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Setting a Christmas Table with Pottery Barn Reindeer Plates

3 December 2013

You know Dasher and Dancer and Prancer and Vixen, Comet and Cupid and Donner and Blitzen…but do you recall the most red-nosed reindeer of all? Da-da-dum-dum…and so on.

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Years ago when Pottery Barn first came out with their reindeer dinnerware I fell head over heels in love with the dashing plates (ha! a reindeer pun!). I was not, however, in love with the price tag. For several years I have been collecting these plates via eBay, one at a time, waiting for the right character and a low enough price. I finally have all 8 reindeer and am just waiting to find the Rudolph platter for the right discount. (I imagine that price won’t show up until after Christmas is over, and I am perfectly okay with that; I can wait.) Over the weekend I decided to pull out those reindeer plates and see what Christmas-y place settings I could come up with.

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I am so pleased with how this all turned out! The red and white peppermint napkins are from Pier 1 (this year, currently on sale!), and the centerpiece is just a serving dish from IKEA filled with dollar store ornaments…meaning, they were $1.00 for a dozen five or six years ago.

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I found these little reindeer place card holders on eBay over the summer, I think they are just so darling! And, um, my Photoshop skills are still on the amateur end, so this is the only place card pic I populated with a name. Meh, just keeping it real over here!

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The red Fiestaware chargers were a wedding present, I love how festive they look with those stripey napkins.

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Is this reindeer Donner? Or Donder? I always thought it was the latter, but Pottery Barn clearly goes the other way.

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I love how Christmas-y this looks! The fun reindeer plates and darling stripey nakins make me want to turn up the Christmas tunes and bake some gingerbread! And now, for a list of what I pulled:

Red charger, Fiestaware

White Dinner Plates, Pottery Barn Catering Set

Reindeer Plates, Pottery Barn, collected via eBay

Glass goblets, Pier 1 (super old)

Peppermint stripe napkins, Pier 1

Silver napkin rings, Macy’s

Flatware, Target (super old)

Reindeer place card holders, eBay

  1. 3 December 2013 6:48 pm

    I’m in awe of all of the different plates/place settings you have! And you’re super cute with these tablescapes!

    • 3 December 2013 7:07 pm

      Thank you! It’s been really fun to go through all those boxes. Some of them haven’t been opened in at least ten years (!!) and I have completely forgotten a lot of what I had. That’s what happens when storage space is plentiful and out of the way, I suppose. You hoard. I mean, collect. :)


  2. Meganhrh permalink
    4 December 2013 12:49 am

    Love this. I don’t even care what the food would be. Just love the settings. And to pull it all together is amazing. I could take each element separately and have no idea what to do with it, but you have combined them in fantastic ways.

    • 4 December 2013 2:25 am

      Well thank you! It’s been a long-standing (but, apparently, secret?) collecting habit of mine. I finally started pulling everything out and putting it in one place…it’s amazing what I found! :)


  3. Dianne permalink
    4 December 2013 5:31 am

    I commented on this earlier, but I don’t see it? I think your blogs hate me :( My parents always had us eat on the nice dishes in the formal dining room on Sundays growing up as well. I think they wanted to be able to use the china more than twice a year, and they figured we’d not know how treat it and not break it if we weren’t exposed to it regularly. Something like that. I love it. And I love what you’ve done with this table. You’ve got a great eye!

  4. 4 December 2013 9:12 pm

    This is seriously so adorable, love these place settings!


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