12 Days of (Vintage) Christmas – Day 7, Dinnerware

This may come as a shock to some of you, but before this year, I actually never gave any thought to Christmas-specific dinnerware. I have everyday dinnerware which is great for Christmas and matches my Libbey santa glasses, as seen here in a post from last year:

It *is* vintage, though – Novoctime Black, by Arcopal. I remember getting my first set for my first apartment back in 1989, and they had been out for at least a few years at that time. I thought they looked so chic!

But I digress. I’m here to discuss the vintage Christmas dinnerware patterns, not what I usually eat off of.

And on that note?

Spode makes this pattern, which I remember being around for years and years, and is still around. I believe the pattern is called simply “Christmas Tree.”



You could so easily dress this up or down, or give it many different looks, depending on your taste and which other dish types you have. Or just as they are. But I am a big fan of mixing patterns!

One of my dream Christmas patterns is Spode’s “Christmas Tree Grove”. I’ve also seen it referred to as “Woodland Christmas Tree”. It’s the same as “Christmas Tree”, but with a rustic floral border that is reminiscent of old-fashioned transferware. It is bee-yoo-tee-ful! Definitely festive, and can works equally well in a formal or casual setting:


I actually can not confirm that this is even vintage, though I could have sworn it was. It certainly looks vintage, so I am keeping it!

If you’re like me, and prefer a kitschy, whimsical table, then this set of vintage Swedish Christmas dishes is sure to bring a smile to your face:


And Royal Devon’s “Leaping Deer” is something I’d call “Fanciful Rustic”. I can just see this set (and almost attempted to photoshop, but decided it was too time-consuming this late) on a gold illusion tablecloth, adorned by flannel tartan napkins bound by twine, and layered with red/black tartan plates sitting on top of live-edge wood chargers – accented by pinecones and maybe gathered branches. And it has just enough kitsch factor to keep the table playful:

Wouldn’t Santa just love it if you left his milk out in this pitcher, with a cute glass and some yummy cookies?


There are literally hundreds more Christmas and winter-themed dinnerware patterns out there, both vintage and vintage-inspired. This was just the tip of the iceberg!

What will you be serving your holiday dinner on?

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