It feels like winter again, and the perfect occasion for a toboggan ride tablescape. 

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After a heavy rainstorm with strong wind gusts yesterday, the high temperature dropped 20 degrees overnight. Now, snowflakes are falling.

I usually send out post email updates once or twice a week; on Wednesday and Saturday mornings at 6 AM EST. But since Thanksgiving, I’ve been constantly playing catch up. That’s why some emails aren’t arriving in your inboxes until late in the evening.

Yesterday, after going to gym class in the morning, I spent the entire day preparing for a grand evening out with hubby. It required reading the play synopsis and music lyrics, while listing to the soundtrack of Hamilton. Yes, that Hamilton!  Then, we left the house for an early pre-theater dinner downtown before the three-hour show. Was it absolutely fabulous and fun — yes! It’s a cultural phenomenon I hope you all get a chance to see. Have you been?

So, I’ve spent most of today working on the winter tablescape post. Come along on the ride!

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Snow-Covered Tabletop

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For a toboggan ride tablescape you’ve gotta have snow right? Begin with a white tablecloth decorated with shimmering snowflakes. Made of woven polyester, the tablecloth launders well and needs little ironing.

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Overhead, snowflakes and icicles dangle from the kitchen chandelier. I finally found the crystal snowflakes I was looking for to hang from the light fixture in Casual Christmas Table.

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Next, I layered a runner and napkins decorated with moose, polar bear, sled and winter landscape print.

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To better appreciate the fun fabric print, I elected a simple fold and not to use napkin rings.

After all, most of the runner is covered by the centerpiece and two of four place settings.

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After angling the toboggan with a few paperback books, I encircled it with a string of battery-powered lights.

Next, I added ‘snow’ all around from the Magical North Pole Village — which I still need to devote a day to putting away (ugh!).

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Animated ice ring on one end of display. Originally the platform was made to fit an air hockey table. Now that we have the empty nest I use a smaller game table and the rink goes on the bookcase.

Much of the linens and tableware can be easily swapped out and rearranged for the Polar Bear Frolic in Sleigh Ride Tablescape.

Avoid the Trees

It’s tough to steer around the trees on a toboggan ride tablescape, so they were cut down in advance — leaving wood slice chargers under each stack of plates.

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Copper-finish twig flatware is placed either side. Two other seasonal tablescapes included the same Pier 1 flatware and Target woodcut chargers.

See both Birds of a Feather Gather Together Table and Casual Christmas Table & Bar.

Tree-decorated mugs are also positioned safely off to the side of the toboggan ride tablescape run.

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Other evergreens are hauled out of the way on top of vintage red station wagons. Those are actually Christmas trees decorating the juice glasses (Pottery Barn).

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Still, don’t you think they go well with the winter toboggan ride tablescape?

Winter Seasonal Dishes

I’m OK styling winter tables by extending the use of tableware and linens that aren’t too Christmasy.

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Melamine dessert or appetizer plates (also Target sometime back) sit on top of the dish stack.

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Because they are melamine, the plates are a good choice to pack with a warm thermos of hot chocolate for a winter tailgate after sledding or ice skating.

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Moose and snowflake pattern plates decorate the toboggan ride tablescape. Underlying the melamine are my go-to winter dishes, also featured in Casual Christmas Table & Bar.

Made by Pfaltzgraff, they are dishwasher and microwave safe. Decorated with a winter motif, they get a lot of use during the months of December and January.

Winter Fun Continues in Kitchen

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I also mix the same moose and snowflake melamine plates with the coordinating tableware and linens on the kitchen island.

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Moose and polar bear dish towels do double-duty as napkins on the bar.

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All the linens (except the snowflake tablecloth) came from Kohl’s years ago.

Moose on the Loose

All four moose and the toboggan usually populate the Ski Lodge Theme Decor in the Family Game Room downstairs. Last year, it was the scene of a Welcome to the Apres-Ski Lodge Buffet.

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In the driver’s seat is Montana Mooski by Boyds. A fully jointed, poly and bean filled moose, he has velvet antlers and paw pads. Mooski was introduced in 1999 and is now retired.

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Behind Mooski — trying to get a better view down the hill — is a soft, squishy Ty moose. He has velvet posable anthers and hooves.

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Trying to counterbalance the weight to avoid a nasty spill is long-body moose; with a microwavable insert.

A gift from my sister-in-law L, this moose is nice for snuggling on a cold winter’s night, or to sooth a sore lower back.

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Serving as brakeman, this large moose was a seasonal promotion from a clothing store.

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He’s wearing a backpack with supplies and a thermos of hot chocolate for warming up at the bottom of the hill.

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Much as I love the big guy, he does crowd the toboggan ride tablescape once everyone is seated. Before we eat, I remove the two larger moose from the centerpiece.

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On reflection, maybe the toboggan ride tablescape looks better using only two moose instead of three or four? It’s much easier to see the red toboggan on all four sides now. I’m thinking less is more here. What do you think?

Are you planning any outdoor winter excursions or activities this season? Hubby is planning a Breathtaking Breckenridge, Colorado Ski Trip. I may need to pack that moose with the microwave insert moose …

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