Tablescape: Snowman Table Setting

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Where I live, we have moderate temperatures and little snow in the winter. Even though I don’t miss having to wear a heavy coat or shoveling snow often, snow and snowman still seem pretty special as holiday icons to me! So enjoying them in a snowman table setting is the best of all worlds–you can love them as adorable figures without the cold of snow or the wet of melting slush!

 

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This set of cute snowman mugs belong to my friend Nell; she loaned them to me to create this bright Christmas tablescape. I love their sweet facial expressions and the periwinkle scarves which form the mugs’ handles and bases. The red-and-white striped paper straws can be found in most craft or party stores.

 

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I used red chargers from the Christmas Tree Shop, red-and-white striped and polka-dotted plates from Hallmark, and red-handled cutlery from Ollie’s. The white dinner plates are from 10 Strawberry Street. The clear glasses with bubbles in them reminded me of snowballs–they came from the Goodwill.

 

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The cloth napkins in a large red-and-white check were found on Amazon and can be used all year, from summer picnics to Christmas.

 

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The red and white beaded napkin rings were bought at Pier I a couple of years ago. They are lots of fun and can also be used on patriotic tables.

 

 

Notice the snowflake motif on the white tablecloth from Target–very useful during the holidays with many different color schemes

 

 

Someone had given me this red snowflake lantern a few years ago, and I wasn’t exactly sure how to use it, because it was a bit small to be a table centerpiece by itself. But then I had the idea to put it in a footed compote bowl filled with red-and-white mints and candy canes.The bowl raised the lantern high enough to give it presence. Inside the lantern is a battery operated tea-light which won’t get too hot to melt the candies surrounding it.

 

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Not every kind of candy cane or mint was a strong enough red to balance out the red of the rest of the table decor, so I took the lantern with me until I found the brands that was “just right.” Some of the mints are actually larger wooden painted ones, bought many years ago in a Hallmark shop, mixed in with the real candy ones.

 

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This snowman table setting could be used to surprise your family or group of friends. You can fill those mugs with hot apple cider or hot chocolate as an appetizer before dinner, or you could even serve a warm soup, like a thin butternut squash soup, in it. You could even leave the straw in for the soup!

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