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December 12, 2018

Festive Dining With Nutcrackers (T)

An array of sparkling trees and ornaments help set the tone for this festive dining with Nutcrackers!

I placed duplicate nutcrackers facing both sides for evryone to enjoy!

The extra nutcrackers can be gifts to be taken home by family members!  The jumbo ornaments came from Michael's and the Nutcrackers are from Target
(FYI- super good pricing at Target and JoAnn's on Nutcrackers)!

 The inspiration for this table started with my new nutcracker dishes.  I spotted them on the Lenox website early this fall.  I also ordered the ribbed red and gold dinner plates to go with them.  I've always had a thing for nutcrackers so this was an easy "yes" for me!

I made a bow with the napkins.  The ornament clustered napkin rings tied in nicely with the center arrangement.

I found these Mozart chocolates from Germany at TJMaxx that will make for a nice after dinner treat.  They are dark chocolate with almonds in the center.  The flavor of these has a hint of pistachio and brandy. 

The red stemware is from Mikasa and the Crystal compotes are from Williams Sonoma as well as the tablecloth.  

I used ribbons to add a more festive touch!  We often serve buffet style from the kitchen so this arrangement can stay put.  This was fairly easy to create and I hope you enjoyed it!

Thank you for viewing my "Festive Dining With Nutcrackers" tablescape!

I am joining 20 other tablescape designers for this Christmas Table blog hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate  We hope you'll find lots of inspiration for your holiday dining with all the other's listed below.

Also joining:
Between Naps On The Porch


  1. Liz, I’m in love with your nutcracker table! Your Lenox nutcracker plates are so festive and I love the red ribbed dinner plates. The bow-tied napkins are beautiful with your ornament napkin rings. (I may have to borrow that brilliant idea!) I love seeing the beautiful twinkling lights of the tree in the background. It’s always a pleasure to have a virtual seat at your table and blog hopping with you! Merry Christmas. ♥

  2. Oh, Liz, what good taste you have to have spotted and snagged those handsome Nutcracker and rich red/gold plates from Lenox! Wow, I am totally smitten with those and how they look. Your bows, napkin rings and the single chocolate remind me of hints of Clara and Drosselmeyer both - completing the scene! I love how you have the Nutcrackers back to back, and the varying heights of trees along the runner. I can see the trees growing right on the table. It's a very enchanting visual for me with all your touches. I danced for years, as did my two daughters, all of us have taken part in the Nutcracker in various roles, so this table holds a very special place in my heart. I would love being a guest there!
    Thanks for sharing and being part of this group. You are a class act. As always, your tables ideas are steeped in tradition and elegance. Merry Christmas!

  3. Liz, Love your Nutcrackers! My daughter and her family are visiting family in Germany this Christmas. I bet they come back with some Nutcrackers.
    Your table runner is stunning with your beautiful runner, ornaments, bottle brush Christmas trees and Nutcrackers. I like the Nutcrackers back to back so each side of the table can enjoy them.
    Your nutcracker salad plates and red and gold plates from Lenox are beautiful! The Mozart candy in the center was a nice touch.
    I loved seeing your pretty room in the background.
    Liz, hoping you have a delightful Christmas. I'm so glad you joined this group.

  4. Your Nutcracker theme is wonderful!! I give my daughter a nutcracker every year for Christmas, so your table tugs at my heart. The Lenox nutcracker plates are beautiful and the perfect inspiration for a table.
    Love, love, love the napkin treatment with the bows! It's always a pleasure to hop with you. I wish you a very Merry Christmas.

  5. Liz, You are indeed an inspiration with your lovely nutcracker tablescape. You know I always say if one does not come away with ideas and inspiration from these blog hops, they aren't looking and there is so much inspiration at your table today!
    Your napkin/bow with ornament napkin rings is adorable.
    Your chocolate placement in the enter of your salad plate, divine!
    Your placement of the four nutcrackers so all guests can see and take home, is thoughtful.
    Your nutcracker salad plates are original and so new that they are not on every stylists table.
    And finally, I have to tell you that it is always a pleasure to blog hop with you and I want to wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years!
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

  6. Your table is so beautiful. The nutcrackers are so fun and whimsical. The plate stack is perfect with those cute Lenox nutcracker plates and your special German chocolate. I think we all love your napkin tied in a bow. The trees look so festive. What a great view of the living room. The tablecloth is gorgeous. A pleasure to join you my sweet friend. Merry Christmas to you and Dan. xo

  7. Oh, Liz! I love nutcrackers and have collected them for years. What a fun tablescape!! I these dishes!! What a great purchase! I have to say, this table is one of my all time favorites! Zenda

  8. Wow Liz the nutcracker Lenox plates are fabulous and I love your Nutcracker center vignette. All so pretty and festive. Happy Wednesday.

