I’ve embraced winter and set the table with a darling Polar Bear Frolic tablescape. Ignore the freezing temperatures and think like a polar bear or penguin, and invite a few friends to a little party.
That doesn’t mean there isn’t a fire burning in the family room or I haven’t notched the thermostat up a degree or two! Set on the round glass table, located between the open kitchen and family room, the winter tablescape has a view to the covered porch and snow outside.
The little party proved a perfect excuse to use fun, winter theme plates and serving pieces found at Home Goods. Aren’t they adorable?
I love the red and white scarves the polar bears are sporting. What really sold me on the plates were the bears on skis – a favorite family winter activity.
And, I just happened to have a little collection of stuffed polar bears on hand to create a whimsical centerpiece.
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Who Cares if it’s Cold Outside?
Since I already have multiple Christmas theme pattern dishes, I only purchased eight of the polar bear appetizer plates, plus round large and small platters, and snack bowl.
The pieces are made by a Chinese company called, Mesa, but there’s no pattern name listed on the back. Probably a one and done design for a single season?
I figured the little appetizer plates would be fun to use in place of disposable paper ones. Nice for serving snacks or desserts in the winter months.
It’s nice having some fun, casual dishes on hand for entertaining in the winter that aren’t Christmasy. For a dish addict like me, the polar bear set helps bridge the post-Christmas blues until February and Valentine’s Day.
You’d be proud of me if you knew the variety of other matching polar bear dishes and servers I left Home Goods without! That’s what I told myself anyway…
Setting the Winter Table
I like how the little black and white accents in the dishes are brought out in the checkered placements, which coordinate with my home decor. See Rooster Kitchen Decor and Tableware for how the house looks undecorated.
Each Polar Bear Frolic place setting consists of:
- Black & white checkered, oval scalloped-edged placemat (a gift)
- 3-layers of plates: red scalloped edge holiday salad (Walmart’s Better Homes & Gardens, see Enchanting Woodland Tablescape for Christmas), black & white border everyday salad (gift), and polar bear on skis appetizer (Home Goods)
- Red-handled flatware (Home Goods)
- White napkin with pewter snowflake ring (seen in Christmas Brunch at the Red Barn Tablescape) & faux berries
- Tiny white votive candle (sleeve of 16 Marshalls)
- Snowman top hat mug (Michaels )
Here’s a another view with snowflakes dangling down from the chandelier.
My favorite part of the Polar Bear Frolic tablescape was creating the sleigh ride centerpiece.
Scottie Dog’s Frolic Too
In a house full of guys, I sometimes need to get my girl on! So, over the years, I collected a few stuffed moose, polar bears and a panda or two. The moose decorate the game room, with its lodge vibe (see Welcome to the Apres-Ski Lodge Buffet).
Most of the furry friends are made by Boyds and picked up at one of my favorite holiday shopping destinations, Old Allegheny.
Until a certain Scottie dog joined our family, the bears took residence playing with toy props under the live Christmas tree in the family room.
But, Fibber thinks all stuffed animals are his dog toys. They are the only thing in the house, including shoes, socks, etc. that he just can’t resist. Fibber has never chewed one of my stuffed animals up, but he has dragged them to his bed or other places.
So the polar bears have moved to the living room, where (believe it or not) he is not allowed and does not bother them.
Now the only animal frolicking with the toys under the tree are Fibber!
Here he is now that the miniature red wagon is empty of bears. Fibber took it for a ride like it was a skateboard!
Polar Bear Frolic in a Sled
Like many of my centerpieces, I ‘shopped’ my craft stash, decorations and home accessories to create the Polar Bear Frolic sleigh ride.
First thing I needed was something to gather all the stuffed polar bears in. This white wicker sleigh was perfect for the occasion!
After the bears piled on in for a ride, I added a few trees and arranged fake cotton snow around the base of the sleigh. Then, I incorporated a mini twinkling, battery-operated string of lights.
There’s also a variety of snowflakes hanging down from overhead (I love decorating light fixtures and incorporating them into a tablescape. See Decorate a Chandelier for Fall in 3 Easy Steps and Peacock Ornaments Decorate Chandelier at Christmas ). I leave many of my winter seasonal decorations out, or at least handy until the end of January.
