Today I’ve set a winter theme table featuring polar bear dessert and appetizer plates, with a decorated chandelier overhead, and buffet area on the kitchen island.

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There’s also two different folded napkin options. One uses a snowflake napkin ring, while the other is folded into the shape of an elf’s hat. I’m curious which one you prefer on the red and white, winter theme tablescape?

For the centerpiece, I pulled out two favorite stuffed polar bears and put them into a wicker basket sleigh. Around the base is a dusting of “snow,” along with white and red sisal trees, and a string of battery-operated mini lights. Easy peasy!

To remember the occasion, polar bear Christmas tree ornaments serve as a take-home favor for each guest. Little peppermint swirl plates can also be used to transport extra holiday cookies back home.

Make yourself a cup of peppermint stick flavored hot chocolate and join us at the polar bear party!

Let It Snow, Let It Snow, Let it Snow!

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Five years ago — and just three months into blogging — I shared the original Polar Bear Frolic in Sleigh Ride Tablescape. Since then, my photography, editing and web publishing skills have improved quite a bit. And, tableware and linens have been added to my collection.

So, I decided it was time for a restyling of a winter table with the arctic theme.

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To start, I decorated the overhead kitchen chandelier with a seasonal garland, crystal snowflake ornaments and icicles. At night, six of the larger LED icicles glow a soft blue.

It’s very similar to the way I’ve decorated the fixture in previous years; including accompanying the Bringing Home the Christmas Tree Holiday Table, and Enchanting Winter Woodland Tablescape.

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New this year is a string of snowfall pompoms (Home Goods) draped over the arms of the light fixture. It’s actually “ribbon” for wrapping holiday packages, which is what I plan to do with the rest of the roll.

Setting the Holiday Scene

Rather than set for a dinner party, the polar bear party is for a small gathering with another couple to share cookies, desserts, eggnog, and snowball cocktails. Holiday tunes will be playing in the background. In the adjacent family room, we’ll have a live decorated Christmas tree and log burning in the fireplace.

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As it gets dark, DIY Lighted Candy Cane Christmas Urns , strings of lights and fresh garland on the deck will create a magical view outside the sliding glass doors. The lighted urns will compliment the red and white peppermint elements of the polar bear party inside.

Afterwards, we’ll move into the family room and continue to share sweets and beverages while a holiday movie plays on the big screen TV. Whiskey, our Scottish Terrier, will be sporting his tartan collar and probably pester for attention — until he secures a place to snuggle up on the sofa or on someone’s lap.

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Upstairs, one of the guest bedrooms is decorated for the holidays in a Scottie dog theme; complete with bedding and Christmas tree. See it in, Scottie Dog Christmas.

Baby It’s Cold Outside

When I set and photographed the polar bear party the week before Thanksgiving, it was clear and sunny outside — without a flurry in sight. After continually playing catchup since our son’s Labor Day weekend, I wanted to get an early start on Christmas decorating. And since we were in the Washington D. C area for Thanksgiving, I elected to skip decorating the house this year with pilgrim and Native American figures.

But, as I write this post it’s snowing, blowing and frigid here in Pittsburgh, even though it’s still November. Today, temperatures aren’t forecast to even hit 30 degrees; burr! Seems like the perfect time to enjoy a polar bear party — inside lol!

Setting an Arctic Scene

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Underlying the polar bear tablescape on the round glass kitchen table is a white on white snowflake print cloth.

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You may have seen it several years ago on the Twas the Night Before Christmas Table. On Christmas Eve, I’ll replace the polar bear party with that setting — my favorite holiday dish set.

For the centerpiece, I’ve tucked two stuffed polar bears into a newly acquired sleigh (Michaels). Several years ago, I repurposed the large white wicker sleigh from the originally styled Polar Bear Picnic table. I had stuffed the sleigh with holiday goodies and turned it into a gift basket for a friend had broken her ankle walking her dog.

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Tucked around the smaller sleigh are little white and red sisal trees (Dollar Tree, three in a package). I love how the base of the red trees look like a peppermint swirl candy.

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Santa’s Route 1, North Pole home and workshop.

The snow is primarily used to embellish the Magical North Pole Village display in the basement Ski Lodge Theme Game Room. Everyone always asked what brand the faux snow is, and unfortunately there’s no label. It had been found at a speciality gift shop many years ago.

