How do you choose the best Christmas tableware for your menu? Here are a few tips: Make sure that your Christmas tableware reflects the colors of the season. The food will be stimulating the senses while the eyes will feast on your dinner table display.
As guests are usually the highlight of any meal, their recognition of your Christmas tableware will most likely be appreciated out of kindness. Different styles can be incorporated together, but be careful not to get too carried away as simplicity can be beautiful.
It’s usually best to stay away from adding real plants or flowers to any dinner where the guests will be many and the mood jolly. If there is alcohol being served at anytime during the meal, your thirty six hour roast might end up tasting like soil!
Christmas reds and greens are traditional seasonal choices, but not all Christmas tableware has to be traditional. Silver is a beautiful compliment to white and can be used in conjunction with lights of the same color. Most tableware is sold in sets, so make sure that you have an accurate count of potential guests; there will be more guests than just one set of Christmas tableware can accommodate. In this case it will be important that you buy TWO sets, or however many sets will meet your needs.
Pay attention to details and don’t forget to assess the napkins and silverware. These are important choices; as they actually will be the most used pieces displayed on your Christmas day dinner table. Most utensils are silver, however if you are using “grandma’s fine china” and its pattern does not compliment a silver theme (maybe the pattern has gold in it) then you must totally rethink your entire setting. Choosing themes that will compliment the smallest splashes of color in flatware, stemware or serving platters will help to enhance the color of foods that you serve. If you are serving cranberries, using a red serving tray to match the color of the cranberries will be pretty, however if you’d like to take a more dramatic approach, serve these on a glass tray or find a copper, silver, or white dish to offset their deep, dark color.
Another way to enhance the look and feel of your Christmas dinner table is the use of place cards. These are personal touches and usually easy to make. For each person who will be attending, a small gift wrapped package, about the size of a small jewelry box, can be filled with mints or some other small token of thanks for attending the get together. Placed on top of their salad plate with a colorful piece of cardstock bearing their name, guests will be forced to roam with their eyes to find their assigned seat. Your guests will be pleased that you took the time to put so much effort into their holiday dinner with you, chances are you’ll see some of your own ideas displayed in different ways at the next gathering. What a compliment!