Holiday Dinnerware Buying Guide

Who doesn't have memories of prized dinnerware set in all its finery on the holiday table? Special Christmas collections available today are durable, stylish, and able to meet the needs of any event, from everyday brunch to big family gatherings. Read on to find all the types of holiday dinnerware available as well as considerations that may affect your purchase.

Types of Dinnerware

Types of Dinnerware

For some people, holiday dinnerware is a once-a-year collection that's lovingly displayed and used only for the most special gatherings and parties. Still other families prefer dinnerware that's able to withstand regular seasonal use. How you use your dinnerware will affect the type you choose. Review the basics of stoneware, earthenware, porcelain, bone china, glass, and plastic to select dinnerware that best fits your holiday needs.

Stoneware

Made of clay accented with other materials, such as flint, stoneware is more durable than earthenware because it's fired at higher temperatures. It is typically safe for use in microwaves and dishwashers.

Earthenware

More natural-looking than other types of dinnerware, earthenware is fired at low kiln temperatures. Because of that, it is sometimes less durable -- but also less expensive -- than other types of dinnerware, such as porcelain.

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Elidas Imports
$29.98

Yellow Pueblo Nativity Scene Figurine Handcrafted in Peru Hand painted Made from clay Approximately 4.5 inches tall (11cm) Include...s original manufacturers packaging – label (no box) read more

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Tracy Porter
$58.98

Let this captivating biscuit jar complement your home decor. Showcasing a paisley pattern with embossed birch rims and reindeer he...ads, this jar adds instant charm to your setting. Features: Includes: Biscuit Jar Hand Wash Material: Earthenware Pattern:... read more

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Porcelain

Made of ceramic that is fired at very high temperatures, porcelain dinnerware can look dainty but is actually quite durable. Because of its beauty, porcelain is often passed down as an heirloom.

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Franz Porcelain
$30.43

Franz Porcelain Forever Wedding Collection Design Sculptured Porcelain Spoon 5 3/8 Long. Franz porcelains capture cultural, artist...ic, and fashion elements.Franz Porcelain is created using the finest Chinese clay and glazes - and with a little touch of... read more

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Hop into chicness with this bunny-themed lamp. This lamp features a square wooden base topped by a floral-printed bunny seated und...er a bell-shaped fabric shade for a sweet and homey look that meshes well with shabby chic or cottage decor. Casual... read more

Entertaining with Caspari
$14.55 $14.51

These beautifully designed note cards are perfect to have at the ready year around to express your self in writing. Quickly becomi...ng a lost art, the written word is more special than ever and your recipient will not only love that you took the time to send a hand written note, it will also likely be a keepsake given its sentiment and beauty. Printed in Switzerland, the vibrant colors and motifs are lovely enough to warrant a permanent spot on the mantel. These cards are blank inside allowing plenty of room for your personalized message. This package contains an assortment of each design printed on fine writing paper produced from managed forests and measures 4-Inch by 6-Inch. Be sure to remember our coordinating tissues, wrapping paper and gift tags. Caspari bringing beauty, style and convenience into your home every day. read more

Cosmos
$30.00 $29.06

Enjoy this exquisite item from cosmos gifts. manufactured with the highest quality fine porcelain and ceramic, ensuring years of e...njoyment. visit the entire line of cosmos gifts on amazon. items range from figurines, musicals, salt and pepper shakers, teapots, cookie jars and inspirational themes. also available is an extensive christmas home decor line from this leading gift company. read more

Bone China

Bone china is made with the addition of bone ash, which makes the dinnerware stronger and whiter. When not detailed with metallic accents, it is safe for microwaves and dishwashers.

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CAC China
$275.10

with a long history in the tabletop industry, C.A.C China has been recognized as a trend leader for its innovative patterns and ou...tstanding commercial grade china. C.A.C China’s mission is to provide quality products at affordable prices to the foodservice and hospitality industry. C.A.C China has a variety of durable dinnerware at all levels, including super white porcelain, fine bone china, bone white porcelain, off-white china, colored glaze china, and Asian style china. C.A.C China offers a wide variety of specialty items from tagines, deep, wavy bowls, to bridge platters in multiple sizes that allow chefs to add a little surprise to each course. C.A.C China owns a 60-acre factory in China that ensures affordable pricing and prompt shipment. All products are oven, microwave, and dishwasher safe. Product specifications and descriptions are subject to change without notice. read more

Mikasa
$89.99

Bring elegance to the forefront with this white, black and blue dinnerware inspired by pearl jewelry. The fine dining five-piece s...etting features cobalt accents and a whimsical circle border for an elegant addition to your formal table. 5-piece... read more

Shinepukur Ceramics USA, Inc.
$291.96

Dinnerware Sets & Place Settings Everglades Bone China China 5 Piece Place Setting

Shinepukur Ceramics USA, Inc.
$595.96

Shinepukur Ceramics USA, Inc. Elegance Bone China China 5 Piece Place Setting

Glass

Available in a variety of colors and patterns, glass is distinctive dinnerware that adds lightness to holiday table settings.