  9. Oh Liz, this is so pretty! How thoughtful to place nutcrackers facing both directions, and the napkin bow, Swoon! That is so so festive, and the nutcracker plates and the napkin rings, so cute! I love the photo from your table looking into the living room, beautiful!

  10. Back to back nutcrackers! What a gorgeous idea and with the bottle brush trees you have created a stunning table. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

  11. This is an absolutely stunning tablescape! I am love traditional Christmas decor and nutcrackers! We haven't gotten around to unpacking the nutcrackers yet but we plan to get them out this weekend. Now I can't wait after seeing yours tablescape.

    I am so happy to be hopping with you this week. I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

  12. Liz, I love your nutcracker themed Tablescape. I collect nutcrackers, so your table really sings to me. The Lenox china is so elegant and stunning. The napkin bow is a fabulous idea that I may need to borrow. Placing the nutcrackers back to back so everyone at the table can see is another wonderful idea. I would love to sit at your table and I will enjoy the Mozart chocolate. It is fun hopping with you!

  13. Liz, the nutcracker dishes are a great find ~ so cute and colorful. All the Christmas trees as the centerpiece are a focal point. Great color and texture and a very happy table.

  14. You do the thing that really gets me -- you make it so EVERYONE, no matter where they sit -- can see the cute of your centerpiece. So many people don't do that. Sometimes it's fine -- flowers or an arrangement, but with something specific -- well, it matters. Bravo!

    The nutcracker theme is really popular this year and these look wonderful. They make me smile big! Merriest!

  15. I love nutcrackers, yet oddly enough I don't have even one! They are perfectly paired with the bottle brush trees and ornaments! How lucky to have found nutcracker plates too! Those Mozart chocolates are too darn cute! And, your plates stacked on that gorgeous tablecloth and plaid placemats are perfection. Very best of the holiday season to you and your family!

  16. Very clever use of the Nutcrackers, Liz. They go beautifully with the darling plates. The large ornaments add a fun element with lovely color. We have buffet style dinners over the holidays when we entertain and it's fun to set a festive table to enjoy. Your creativity is always wonderful. ♥

  17. Such a pretty table, sweet with your nutcrackers. The ribbons are a nice touch.

  18. Liz, I almost wish I didn't see this post --- I have a nutcracker collection and those plates ... they are wonderful! I've already placed a nutcracker runner down the length of the dining room table and created a centerpiece with them. You've created such a festive, charming table (as always). We seem to like a lot of the same things.

  19. Very very nice!

    Mia figlia adora il balletto e il racconto dello "Schiaccianoci" . . . sarebbe affascinata da questa tua tavola!

    Arrivo qua nel tuo blog grazie al blog di Donna Bianca

    Ciao, Fior

  20. Oh my goodness, I just love your nutcracker themed tablescape! I love the nutcrackers in the centerpiece, and those nutcracker plates are just too cute! So happy to be hopping with you!

  21. Beautiful tablescape Liz! Those vintage champagne glasses are so pretty! I love the Nutcracker theme of the tablescape.

  22. Liz, your nutcracker themed Christmas is so fun! Lennox plates are amazing, and Mozart chocolates remind me my childhood: we always had on my parents's Christmas table! Thank you for this sweet memory <3


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Welcome to Home and Gardening With Liz. I have combined my previous blogs “Infuse With Liz” and “Sit With Me In My Garden” into this new blog. I love interior decorating and gardening. I enjoy redefining interior spaces by moving things around and reusing decorative items already found in the home. I also enjoy creating tablescapes and an occasional crafting project. I'm so pleased you've stopped by. I invite you to follow me and I do hope you will keep coming back! Liz
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