Thursday, December 26, 2013

Nutcracker Tablescape for Christmas

I am just now taking a moment to catch my breath after all of the Christmas preparations for our family Christmas celebration.  I went with a nutcracker theme this year for our Christmas tablescape.  After months of looking for this and that in the local thrift stores to try and set a nutcracker theme table I resorted to Ebay for a suitable festive tablecloth plus a couple of other items (the tablecloth turned out to be a bit large for my table so I had MDF boards cut to enlarge my table surface). We used this table the night before Christmas Eve.  We  extended and reset the table (without the boards)  for Christmas dinner itself with a white tablecloth with a basic hunter green runner lined up with only my crystal nutcracker candle holders.

My son Rick had been taking pictures of the nutcrackers for me since Thanksgiving,  I was really all hyped up to create a nutcracker tablescape.  I had visions of a parade of nutcrackers displayed across our holiday table....

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My Daughter in Law and I started by placing the MDF boards that the Home Depot had cut to size for me (two 24" x x72")  side by side on the dining room table to make a 48" by 72" surface.  The actual tabletop size is 38" x 66" and the tablecloth is made for a 48" x 72" table,  the boards allowed a little more room for the nut crackers and a perfect fit for the tablecloth. 
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The nutcracker wine glasses were a Home Goods Store find,  the price was not bad at all.  I thought they were really cute.
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The crystal nutcracker candle holders were collected over many years. The first one was bought about fifteen years or so ago at Marc's for under two dollars.  The rest were bought at thrift stores except for one that I bought off of Ebay (and yes the shipping cost more than the candle holder).
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The salad plates came from the World Market around Thanksgiving. I saw that they are half price now on their web site.
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The White Holly dinner plates were bought  from the Pfaltzgraff site on Ebay.  They are a very white color with a slight grey blue tinge.  I probably would not have bought them if I had seen them first.  I really like a warmer tone to a white plate.
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The tablecloth depicts the characters of the Nutcracker Ballet Story. It is very colorful and has clean crisp graphics.
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I tried several gold and stainless flatware patterns before deciding to use the Yamazaki Alexandra pattern.

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 Have a happy and safe New Year.


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34 comments:

  1. Oh my goodness - that is spectacular!!! Such a parade of nutcrackers - lovely tablecloth - beautiful candle holders, flatware and dishes. It gives me an idea to set a Santa table - I don't have any dishes or glasses that are Santas - but I have my santa collection. -- Maybe I'll do that one day before we pack everything away. I enjoyed this table so much - can't wait to see what you do next.

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    1. maybe you could find some on clearance or thrifting. World Market has a santa theme too, I just noticed on the web site.

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    2. A Santa table is so much fun to do. Red and white and Santa is really all you need. A pretty centerpiece and Santas placed happily around the table, how cute that would be. I saw a Table where they had thick black ribbon under the salad plate and above the dinner plate like Santa's belt that was really cute too.

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  2. Every detail is just stunning. Love the way you approached every bit of it. My youngest son is 13 & has amassed quite a collection.

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    1. You could borrow a few of your son's nutcrackers use for a fun tablescape. I was inspired by The Tablescapers Christmas Luncheon post from last year, there were a lot of elements to draw upon to make a gorgeous table. When we extended our table to seat ten for Christmas I used a plan white tablecloth with a plane hunter green runner and placed the six crystal nutcracker candle holders on the runner. It was so much simpler, and I liked it even better than this one.

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  3. OMGoodness sweet lady, your table is the most beautiful C'mas setting ever!!! Your son's collection of nutcrackers are to die for! I'm gonna start a collection too, I only have two, but next year I'll make a point to look for more...fab idea! The dishes are adorable too! Gorgeous everything! I'm sure you had a great C'mas.
    FABBY

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  4. OMG! I went back to look and yes, you even have stems, candle holders and your gorgeous table topper, all with a nutcracker theme...amazing!!! I love, love your table my friend!
    FABBY

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  5. Your nutcracker table looks amazing. I am loving the World Market plates.

    Than you for visiting my blog, and for your kind words.

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  6. Hi Candy,

    What a beautiful and whimsical Christmas tablescape! The Nutcracker is certainly a popular theme for decorating over the holidays, and you have done such a lovely job of styling your Christmas table. I especially love the tablecloth for its fun and festive feel!

    Happy New Year to you!

    Poppy

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  7. Candy, I absolutely adore this setting! The Nutcracker suite has always been one of my favorites of Tchaikovsky; and ballet as well! The plates are fab! This is one I would love to pin on Pinterest! Nicely done.

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  8. Nutcrackers are perfect for Christmas and your table is so much fun. Great nutcracker plates and tablecloth. I have a collection of nutcrackers, but nothing as wonderful as yours. Wishing you a happy and healthy New Year. Visiting from Seasonal Sundays.

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  9. Beautiful Nutcracker collection and it leads to such a fabulous table!! I remember seeing those nutcracker plates at World Market and am kicking myself for not getting them now!! Great Table!

