Friday, December 22, 2017

Christmas Table Settings

My cousin got married a few months after our wedding. 
All her wedding gifts were on display in their dining room. 
That might be a Southern thing but I'm not sure. 
In a genius move, she had registered for her formal and everyday china but she'd also registered for her Christmas dishes. 
She picked out Spode Christmas Rose which is discontinued and hard to find. 
It took quite some time for us to collect our formal and everyday patterns let alone Christmas dishes but once our household was established, I wanted some Christmas china.
It wasn't anything that I needed by any stretch of the imagination. 

I picked up a stack of Holiday Season by Mikasa luncheon plates at an outlet store. 

It's great for layering. I layered it with Florentine by Crown Ducal. These were made in England. 

Additionally, I started picking up random Christmas tree plates at thrift stores. 

The plate below is Victorian Christmas by Johnson Bros.  
Since this photo was taken, I've given these away because I was only able to find three plates. 

China, Holiday China, Johnson Brothers, Victorian Christmas

I started collecting Spode, Christmas Tree. I've found it at the thrift store but I've also found it on sale at Macy's and at Tuesday Morning.  

Let's Add Sprinkles, Christmas Tree by Spode

The Holly dishes by Scio in Japan were at the thrift store one Christmas.
 I can't remember how much they were but they were probably less than a $1.00 a piece. 
It's so vintage looking and fun. 

Bill wanted to wrap presents one year so he kicked me out of the house on Christmas Eve. 
I made my way to the mall which was nearly deserted. 

Friendly Village by Johnson Brothers was on sale. 
Here is how it looked last year. 

The plaid napkins are Ralph Lauren. 

Last year the kitchen table got red transferware. 

 Denmark also by Johnson Brothers reminds me of snowflakes. This was my everyday pattern for many years. 

This year on Christmas Eve,  Friendly Village will be on the kitchen table. 

Currier and Ives by Royal will be in the dining room. 

We'll use Spode Christmas Tree on Christmas Day. 

We might even use the Holly dishes for breakfast on Christmas morning. 
That way they'll all get used. 

I love Pinterest for place setting ideas. 
I also peruse Replacements, Ltd for discontinued china patterns. 
Tell me about your china patterns in the comment section below. 
Have a wonderful day. 

Here is where I party:


  1. Very pretty Katie. You have a great collection of pretty Christmas plates. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and lots of happiness, good health and lots of new adventures in the new year. Now that you are retired I hope to see more posts of you taking on new trips and adventures next year.

  2. I haven't seen the Johnson Bros. Denmark. I love their china! I have the Spode Christmas Tree (among others) and it's my go-to for Christmas dinner. Love the Friendly Village too. So many beautiful settings!

    Wishing you health, happiness and lots of joy and hope your Christmas was beautiful!