I’m so excited to share this Christmas Nutcracker dinner that I created on my back porch to challenge The Home Depot’s holiday style. We live in Southern California and having fun outside is something we love to do all year long. With a large fireplace and terrace heaters, we have dinner al fresco – even in December! This year, I created a Nutcracker themed dining room with items I found online at The Home Depot. I love the gorgeous tree, lovely table items, and nutcracker accents. I made a very special wood centerpiece that had a lot of candles and I can’t wait to see how I made this. This evening will really be a wonderful dinner for our family. The Nutcracker Tree Home Depot sent me this amazing Christmas tree. It was very easy to assemble and took less than half an hour. The tree came into three parts and everything was prepped. I love that it comes with a remote control and a timer. The tree was decorated with three types of ornaments. It’s shatter-resistant 80mm home holiday decorations, assorted Northlight 5.25 ” decorations, assorted classic nutcracker decorations, and Celadon Green’s 3.25 ” (80mm) shatter-resistant Christmas ball decorations. Tree Ring is Home Accents Holiday 27 in. D Red Metal Christmas Tree Collar. I made my own burlap ribbon because it’s really hard to find it at 8 inches by 11 inches. I bought one roll of burlap fabric and made all of the 8 inch wide burlap strips for the tree and two wide back straps for the outdoor curtains. The total cost was $ 11. (The easy way to cut burlap is to measure the width you need, and pull one strand of burlap fabric along the line of width. By pulling the thread, you will have a clear line to use as a cutting guide.) Lit, the tree looks very cool. I added this fun, LED nutcracker plus extra flair! Wooden centerpiece with hanging sounds I think the most dramatic item in my dining room themed Nutcracker is the centerpiece wood I made with hanging voters. This centerpiece can be used in the dining room, on the patio table, and just about anywhere. You can adjust the height of voters in the tractor and also hang anything from the rope. The bottom of the wooden centerpiece could contain appetizers or, in this case, dried eucalyptus with Christmas motifs. How to make a wood centerpiece with a votive hanging Material needed: Cut the panels these sizes: Sides: Cut two boards to 4 inches by 72 inches. Bottom: Cut one board to 72 inches by 7 inches. Vertical cuts: Cut two baseboards to 48 inches by 5 1/2 inches. Finished cutting: Cut two boards into 7 inches by 4 inches. Cut to support headboard: Cut two boards into 3 7/8 “x 5 3/4”. I built this centerpiece wood to particularly suit our outdoor table. You can adjust the size to meet your needs. Once the panels are cut, attach the sides to the bottom with a nail gun. Finished cutting nail on each side. Cut the vertical panels paddle shaped. I made the cuts 10 inches from the bottom and cut the width of the racquet to 3 inches. Place the headboards in the sink and add the pieces that support the vertical panels on each end. You want the headboards to fit snugly but you can still remove the headboards for storage. Make a hole in the top end of each board to thread the rope through. Gently sand the edges of the wooden centerpiece and polish the color you prefer. I love the Behr Classic Gray water-based dye. See the difference! Prepare the wooden centerpiece on your table. Add the headboards and thread the rope through the holes and tie a knot at each end to secure the rope. I tied jute twine to the top edge of a masonry jar, filled it with votive candles, and tied it with rope. Table creation The Nutcracker For the table, I shopped most of the items on The Home Depot’s website. I chose green and white tiled placemats and added these mugs. I also found these wine glasses on the internet. Although it looks like great glass, it is made from recycled plastic. How amazing is that? Finally, I chose the 11.02 inch RYO White Dinner Plates (set of 6) from Manhattan Comfort to finish off the settings. I am very happy with these items and cannot wait to use them indoors and out, all year long. I made nutcracker pieces to decorate the top of the plates and placed a wooden nutcracker on top of each. Then I made nutcracker snowflakes and hung them from the balcony ceiling. Decorating an outdoor fireplace I also decorate an outdoor fireplace. On one side, I hung up socks and added three nutcracker motifs from my personal collection. I also attached an artificial eucalyptus wreath (with a wire hanging from the trellis on each side). On the other side of the heater, I placed another nutcracker with LED lights. This was a magical experience and I can’t wait to host this Nutcracker themed Christmas dinner with our family.