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Welcome to our big Christmas tableware test 2022. Here we present our recommended Christmas tableware that has received particularly positive reviews. We have compiled detailed background information for you.
We would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you find the best Christmas tableware for you.
Our guide shows you what to look for in terms of material, size, appearance and price. You will also find answers to frequently asked questions. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page that will help you when buying Christmas tableware and everything else.
- 1 The most important facts in brief
- 2 The Best Christmas Dishes: Our Picks
- 3 Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Christmas set
- 4 Decision: What types of Christmas tableware are there and which is the right one for you?
- 4.1 What distinguishes a Christmas coffee service and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.2 What distinguishes a Christmas dinner service and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.3 What distinguishes Christmas dinnerware and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
- 4.4 What are the advantages and disadvantages of additional tableware accessories with Christmas accents?
- 5 Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate Christmas tableware
- 6 Individual items or sets
- 7 Facts worth knowing about Christmas tableware
The most important facts in brief
- Glossy porcelain Christmas dinnerware displaces everyday tableware and transforms the laid table into an oasis of cosy Christmas joy.
- With uniformly designed Christmas tableware, you can evoke a Christmas mood and decorate the table festively.
- Christmas tableware can not only be used for serving food, but also for decorating your home with Christmas tableware creations.
The Best Christmas Dishes: Our Picks
Guide: Questions you should ask yourself before buying a Christmas set
What is special about Christmas tableware?
The nostalgic and loving motifs bring back many childhood memories and with them the warm feeling of security and love.
To make the Christmas dinner perfect, the tableware with Christmas motifs simply cannot be missing. It’s also great for giving as a gift.
What should I bear in mind when buying Christmas tableware?
The Christmas tableware cannot be distinguished by the decorations alone, but it should also be good and durable. After all, relatives and friends are often invited and the new tableware is presented here, which is why the Christmas tableware should be a special feature.
Of course, well-known manufacturers are very popular and those who want something special can also find limited editions.
There are very modern designs of tableware and those who choose high-quality porcelain can enjoy it for several years. If you want the tableware to look particularly elegant, you can also find pieces with gold and silver accents.
You should make sure that the tableware matches your interior style and is suitable for years to come.
Depending on your preference, you can opt for a classic Christmas-themed dinnerware, but simpler models with a less festive look are also ideal for any occasion.
You can also buy matching platters and bowls to go with your new Christmas tableware or combine your existing tableware.
Quality and value for money are the most important factors when buying Christmas crockery. Depending on where you want to buy your Christmas tableware, the delivery time and customer rating also play a role.
To avoid making a bad purchase, you should take enough time when choosing your tableware and, if necessary, compare the offers. This is the only way to gain a thorough insight into the various Christmas tableware features, characteristics and product details.
Which motifs are particularly popular at Christmas?
- Advent candles
- Christmas trees
- Father Christmas or Christmas hats
- Firs or fir branches
- Santa boot or sock
How much does Christmas tableware cost?
The manufacturer and brand also play a role, so chains like Ikea are a lot cheaper than the popular brand Villeroy & Boch. Products from well-known manufacturers usually cost a little more than Christmas tableware models from unknown manufacturers.
Well-known manufacturers promise more performance and quality. However, there is also the price of advertising that consumers have to pay. For this reason, well-known manufacturers can also charge more money for their products.
Less well-known manufacturers may offer their products for less money, but that does not necessarily mean that they are of poor quality.
Unique designer pieces can also be found, and the price range tends to go up. When it comes to the choice of material, it is possible to distinguish between cheap and expensive porcelain.
Decision: What types of Christmas tableware are there and which is the right one for you?
Beautiful tableware is simply part of the festive season and so everyone can find suitable decorations and colours. Christmas motifs are usually found on coffee pots, saucers, plates and cups.
To give the tableware a Christmassy and wintry touch, there are the characteristic colours of gold, red and green.
Depending on whether you are aiming for just a small coffee party or an extensive 3-course meal on Christmas Eve, you can distinguish between different types of tableware.
