Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Tablescape Thursday - Nutcrackers and Sweets

It's time for Tablescape Thursday and you know what that means.....lots of tabletop inspirations all across blogland to see. A real treat for us "dishaholics" week after week!

This week I've set the table with some old friends in mind. My nutcrackers have been packed away for the past few years and I was glad to unpack them to enjoy once again this year. This week they are the inspirations for my table.

I've set this table with my grandgirls in mind---looking forward to taking them to see "The Nutcracker" ballet when they get a little older, just like I did with my daughter when she was taking dance lessons. Wonderful memories.

Tabletop overview.

Centerpiece overview.

Little wooden mice tucked in here and there -- I've always put out these three little mice with my nutcrackers...don't ask me why....I just do.

Four nutcrackers....

.....stand guard....

.....for all four.....

...place settings.

Some sweets here and there as well....maybe THAT'S what's attracting those mice!

A sweet peppermint candle in the middle --- I've looked and looked this year for a peppermint striped candle and can't find one anywhere --- this was as close as I got.

Four different little Santa mugs for each place.

Nutcrackers on each plate.

My mother made these napkins for me years ago -- I've always loved holly.

Gibson Clairmont dishes, plain and simple....except for one funny little thing.....

....this plate looks like it might run away! Since my table has a leaf in it, two of the plates completely cover the little figures appliqued on each corner of the green overcloth -- but two don't quite cover ...want a peak at what's under each plate?

A quizzical little reindeer....

...an adorable angel....

...a perky bow-tied penguin....

...and a lovable snowman.

Time to light the peppermint candle and wish all my friends across blogland a most Merry Christmas. Be sure to visit Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" each Wednesday night to get a peek at what everyone's pulling out of the china cabinet and setting on the table.

See ya!


  1. This is a BEAUTIFUL post! I LOVE all your nutcrackers, and that is a very darling little mouse that joined the party in the last photo, TOO CUTE!!! I loved every detail Martha, it's perfect!
    Hugs to you,

  2. I adore the nutcrackers.. how different! I hope I remember to do this next year.. it is just too cute...hugs ~lynne~

  3. Wonderful Christmas tablescape, Martha. I love your little nutcrackers and that little mouse is so cute...Christine

  4. such a wonderful table setting--i especially like the centerpiece. which reminds me--i need to get our nutcrackers out!

  5. What a festive table setting. I love the nutcrackers and the tablecloth the best.

  6. Martha, this is so cute! Your granddaughters will love it! Great idea, to add the wooden mice to enhance the nutcracker theme -- and great pun in your title!

  7. What a sweet Tablescape Martha. I have Santa mugs too and look forward to getting them out every Christmas.

  8. I love nutcrackers and you did them best.. I love the napkins your mom made too. I think we had some mugs like that when we were younger.. Merry Christmas

  9. Adorable! Those Santa mugs are adorable. Love how you used the nutcrackers as napkin rings, that is an idea I will have to borrow! Fun table, my family would love it!!

  10. Martha, Merry Christmas!
    You have a festive table for sure. Think the peppermint candle is darling. All the details are inviting.
    Nut Crackers, Santas and peppermint are the ingredients for a sweet table.
    God bless,
    d from homehaven

  11. So Christmasy, Martha! I bet your guests will love it, but the gkids would too!
    A blessed Christmas to you!

  12. Martha,
    How cute this is. I love the nutcracker theme. It is a wonderful ballet, to be savored with children! So fun.

  13. Hi Martha,
    I must say I have a fondness for Nutcrackers and your table is darling. I have been collecting nutcrackers with my son since he was 3, he is now 24. I just love your table.
    Merry Christmas

  14. SO fun! I love the Santa mugs! And that little mice running around! Thanks for coming by my blog today!
    Merry Christmas! ~Heidi

  15. Ahh...now that is my kind of tablesetting. Makes me smile! Just so cheery and amazingly Christmas...full of joy. Just like you, Martha!
    Christmas love to you...

  16. Love your nutcrackers! Your grandgirls will be delighted I'm sure with all your fun elements, especially when they get see The Nutcracker!

    Merry Christmas to you & your family :-)

  17. Oh your tablescape makes me feel merry and bright!

    Seasons greetings to you and yours.

  18. Fun table Martha! Lovin' your nutcrackers and the napkins your Mom made! I know you'll have a great time taking your Grands to the ballet:@)

  19. This is really cute! I love Nutcrackers! My grandson collected them until he was grown. I bought him a lot each year!

    Cute Santa mugs too!


  20. I am loving your creative and fun tablescape. Adorable!

  21. Nutcrackers are among my favorite holiday images, and you have used them well. Love all the touches of whimsy on your table.

  22. Just darling! I love decorating with Nutcrackers.

    Your family is beautiful!


  23. Hi Martha! How cute and festive! My grandson would go crazy over this tablescape! A very merry Christmas to you and your family!...hugs...Debbie

  24. Ahhh, Martha, this is a darling, Christmas table. I love your dishes and that little mouse. :)

  25. Martha, you have a nice collection of Nutcrackers! Love your table festive table. I haven't been to see The Nutcracker in about 10 years, maybe next year!
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.

  26. Love, love the Nutcrackers. They make a beautiful centre piece. Also the tablecloth is really sweet.

  27. Love this Martha, what a fun table you did girl and the little Christmas mouse is to cute...are those sweet grand girls coming for Christmas...They are really just too dang cute girl...I hope you have a GREAT Sunday my dear friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  28. Nutcrackers always lend such a magical air to Christmas. You have a wonderful collection, and your tablescape is marvelous. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Merry Christmas! Cherry Kay

  29. Martha-First, let me say how much I LOVED your last post..My Girls!!! So cute and a perfect song for them! I want some!!!! Your nutcracker table is beautiful and the legs underneath cracked me up! :) Your mom did a great job on the napkins. ps--Walmart had striped candy cane candles!

  30. Martha, this is such a delightful table! Loving all of your nutcrackers, and that tablecloth is soooo cute! (laughed about the runaway plate!). I hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas. laurie

  31. I was Googling nutcracker tablescapes and found this lovely tablescape. I pinned several of your pictures. I am looking for inspiration for a tablescape for Christmas. I am now your newest follower.