Let the Nutcracker Serve as Your Muse for a Whimsical Holiday Table

A tablescape with tartan linens, a poinsettia centerpiece, and whimsical accents.
Photography by Art Meripol, Styling by Dorothy Walton

Text by Katie Ellis

A round table sets the scene for an intimate gathering with family or friends. A traditional holiday color palette of red and green feels timeless and classic, while whimsical nutcracker accessories give the setting a fun, childlike twist.

A tablescape set in front of a mantle lined with plaid stockings.
Photography by Art Meripol, styling by Dorothy Walton

The dining space is anchored by a festive plaid tablecloth and accented throughout with red-tasseled pillows, vibrant poinsettias, and piles of beautifully wrapped holiday packages to bring in Christmas cheer.

A place setting featuring a nutcracker Christmas cracker.
Photography by Art Meripol, styling by Dorothy Walton

Candlesticks resembling toy soldiers and candy canes stand tall in vintage brass candleholders, ready to give the tablescape an enchanted glow. Nutcracker Christmas crackers are set out for each guest atop the festive, layered setting of tartan plaid china, a ring of faux greenery, and golden chargers. Green goblets await sparkling cider and other family-favorite Christmas traditions.

A poinsettia centerpiece placed in a simple white pot.
Photography by Art Meripol, styling by Dorothy Walton

Nestled beneath a classic holiday centerpiece of red poinsettias, nutcrackers big and small are a delight for all ages. Red holiday baubles dance among green and gold bottle-brush trees, creating an extra layer of interest. Printed name cards offer a special, personalized touch for your holiday guests.

A collection of Nutcrackers displayed on the mantel.
Photography by Art Meripol, styling by Dorothy Walton

Special collections pulled out year after year help make the holiday season feel magical. Keep your collection feeling fresh by making it the star of the dining room. Try using it in your centerpiece and mantel d├ęcor.

Plaid stockings on a mantel featuring Nutcrackers.
Photography by Art Meripol, styling by Dorothy Walton

Tartan stockings add a pop of color to the mantel while a flocked garland and a white berry wreath make the room feel as though it was frosted with sugar.

A pile of wrapped presents.
Photography by Art Meripol, styling by Dorothy Walton

Decorating with your wrapped packages, tied with coordinating ribbons, is an easy way to add extra holiday cheer.

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