Later this season, I’ll tuck the new white and red trees from the tablescape into the Santa’s village landscape.

Polar Bear Party on Skis

Several years ago I found the polar bear party plates and serving pieces at Home Goods. Aren’t they adorable? The pieces were made by a Chinese company called, Mesa. Unfortunately, there’s no pattern name listed on the back.

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An Internet search for polar bear dishes mostly turns up cute paper or melamine options. They’d be a great alternative for a polar bear party theme, especially for a large gathering or one with children. While searching for polar bear dinnerware on Amazon (see below), I found an adorable set that would compliment the accent plates I already have. Oh Santa, if only I had the storage space!

The eight plates I have work well for serving appetizers, snacks, cookies or dessert. I love the red and white scarves the polar bears are sporting. However, what really sold me on the plates were the bears on skis – a favorite family winter activity.

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Skiing the upper bowl above the alpine in Breckenridge, CO

I’ve shared some of our Rocky Mountain ski trips in posts including; Jaw-Dropping Jackson Hole, Terrific Telluride, and Breathtaking Breckenridge.

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And one of my favorite winter theme tablescapes is, Downhill Dinner at Ski Cabin.

Winter Theme Tableware

For the polar bear party, I’ve flanked the dessert plates with red-handled flatware (Home Goods many moons ago).

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Then, too the left of each place setting, is an easy napkin fold I found on YouTube; 3 Styles of Napkins Folds Tutorial. I wanted a fold that would work with my snowflake napkin rings, and complimented the snowflake print fabric tablecloth and recently purchased napkins (Home Goods).

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First, you fold the napkin into a triangle and then a diamond shape. After that, the folded fabric is rolled and slipped into a ring. Quick and easy, the fold works for any tablesetting using a napkin ring.

Using the same fabric napkins, I also folded them into the shape of an elf hat. It’s the exact same fold as the witch hat on the Spooky Spellbound Halloween Centerpiece & Table. Because of the stiffness of the snowflake fabric, the elf hat fold easily stood in place. The soft black fabric used for the witch hats made them more challenging to stand.

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Which of the two folded napkin styles do you prefer on the polar bear party table?

Juice size, candy cane-decorated glasses (Pottery Barn several years ago) will hold either eggnog or peppermint stick ice cream punch. Plastic ornament balls with red and white stripe straws will be filled with snowball cocktails. I purchased a dozen of the flat-bottom “glasses” last year at Dollar Tree.

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Although they don’t seem to have them this season, learn how to make your own in, DIY Christmas Cocktail Ornament Balls.

Guest Favors

Also new this year are the red and white, peppermint candy style melamine dessert plates (Target). On top of each is one of four different polar bear Christmas tree ornaments (Michaels). Both the plates and ornaments were inexpensive and make nice take home favorites for guests. The plates — topped with extra cookies — will slip nicely into clear holiday gift bags.

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Additional polar bear ornaments will be used to embellish red and white stripe gift-wrapped packages for the family. I’ll attach the ornaments with the snowball pom pom ribbon decorating the chandelier.

You know me, and how much I love carrying out a theme!

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Polar Buffet

Even set for just four, the round kitchen table doesn’t leave much additional space for a centerpiece and serving pieces. That’s why I often carry the look of the centerpiece vertically, by decorating the chandy. It’s also why I set the nearby kitchen island as an accompany buffet, serving area.

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That’s where you’ll find the matching polar bear serving bowl and platter, additional plates and napkins, and white tree stump cake stands to elevate cookies and other holiday desserts.

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To decorate the buffet and coordinate with the table centerpiece, I also added a few more stuffed polar bears.

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Several larger silver and white Christmas trees, and more “snow” carry the arctic scene to the bar.

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In the end, I placed four of the elf hat folded napkins on the buffet and left the snowflake napkin rings at the place settings. The nice thing about the elf hat napkins, is that they easily pick up and move from buffet to laps in front of the TV.

Another holiday napkin fold that can stand or lay flat is the Christmas tree.

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See it and find other ideas to embellish your table, Napkin Folds for All Seasons, Holidays & Occasions.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my polar bear party. Will you be doing any entertaining this holiday season? How will you be setting your tables for Christmas this year?

Since I’m so busy making Christmas gifts, this may be my last post of 2023. If so, I want to wish you the happiest and heathiest of holiday seasons!

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