the most easily recognized brands for Christmas china.

Spode Christmas Tree Dishes

The famous Spode Christmas tree features on this set of 4 dinner plates, salad plates, and mugs. Made of milk white porcelain earthenware, they are durable enough to withstand the microwave, dishwasher, oven, and freezer.

There is also a 20 piece set, if you prefer. The fourth piece is a soup bowl.

Other Spode Christmas Pieces in the Collection

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Spode Christmas Tree 45-Piece Flatware SetSpode Christmas Tree 13-Ounce Wine Goblets with Gold Rims, Set of 4Spode Christmas Tree Sculpted Octagonal Platter, 14-Inch
Spode Christmas Tree 45-Piece Flatware Set
Spode Christmas Tree 45-Piece Flatware Set | Source
Spode Christmas Tree 13-Ounce Wine Goblets with Gold Rims, Set of 4
Spode Christmas Tree 13-Ounce Wine Goblets with Gold Rims, Set of 4 | Source
Spode Christmas Tree Sculpted Octagonal Platter, 14-Inch
Spode Christmas Tree Sculpted Octagonal Platter, 14-Inch | Source

History of Spode Christmas China

Founded in 1770 by Josiah Spode, Spode is a British pottery and homewares company known for developing underglaze blue transfer printing for earthenware. The first range was Blue Italian, which is still in production today.

Spode's son successfully started marketing fine bone china. The first Spode Christmas tree pattern was created in 1938 and over the years, Spode made more Christmas tree patterns in different colors and band widths.

Several companies since then have made their own similar versions, but the Spode Christmas Tree will always be the original.

The Spode factory closed in 2009 but was taken over by the Portmeirion Group, which still produces classic

Lenox Christmas Dishes - Winter Greetings

Nature lovers will love this pattern designed by Canadian bird artist. The wreath of winter birds, holly and ribbon on the plates are subtlely festive but good for the entire winter season. The mugs don't have the birds on them.

This Lenox set is in fine bone china with a 24 carat gold trim and includes a dinner plate, salad plate and 12 ounce mug. The pieces are dishwasher safe but not microwave safe.

Johnson Brothers Old Britain Castles Holiday Dishes

Stately foliage and a Christmas tree in pink on a white background are printed on earthenware dinner plates, salad plates and mugs for 4 settings. This 2006 print is the Christmas version of the famous Old Britain Castles line.

The borders are fluted and notched and the pieces can be used in the dishwasher, microwave, and freezer.

Formal and Traditional Patterned Dinnerware

If you're the traditional kind you'll find more than enough to choose from! You can never go wrong with traditional Christmas china patterns or even intricate filigree. They have a timeless quality and most pieces also feature a thin gold band around the rim to give them an added elegance.

You can also kick the extravagance up a notch by choosing a set with an elaborate pattern that makes use of traditional symbols. Most dinnerware manufacturers carry their own versions of traditional Christmas patterns, so if you want to, you can stick to your favorite brand when selecting your pieces.

Formal Lenox Christmas Dinnerware

This ivory fine china set comes with a dinner plate, salad plate, and a 12 ounce mug. A 24 gold carat trim run around the rim of each piece while bordering a classic holly and berries pattern from 1974 on the plates. The mug features a bunch of holly and berries on the front and back, with gold trim on the rim, along the handle and around the base.

It is dishwasher safe but not meant for the microwave because of the gold trim.

Other Lenox Holiday Collection Pieces

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Lenox Holiday Chip and DipLenox Holiday Gold-Banded Fine China Large Open Vegetable BowlLenox Holiday Large Rectangular Baker
Lenox Holiday Chip and Dip
Lenox Holiday Chip and Dip | Source
Lenox Holiday Gold-Banded Fine China Large Open Vegetable Bowl
Lenox Holiday Gold-Banded Fine China Large Open Vegetable Bowl | Source
Lenox Holiday Large Rectangular Baker
Lenox Holiday Large Rectangular Baker | Source

History of Lennox Dinnerware

Lenox started as a ceramics art company in 1889, whose founder, Walter Scott Lenox, created some exquisite porcelain that became a part of the Smithsonian collection.

