Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Nutcracker "Sweet" Tablescape

This weekend I went with my younger daughter and her friend to our local ballet performance of The Nutcracker. I thought a tablescape inspired by this music and ballet would be fun!


I started with a white tablecloth and added a nutcracker runner on it. I draped some faux candy garlands down the length of the table ( the Land of Sweets).


I chose one of our nutcrackers with a light burgundy coat to ride in the sleigh for the centerpiece. The sleigh is resting on a silver snowflake wreath ( The Waltz of the Snowflakes) and some cheesecloth. I was trying to represent not only snow and the dreamy quality of the story. I filled the inside of the sleigh with peppermints and some faux candy picks.


At each place I used my square beaded platinum chargers from Target topped by a gold plastic chargers. My china is Canton by Royal Doulton which is covered in pink peonies (The Waltz of the Flowers) and goes well with the pink accents throughout. I used clear acrylic handled flatware for an icy feel and one pattern of stemware with gold and silver accents and the other with a faceted look. I used pink napkins and metallic gold napkin rings with a faux candy pick placed in each. I also used mini nutcracker place card holders.



I surrounded the centerpiece sleigh with various glass tree toppers.



On the mantle in the dining room, I used nutcrackers from Target to continue the theme. These I had to buy, but all the elements on the table were from "shopping my house."

The Nutcracker faces the Mouse King


Clara & Herr Drosselmeyer look on surrounded by snowflakes and candy.


I hope you enjoyed my Nutcracker "Sweet" tablescape and will visit Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!


Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love your "sweet" table! I brought out my nutcrackers this year after a couple of years off duty. I'm thinking that they may make it over to the table sometime between now and Christmas ....Love all your inspiration here. Everything is beautiful - love those candy garlands!

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Very unique and fun table. Love the pinks and the candies and the nutcracker fellow!! Very festive, pretty and sweet.
Blessings for a Wonderful Christmas Season,

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Using pink and the tree toppers were great ideas! And the cheesecloth has my mind whirling with new ideas... I'll look forward to seeing your Snowy Woods table, too. So glad you stopped by so I could find you.

craftyles said...

I love the Nutcracker theme and how you have used the candy and sweets as well. Very pretty!

Barbara said...

What a wonderful theme for a table! It is filled with wonder and whimsy. I can't find my nutcrackers this year and can't imagine what happened to them.

Carey said...

Love this table. I am a sucker for the Nutcracker. All of the items on your table bring so much color and sparkle. Love that china also.
Happy Holidays

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

This looks so pretty, and yet, it's fun at the same time! You did such a great job of portraying the scenes from the Nutcracker. I have to ask about the "life saver" garland on the table. I had garland like that years ago, and I have looked for it in my Christmas stash every year for about 10 years. Have you had yours a long time? Love your mantel too. laurie

Marlis said...

The nutcracker suite in your dining room is wonderful. This is such a beautiful and happy table. Merry Christmas

Entertaining Women said...

Such a thoughtfully done, lovely tablescape. I know that your daughter and her friend must have felt so very special. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Marigene said...

I love your nutcracker themed table. That Mouse King nutcracker is adorable! Your china is lovely.