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.




    November 17, 2012 at 3:25 pm
  2. Lisa

    Oh, these dishes would be breathtaking paired with my collection of green depression glass. Or for a more colorful Christmas table, I’d mix in pieces of happy Fiestaware!

    November 17, 2012 at 3:22 pm
  3. Jessica A. Raines

    To emulate the significance of holly and mistletoe as illustrated by Roman culture, which used holly primarily to signify victory and later to emulate the crown of thorns at the beginning of Christianity, I would begin with a white tablecloth. Atop it, I would place a white texture table runnerdown the center with a gold ribbon along the middle of the runner. To pull-in the eye and focus on the opulence of the holiday, I would place a gold centerpiece on the table, filled with white and gold flowers, accented with holly and mistletoe, and with smaller gold accents around the table, each containing flowers and greenery. At each setting, the Holiday Branch Dinnerware would be the focal point. Each bowl would be filled with gold-wrapped chocolates. A gold napkin with a mistletoe napkin ring would lay gently across the salad plate (which would sit atop the dinner plate). Our family takes in each detail of Christmas and I would be absolutely thrilled to have this art on our dinner table this Christmas.

    November 17, 2012 at 2:59 pm
  4. Diana

    These would go beautifully with the Christopher Radko dishes I have and need to supplement. I always use a dark green tablecloth and red candles so they would fit in quite well. The dishes are beautiful.

    November 17, 2012 at 2:51 pm

    Cranberry linen tablecloth under round wooden ( to compliment to greenery theme in plates) chargers to hold the dinner plate. Long and low fresh greenery centerpiece with variegated holly, long and short needle pine, primitive type hurricane sconces with cranberry candles. Pewter candlesticks, napkin rings and serving pieces.

    November 17, 2012 at 2:38 pm
  6. Susan

    Christmas this year will be hard without Mom. My six remaining siblings have vowed to keep celebrating holidays together and to keep our Southern traditions moving into the next generations. While still celebrating with Mom’s traditional place settings, it would be inspirational to begin a new addition to our Christmas celebrations with these lovely dishes.

    November 17, 2012 at 2:36 pm
  7. Mary Beth Rigsby

    I love treating my family and friends extra-special during the holidays! Cooking is my passion and what better than to incorporate my love on these lovely dishes!

    November 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm
  8. Terrie H. Hunt

    Collecting recipes to prepare, to make my family’s meals special, is a favorite activity of mine. Delicious home-cooked foods bring our family together over the dinner table. Collecting dishes on which to serve those foods has also become a hobby. If there is a clearance or sale on open stock, I will be there, looking for unique, but affordable pieces to add to my collection. We did not have a Christmas dish set until last year after Christmas, when I was lucky enough to find twelve dinner dishes and a matching serving bowl (on discount after Christmas) at a nearby retail store. Because our family is large, we could use 4 more place settings, and the Ballard Designs Holiday Branch dinnerware would coordinate perfectly with the pattern that I bought last year! This will be our first year to “break in” our family Christmas dishes and start a new tradition. I can’t think of a better way to round out the set we have than to add the Southern Living set to the dishes we now have!

    November 17, 2012 at 2:04 pm
  9. Laurel

    We recently inherited my husband’s grandparents custom made dining room furniture. It was crafted by a cabinet maker in TN over 50 years ago. It would be wonderful to showcase this one of a kind furniture with this beautiful Christmas china.

    November 17, 2012 at 1:51 pm
  10. Kay Peace

    I have a collection of various Santa Claus’ that I love to include in my Christmas table decorations. I do not have a set of Christmas dishes and would love to have them to share with family and friends.My tablescape would start with a red tablecloth then topping with my mother’s “hand Crocheted” tablecloth, red napkins folded with Santa napkin rings, red glasses, and in the center is my favorite Santa rocking in a chair reading a book surrounded with holly and branches to add and outside feel. I would sprinkle of artificial snow flakes, add small pinecones, and tiny wrapped gifts.

    November 17, 2012 at 1:48 pm
  11. Dell Mitravich

    I love the simplicity of this china pattern. I would use red and green linens and add sprigs of holly and other greenery to my centerpiece I may even get a ladder and clip some of the mistletoe in the tree out back.

    November 17, 2012 at 1:15 pm
  12. Jacqueline

    I love to intertwine various patterns, shapes and complimentary
    colors on our dining table. The circular shapes and cream, red, and greens,
    would intermix well with our octogonal cream everyday china. It would create
    the type of table our family would sit at awhile longer to have an after dinner
    conversation with coffee and some dessert! Lovely & very Southern too!!!

