How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner
I’m so excited to share with you my Christmas Nutcracker Dinner that I created on our again porch for The Home Depot’s Vacation Type Problem. We dwell in Southern California and entertaining exterior is one thing we like to do all yr lengthy. With our massive hearth and heaters within the ceiling of the porch, we dine outside — even in December!
This yr I created a Nutcracker themed eating room with the objects I discovered on-line on The Dwelling Depot’s web site. I really like the attractive tree, the gorgeous desk objects, and the Nutcracker accents.
I made a really particular picket centerpiece that holds a number of candles and I can’t wait so that you can see how I made this. This night will really be a tremendous dinner for our household.
The Nutcracker Themed Tree
The Dwelling Depot despatched me this wonderful Christmas tree. It was really easy to assemble and took me lower than half an hour. The tree got here in three components and all the pieces was pre-wired. I really like that it comes with a distant management and a timer.
I adorned the tree with three varieties of ornaments. They’re the Home Accents Holiday 80 mm Shatterproof Ornaments, the Northlight 5.25 in. Assorted Classic Nutcracker Ornaments and the 3.25 in. (80 mm) Celadon Green Shatterproof Christmas Ball Ornaments. The tree collar is a Home Accents Holiday 27 in. D Red Metal Christmas Tree Collar.
I made my very own burlap ribbon as a result of it’s actually onerous to search out it in 8 in. and 11 in. widths. I purchased one roll of burlap fabric and made the entire 8 in. extensive burlap ribbons for the tree and the 2 11 in. extensive tie backs for our outside curtains. The overall value was $11. (A straightforward method to reduce burlap is to measure the width you want, and pull out one string of the burlap material alongside the width line. By pulling the thread, you should have an apparent line to make use of as a reduce guideline.)
When it’s lit, the tree appears to be like completely attractive. I added this enjoyable, LED Nutcracker as nicely for extra aptitude!
Picket Centerpiece with Hanging Votives
I believe essentially the most dramatic factor of my Nutcracker themed eating room is the picket centerpiece I made with the hanging votives.
This centerpiece can be utilized within the eating room, on a patio desk, and nearly anyplace. You may alter the peak of the votives within the jars and likewise hold something from the rope. The underside trough of the picket centerpiece can maintain appetizers or on this case, dried eucalyptus with Christmas ornaments.
How you can Make a Picket Centerpiece with Hanging Votives
Minimize the boards in these sizes:
- Sides: Minimize two boards to 4 in. x 72 in.
- Backside: Minimize one board to 72 in. x 7 in.
- Vertical Items: Minimize two boards to 48 in. x 5 1/2 in.
- Finish items: Minimize two boards to 7 in. x 4 in.
- Items to assist vertical boards: Minimize two boards to three 7/8 in. x 5 3/4 in.
I constructed this picket centerpiece to particularly match our outside desk. You may alter the dimensions to fulfill your wants.
As soon as the boards are reduce, connect the edges to the underside with a nail gun. Nail the top items on all sides.
Minimize the vertical boards in order that they’re within the form of a paddle. I made the cuts 10 in. from the underside and reduce the paddle width down to three in. throughout.
Place the vertical boards into the trough and add the items that assist the vertical boards on every finish. You need the vertical boards to suit snugly however nonetheless be capable to take away the vertical boards for storage.
Drill a gap within the high finish of every board to string the rope by way of.
Evenly sand the sides of your picket centerpiece and stain the colour of your desire. I really like the Behr Classic Gray water-based stain.
Take a look at the distinction!
Arrange the picket centerpiece in your desk. Add the vertical boards and thread the rope by way of the holes and tie a knot in every finish to safe the rope. I tied jute twine to the highest fringe of mason jars, crammed them with votive candles, and tied them to the rope.
Creating the Nutcracker Themed Desk
For the desk, I shopped many of the objects on The Dwelling Depot’s web site on-line. I chosen the inexperienced and white ticking placemats and added these glasses. I additionally discovered these wine goblets on-line. Despite the fact that they appear to be beautiful glass, they’re made from recycled plastic. How wonderful is that? Lastly, I chosen the 11.02 in. RYO White Dinner Plates (Set of 6) by Manhattan Comfort to complete the settings. I’m so proud of this stuff and might’t wait to make use of them indoors and out, all yr lengthy.
I made nutcracker cut-outs to brighten the highest of the plates and positioned a picket nutcracker on high of every. Then I made nutcracker snowflakes and hung them to the ceiling of our porch.
Adorning The Outside Hearth
I additionally adorned our outside hearth. On one aspect I hung stockings, and added three nutcracker ornaments from my private assortment. I additionally hung this synthetic eucalyptus wreath (with wire strung from the trellis on all sides).
On the opposite aspect of the hearth, I positioned one other Nutcracker with LED lights.
This was a magical expertise and I can not wait to host this Nutcracker themed Christmas dinner with our household.