Setting My Nutcracker Dining Table
Join me, as I am Setting My Nutcracker Dining Table to finish getting ready for the holidays!
It is almost Christmas Eve, so I am busy setting My Nutcracker Dining Table. This enchanting design is meant to invoke the feeling of the Nutcracker Ballet as you dine by candle and Christmas lights among my vast collection of nutcrackers. As you pass through the ballet courses of sugar plum salads, chocolate mole’ sauces, rich teas, coffees, and candy cane dessert cakes.
It is no secret that I have always loved Nutcrackers and I have a very large collection that I showcase every year. Sometimes I group them all together like this year; while other years I place them in specific rooms with matching decor. To create this tablescape I started with an unusual base, this is Ron’s and my very first tree skirt. I handmade this tree skirt when I was 18 years old while working at a fabric decor store and drapery workroom, as part of my Interior Design internship. As you can see it is pretty old and bit tattered at this point, but deeply cherished and loved. Since the skirt is round with all the hand sewn fringe and bouillon trim, it looks very much like a drum, so I thought it was perfect. (You may also notice there is a matching runner on the sideboard too.)Next, I layered on a hunter green table runner which covers the tree hole in the center and adds a layer of dimension to the table. Followed by these great black glitter placemats, which remind me of the nutcracker’s boots or Santa’s boots, if you have a different theme. The next layers consist of my red chargers that I already had from last year, which I have used for Valentine’s and 4th of July, so they are super flexible. Layered with white and black plates, topped with the themed Crate & Barrel Nutcracker Plates. These were a gift from my friend Pat, she knows how much I love Nutcrackers, so she purchased the set for me as a gift. I decided that a green linen napkin that I scooped up end of fall season at Hobby Lobby for 90% off was perfect for this setting, along with these black tassel napkin rings. Then I added in my goldware, just for some extra added bling. I was also lucky enough to receive the matching glasses with the plates, which really complete the entire table setting. Even though they are not an exact match they are still very cute. I even had a cute set of salt & pepper shakers from Lenox to add to the table.The centerpiece was constructed out of a pine garland that I doubled up with a basic green garland. Then I plugged in leland berry picks with pinecones and velvet poinsettias. At each setting I placed a fun themed nutcracker specific for the diner. One that reflects the hobby or a pass time of each of the recipients. You may also notice that my large floor standing nutcrackers are standing in each of the corners watching over the meal. From our family to yours may you be healthy, wealthy, happy & wise, my mantra to live by! As I say this, I would also like to preface this statement by saying not all wealth comes in the monetary form; wealth can come in many forms and mean many things. I hope you all have a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!
Want to see more of my Christmas Tablescapes? Here are some from Christmas’ Past:
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