    November 17, 2012 at 1:07 pm
  13. Sandra O’Neal

    I would place my red with white dots table runner on my old farm table. I would then place my two tall clear hurricane lamps on the table with a fat red pillar candle in each. I would place a small wreath made from holly and berries from my holly tree around the base of each lamp and would tie a tartan plaid ribbon around the top of both. Then I would set the table with these beautiful holiday dishes. I would place a red napkin with a holly berry napkin ring on each place setting. My husband’s grandmother’s silverware would be polished and placed at each place setting also. My clear stemmed tea goblets would add a little shine. I would use some of my solid red serving pieces on the nearby buffet table with a wreath in the window above with a ribbon made out of the matching red with white dots and tartan plaid. Last I would place little treats in boxes wrapped in brown paper and tied alternately with the plaid ribbon and the dotted ribbon to the back of each chair. I think the polka dots and solid red pieces would add a little modern touch with my traditional southern pieces and would look beautiful with these gorgeous yet understated Holiday dishes. All I would then need would be all of my family to be present, especially if my son in the USAF can come home!!

    November 17, 2012 at 1:02 pm
  14. Melanie McDowell

    Would use dark green chargers with sprigs of holly with red berries under the plates, peeking out from under the dinner plates! Use gobs of holly and berries around red, tall amaryllis in white pots as the centerpiece.

    November 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm
  15. Modern Mia Gardening

    I don’t have holiday dishes but I do have lots of clear glass serving platters that would compliment this set beautifully. They could play off each other and highlight the striking unique patterns on each set.

    November 17, 2012 at 12:29 pm

    I never owned Christmas China~would Love to win this.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:51 am
  17. Krystal Papillion Lewis

    I’m in the process of learning to live a healthy lifestyle and cook everyday meals a little lighter. I would use this holiday dinnerware to showcase the many recipes I’ve mastered from Cooking Light! Hopefully, the beautiful pieces will help attract those of my family who shy away from “healthy choices”.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:51 am
  18. veanderson

    I’ve never owned a set of Christmas China~ however I have some beautiful china sets and I love the “mixing” of patterns. I would use it with a Blue Danube set and bring the colors together with florals and linens.

    What a win this would be.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:47 am
  19. Paulette Finch

    The dishes are beautiful!! I think they would be pretty with live centerpieces of Savannah Holly and roses, taper candles either a mossy green or red or white and mossy green waterford tablecloth, my silver (from my sweet Mother-In-Law, Lila) and glassware! Happy Holidays! Paulette Finch

    November 17, 2012 at 11:08 am
  20. Gilda D. Rackley

    My husband and I recently remodeled his childhood home and for the fifteen years of our marriage I have searched in vain for the perfect Christmas dishes…until now! Boxwood is abundant in our yard and the red on the dishes would go perfectly with the 14 red chairs (all of which are different styles) around our recently handmade heart pine dining table! These dishes would complete the Southern Christmas look for which I have been searching.

    November 17, 2012 at 11:04 am
  21. Marsha Healy

    As a dietitian, I encourage people to eat more family meals at home to promote healthier lives. It is also more economical and fosters better overall involvement in childrens’ education and lives. It would be a pleasure to share our family meals on the Holiday Branch Dinnerware all winter. P.S. Eat your fruits and vegetables.

    November 17, 2012 at 10:52 am
  22. pameladainsworth

    I would use my gold table cloth, for the centerpiece I would have a white platter with a row of mini pillar candles and fill bottom with cranberries then I would fill my Holiday Branch Dinnerware with spectacular drinks and food!

    November 17, 2012 at 10:13 am
  23. Karlene Barger

    The china would enhance my ivory tablecloth and napkins that are embroidered with the twelve days of Christmas theme. I would add candy cane candles in my mother in-law’s silver candlesticks and red and white poinsettias in the center of the table to bring a festive note to our traditional Christmas Eve dinner by candlelight. We wish you all a Merry Christmas!

    November 17, 2012 at 8:07 am
  24. Genie Adams

    Holiday Branch is such a simple pattern! I love to decorate for the holidays, but need to simplify because of an injury to my right hand. This pattern would be beautiful with more natural decorations-tall tree branches tipped in snow in simple vases, burlap napkins, deep green table linens, candles in various heights and thicknesses (cranberry colored, deep olive green, white), holly berry/leaf accents…beautiful!

