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Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

We all love a good, late breakfast, aka Brunch, especially on Christmas Day. Set up your dining room table to suit all of the family this Christmas season with inspiration from Jen Svendsen of Midwest Life and Style Blog. See how she transformed her dining room for a holiday brunch with the help of The Home Depot.

I love everything about the holiday season. The traditions. The food. And, of course, the festive decor! For those who know me well, this should come as no surprise. (After all, I’ve had Christmas tunes on repeat for a few months now.) So this year I’m thrilled to team up  with The Home Depot as a partner for their Holiday Style Challenge to share some ideas for creating a festive holiday brunch.

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

One of my favorite holiday traditions is gathering around the table with family and friends for a meal. So for my style challenge, I decked out our dining room with pieces from The Home Depot’s home decor and holiday collections. Complete with a DIY hot cocoa bar, it’s perfect for a festive Christmas brunch, don’t you think?

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

Home for the Holidays

This year, more than ever, I wanted to make our home feel welcoming for the holidays. To capture those warm cozy feelings and create a timeless Christmas look, I used a mix of greenery paired with red, gold, and traditional plaid throughout our home.

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

The Home Depot had everything I needed to decorate for the season. From home decor to garlands, trees, ornaments, and more! The Home Depot is a one-stop-shop for decking the halls. Don’t have a Home Depot store nearby? No problem! You can shop online or use The Home Depot mobile app and have everything shipped right to your door.

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

Setting the Table

Creating a festive holiday brunch starts with styling the table. To begin, I used a basic white table cloth as a base. Then, I transformed this plaid throw blanket into a table runner.

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

Next, to create a focal point, I chose these gorgeous gold lanterns and filled them with a mix of red and gold shatterproof ornaments. The ornaments add just the right pop of color and help bring to life the timeless Christmas look and feel I had in mind.

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

For the place settings, I created texture and layers with wooden chargers and these red fringed napkins. Then I used this classic cream stoneware, gold flatware, and some crystal champagne flutes to complete the festive brunch look.

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

Hot cocoa is a favorite in our house during the holidays, so I also created a fun, DIY hot cocoa bar using a coffee urn and some glass jars filled with toppings like marshmallows, candy canes, and chocolate chips. Yum!

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

Decking the Halls

I love to use greenery in all of my holiday decorating. The Home Depot has a wide variety to choose from including this pre-lit wreath from the new Woodmoore Holiday Collection. I love the beautiful detail of the red berries and the big, plaid bow!

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

To bring even more holiday cheer to the room, I used a 12-ft pre-lit noble fir garland to wrap our light fixture. The lights on the garland help add an extra warm glow that really makes the whole space feel magical.

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

A Tree with All of the Trimmings

No holiday gathering would be complete without a tree with all of the trimmings. To continue with the classic red and gold theme, I decorated our tree with the same shatterproof ornaments that I used on the dining room table. Then, to finish, I topped it with a gold mercury star.

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

Once I was done, I looked and I felt like something was still missing, so I couldn’t resist including this holiday gnome. He looks perfect inside nestled under the tree.

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

Creating a Festive Holiday Brunch

No matter how you celebrate this season, I hope you feel inspired and this has given you some ideas for creating your own festive holiday brunch. Wishing you a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

There’s nothing like the holiday season, and it’s even better when you can enjoy it outside. Leslie Saeta of My 100 Year Old Home shared how she transformed her patio into a holiday paradise even a nutcracker would love, with some help from The Home Depot!

I am so excited to share with you my Christmas Nutcracker Dinner that I created on our back porch for The Home Depot’s Holiday Style Challenge. We live in Southern California and entertaining outside is something we love to do all year long. With our large fireplace and heaters in the ceiling of the porch, we dine outdoors — even in December!

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

This year I created a Nutcracker themed dining room with the items I found online on The Home Depot’s website. I love the gorgeous tree, the beautiful table items, and the Nutcracker accents.

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

I made a very special wooden centerpiece that holds lots of candles and I can’t wait for you to see how I made this. This evening will truly be an amazing dinner for our family.

The Nutcracker Themed Tree

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

The Home Depot sent me this amazing Christmas tree. It was so easy to assemble and took me less than half an hour. The tree came in three parts and everything was pre-wired. I love that it comes with a remote control and a timer.

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

I decorated the tree with three types of ornaments. They are the Home Accents Holiday 80 mm Shatterproof Ornaments, the Northlight 5.25 in. Assorted Classic Nutcracker Ornaments and the 3.25 in. (80 mm) Celadon Green Shatterproof Christmas Ball Ornaments. The tree collar is a Home Accents Holiday 27 in. D Red Metal Christmas Tree Collar.

