The Island of Misfit Toys Christmas Table
This year I decided to create a fun, retro themed tablescape, featuring Rudolph the rednosed reindeer and The Island of Misfit Toys Christmas Table.
It is almost Christmas and I realized that I had not even shared my The Island of Misfit Toys Christmas Table, here on the blog. Since it was not my year to host for the holidays, I really set this table mainly for us and our everyday enjoyment. So this year it is super fun! Ron’s favorite holiday cartoon is Rudolph, so this table makes him smile everytime he sees it.
It is always nice to have your home set in case you have drop by guests over during the season, for an impromptu game night, or birthday celebrations that carry over since mine is in December. I honestly did not really think about having any kind of formal dinner at this table or even plan a menu. I kept everything ultra casual this year by leaving the bench I used for Thanksgiving pulled up to the table. This was super handy since we still have all the metal chairs around the round kitchen breakfast table which was relocated for the large Christmas tree.Where did this inspiration come from? Well besides it being Ron’s favorite holiday cartoon, this years house theme was Vintage Holiday TV Classics; like Charlie Brown, The Grinch, Frosty and of course Rudolph. This cute theme really came together when we saw these sweet little vintage spice tins while antiquing back in October. They had been crafted into little miniature arrangements, with these retro styled christmas ornaments. We loved them, and they immediately reminded us of two things, The Island of Misfit Toys and The Velveteen Rabbit.While I know those seem to be in direct contradiction of each other, the style of ornaments reminded Ron of the the claymation from Rudolph and the Misfit Toys, but how they had been loved and worn over the years reminded me of the story of The Velveteen Rabbit. They were already real toys because they had been loved, clearly. To me this embodied the meaning of Christmas and the joy that every child has when they receive that special toy they asked Santa for that year. I loved the tinsel and swirly twirly gumdrops in cocoa tins, it was all perfect. Then I found the sweet Rudolph vintage style wall art at Walmart and knew it had to be fate for this tablescape.
I added in my mannequin tree and dressed her up to look like a 1950’s style dolly, and covered her with all my Mother’s vintage hand painted glass ornaments she had bought from Poland. I decided last year that I loved them so much that I began to add a few newer ones to her original set. Christopher Radko makes a beautiful version and a really nice beaded garland that I picked up at Dillard’s.You will notice that even though I was keeping the table casual I still always put out my Lenox Holiday China. I do have several sets, but this year I went with my original set which is the Holly Berry pattern, verses the Tartan plaid which I used last year for my Snowy Tartan Ski Lodge Table seen here.Keeping with the super fun and playful theme, I pulled in candy cane striped napkins and bright red chargers. I did layer the table runners. The bottom red and white runner came from Ballards, and the top hunter green runner I picked up while in Waco Texas from the Magnolia outlet for 70% off. The bottle brush trees you can pick up pretty much anywhere, these came from Hobby Lobby. However, I also found a great set I am ordering online to fill in with, which I found on Amazon, 2 day prime y’all! In order to make the bottle brush trees look really great you need a fair amount of them, one or two just doesn’t do a display justice, so my advice is to go for the $10 set of 24 with varying sizes, it will save you money and make a better looking display. I also had to show where my little toy train ended up this year. I do get asked about this little toy train as well. It was a handmade piece that I found antiquing in south Georgia while staying at a friends farm. I have never seen one like it, so I can only presume it was a one of a kind made by a toy maker? If you know any different, please let me know, as I would love to know the history on this piece too. It works, with doors that slide up and down so you can put things inside, and wheels that rotate. It is all wood and carved or whittled by hand, I guess.
Oh, one last thing I must show which is just so much fun for this table. Check out these fun little candies, shaped like presents. These are all hand tied and layered to look like little presents and the scale was perfect for my little Island scene. I picked these up in the international Sweets Section at my local Home Goods, they are Belgian Chocolates so they are pretty darn good too. I was thinking they looked like Andes Candies but they are not minty at all, just rich milk chocolate.