    November 17, 2012 at 7:55 am
  25. Debbie D.

    Nineteen years ago, when my husband and I combined households, we discovered that we both had Haviland china. He had the dinner set inherited from his grandmother, and I had the breakfast set inherited my a dear friend. It was just meant to be!! We still use the china for special occasions. And the Holiday Branch would be beautiful added to our Christmas setting. I would add branches from our holly tree into our centerpiece of taper candles with colorful ball ornaments. Oh I can see it now!

    November 16, 2012 at 11:45 pm
  26. linda. Martin

    I. Love the holly branch dinnerware. I could really use these,

    November 16, 2012 at 11:17 pm
  27. Mary Haney

    I would complement the varying greens in the china’s mistletoe and holly patterns by setting the table with a celadon or sage green cloth. Lacquered red charger plates would pick up the red in the salad plates’ holly berries and add a burst of rich color to the plates’ cool white and green shades. For an elegant and contemporary layer of color and texture, I would add woven circular silver place mats under the chargers. Red napkins with simple silver napkin rings would provide another pop of bright color. My chromed antlers candelabra with long white taper candles would serve as the centerpiece. I would also use my trio of steel mid-century modern candle holders for additional candlelight. Their stylized trumpet shape and staggered heights would both contrast with and complement the rustic antlers candelabra.

    November 16, 2012 at 10:29 pm
  28. Rhonda Delk

    I would pair these dishes with my antique quilt as a table cloth, sprigs of greenery, a set of silver, and an Italian pottery bowl laden with fresh fruit — always incorporating the new with the joys of olden.

    November 16, 2012 at 9:42 pm
  29. Rose

    I would love to have this gorgeous dinnerware to go on my new dining room table. So nice for the holidays!

    November 16, 2012 at 9:16 pm
  30. Kathy Rosikiewicz

    I would start with a hunter green tablecloth on a round table. Deep hunter green lacquered chargers will be the starting base for the beautiful holiday dinnerware. On top follows your dinner plate,then salad plate which is adorned with a small present wrapped in white paper with a sprig of red berries tied with a green velvet ribbon. Inside a delicate 1″ hand painted (design depicting greens from dinnerware) glass ornament. White linen napkins, gold flatware, crystal glasses and tealight candles in glass holders complete the setting. Centerpiece a Douglas fir round wreath with 3 stacked presents (large,medium and small size).
    To complete this picture,a blazing fireplace,Bing Crosby singing White Christmas and my husband carrying (in the holiday bowls) a tray of homemade cream of mushroom soup.
    Dinner is now served!!!!! Merry Christmas everybody!!!!!!!!

    November 16, 2012 at 8:03 pm
  31. Sage

    Every year growing up one of my favorite parts of Christmas was my Dad switching out our regular dishes to holiday dishes. These would be used daily during the holidays to keep the Christmas spirit every meal!

    November 16, 2012 at 7:48 pm
  32. Debbie Johnson

    This beautiful set of Christmas china would be a first for me and my family. However, we wouldn’t have any trouble getting used to china as opposed to festive paper plates. My table is a gorgeous wood that I don’t cover. I have a beautiful red, green, and black runner that I put diagonally on the table. I set black feather Christmas trees and candles in the center. I always put some fresh cedar and magnolia leaves from my yard to enhance the table and make the house smell good. This china would “pop” on my table with its whitle and green foliage. How wonderful to have a matching set of Christmas china to make our Christmas meal perfect!

    November 16, 2012 at 7:38 pm
  33. randi

    These would be lovely with my plain white stoneware for the holidays. I do think I would add green linens & some red accent pieces.

    November 16, 2012 at 6:36 pm
  34. Sara Lynn Keller

    As a Southern transplant to California I would use these dishes as a way to incorporate my roots into my Christams Celebration! I am always trying to teach my two sons about where I hail from and most of this education comes from my kitchen. I would use my Christmas table runner and my silver candlesticks as the backdrop as well as my whiteware serving pieces. To pull the look together I would use heavy starched red napkins with with pearl napkin rings with gold accents! After Christmas dinner was served and enjoyed we would enjoy cheese or dessert and of course a fancy Christams cocktail!

    November 16, 2012 at 6:13 pm
  35. cathy t.

    For my Christmas dinner table I would use dark green linen tablecloths that match the color of the holly. I would use gold lacquered chargers. My linen napkins would be tied with raffia with a sprig of holly with berries. Randomly sprayed sections of pinecones with gold acrylic paint would be used to hold seating placecards. A runner of fresh pine greenery with holly berries, leaves, and pinecones dusted with gold paint would be placed among the greenery. Different heighths of pillar red candles would be placed the length of the runner. Raffia would be tied around the candles.

