Playful Polar Bear Party Tablescape

Playful Polar Bear Party Tablescape

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!

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How to Make Nutcracker Glasses & Napkin Rings

How to Make Nutcracker Glasses & Napkin Rings

Last year, I painted nutcracker glasses and crafted simple napkin rings to compliment the Christmas Day table setting.

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Several years ago, I shared my Nutcracker Collection Christmas Centerpiece & Table. Complimenting it was an adorable appliqued runner and festive cracker favors.

Because my son’s now fiancé was joining us for the first time over the holidays, I wanted to pull out all the stops with my Christmas decorations and table settings. So I updated the nutcracker theme tablescape, adding the painted glasses and napkin rings. You can see the restyled tablescape at the end of this post.

When I went to Dollar Tree to pick up the clear goblets, I discovered they had a lot of nutcracker theme items for Christmas. That gave me the idea of using nutcracker tree ornaments to make simple napkin rings.

Inspired, I quickly got to work painting the images of three different color/styles of nutcracker faces on six goblets. Unfortunately, there wasn’t time to share how I painted the glasses or put together the napkin rings last year.

Both projects are very inexpensive to create, and the napkin rings are super fast and easy to make.

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Bringing Home the Christmas Tree Holiday Table

Bringing Home the Christmas Tree Holiday Table

Setting a holiday table for family and friends is one of my favorite things, especially when it’s part of the annual Christmas Tablescape Hop!

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Even last year — while recovering from foot surgery and using a knee scooter — I styled the Enchanting Winter Woodland Tablescape for Christmas.

Today, I’m joining 20 talented bloggers to share festive table settings and centerpieces. Our large group is organized by hostess extraordinaire, Rita of Panoply.

My holiday table, centerpiece and decorated chandelier were all inspired by a visit to Dollar Tree. While there to pickup fall crafting supplies, I realized the store was already stocked with Christmas items. One woman had filled an entire shopping cart, and was well on her way to stuffing a second, lol!

That’s when I noticed all the items depicting a vintage red pickup truck touting a Christmas tree. For under $11, I’ve styled a nostalgic holiday table theme with my existing seasonal tableware and decorations.

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Enchanting Winter Woodland Tablescape for Christmas

Enchanting Winter Woodland Tablescape for Christmas

For this year’s holiday season, I’m sharing a winter woodland tablescape featuring a rustic deer centerpiece.

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Three years ago, the first Christmas table I ever styled and shared on Debbee’s Buzz had a similar theme. But, I was brand new to blogging, and a novice at using the software and photo editing tools.

As part of this month’s Christmas Tablescape Hop, I’ve updated and restyled the rustic look. A standing deer on a toboggan centerpiece sets the scene for the winter woodland tablescape.

To create the casual holiday table, I’ve mixed everyday dishes with seasonal plates, flatware and linens. By swapping and rotating tableware in and out of the dishwasher, I’m able to reuse the same basic table setting for multiple meals.

It’s an easy, practical way to continually set a festive table throughout the month of December.

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In the Pink Valentines Day Table

In the Pink Valentines Day Table

It’s time for the first tablescape hop of 2020, and I’ve set a pink Valentines Day table and island bar in the open kitchen.

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I’ve also incorporated a few sweet Scottie dog accents. They elicit many happy memories of Fibber McGee, My Fuzzy Funny Valentine.

Our hostess, Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate, has changed the scheduling for tablescape hops. Previously, the weeklong format ran Monday through Friday, with four to five new tables each day. Starting with this Valentines Day Tablescape Hop, all stylists publish their posts on the same day.

I like the change and hope you will too? No longer will it be necessary to check back throughout the week. Instead, you can hop to your heart’s content via links at the bottom.

If you’re new to Debbee’s Buzz, or coming from Liz’s Be Mine Table, a warm welcome! Hope you find a sweet idea or two for your own Valentines Day table.

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Downhill Dinner at Ski Cabin Winter Table

Downhill Dinner at Ski Cabin Winter Table

It’s ski season for the Buzz family! And, in honor of the family-loved activity, I’ve set a winter table in our lodge-theme game room.

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A belated, but very happy New Year to you all! This is my first post of 2020. After the sudden and heartbreaking loss of my Sweet Scottie Dog (shared in DIY Christmas Cocktail Ornament Balls), I needed to take a break from blogging.

But, I’m trying to get back into the swing of things; taking part in Amber’s Cozy Winter Home Tours. There’s so much to see and bee inspired by when you get this group of 24 talented stylists together! If you’ve come by from Lora’s simple winter mantel decor ideas, welcome!

Now that the holidays are in the rearview mirror, that doesn’t mean we can’t continue to make merry with family and friends. Besides, spring is a long way off here in Pittsburgh! During the month of January, I transition Christmas decor and tableware to enjoy for the rest of the winter season.

So, let’s hit the slopes — I promise it’s a no-fall zone!

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