Nutcracker Sweet

December 4, 2013

This tablescape comes from a beginner’s class I taught on “How to Create a Christmas Tablescape.” I gave the ladies the bare minimum items and the only criteria was 1) use the napkin and silverware in a creative way that is not typical of a traditional place setting and 2) leave appropriate room for serving pieces. I think they succeeded! What do you think?

The first thing I should mention is I gave them a folded tablecloth to work with on purpose. If you unfold a tablecloth what are you left with? Wrinkles. This has to be one of my pet peeves over the years working in event planning and attending events. People usually do not IRON their tablecloths. This is the simplest thing to do and it achieves HUGE results. I was so proud when I heard one lady say, “Don’t you think we should iron the table cloth?” Yes!!!!!!! That little question made me so proud.

Now, on to the table. Their table had a nice flow and was very balanced. All items were placed with ease and function in mind. This allowed plenty of room for the serving pieces to be added to the table with food.

Even though this was a beginner tablescape, you can easily add to this table for a more intermediate or advanced look, such as the table I did here. A floral arrangement or a small Christmas tree in the center would add height and provide a center focal point. You could also bring in red candles in brass holders to be spaced all along table to add more color, sparkle, and flow. And there is plenty of room for many more nutcrackers to take center stage. The glasses can be switched out for crystal wine glasses with a water glass set to the side.

So wherever you find yourself in the land of tablescapes – beginner, advanced, or over-the-top – I hope this simple beginner table can spark a ray of creativity in you. Can’t wait to see what you come up with! Remember: don’t stress and most of all, have fun.

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