As I have stated before, I am definitely a “chinaholic”, and holiday china patterns are no exception! At Chestnut cottage,
I have though the years, accumulated a mix of four holiday patterns.
My oldest and favorite is Royal Worcester’s “Holly Ribbons”
I love mixing my other two favorites , Spode’s “Christmas Rose” and Royal Doulton’s “Tartan” with the Holly Ribbons for all kinds of entertaining events.
These patterns mix so well, and can also be used very elegantly on their own. I often use my Tartan salad plates for cocktail parties or small teas for a few friends. At my recent Twelve Days of Christmas Champagne for the girls, we nibbled on goddies off Holly Ribbons and Christmas Rose.
The day after Thanksgiving, I always get out my Spode “Winter’s Eve” pattern and use until the end of March! This less formal pattern works perfectly in Chestnut Cottage’s blue and white kitchen and goes conveniently in both the dishwasher and the microwave. On a very busy holiday schedule, this is very important for casual meals.
Winter’s Eve’s border of holly , ivy and mistletoe and snowy scenes keep me in a spirit of the holiday long after Christmas.
If Chestnut Cottage was blessed with just a bit more china storage, I would add these other of my favorite holiday patterns.
Tiffany Garland by Tiffany…
Royal Copenhagen’s “Star Fluted Christmas”…
And for an exquistly formal table, a mix of evergreens and velvety red roses laid with a table of Royal Crown Derby’s “Gold Aves” would be the ultimate holiday gift for guests!
And I never tire of the tradition of my mother’s holiday pattern “Christmas Tree” by Spode…
If you don’t have a holiday pattern, find one that suits your lifestyle, your entertaining style, and one that makes your look forward all year long to holiday entertaining!