I’m very excited to share with you my Christmas Nutcracker Dinner that I created on our porch for The Home Depot’s Holiday Style Challenge. We live in Southern California and love to chat outside year round. With our large fireplace and heaters on the porch ceiling, we dine al fresco – even in December!
This year I set up a nutcracker dining room using the items I found online The home depot Website. I love the beautiful tree, the beautiful table items and the nutcracker accents.
I made a very special wooden centerpiece that has lots of candles in it and I can’t wait for you to see how I did it. This evening will really be a fantastic dinner for our family.
The Nutcracker themed tree
The home depot sent me this amazing christmas tree. It was so easy to assemble and it took me less than half an hour. The tree consisted of three parts and everything was pre-wired. I love that it comes with a remote control and a timer.
I adorned the tree with three types of ornaments. They are the Home Accents Holiday 80mm shatterproof ornaments, the Northlight 5.25 in. Various classic nutcracker ornaments and the 80mm 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 own burlap tape because it’s really hard to find it in 8 “and 11” wide. I bought a roll of burlap and made all the 8 inch wide burlap ribbons for the tree and the two 11 inch wide ribbons for our outside curtains. The total cost was $ 11. (An easy way to cut burlap is to measure the width you need and pull out a piece of string of burlap fabric along the width line. Pulling the thread will give you an obvious line that you can use as a cutting guide.)
When it is lit the tree looks absolutely beautiful. I added this fun LED nutcracker also for additional flair!
Wooden center piece with hanging votives
I think the most dramatic element of my nutcracker-themed dining room is the wooden centerpiece I made with the hanging votives.
This centerpiece can be used in the dining room, on a patio table, and almost anywhere. You can adjust the height of the votive in the glasses and also hang everything on the rope. The lower trough of the wooden centerpiece can hold starters or, in this case, dried eucalyptus with Christmas decorations.
How to make a wooden centerpiece with hanging votives
Cut the boards in these sizes:
- Sides: Cut two boards to be 4 inches by 72 inches.
- Below: Cut a board 72 inches by 7 inches.
- Vertical Pieces: Cut two boards 48 inches by 5 1/2 inches.
- End Pieces: Cut two boards 7 “by 4”.
- Parts to Support Vertical Boards: Cut two boards 3 7/8 in. By 5 3/4 in.
I built this wooden centerpiece specifically for our outdoor table. You can adjust the size to suit your needs.
Once the boards be cut, attach the sides to the ground with a nail gun. Nail the end pieces on each side.
Cut the vertical boards so that they have the shape of a paddle. I made the cuts 10 inches from the bottom and reduced the paddle width to 3 inches in diameter.
Place the vertical boards into the trough and add the pieces that will support the vertical boards at each end. You want the vertical boards to fit snugly, but still be able to remove the vertical boards for storage.
Drill a hole in the top of each plate to thread the rope through.
Lightly sand the edges of your wooden centerpiece and dye it the color of your choice. I love the water-based Behr Classic Gray stain.
Look at the difference!
Place the wooden centerpiece on your table. Add the vertical boards and thread those on rope through the holes and tie a knot on each end to secure the rope. I laced Jute cord to the top of mason jars, filled them with votive candles and tied them to the rope.
Create the Nutcracker Topic Table
I bought most of the items for the table The home depot Website online. I chose the green and white ticking placemats and added these glasses. I also found these wine cups on-line. Although they look like exquisite glass, they are made from recycled plastic. How great is that Most recently I selected the 11.02-inch RYO White Dinner Plates (set of 6) from Manhattan Comfort to finish the settings. I’m so happy with these items and can’t wait to use them indoors and outdoors year round.
I made nutcracker cutouts to decorate the top of the plates and placed a wooden nutcracker on top of each. Then I made nutcracker snowflakes and hung them on the ceiling of our porch.
Decorate the outdoor fireplace
I also decorated our outdoor fireplace. I hung stockings on one sideand added three nutcracker ornaments from my personal collection. I also hung this artificial eucalyptus wreath (with wire stretched on each side of the grid).
On the other side of the fireplace, I put another one Nutcracker with LED lights.
This was a magical experience and I can’t wait to have this nutcracker themed Christmas dinner with our family.