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Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape

Hello and Happy Holidays,

Did you know that the Nutcracker Ballet is now over 120 years old? 

And to honor this amazing masterpiece, today’s post shares a modern-meets-vintage Nutcracker tablescape in black, red, white and gold.

Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape

Candles add warmth to a Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape in black, red, white and gold | www.thechelseaproject.com| #nutcracker #christmas #tablescape

Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape

Step One: Candles

Whether real or battery operated, any Christmas tablescape should start with candles.

And this tablescape features white tapers at different heights to mimic Clara (the ballerina) leaping across the stage in her flowing white dress.

White candles in varying levels mimic Clara's dancing across the stage | Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape in black, red, white and gold | www.thechelseaproject.com| #nutcracker #christmas #tablescape

Step Two: Stemware

Clear stemware adds an open and airy touch, but, like the supporting dancers, does not distract from featured elements. 

Clear glassware add a light and airy feeling to a Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape in black, red, white and gold | www.thechelseaproject.com| #nutcracker #christmas #tablescape

 

Shiny clear glassware opens up a table with a big centerepiece | Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape in black, red, white and gold | www.thechelseaproject.com| #nutcracker #christmas #tablescape

Step Three: Dinnerware

Dinnerware stacked in gold, red and white supports the Nutcracker’s colors, but is simple for a reason. In this inspired tablescape, it’s all about the centerpiece.

Each side of the room is flanked in plain garland with lights | Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape in black, red, white and gold | www.thechelseaproject.com| #nutcracker #christmas #tablescape

Step Four: Tablecloth

Maybe the tablecloth should have been in step one, but I viewed it as a canvas and totally forgot about it. So let’s talk about it now.

First, I must confess that I have a little secret.

It is actually a piece of black polyester that I got at the fabric store. It is wide enough so there is no seam piecing it together, so it really works.

Vintage French horns serve as napkin rings in a casual place setting | Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape in black, red, white and gold | www.thechelseaproject.com| #nutcracker #christmas #tablescape

Now, before you gasp and clutch your pearls, please hear me out.

Why use polyester?

Because it washes like a boss without shrinking, stretching or fading.

Hey girl, did you hear me? Without FADING.

This is such a big deal when it comes to using dark colors, especially black. And nowadays, some of the polyester finishes are very elegant. The key is to shop around and find one that works for you.

The colors of the Nutcracker's suit and Clara's dress fill a 9-foot garland | Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape in black, red, white and gold | www.thechelseaproject.com| #nutcracker #christmas #tablescape

The fabric here has zero texture. It is truly a flat canvas like the black canvas in the inspiration photo.

The colors of the Nutcracker's suit and Clara's flowing dress are end-to-end on a 9-foot garland | Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape in black, red, white and gold | www.thechelseaproject.com| #nutcracker #christmas #tablescape

Step Five: Modern Touches

Leopard placemats are made from upholstery fabric and cut-velvet seat covers add a modern-glam twist.

Leopard print place mats and cut velvet seat covers add modern touches to this classic tablescape | Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape in black, red, white and gold | www.thechelseaproject.com| #nutcracker #christmas #tablescape

Step Six: Garland

The garland is a plain 8-foot, prelit piece.  I added the eucalyptus stems and ornaments.

One red-coated Nutcracker stands in the center of the tablescape | Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape in black, red, white and gold | www.thechelseaproject.com| #nutcracker #christmas #tablescape

Step Seven: Options

In case I want to remove the Nutcracker from the table and replace it with a flower arrangement or oversized candles, the theme will still be supported by the china hutch.

The back of the hutch was painted black and various elements from Act 1 were added. The thought was to be more inclusive of the entire story rather than just the single Nutcracker character.

Remember, in Act 1, it is Christmas Eve and the gifts, including the Nutcracker, are placed under the tree. If you stretch your imagination, the gifts in the hutch are indeed under the gold, mercury-glass trees.

And, for now, that’s all there is to it.

The Nutcracker Act 1 is in tablescape form. 

As adjoining spaces are finished, I hope to swing back for some wide angle photos, but for now, on to Clara’s Christmas tree ….

A Nutcracker inspired Christmas tree stands in the next room | Nutcracker Inspired Tablescape in black, red, white and gold | www.thechelseaproject.com| #nutcracker #christmas #tablescape

I do hope you’ll join me.

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Note: The ballet photo was found on the Internet without any photo credit attached. If anyone can identify who took this fabulous photo, please let me know so that the post can be updated.

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10 Comments

  • Reply Marie InteriorFrugalista December 7, 2020 at 9:21 am

    Was so happy to see a new post notification in my inbox this morning! Susie, your Nutcracker tablescape is gorgeous! I’m not going to lie, I gasped when I saw the back of the hutch. No more pink, it looks good but was such a surprise. Wishing you and yours a beautiful Christmas. xo

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 7, 2020 at 9:44 am

      LOL…Thanks so much Marie. Not gonna lie, I had a hard time painting over that pink, but I made sure that I had the container and recipe in my paint stash so I could go back if the black become a bore. Merry Christmas to you, as well. Looking forward to 2021.

  • Reply Melanie Hammond December 7, 2020 at 9:28 am

    YOU ARE AMAZING…..
    This is simply beautiful!!
    Love always,
    Mel

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 7, 2020 at 9:45 am

      Thanks so much, Melanie. You’re the best.

  • Reply JENRON DESIGNS December 7, 2020 at 11:49 am

    Susie this is lovely! You know my love for nutcrackers so I had to come see this magnificent table! Happy Holidays!

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 7, 2020 at 7:34 pm

      Thanks Jen! So good to have you stop by. Happy Holidays!

  • Reply Larissa ~ Prodigal Pieces December 7, 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Susie, it’s so beautiful! My mother takes us to see The Nutcracker every year.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 8, 2020 at 12:22 pm

      Hi Larissa and thanks so much! You have a jewel of a mom! What a special tradition.

  • Reply Cristina December 7, 2020 at 9:33 pm

    Susie, this is a gorgeous tablescape! Love all the drama the black tablescape gives to the entire scene, and I also love how the table and hutch work together so seamlessly.

    • Reply theChelseaProject December 8, 2020 at 12:24 pm

      Hi Cristina and thanks so much.. I am really loving that black tablecloth…It was the surprise key element this year.

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