The 8 Best Holiday Dinnerware Sets to Buy in 2018

These picks will only add to the cheer and joy of the season

NOSTALGIC SANTA 16 PIECE DINNERWARE SET
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For some of us, there are few things more fun than breaking out the holiday dinnerware and setting a table for family and friends! The best holiday dinnerware for you will work with your style and existing holiday decor and table linens, be durable, and be affordable enough to fill a whole table — whether that means for a casual breakfast or a formal dinner. Most dinnerware comes in 16-piece sets, with four pieces for each place setting (typically a dinner plate, salad plate, bowl and mug),...MORE while some sets are sold as individual place settings. Here are some of of favorite holiday dinnerware sets for every style and occasion. 

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    Best Thanksgiving: Spode Woodland Turkey Dinnerware Collection

    The turkey is the star of the Spode Woodland Turkey Dinnerware collection, which includes pretty much everything you'd ever want to set your table (sold open stock) plates, gravy boats, soup tureens, mugs and more. Done in autumnal brown and white with hints of red, green and yellow, this elegant yet casual porcelain dining set will instantly turn a plain table into one set for a Thanksgiving feast! The dishes are dishwasher  safe, which helps make cleanup a breeze.

  • Best Winter Scene: Gibson Home Christmas Toile 16 Piece Dinnerware Set

    Done in muted colors, the Gibson Home Christmas Toile 16-Piece Dinnerware Set evokes nostalgic winter scenes with illustrations of a sled, country houses in the snow and icy rivers. The dishes are made from porcelain and are dishwasher and microwave safe, and the set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, four bowls and four mugs. Because the color scheme is mostly neutral and the winter scenes aren’t Christmas-specific, the dishware can be dressed up for holiday dinners with red and green linens or made to work all winter long with plain white ones.

  • Best Plaid: Lenox Winter Greetings Plaid 5-Piece Place Setting

    In classic red and green with a formal gold banded edge, the Lenox Winter Greetings Plaid 5-Piece Place Setting is a great complement to any holiday table. Each set includes a place setting for one person with a dinner plate, salad plate, butter plate, tea cup and saucer. The dishes are made of bone china with a 24K gold accent. They are dishwasher safe but not microwave safe. Reviewers love the pattern and also that the dinnerware is made in the U.S.A.

  • Best Modern: Melange Rouge Christmas Ceramic 16-Piece Place Setting

    This quirky print of the Melange Rouge Christmas Ceramic 16-Piece Place Setting Santa and his helpers traveling through city and country to deliver his toys! Done in red, black, grey and white with a hint of yellow, this pattern is a spinoff of the classic holiday color scheme that people with more modern tastes would like. The set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, four bowls and four mugs. It is made of porcelain and is microwave, dishwasher and oven safe (up to 400 degrees).

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    Best Santa: Pottery Barn Nostalgic Santa 16-PIece Dinnerware Set

    With beautiful illustrations inspired by vintage-style Santa renditions on each piece, the Pottery Barn Nostalgic Santa 16-PIece Dinnerware Set evokes Christmases of ages past and all the warm fuzzy memories that go with it. In classic red, green and navy hues, the dinnerware will pair nicely with solid-color or plaid linens. The dishes are made of of stoneware with a glazed decal finish and are microwave and dishwasher safe. Each set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, four bowls and four mugs.

  • 222 Fifth® Adirondack 16pc Dinnerware Set Red

    Best Sweater-Inspired: Target 222 Fifth Adirondack 16-Piece Dinnerware Set

    In high-contrast red and white, the Target 222 Fifth Adirondack 16-Piece Dinnerware Set in Red is both modern and nostalgic at the same time. Each piece includes winter scenes like forest animals, cabins, sleds and of course, lots of snow! Because of the graphic two-tone design, the dishes will pair well with both patterned and solid-color table linens. The dishware set includes four dinner plates, four salad plates, four cereal bowls and four mugs. The dishes are made of porcelain and are dishwasher and microwave safe.

  • Best Kids: Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Melamine 5 Piece Kids Snowman Dinnerware Set

    Set the kids’ table in style with the cheerful snowman on the Pfaltzgraff Winterberry Melamine 5 Piece Kids Snowman Dinnerware Set. The dishware is made of melamine (so it won't break if dropped) and each setting is for one child, and includes a small-scale dinner plate, bowl, cup, fork and spoon. The BPA-free dinnerware is dishwasher safe but not recommended for the microwave. Reviewers love them for the kids— especially grandkids!

  • Best Everyday: Corelle Livingware 16-Piece Dinnerware Set in Ruby Red

    Celebrate Christmas for twelve days and beyond with the Corelle Livingware 16-Piece Dinnerware Set in Ruby Red. With the simple red and white banded design, the dinnerware can mix in nicely with both more formal and casual dinnerware, to fill out a table with lots of guests and remix to work with all your favorite holiday linens. Made of break- and scratch-resistant Vitrelle glass, the dishes are microwave, dishwasher and oven safe. Each set includes four dinner plates, four bread and butter plates, four cereal bowls and four solid-red mugs. Reviewers love the durability of the dishware and also that it’s made in the U.S.A. 

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