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Christmas day may just be one tick on the calendar, but the events and parties; dinners and occasions in the lead up to the big day stretch for days and weeks, as we take the opportunity to band together with friends and family as regularly as we can. Of course, alongside large celebrations and family gatherings come hoards of meals and tasty delights – whether fully catered as a sit down meal or displayed as more of a buffet to enjoy as you network and mingle. In essence, Christmas may not be all about food, but food certainly makes up a large part of it – and that means that Christmas plates are on the menu as well.
Different types of popular Christmas plates
One of the most common things we find around Christmas time is that most of our members are looking for crockery and appliances that cater for large quantities as well as support good quality and fine décor. After all, Christmas is a time for gatherings – and that means pulling out your largest serving platters and your deepest crisp bowls. For the lead up to Christmas, festive-themed serving platters seem to fly off the shelves of most homeware and accessory retailers, who tend to each offer their own solutions to both classy designs and more whimsical and playful Christmas patterns. As well as the largest platters, selecting the right Christmas plates for the day itself is a huge task and one which requires not only careful selection with regards to your desired presentation and table décor, but also careful thought to how much will fit on the table and which plates can best be arranged to fit them all together (think a large game of festive Tetris!) And then we come to the most important plate in the eyes of children – the plate we leave out for Father Christmas, complete with cookies and a carrot for Rudolph. Where once upon a time this was just a standard kitchen plate, the modern market has really taken festive fun to a new level, with tons of plates available for this one sacred tradition – including personalised versions with your children’s names, images of Santa and his reindeer, intricate patterns, and plates with printed messages. These are available across homeware and gift stores during the festive period.
Making your life easier
If you are looking to make Christmas catering a little easier this year, there are a few things you can do. Firstly, consider offering fun festive paper plates to your guests if you are expecting a large group, as this will save on washing up and will let you revel in a vibrant theme without having to invest in tons of plates which, after your party or gathering, you won’t need again. Around Christmas time the paper plate market booms exponentially with a wide range of designs available across party stores and department retailers. Another idea is to host a party where every guest brings a dish on their own Christmas plate – allowing you to relax a little both in the kitchen and the washing up sink, and allowing your guests to be involved in the décor and design of the gathering. This way, you will end up with lots of interesting and unique Christmas plates, creating a really vibrant table of food and crockery to celebrate. Buying Christmas plates is a treat which most retailer reserve for the Winter season, with most only stocking festive crockery in the run up to Christmas. For the widest selection of high quality plates, head to homeware and department stores with dedicated tableware sections.