    November 16, 2012 at 6:04 pm
  36. Beth Ruzic

    These beautiful dinnerware pieces would blend beautifully with my Christmas decor-everything gathered from the woods for my centerpieces, good southern cooking for Christmas dinner and lots of family gathered around

    November 16, 2012 at 5:41 pm
  37. Gloria Dean Daly

    Other than my green tablecloth, my families sweet smiling faces would help make this table setting all I would need for Christmas.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:13 pm
  38. Aliscia Lemoine

    This beautiful china would look gorgeous on my antique barnwood dining table. I would have a lace-trimmed burlap table runner with antique silver candelabras of alternating sizes down the middle of the table. All this paired with neatly placed red linen napkins and mason jar wine glasses would top off my rustic yet elegant look.

    November 16, 2012 at 5:12 pm
  39. Robin Meeks

    definetly could use a set mine is a hand down and yard sale pieces

    November 16, 2012 at 3:26 pm
  40. Arlene Clifton

    I am relocating to a new city and state within the next year and these dishes would lend themselves beautifully in the new surroundings. Christmas 2013 will be a holiday event that I will spend with my son and his family and hopefully my daughter and her family will join in that reunion and the table will be gorgeous with the new china. Thank you for your consideration.

    November 16, 2012 at 3:13 pm
  41. Dee

    I’ve always wanted holiday dinnerware, but our finances never allowed it. I try to make my Christmas table special using our plain white dinnerware and I think I do a pretty good job using the right linens and centerpiece. This design however, would stand out! It’s natural, elegant design leaves the door wide open for so many possibilities. Kudos to the designers and artist Meg Page. Splendid!

    November 16, 2012 at 3:05 pm
  42. jane

    this set would just be wonderfull since our house fire we havent had a nice set it would bring the smiles back and it realy feel like thanksgiving again

    November 16, 2012 at 2:53 pm
  43. Shannon Michelli

    The Southern Living Holiday Branch Dinnerware by Ballard Designs would mix beautifully with my green Indiana Glass goblets, white milk glass serving pieces, crystal bowls and platters and my poinsettia plates. I aways set fresh holly centerpieces on my tables and use gold charges. Oh, and lts not forget the mistletoe over the doors! Merry Christmas, ya’ll!

    November 16, 2012 at 2:41 pm
  44. Ellen

    I would set the table on a red tablecloth, add some silver holly leaf candlesticks, and crystal with a beautiful fresh floral centerpiece and pine cones and a beaded garland.

    November 16, 2012 at 2:38 pm
  45. Linda Schirmbeck

    I love that the plates each have a unique design! Lots of winter white…flowers, candles, linens, twinkling lights and this set of dinnerware. A perfect setting for the holidays!

    November 16, 2012 at 2:23 pm
  46. Dee

    Having lived in Asia for the past several years, the dinnerware would pair well with my red lacquer and gold lacquer chargers and place mats on a white linen tablecloth, and festive cloth napkins. The table would be complete with votive candles and a centerpiece made with cedar boughs and pine cones from our yard.

    November 16, 2012 at 2:22 pm
  47. Lynne Bevill

    My dinner table would look awesome because I have never had a set of Christmas dishes. We usually have paper plates, Christmas design. Hope I win. I’ve never won anything. This would be a great start.

    November 16, 2012 at 2:09 pm
  48. Sherrye Guthrie

    I love the simple yet elegant statement of the beautiful greens of Christmas. These would continue the greens idea and connect with my china, which is Holly by Colonial Candles. All placed on my red tablecloth made many years ago by Mother-n-law who passed away last Christmas. She would love it!

    November 16, 2012 at 2:05 pm
  49. LaLa

    This china pattern could work in many different applications but I would go with a green and red tartan plaid runner on an antique solid white linen tablecloth. The centerpeice would be simple and “real” evergreens.Some tapered candles in antique candleholders would complete the theme

    November 16, 2012 at 2:01 pm
  50. Mary Susan Underwood

    These dishes would mix beautifully with the Haviland China that I inherited from my grandmother. What a beautiful tribute to her to share with my children and grandchildren! A mixture of old and new, somewhat formal but yet simple, perfectly blended…isn’t that what families are all about!

    November 16, 2012 at 1:32 pm

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