Giveaway! 10 Sets of Holiday Dinnerware

November 15, 2012 | By | Comments (959)
Ballard Holiday Dinnerware

Photo courtesy of Ballard Designs

Around here we loving fussing about creating super special table settings. So for the holidays, we go all out. This year we created our very own 16-piece holiday dinnerware set The Southern Living Holiday Branch Dinnerware by Ballard Designs (retails for $139)! We commissioned Maryland-based botanical artist Meg Page to illustrate the greenery that adorns each dish.

In order to take home a set, tell us how you would incorporate these dishes onto your holiday table. The 10 most stylish answers will be eating Christmas dinner off of our plates! The contest begins now and ends December 31. Click here for official rules.

COMMENTS

  1. Jill Downes

    I would love to build my tablescape around these stunningly wonderful place settings. My family and I will be having our Holiday dinner in late January this year. We are a small family, less than ten total! My brother and his wife moved to Costa Rica this year leaving a big hole. They will be returning the end of January for the bith of their first grandchild, so it will be a triple celebration….Christmas, a homecoming, and the birth of a new family member!!
    I will be hosting the event and this will be the first vist to our home for a couple of our guest. So, yes, I really want to make an outstanding impression and know that the Holiday Branch dinnerware is a step in the right direction!!
    We live in the countryside of rural Virginia and I have already decorated outside and in with running cedar, pine, holly and nandina all gathered from around our farm. I think I would leave off the tablecloth, allowing the wood of our old oak table to gleam through.I’d make small simple sprays of all the evergreens, tied with twine and red velvet ribbon to hang from the back of each chair. I would “weave” placemats from the flat cedar and ivy growing all around.I’d use wood charger plates (that have been sitting up in the cabinet just waiting to be called to duty) to give stability to the plates. Deep red and white checked napkins, tied with a sprig of pine and tied with twine with a tag attached with each guests name attached, will be laid above each placesetting. For a touch of shine, my grandmothers silver will grace each setting. A runner type centerpiece of freshcut greens with various height chunky red candles that have been wrapped with a piece of birch bark ( the only thing I’ll have to buy! ) and tied again with the twine would be mixed in among the branches. Plain clear glassware will finish my “country” look. As for serving pieces, I have french white platters and bowels that we use everyday that I think will work perfectly, not distracting from the main dishes.
    So, that’s my dream table. I hope everyone had a wonderful Holiday and a Happy, Healthy New Year.

    December 31, 2012 at 8:53 am
  2. Michelle H.

    These dishes are beautiful. I love to cook and this dinnerware would add an elegant touch to my Christmas table. I would probably try to complement the holly and greenery design by decorating the table with similar greenery. I also love to add pretty pinecones to my table. Fine glassware would be a must. Beautiful candles and pretty silverware would also be included. Thanks for the chance to win.

    December 31, 2012 at 3:56 pm
  3. Janet Dickey

    As I walk into my dining room, memories rush through my mind. Feelings of Christmas past warm my heart, as I bring my Southern culture with me wherever I might be. Without opening my eyes I see my dining table set with Aunt Birdie’s white lace tablecloth and damask napkins with the family monogram, my mother’s sterling silver and my crystal stemware; now I can visualize adding something new – the Holiday Branch dinnerware by Ballard Designs. There is little need to change much, as tradition is strong here in the South. The centerpiece will be our silver champagne bucket (a wedding gift) filled with foliage gathered by myself and my daughter to compliment the greenery of the china, including juniper branches and yaupon holly with red berries native to the countryside. A pair of silver candlesticks with red tapers will add an elegant splash of color. Each piece of the dinnerware will have its own purpose and importance as well. Aunt Alice’s Greek lemon soup will be served in the bowls before dinner. Of course, turkey and dressing fills the dinner plates, and my daughter’s famous pecan pie quickly disappears from the salad (dessert) plates. We ease the inevitable changes in life with the familiarity of the old. Tradition is carried on by mixing the old with the new-our family and friends, young and old, our dinner recipes as well as our tabletop decor. This year the Holiday Branch dinnerware will bring a new richness to our table. Merry Christmas!