What distinguishes a Christmas coffee service and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
This can be a coffee set consisting of cups, saucers, dessert or cake plates and possibly a milk jug and sugar bowl.
What distinguishes a Christmas dinner service and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
A visually uniform tableware set consists of everything needed for a meal, so it includes shallow as well as deep plates including the matching dessert plates or small bowls.
A Christmas dinner service for the whole family and for daily use should be robust and dishwasher safe because it is used particularly often.
Therefore, it is advisable to avoid particularly fine accents such as gold or silver ornaments if they are used frequently, as they could fade after time.
What distinguishes Christmas dinnerware and what are the advantages and disadvantages?
To ensure that you are perfectly equipped, you can also choose a combination service with matching serving and cake plates, casseroles or bowls in addition to your dinner service.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of additional tableware accessories with Christmas accents?
You can top up your tableware with Christmas-style glasses or mugs. But etagere can also be both useful and decorative. Candlesticks or tea lights that match the Christmas tableware give the table a particularly cosy touch.
If you like, you can add matching cutlery and napkin holders to perfectly complement the Christmas table setting, guaranteed to create the perfect atmosphere.
Buying criteria: These are the factors you can use to compare and evaluate Christmas tableware
In the following, we would like to show you which factors you can use to compare and evaluate Christmas tableware. This will make it easier for you to decide whether a particular Christmas tableware is suitable for you or not.
In summary, these are:
- Motif and shape
- Single item or
Depending on the capacity of your food table, make sure your plates are not too big.
Of course, people like to eat a lot at Christmas dinner, so you should tend to use larger plates. It would be great if you had the plates in different sizes so that you can choose according to the occasion and the number of guests.
If you want particularly fine and high-quality material for the special Christmas dinner, there are various types of ceramics available. Porcelain is made from a high proportion of kaolin and a high firing temperature creates a wafer-thin, yet robust tableware.
A very special type of porcelain is also bone china. This expensive soft porcelain is given an even more radiant shine by the addition of bone ash. If the Christmas porcelain is to be used daily, it is better to wash the dishes by hand, as this is gentler on the expensive crockery.
A cheaper ceramic variant is stoneware, which is nevertheless very robust. Due to the lower firing temperature, it is not waterproof like porcelain, so only glazed earthenware Christmas crockery should be put in the dishwasher.
Motif and shape
The tableware for Christmas should match the rest of the interior style, but your individual taste is always decisive. A festive Christmas tableware can conjure up atmosphere on the festive table in various ways.
Motifs such as stars, angels and bells or candles and presents can create a romantic atmosphere. Fir trees in warm green and red on plates and cups clearly indicate that Christmas Eve is just around the corner.
These motifs go very well with a rustic country house style and harmonise perfectly with solid wooden furniture.
Lush decorations of gold rims or shiny metallic accents, as well as gold or silver decorative plates, are not only popular at Christmas due to their simple and elegant appearance. They also fit wonderfully into a modern and classic interior.
Individual items or sets
If you want to buy Christmas tableware, you have a very wide choice today. It is important to note that the tableware is often available as a set. So if you want, you don’t have to buy individual pieces, but complete sets are on sale.
Make sure you have a large enough Christmas service ready so that your festive table is uniformly set for everyone. If something breaks, you should see if you can buy individual matching pieces.
Facts worth knowing about Christmas tableware
Can the dishes be put in the dishwasher or should they rather be washed by hand?
Proper care is of great importance, even if the festive tableware only comes out at the end of the year. However, to ensure that you continue to enjoy your Christmas dinner service in the years to come, there are a few things you should keep in mind.
Ceramic tableware for Christmas impresses with its fine appearance and glossy, smooth surfaces and is also durable, scratch- and impact-resistant as well as shape- and heat-resistant. It is easy to clean in the dishwasher and absolutely hygienic, but the motifs on the tableware can fade.
It is best to clean your dishes immediately after the meal, as the acids and salts from the food can attack the printed decoration.
