Sugar and spice and all things nice – festive dining with friends and family is the best part of the season, but a dinner service, a complement of glassware and a flatware set does not a Christmas spread make. This is the dinners of all dinners so it requires a special touch.
For a start, it’s so much more than just the three courses which composes the formal sit down dinner. Discover the Christmas tableware essentials to add to your repertoire this season.
1. Display Stand
For the canapés themselves, simple but flavourful and not too heavy is best so that you can spend time perfecting the main event. Brie and cranberry filo parcels, prawn cocktail waffle cones and chestnut chipolatas provide all the quintessential Christmas flavours.
2. Nut Bowl
A selection of nuts is a must have of any Christmas pantry and will be a staple snack throughout the whole of December and New Year. Fill a trio of dishes with interesting flavours or try a handy three-in-one which makes sharing so much easier.
3. Table Jewels
Team your napkin jewels with flickering candlelight for a subtle dinnertime light show
4. Treats Platter
An elegant gold or silver platter (particularly a wintery leaf design) looks beautiful on a coffee table and can be repurposed throughout the year. It’s also a great gift idea for a host or hostess.
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5. Serving Ladles
When choosing any serveware consider materials which will endure many years and which are safe to use with food such as sterling silver, or silver or gold plate.
The perfect Christmas cheeseboard includes a soft, a hard and a blue so a brie, a fine cheddar and a stilton
7. Carving Set
A well-made carving set will be one of your most worthwhile Christmas dinner purchases
8. Canapé Plates
Canapés preface the main event perfectly by giving guests a taste of what’s to come
A striking centrepiece is the best way to bring it all in and ground all the elements of your spread, all the while looking incredible. A candelabra is Christmas incarnate with its effortless glamour and inherent magic. A frosty garland wound around a set of hurricane jars filled with delicate glass baubles or a glistening low bowl of winter foliage and dried fruit and berries works well if you want to get creative.
10. Special Placemats