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  10. Love your nutcracker table! So many wonderful details!

    Just one thing, I'm not following how you're using the MDF board. Are you raising the center? It looks the same height as the rest of the table from the photos.

    - The Tablescper

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    1. The actual tabletop is only 38" x 66", when I received the tablecloth it was much to big for my table in width and a bit big in length. I had Home Depot cut two pieces of the MDF to 24" x 72" and laid them side by side to create a 48" x 72" by 72" tabletop. I rewrote that part of my post to make it a little clearer now. I really should have included a picture of the table before I dressed it for the tablescape.

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  11. Love this! It's so colorful & happy. Great job, Candy!
    Sam from Creativelysams.com

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  12. Adorable table! You have a wonderful collection of nutcrackers, and the tablecloth and dishes are truly special. Love the stack of textures with the different plates. This table makes me smile.

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  13. What a delight!!! Candy, this table is as sweet as your name. Your new tablecloth is perfect for your theme & I'm head over heels in love with your mammoth collection of Nutcrackers!
    You really out did yourself on this one, Hon. Thanks for inviting us in for a peek.

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  14. What a fun nutcracker table! you really found all the perfect accessories. It is so bright and cheerful. You did a wonderful table!

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  15. This is an absolutely incredible collection of nutcrackers!!!!! The stemware is seriously cool!!! I would have lost my mind right there in the aisle had I seen that in the store!!! Same thing goes for the nutcracker salad plates! I'm really impressed with that tablecloth, too! This is a really great table!!!! And sounds like it was a bit of a family affair!

    Best wishes for a great and safe New Year!!!

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  16. This is just as cute as can be! You did a super job on this!

    Happy New Year, Candy!

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    1. Thank you, This table was a lot of fun to create. I worked on it all year trying to locate this and that to put it together.... Candy

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  17. I love your nutcrackers!!! I have a collection myself but NOTHING compared to yours! Gorgeous!!

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  18. Oh my, this is totally incredible. I love your tablescape and your collection of Nutcrakers is amazing. Absolutely gorgeous. Hope you are feeling better soon. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me and Happy New Year. Hugs, Marty

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  19. OMG, this is exquisite! I love the tablecloth and the candleholders!!!! Goegeous. I have been wanting to do a nutcracker table too! LOVE the salad plates, gonna go see if WM still has them! happy New year!!!

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  20. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape is Adorable! I love your wonderful collection of nutcrackers, and the tablecloth and dishes are truly special with all the colors. You did a Gorgeous job putting this all together . Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my New Year's Eve table. I hope you have a wonderful New Year with your family.
    xxoo
    Diane

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  21. Wow Candy, this is just beautiful and every element is perfect for your Nutcracker theme. Beautiful tablecloth and I love your plates. Your looking for months paid off, job well done.

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  22. I have that same tablecloth! Mine isn't as big as yours though. It's on the table in my Retro Christmas post. Great idea to add boards to the table. I love your nutcracker themed table. Fun and gorgeous at the same time! You have a wonderful collection, and they look so pretty marching down the center of the table. Those wine stems are so unique, and I also love the salad plates. It all came together for a stunning Christmas table. I'm so glad I got to see this. Happy New Year! laurie

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  23. What a beautiful table, and an incredible collection of Nutcrackers and related table pieces you have. I especially love the nutcracker plates and candlesticks, and the Home Goods stemware was a great find! Thanks so much for joining my History & Home party, the very best to you in 2014 -Dawn @ We Call It Junkin.com

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  24. Love your nutcracker table. in fact, I have those nutcracker plates. so fun and festive. You have so m,any lovely details. Happy New Year to you.

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  25. Candy, What a fabulous tablescape, and a wonderful collection of nutcrackers! I especially love the cute plates and stemware.
    Hugs,
    Sherry

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  26. I'm a nutcracker fanatic...absolutely love this tablecloth! I can't find it online. Where did you get it?

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    1. I looked on Ebay...not there. Who is the maker of the tablecloth? Perhaps I can search that way. Thanks!

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  27. I bought the tablecloth on Ebay last year. It was listed as vintage but no maker name was included. Laurie Ritchey used the same tablecloth in her Retro Christmas tablescape last year (she bought hers at a flea market I think) here is a link - http://www.bargaindecoratingwithlaurie.com/2013/12/have-yourself-retro-little-christmas.html#more - I will use this tablecloth for another table this year but I will be selling it and the nutcracker wine glasses after the new tablescape is done. I find myself overwhelmed with all the stuff from my tablescapes. I do remember seeing this tablecloth at the Little Round Table..I just checked The Little Round Table and this link gives the name of the maker - http://tableclothsfromthelittleroundtable.blogspot.com/2010/07/christmas-nutcracker.html - It also has a little background info about the tablecloth.

    Have a wonderful evening.... Candy

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    1. I found another of the nutcracker tablecloths at Good will recently, it is in good condition for a smaller table.

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