Dining with Nutcrackers ~ Using Collections in Tablescapes

Happy Monday morning to you! Hope you had a wonderful weekend! We had the pleasure of attending our church's Christmas Cantata, the perfect way to usher in the holidays. Our kiddos sang a beautiful version of Silent Night with the youth choir along with the full orchestra. To say my heart was filled with joy would be an understatement. Christmas music tends to make me weepy anyway, but when my children are singing, it melts my heart. So, now that my heart is well on the way to being prepared to celebrate Christ's birth, the holiday decorations in our home start to take shape. Today, I'm sharing Dining with Nutcrackers, a tablescape using one of my Christmas collections.

Ever thought of using your Christmas collections in your holiday tablescapes? How fun are these Nutcrackers?

I think I've shared with you before about my Christmas collections. Snowmen, gingerbread men, and nutcrackers come out to play every year just after Thanksgiving. I try to rotate them around the house, keeping the collections together in the decor.

Dining with Nutcrackers

This year I decided to put the nutcrackers in the dining room. We inherited this small collection from my in-laws, after my MIL passed away. When we would go over to their house during the holidays, the nutcrackers would stand at attention in the windows of their dining room. My kids were enthralled with them and always wanted to play with them. I'm so glad that we have those memories of sweet times around their table, and that my kids have a tangible memento from that time.

Dining with Nutcrackers ~ using Christmas collections in tablescapes

I simply lined up the wooden nutcrackers down the center of the table.

Dining with Nutcrackers ~ using Christmas collections in tablescapes

Sparkly greenery provides some texture.

Dining with Nutcrackers ~ using Christmas collections in tablescapes

A scattering of small colorful Christmas ball ornaments mixed with some larger decorative orbs lends a little sparkle to the centerpiece.

Dining with Nutcrackers ~ using Christmas collections in tablescapes

Each place is set with my white Staccato dishes and a red ticking-striped napkin (a great little bargain from Dillard's clearance). My mom picked up the napkin rings at an estate sale and then decided I should have them. (I love it when that happens) A little sprig of sparkly greenery adds the finishing touch.

Dining with Nutcrackers ~ using Christmas collections in tablescapes

I pulled out my "gold" service ware (another item passed down from my in-laws) for a little more bling at each place setting. For a sweet touch, I placed a candy cane in each of the teacups.

Dining with Nutcrackers ~ using Christmas collections in tablescapes

I'm all ready to host a casual Christmas gathering, thanks to my small army of nutcrackers. Do you use Christmas collections in your tablescapes?
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7 comments:

  1. This is such a pretty tablescape, I love how the festive colors dance in the center of your table.

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  2. I love your table! My children love nutcrackers, but we don't have a single one! Your tablescape is so inspiring, and I love how beautifully it all came together with pieces from various places - beautiful style.
    I think I'll take my younger children out to gather some nutcrackers from around town and use them in a small arrangement on a side table. Thank you the inspiration! They'll thank you too. :)

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  3. Your table looks so pretty, Nici. I love how you gathered all the nutcrackers together...they make quite a statement that way!

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  4. Beautiful! You are so creative! I absolutely love your napkins! This would be a perfect post for the Christmas linkup we have going on this week~ http://www.allkindsofthingsblog.com/2014/12/christmas-with-all-kinds-of-things.html Would love for you to join us! Hope you're having a great Tuesday!
    Elizabeth
    www.allkindsofthingsblog.com

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  5. The nutcrackers look so cute on the table, Nici! I've been trying to add to our small collection, because my hubby really likes them. So many of the ones on the market today, are sports related and some are just mean-looking. They have to display a cute demeanor before they land in my shopping cart!

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  6. Oh Nici, I love your nutcracker tablescape--LOVE it! Blessings, Cecilia

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  7. I love your nutcracker tablescape! I love yhe greenery and ornaments you added! I also made a nutcracker tablescape, check it out http://peoniesandorangeblossoms.blogspot.com/2014/12/nutcracker-christmas-tablescape.html

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