I’m so excited to share with you my Christmas Nutcracker Dinner that I created on our again porch for The Home Depot’s Holiday Style Challenge. We reside in Southern California and entertaining exterior is one thing we like to do all 12 months lengthy. With our giant fire and heaters within the ceiling of the porch, we dine outside — even in December!
This 12 months I created a Nutcracker themed eating room with the gadgets I discovered on-line on The Home Depot’s web site. I really like the attractive tree, the gorgeous desk gadgets, 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 actually be a tremendous dinner for our household.
The Nutcracker Themed Tree
The Home 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 embellished the tree with three varieties of ornaments. They are 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 seek out it in eight in. and 11 in. widths. I purchased one roll of burlap cloth and made all the eight in. large burlap ribbons for the tree and the 2 11 in. large tie backs for our outside curtains. The whole value was $11. (An simple option to reduce burlap is to measure the width you want, and pull out one string of the burlap cloth alongside the width line. By pulling the thread, you’ll 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 effectively for extra aptitude!
Wooden Centerpiece with Hanging Votives
I feel 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 wherever. You can alter the peak of the votives within the jars and likewise cling something from the rope. The backside trough of the picket centerpiece can maintain appetizers or on this case, dried eucalyptus with Christmas ornaments.
How to Make a Wooden Centerpiece with Hanging Votives
- Four 1 in. x eight in. x eight ft. Premium Kiln-Dried Square Edge Whitewood Common Board
- Everbilt Manila Twist Rope 1/four in. x 50 ft.
- Everbilt Jute Twine #30 x 190 ft.
- Nail gun and nails
- BEHR eight oz. TIS-512 Classic Gray Transparent Water-Based Fast Drying Interior Wood Stain
- Mason Jars (I used 19 quilted crystal eight oz. jelly jars.)
- Votive Candles
Cut the boards in these sizes:
- Sides: Cut two boards to four in. x 72 in.
- Bottom: Cut one board to 72 in. x 7 in.
- Vertical Pieces: Cut two boards to 48 in. x 5 half of in.
- End items: Cut two boards to 7 in. x four in.
- Pieces to assist vertical boards: Cut two boards to three 7/eight in. x 5 3/four in.
I constructed this picket centerpiece to particularly match our outside desk. You can alter the scale to fulfill your wants.
Once the boards are reduce, connect the edges to the underside with a nail gun. Nail the tip items on both sides.
Cut 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 have the ability to take away the vertical boards for storage.
Drill a gap within the high finish of every board to string the rope by means of.
Lightly sand the perimeters of your picket centerpiece and stain the colour of your choice. I really like the Behr Classic Gray water-based stain.
Look on the distinction!
Set up the picket centerpiece in your desk. Add the vertical boards and thread the rope by means 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 Table
For the desk, I shopped a lot of the gadgets on The Home 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. Even although they appear to be beautiful glass, they’re manufactured 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 these things and may’t wait to make use of them indoors and out, all 12 months lengthy.
I made nutcracker cut-outs to embellish 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.
Decorating The Outdoor Fireplace
I additionally embellished our outside fire. On one facet 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 both sides).
On the opposite facet of the hearth, I positioned one other Nutcracker with LED lights.
This was a magical expertise and I can’t wait to host this Nutcracker themed Christmas dinner with our household.
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