This year I added several new members to my nutcracker family and rather than placing them around the house in different locations, I decided to group them all together as a centerpiece for my dining room table. They’ve all come from different places and I’ve even painted a few of them myself, but the oldest one of them all is a German nutcracker that my mother sent me back in the 80s when she lived in Germany. He’s missing an arm because when my kids were little he was a favorite toy, thus I have to angle him cleverly to hide the missing limb.
I couldn’t decide whether to use a plaid or a Christmas print tablecloth but I ultimately decided on this plain damask gold one that didn’t have too bright of a print on it. There’s too much going on with the center decoration and the placemats to use anything too busy.
I have another smaller dining room that we often use for breakfast. This one’s round and we only use four of the six chairs that it has. I went with the plaid tablecloth here because, well…..nothing says Christmas like plaid. It’s so festive. I wanted a sort of woodland scene with deer and snow and some pine trees. So I cut a few cypress branches from some little trees that I have in my yard up at our mountain house and used them as a base to set the deer on. They smell so good and it’s the closest thing we have here to real pines. Pine trees don’t grow in my area, but I can at least pretend that they do in my centerpiece.
I came across the cutest napkin holders online made out of tiny jingle bells, complete with instructions on how to make them. They looked easy-peasy (and they were) so I made six of them.
I didn’t have too many Christmas decor items left after I finished putting up garlands, baubles and stockings, so the centerpiece on the table up at our mountain house is a mish mash of left-overs and odd Christmas tree ornaments that had at some point lost their hanging hooks and were otherwise useless. I found another nutcracker on a shelf in my daughter’s room. It used to be a musical nutcracker at one time, before the pull string got stuck and it stopped working.
A couple of snow globes that I had long forgotten about came down out of a cupboard and completed the look on a mirrored tray. There isn’t really a “theme” to this one, but I guess it works well enough.