With so many treats and entrees and beverages to serve, a holiday meal requires a virtual troupe of traveling assistants. That's why being a consummate Christmas host(ess) starts with having the right serveware. Before your festive preparations begin, make sure your kitchen is stocked with these Christmas serveware essentials.
Serving Platters: The heavy lifters of hearty holiday meals, serving platters are sized to carry a roast beast.
Divided/Sectioned Servers: The discrete compartments of sectioned servers allow multiple condiments or snacks to dwell together in harmony.
Appetizer/Hors d'oeuvre Trays: With visual flair and savoir faire, these versatile trays set the scene for holiday serveware themes to come.
Dip Bowls and Spreaders: Dip bowls and multi-piece spreader sets put your world-famous cheese dip recipe in reach of everyone.
Cracker Basket: This serveware stalwart holds the foods you need for spreading, including crackers and chips.
Serving Bowls: A set of nesting bowls for tidbits and large serving bowls for side dishes are Christmas dinner basics.
Casserole Dishes: Handles and lids make casserole dishes the right choice for moving foods and/or keeping them warm.
Bread Trays: A Pfaltzgraff winterberry bread tray is an elegant earthenware essential for serving specialty holiday breads.
Drink Pitchers: The generous handles and colorful motifs of Christmas drink pitchers always spread good cheer.
Punch Bowls: Christmas punch bowls are the irresistible centerpieces of help-yourself drink and hors d'oeuvre tables.
Salt and Pepper Sets: Turn these upside down and shake, and they'll dispense that grain of salt you need for your in-law's political opinions.
Bakers: A microwave-, oven-, freezer-, and dishwasher-safe baker is the all-terrain vehicle of Christmastime baking.
Tea Sets/Teapots: Christmas-themed teapots and tea sets from Lenox and Pfaltzgraff are charming companions on tranquil holiday afternoons.
Coffee Pots: Elegant and enormous, the gold and bone china Lenox holiday coffee pot holds 58 ounces of coffee for post-turkey stimulation.
Creamers: Made from porcelain and bone china, our large, beautiful creamers will lighten your coffee and brighten your holiday decor.
Cake Plates: A tiered, pedestal-style cake stand makes a scrumptious centerpiece for Christmas dessert tables.
Cookie Jars/Plates: While the meal's being prepared, keep a lid on everyone's appetite with a living room cookie jar or plate display.
Candy Dishes/Bowls: Keep mints and Christmas candy mixes close at hand for post-dinner breath freshening and sweet-tooth indulging.
Toothpick Holders:Santa's one final gift for the grownups: a mini-chimney of toothpicks for post-dinner relaxation.