The porcelain should not be left in the dishwasher for too long, otherwise stains can form due to condensation.
The following applies: The more porous the material, the more sensitive and susceptible it is to scratches and breaks. Therefore, use a finer cloth to dry delicate Christmas tableware or let it dry on a rack to avoid scratches.
Depending on what the manufacturer’s instructions say about your Christmas service, you can tell whether it is suitable for the dishwasher. However, the term “dishwasher safe” is not legally defined, so you cannot rely 100% on the manufacturer’s information.
Elaborate decorations and the glaze can be damaged and dull. If in doubt, it is better to clean your Christmas crockery by hand, as already mentioned.
Similarly, crockery that has metallic details should not be used in the microwave as sparks can occur, so it is recommended that you refrain from using it. Otherwise, the heat and steam inside the microwave can cause damage to the surface of the crockery.
Which classic Christmas meals do people like to prepare on Christmas Eve?
What would a traditional Christmas be without a delicious meal with the family? But what do people in Germany actually like to serve on Christmas Eve?
If you are thinking about what to put on the table this Christmas, you will find some suggestions below.
It often ended with large feasts with the family, even after the abolition of the fasting ban from 1917, Christmas dinner remains one of the most elaborately prepared Christmas traditions.
Preparing roast goose is somewhat elaborate and an art in itself, but it is worth it because a crispy and stuffed Christmas goose is something very special.
It has to be in the oven for a relatively long time, and during this time you can take care of the delicious side dishes. Dumplings or potatoes are particularly suitable, along with red cabbage.
Raclette was not a traditional Christmas meal in Germany for a long time, but for some time now this delicious dish from Switzerland has also arrived here and is particularly popular.
The big advantage is that you don’t have to spend hours in the kitchen cooking for this Christmas meal; instead, you can sit together and enjoy the meal.
It can be prepared in many ways and is child’s play, there are countless variations suitable for meat eaters, vegetarians, but also vegans. You can serve different vegetables, meat and different raclette cheeses (vegan cheese is also possible) on the table.
The tender meat of the Christmas duck is easier to prepare than goose and is guaranteed to delight your guests as well.
For variety, you can alternate roast duck and roast goose in successive Christmases.
It is also served stuffed and with fruity sauces as a traditional Christmas dinner. You can serve potato gratin as a side dish with this traditional Christmas meal, for example.
Similar to raclette, fondue is also about getting together in a cosy atmosphere. Fondue is not only a classic meal for New Year’s Eve, but can also be eaten at Christmas.
You can be particularly versatile here and choose between meat fondue, cheese fondue or a delicious chocolate fondue for dessert. Vegetarian and vegan options can also be found.
Sausages with potato salad
An extremely simple, yet classic dish is sausages with potato salad for Christmas Eve. Even today, this dish is served as a traditional Christmas dinner in many families.
You don’t need a huge wallet here, because the ingredients are cheap and the effort is very little. The salad is often prepared as early as 23 December, and the sausages are crisped in a hot water belt.
Blue Christmas carp
The blue carp is very popular, especially in southern Germany. The carp gets its blue colour by being doused with hot vinegar.
The carp is cooked in salt water and eaten with spices, horseradish cream and parsley potatoes.
When are the presents unwrapped at Christmas?
It’s hard to imagine a typical German Christmas without presents, and for children in particular, the giving of presents is a big highlight. Traditionally, the presents are given in the early evening of 24 December (Christmas Eve) in the close family circle.
It is typical on this evening that people get dressed up, the Christmas tree shines brightly and the many wrapped presents are just waiting to be unwrapped.
Children in particular wait for the moment of Christmas presents all year. Many German children hope that the Christ Child or Father Christmas will fulfil their wishes.
However, due to excessive Christmas consumption, many Germans think about rather not giving each other presents and only give presents to the children.
A very nice idea is also the so-called Secret Santa, where a name is drawn and one can calmly think about what one would like to give to this person.
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