    December 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm
  4. Theresa Shebalin

    For the past year and a half, my husband and I have lived in a 440-square-foot temporary efficiency while he designs and builds our first house. Our adventure has not been easy – our kitchen only fits one person at a time and is equipped with only a range top, a toaster oven, and a microwave; the hot water heater holds a mere 4 gallons; and we share a single coat closet for all of our clothes. With a tiny sink not conducive to dish washing and most of my dishes in storage anyway, we eat most of our meals on paper plates.

    My husband dragged me into this adventure with a challenge to view it as an opportunity to discover what’s really important and what we can realistically do without. I must admit that he was right – along the way, I’ve learned many useful tricks that have simplified our space and energy needs and also lowered our stress levels – from invigorating military-style showers that get us moving quickly in the morning to not bringing home clutter (i.e., more work than I can reasonably accomplish in a weekend), some aspects of our “temporary” lifestyle have become habits worth keeping! We’ve also realized that mealtime is important to us. Even with no room for a table, we still eat dinner together every night, side by side on folding chairs. And a limited kitchen is no excuse for take-out – I’ve mastered the art of toaster-oven baking and strive to make our meals healthy and attractive despite the paper plates!

    While the past year has helped us focus on what is important in our lives, we are nevertheless very excited to think that by this time next year, we’ll finally be in our cozy new 1300-square-foot energy-efficient house! As you might have guessed, our modest kitchen and dining area will be the focal point of our home, and I would love to have some beautiful holiday dishes to share with the dear friends who’ve invited us to share in their holidays the past couple of years. The natural elegance of the Holiday Branch Dinnerware on the simple wood table my husband is building would be the perfect way to celebrate a special season, a simplified lifestyle, delicious food, and good friends!

    December 31, 2012 at 8:25 pm
  5. Honi Livingston

    I love the Holiday Branch Dinnerware because of it’s nature inspired simplicity. These dishes would be beautiful in a casual or jazzed up table setting, making it easy to use them throughout the holidays. I have never owned in my 25 years of marriage a set of holiday dishes (or even a set of nice everyday dishes), so I am excited to have an opportunity to win a set especially since they match my dining room so well – rustic elegant. My walls are painted “mulling spice” and my window panels are a large plaid in shades of pumpkin, gold, wine, butterscotch with tiny green vines embroidered throughout.

    I have a beautiful leaf green linen table cloth that I would place on my long rectangular table. On top of that I would place a natural colored burlap runner allowing the edges and ends to fray a bit. In the center of the table, I would place clear large glass vases filled with large candles safely surrounded by natural materials – pine cones with green pine needles and small branches with red berries which I can collect from my yard. To elevate the vases, I would place 1″-3″ thick tree trunk slices from trees that had to be cut down due to loss from a drought last summer. Around these vases and spreading down the runner, I would place more natural items collected from my yard – greenery, pine cones, pine branches, and then tuck in rosemary, pomegranates and Christmas tree balls/ornaments in the same color as the stripe on the dishes to give some sparkle. Placed on each plate, would be a folded green linen napkin tied with a ribbon, again the same color as the stripe, with a greenery sprig tucked in and a simple vintage looking paper tag attached with the guest’s name beautifully hand written. Most importantly, I would surround the table with family and close friends.

    Although I have stated “I would” many times in the above, my 14 year old daughter has always loved to set our holiday tables; so, she would be right there with me incorporating all her creative ideas. We would really like to have these beautiful dishes. Thank you and happy holidays!

    December 31, 2012 at 10:56 pm
  6. Kathryn (Kitty) Morris

    Ilove your magazine and have been receiving it for too many years to remember. Thank you for the best magazine anywhere. Always colorful, full of ideas and great foods. My 4 daughters also read it and love it. Kitty Morris

    January 25, 2013 at 10:06 pm
  7. Kathryn (Kitty) Morris

    Holidays are special for my family-these dishes would fit into my decor in my home.The colors are perfect and would help make the Holiday meal stand out and look nourishing. Serving food on pretty dishes makes for a pleasant feeling about Christmas. We all need to find friendship and family time with a nice table setting.

    January 25, 2013 at 10:10 pm
  8. Can’tWaitToSeeWhoWon!

    Looking for the winners list for the Holiday Dinner Giveaway! :) Super excited to see who won!

    February 1, 2013 at 2:53 pm
  9. AnxiouslyWaiting

    I hope I haven’t missed the winners list. :)

    February 21, 2013 at 12:42 pm