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It all started when I saw pictures of Meredith of Like Merchant Ship’s Nutcracker party for her daughter. I decided to attempt my own version for my daughter’s third birthday party which we held yesterday for family and friends.
I checked my home for supplies and found some possibilities. Then, I hit the dollar store, Joann Fabrics, and Target and found a few more.
As I developed the idea, I decided to concentrate on a few areas in interests of time and money. Since this is the first year with our new mantel in our living room, I highlighted the mantel with decorations and garlands. To emphasize the Nutcracker theme, I bought two Nutcrackers from Joann Fabrics and different kinds of wreath picks – snowflakes, drums, and glitter leaf sprays. I only spent about $.30 on the picks which is fine because I’m not keen about the mess the glitter made. I think I’ll use these in my outside decorations from now on.
This is a close up of the living room garland with the drum and leaf spray picks.
My sister helped out by creating a gum drop tree which I used on the buffet where the hot plate was located.
These two thrifted apothecary jars behind the gum drop tree held hard candy from the dollar store and sat on top of the table runner on our dining room table. Since these jars are only about six inches high, I was able to leave them on the table for the entire party instead of moving them when we put the dinner dishes on the table.
The kids helped me set up this winter wonderland in the living room. I’d like to find some Nutcracker items, like a mouse or little soldiers to add to this display next year.
One of my sisters-in-law made vanilla cupcakes with pink swirled icing.
I made chocolate cupcakes with pink icing. I used Wilton holiday cupcake wrappers with the accompanying toothpicks with decorations on them. The chocolate cupcakes made it hard to see the decorations on the wrappers; next time I’ll stick to silver wrappers. It would be very easy to make the toothpick decorations using the Nutcracker theme, like snowflakes or Harlequins.
I’m planning on using the Nutcracker theme again for my daughter’s party. It fits in nicely with our Christmas decorations and with our family tradition of seeing the Nutcracker ballet at Christmas time. I had planned on using a small doll and sleigh as part of my centerpiece for the table, but the proportions weren’t right. I will be looking for a thrifted item during the year to create something using the doll and the sleigh. I’m also going to look for small items to add to my garlands and wreaths. The possibilities are endless – Nutcrackers, girl dolls, snowflakes, candy, harlequins, ethnic dolls, sleighs, mice, and soldiers.