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Cathy's Concepts
$44.00

Find Drinkware, Pitchers and Decanters at Target.com! Inspired by the Roaring Twenties the Mr. And Mr. Gatsby XL Beer and Wine Gla...ss Set are tailored with Art Deco typography. Featuring uniquely enormous sizes and a custom Mr. And Mr. Design for a luxurious look, these custom engraved glasses are perfect for weddings, novelty gifts, or any special occasion. Set Includes: One (1) XL wine glass and one (1) XL beer glass. Dimensions: Pilsner: 11.5” L x 3.75” W. / 54 oz. Wine: 9” L x 4.25” W. / 25 oz. Features: Oversized wine glass that holds a bottle of wine, an oversized beer glass that holds up to 4.5 beers, and custom Gatsby design. Materials: Glass. Please note: minor bubbles and swirls are inherent to hand-blown glass. Variations may occur on styles due to their handcrafted nature. Care Instructions: Hand-wash only. Color: Clear. read more

Cathy's Concepts
$44.00

Find Drinkware, Pitchers and Decanters at Target.com! Inspired by the Roaring Twenties the Mrs. And Mrs. Gatsby XL Beer and Wine G...lass Set are tailored with Art Deco typography. Featuring uniquely enormous sizes and a custom Mrs. And Mrs. Design for a luxurious look, these custom engraved glasses are perfect for weddings, novelty gifts, or any special occasion. Set Includes: One (1) XL wine glass and one (1) XL beer glass. Dimensions: Pilsner: 11.5” L x 3.75” W. / 54 oz. Wine: 9” L x 4.25” W. / 25 oz. Features: Oversized wine glass that holds a bottle of wine, an oversized beer glass that holds up to 4.5 beers, and custom Gatsby design. Materials: Glass. Please note: minor bubbles and swirls are inherent to hand-blown glass. Variations may occur on styles due to their handcrafted nature. Care Instructions: Hand-wash only. Color: Clear. read more

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$46.99

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Monogrammed Glassware -Keep track of how much you've "drunk" with these hand-etched stemless wine glasses that pair humor with mod...ern styling. They make a witty hostess or housewarming gift. Material: , Color:. Also could be used forwine glass,wine glasses,stemless wine glasses,personalized wine glasses,red wine glasses,custom wine glasses, monogrammed wine glasses,etched wine glasses,white wine glasses,stemware,personalized glassware, personalized gifts, monogrammed gifts,personalized wedding gifts. By Cost Plus World Market.10012965 read more

Plastic

Durable and family-friendly, plastic dinnerware is an inexpensive way to add Christmas dinnerware to your home. Unlike other dinnerware materials, plastic is not easily breakable.

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RetailSource
$111.68 $111.58

Get ready for Valentine's Day with our heart-shaped charger plate! This metallic red decoration is a creative way to create center...pieces, tables capes and more. Each plate also features a slightly concave design making this plate suitable for holding fragrant items like potpourri. read more

Lillian Tablesettings
$6.40

Lillian Table settings Magnificence 6.25" Pearl Plastic Plates, 40 Count. This item is part of a set with matching components. Thi...s "Magnificence" style is available in both Pearl White and Clear. Sizes include 10", 9", 7" 6" Plates and 14oz and 5oz bowls. These are heavy weight plastic and high counts. Designed For All Occasions, Banquets, Dinners, Parties, Upscale Catering, And Home. Disposable Products. read more

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$3.48 $3.13

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Purchase Considerations

Purchase Considerations

How well dinnerware functions for your intended use depends on the purchase considerations that are important to you. For example, decorative elements may be more difficult to care for; their absence may also allow you to put pieces in the dishwasher or microwave. Other purchase considerations include price, the availability of replacement pieces, style, and full sets versus individual pieces. Evaluate each element before making a selection for your holiday dinnerware.

Decorative Elements

Holiday dinnerware may be accented with a variety of patterns and colors, including holiday imagery such as berries or metallic trim. Certain accents may prevent the dinnerware from being used in the microwave or washed in the dishwasher.

Dishwasher and Microwave Safety

Metallic accents in particular prevent dinnerware from being microwave-safe or dishwasher-safe.

Price

Depending on the material, accents, and availability, dinnerware varies greatly in price. Plastic tends to be the least expensive, while porcelain is more costly.

Replacement Pieces

If you hope to add to a collection or have the ability to replace broken pieces of dinnerware, investigate the availability of additional pieces for your collection.

Style

From contemporary and clean-lined to more ornate and traditional, holiday dinnerware comes in a variety of styles to complement your decorating schemes.

Full Sets vs. Individual Pieces

Some dinnerware is sold in sets, which often include buffet and salad plates as well as bowls and other pieces. Other styles may be sold as individual pieces that enable you to assemble a more eclectic collection.

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