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.
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.
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.
I simply lined up the wooden nutcrackers down the center of the table.
Sparkly greenery provides some texture.
A scattering of small colorful Christmas ball ornaments mixed with some larger decorative orbs lends a little sparkle to the centerpiece.
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.
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.
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?