Nutcracker Inspired Table

Photography by Abbe Forman

Ring, Skirt, Cookie Cutters, Table Runner, Plates

One of my favorite Christmas traditions is seeing the Nutcracker by the Pennsylvania Ballet. I grew up dancing (tap, ballet, hip-hop, jazz, you name it) so my mom started taking me to see the Nutcracker when I was little. I have to say growing up my parents did a great job of introducing me to different forms of art and instilling creativity. As an adult I still look forward to seeing the ballet, even though it’s the same exact show year in and year out.

I wanted to set a kid’s table inspired by my favorite Christmas tradition. In this setting I used actual nutcracker dolls just like Clara’s, of various sizes. I included mini Christmas trees because as a child everyone recalls the growing Christmas tree in the first act. I’ve included gum drops and candy canes inspired by the various lands the Prince brings Clara to visit. Finally instead of traditional napkin rings I opted for cookie cutters, so the kids can bring a little gift home with them as a party favor.

What are your favorite Christmas traditions?

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