Polar Bear Dish Display
When the polar bear dishes aren’t set out on the table, I frequently use them to replace my Christmas vignette on the two open shelves in the kitchen. For some reason, I used snowmen rather than the polar bears when I took this picture.
Polar bears frolic with snowmen right?
You might recognize these guys from another winter tablescape in 5 Snowman Centerpieces Decorate Winter Table?
The shelves also provide easy access to the dishes — since there isn’t any room in my regular cabinets for them anyway! Storage is always such an issue… I store most of my holiday dishes downstairs in the finished basement.
Hot White Chocolate
Since I posted this tablescape a few days ago, I came across the most wonderful Polar Bear White Chocolate drink and marshmallows that would go perfectly with the Polar Bear Frolic!
Doesn’t that hot white chocolate look delicious and adorable?! Next time I set this table, I’m definitely making it! Good for kiddos and grownups too!
Don’t the bears look like they’re having fun? What do you do to keep occupied during the winter season?
You might also enjoy, Moose Toboggan Ride Tablescape Winter Fun.
Hubby and I ice skated for the first time in at least a decade, and rode a toboggan run too while we Embraced the Season in Upper Quebec City. Don’t I look a little like a polar bear in this picture, LOL?
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I love it all. The placemats are perfect for the table. The polar bears in the sleigh are the cutest. A great table.
Thank you Barbara! I just love using, sticking to a theme when I entertain – matchy, matchy!
Beautiful winter table! Everything is so charming. I love the faux snow. What brand is it and where did you find it? It is so fluffy.
Thanks Linda, I’m glad you liked it. I bought that ‘snow’ several years ago to use with my Department 56 village (something I’ll have to post next year). It’s made by Darice and brand is Home for the Holidays, snowflakes. https://www.darice.com
I love your tablescape Deb, but I’m even more intrigued by your chairs! Are they antiques? The fruit on black? I love them!
The painted black chairs are not antiques, but I have had them for at least a decade. Unfortunately, I can’t find a manufacturer’s mark on them. The black with the fruit really go well with my kitchen, especially the window treatments. If you are really interested, I got them through a local place called The Cobb http://www.thecobcollection.com/ – they could probably hunt them or something similar down for you. Very nice ladies. Ask for Marianne.
I love those cute polar bears! Perfect for a January table.
I’m looking at them now and they make me smile.
Just found you! Love, love, love your polar bear post!!!!
Welcome Mary! So glad you enjoyed the polar bear picnic. This January, I hope to share a moose tobogganing party. Hope you’ll follow along.
What a cute table idea! Who could resist a polar bear?
Hi Audra, thanks for stopping by! This year, I plan to create a moose toboggan party.
Just to cute! I love stuffed bears and those plates are so cute! Polar bears and winter go hand in hand!
When I saw those dishes at Home Goods, I couldn’t resist! It’s always “dangerous” for me to step inside… LOL!
This is really cute Debbee! I love all your frolicking polar bears!
Thanks for stopping by Jenna! Happy New Year to you. Now that Christmas is put away, those bears are keeping company with my other mini collections of snowmen and moose.
I love those sweet fuzzy bears! What a cute idea for a winter table!Thank you for sharing on Merry Monday!
Kim, thanks so much for visiting! My Scottie dog would love them too — if he could get close enough to nab one! They look too much like a stuffed toy Santa brought him, so he thinks all polar bears should be his LOL!
What a cute table Debbee! Love the dishes and those coffee mugs are the cutest. I don’t know how I missed this last year! Ice skating and tobogganing are classic winter sports!
It’s feeling pretty arctic in Pittsburgh right now, so these winter get togethers, tables and centerpieces make it feel less frigid! I don’t think we connected until February when I started joining more linkup parties and you reached out to me about my comment function not working.
These are so cute! My mom always used bears in her Christmas decorations. Thanks for sharing with us at the Happy Holidays Link Party! This will be one of my features next Wednesday!
Roseann, it’s awfully nice of you to select my tablescape to feature, and very much appreciated!
Such a beautiful table…. my favorite… the silverware…
Have a great day.
Hi Nicki, thanks for stopping by and taking the time to comment. I see you live in Germany. One of the best things about blogging is it opening a whole wide world of like minds.
Absolutely darling! Thank you for sharing at Party In Your PJ’s.
Thanks Ann! I like to shop my house to create interesting, non-traditional centerpieces.