Christmas Dinner with the Nutcracker

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I am thrilled that my Nutcracker themed Christmas dinner is featured on the Home Depot Blog.

I loved creating this Christmas dinner table and hope you will enjoy and maybe even be inspired by my ideas for Christmas dinner.


I created my Nutcracker themed Christmas dinner on our back porch. I have been keeping this a secret for a while and it truly is my favorite dinner party ever.

I love the dining room I created and to see it, just click here.

When I was ten years old I was a sugar plum fairy in the Nutcracker ballet. It was only a local production in our town and I am sorry  I couldn’t find the photos. they are hysterical. Seriously though, I have loved the ballet and the Nutcracker music ever since!

To create my Nutcracker Christmas dinner, I shopped on The Home Depot website. I found a gorgeous tree, beautiful table items, and lots of Nutcracker accents.


What I Used to Create the Room

I found an amazing Christmas tree on the Home Depot website. It’s a 9ft. Elegant Grand Fir LED Pre-Lit Tree with a timer. The tree was so easy to assemble and it took me less than an hour. It came in three parts and everything was pre-wired. I love that it came with a remote control and timer.

I decorated the tree with three types of ornaments. The Holly Bells Shatterproof ornaments, Home Accents Holiday 80 mm Shatterproof Ornament Powder Creek (60-Count), Northlight 5.25 in. Assorted Classic Nutcracker Ornaments (Set of 4), and 3.25 in. (80 mm) Celadon Green Shatterproof Christmas Ball Ornaments (32-Count).

The tree collar is a Home Accents Holiday 27 in. D Red Metal Christmas Tree Collar.

For the table, I found some wonderful items on The Home Depot website.

I selected green and white ticking placemats, green plastic water and wine glasses, and white dinner plates.

The Wooden Centerpiece


I have wanted to make a  wooden centerpiece for a long time and I love how mine came out. It has almost twenty candles on it and I love it.

You should make one too!

The entire DIY and materials list for the wooden centerpiece is on the Home Depot Blog.

I made this myself and it is not hard to do. It’s the perfect way to upgrade your table and create ambiance, indoors or out!

There is so much more for you to see. Head to the Home Depot Blog to see the entire room with lots of photos. I would love to know what you think.


This was a magical experience and I cannot wait to host this Christmas dinner with our family.

Pin the image below to your Christmas or Holiday  Dinner boards on Pinterest (just click the Pin button in the top left corner). You can also follow along with me on Pinterest!

How to Create a Nutcracker Holiday Dinner

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  1. Leslie,
    That centerpiece is unique and absolutely stunning. Looking forward to see how you style it in future.
    Didn’t even know HD had a blog, wondering where did you get the larger Nutcracker that’s in the photo by himself? Is he from HD ?
    Your post is timely and helpful as I did get the Nutcracker Ornaments from HD last year and have toyed with the idea of a Nutcracker themed tree but thought I had to have more Nutcrackerery stuff 🙄( not a word but what I was thinking). Here you have used a few pieces as accents and have given me some direction on what to do with a few key pieces.
    The burlap fabric idea is genius I like that even without wire it flows and sits nicely and even if you could find the width I think it would be very expensive.
    Merry Christmas .

    1. I am so happy you like it! The Home Depot blog is awesome. I bought the large nutcracker in-store at home depot. It is so reasonably priced. And yes, I saved so much money with the burlap roll!

  2. Stunning! What a fabulous job you did. I especially love all the ornaments and was thrilled to find the vintage ones.I’ve been collecting ornaments since we were married and it has gotten so hard to find good ones, so many thanks.

  3. You always do an AWESOME job!!! I love nutcrackers and have so many of them. I see how pretty it is with just a few! Thank you for your ideas!!

  4. Leslie, your table is beautiful! I have a question that always puzzles me and I am looking forward to your reply. With this stunning setting, where do you put the food? Buffet? Move everything off the table before serving? Fix the plates from the stove? I love having a beautiful table but I end up taking 90% off the table so we can put all our serving bowls, platters, etc. on it. What do you do?

  5. What a beautiful and festive table. Thank you for all the good details in the Home Depot blog post. Just one question, the nutcracker cutouts/snowflakes, how did you create them?

    1. Leslie did reply, she uses a cricut to make her paper nutcrackers. I’m old school and hoped for a stencil pattern. Oh well, the table and decor still inspired and delighted. Happy New Year⭐️

  6. Love this; all of it! My granddaughters will dance this year in The Nutcracker so I look forward to using this theme for a holiday dinner. Your centerpiece is leaving me speechless! Can you share the source? Thank you!

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