It wasn't until the early 20th century trend of fine dining that he created custom dinnerware pieces painted by William Morley to rival the established European brands. By 1906 the company started creating entire dinnerware sets. Standardized patterns started in 1910, but the Holiday pattern was introduced only in 1974 and it remains a best seller today.

Mikasa Formal Red Holiday Dinnerware

Although this 5 piece setting for 1 doesn't come cheap, its high quality and gorgeous looks make it well worth the price.

This Mikasa formal dinner set of soup plate, salad plate, dinner plate, teacup and saucer is made of pure white bone china with a red border featuring gold filigree. Because it is not a typical Christmas pattern, it can be used for any formal occasion.

The pieces are dishwasher safe.

The set comes in a beautiful gift box, because this set would make an excellent hostess gift!

Simple and Casual Christmas Dinnerware

If you're looking for tableware that isn't fussy or extravagant and can be used for a more casual setting, simple styles are the way to go.

Classic and understated Christmas prints never go out of fashion, so they can be used year after year in conjunction with other tableware and decorations.

If you intend to use some pieces for other occasions as well, you can choose solid colored dinner plates in a classic festive hue, while you add holiday themed salad plates stacked on top. This idea is really versatile!

Simple styles can be elegant as long as you choose good quality pieces and pair them with the right accessories too.

Pfaltzgraff Winterberry

Great for use throughout winter! The set comes with 4 dinner plates, salad plates, soup bowls and mugs, and you can buy additional matching separates like a vegetable bowl, platter, sauce pitcher and many more from this Pfaltzgraff collection.

What's even better is that all the pieces are dishwasher and microwave safe.

Red Stoneware Dinnerware set by Le Creuset

Le Creuset fans can have a Christmas table set too! If you pick a festive solid color like this deep cherry red, you can use the set throughout the year and pair the pieces with other traditional holiday patterned tableware.

This stoneware set is extremely durable and suitable for the microwave, dishwasher, freezer, broiler and oven. The exterior is of a durable enamel to prevent damage from scrubbers and metal cutlery use.

Corelle Christmas Dinnerware

If you're a Corelle fanatic, you may be surprised to know that the company does not have an actual holiday pattern. But don't despair! Their berries and leaves pattern in red is festive enough and can be used year round.

The mugs are in stoneware, while the dinner plates, lunch plates and soup bowls are in the familiar Corelle glass. The pieces are microwave, oven and dishwasher safe, and as with all Corelle dishes, the pattern won't scratch or wear off.

Whimsical Kid-friendly Christmas Dinnerware Sets

Want to stand out from the crowd with your Christmas table? Nothing says "unique" better than a whimsical setting, and Christmas is a great time to add a little charm to your table. Quality pieces with designs depicting Christmas characters don't have to look cheap or tacky. Besides, if you have kids, they'll appreciate the setting more and you can pick a design that everyone can appreciate.

For added fun, there are even sets that depict a different holiday character on each piece.

12 Days of Christmas Dishes

Children learning the "12 Days of Christmas" carol will love to examine the different designs on this set of 12 appetizer plates. Each plate is bordered with gold trim and represents one of the 12 days. You can also get matching dinnerware plates and mugs if you want.

The set comes in a gift box and makes for a good holiday display. The pieces are not microwave safe and are safer being hand washed.

Candy Cane Pattern Holiday Dishes

The subtle holiday theme on these candy cane striped pieces makes this set of dinner plates, salad plates, coffee mugs and cereal bowls great for a casual holiday season meal. It is dishwasher, microwave and warm oven safe, and is made of chip and stain resistant porcelain.

Gibson Christmas China Sets

This ceramic set features a classic Christmas tree pattern but for kids. The tree features delightful ornaments, like candy canes, a Santa, gingerbread men, presents, etc.

The set includes 4 each of a bowl, salad plate, dinner plate and mug, and is a very affordable choice.

Need some inspiration? Here is a style guide to help you choose your Christmas pieces.

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    • myconsumerboard profile imageAUTHOR


      4 years ago

      Thank you!

    • Bellezza-Decor profile image


      4 years ago from Canada

      You have lots of great choices in Christmas dinner sets!


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