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

I made my own burlap ribbon because it’s really hard to find it in 8 in. and 11 in. widths. I bought one roll of burlap fabric and made all of the 8 in. wide burlap ribbons for the tree and the two 11 in. wide tie backs for our outdoor curtains. The total cost was $11. (An easy way to cut burlap is to measure the width you need, and pull out one string of the burlap fabric along the width line. By pulling the thread, you will have an obvious line to use as a cut guideline.)

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

When it is lit, the tree looks absolutely gorgeous. I added this fun, LED Nutcracker as well for additional flair!

Wooden Centerpiece with Hanging Votives

I think the most dramatic element of my Nutcracker themed dining room is the wooden centerpiece I made with the hanging votives.

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

This centerpiece can be used in the dining room, on a patio table, and just about anywhere. You can adjust the height of the votives in the jars and also hang anything from the rope. The bottom trough of the wooden centerpiece can hold appetizers or in this case, dried eucalyptus with Christmas ornaments.

How to Make a Wooden Centerpiece with Hanging Votives

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

Materials needed:

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

Cut the boards in these sizes:

  • Sides: Cut two boards to 4 in. x 72 in.
  • Bottom: Cut one board to 72 in. x 7 in.
  • Vertical Pieces: Cut two boards to 48 in. x 5 1/2 in.
  • End pieces: Cut two boards to 7 in. x 4 in.
  • Pieces to support vertical boards: Cut two boards to 3 7/8 in. x 5 3/4 in.

I built this wooden centerpiece to specifically fit our outdoor table. You can adjust the size to meet your needs.

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

Once the boards are cut, attach the sides to the bottom with a nail gun. Nail the end pieces on each side.

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

Cut the vertical boards so that they are in the shape of a paddle. I made the cuts 10 in. from the bottom and cut the paddle width down to 3 in. across.

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

Place the vertical boards into the trough and add the pieces that support the vertical boards on each end. You want the vertical boards to fit snugly but still be able to remove the vertical boards for storage. 

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

Drill a hole in the top end of each board to thread the rope through. 

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

Lightly sand the edges of your wooden centerpiece and stain the color of your preference. I love the Behr Classic Gray water-based stain.

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

Look at the difference!

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

Set up the wooden centerpiece on your table. Add the vertical boards and thread the rope through the holes and tie a knot in each end to secure the rope. I tied jute twine to the top edge of mason jars, filled them with votive candles, and tied them to the rope.

Creating the Nutcracker Themed Table

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

For the table, I shopped most of the items on The Home Depot’s website online. I selected the green and white ticking placemats and added these glasses. I also found these wine goblets online. Even though they look like exquisite glass, they are made of recycled plastic. How amazing is that? Lastly, I selected the 11.02 in. RYO White Dinner Plates (Set of 6) by Manhattan Comfort to finish the settings. I am so happy with these items and can’t wait to use them indoors and out, all year long.

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

I made nutcracker cut-outs to decorate the top of the plates and placed a wooden nutcracker on top of each. Then I made nutcracker snowflakes and hung them to the ceiling of our porch.

Decorating The Outdoor Fireplace

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

I also decorated our outdoor fireplace. On one side I hung stockings, and added three nutcracker ornaments from my personal collection. I also hung this artificial eucalyptus wreath (with wire strung from the trellis on each side).

How to Create a Nutcracker Themed Christmas Dinner

On the other side of the fireplace, I placed another Nutcracker with LED lights.

This was a magical experience and I cannot wait to host this Nutcracker themed Christmas dinner with our family.

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Adding A Touch of Winter To Our Dining Room this Holiday Season

Nothing sets the mood for the holiday season like a decorative dining room refresh. Warm and cozy for the family to enjoy dinner and each other’s company. Bryan Fiveash of DIY Daddy and his family decked out their dining room with the help of The Home Depot. See how he mastered this style challenge below.

As summer comes to a close every year, I always look forward to the change in the season. In my area, cooler temperatures and falling leaves invite thoughts of hot chocolate and possible snowflakes. I’m excited to see that time arrive again!

For my Home Depot Style Challenge, I want to show how my wife and I embellished our dining room with a mix of the newest product offerings from The Home Depot and a few of my own DIY projects.

For the past several months, traveling and shopping in-store hasn’t been an option for our family, but that hasn’t slowed my DIY projects down one bit! Nor did it affect me receiving the products I needed for this style challenge. As always, The Home Depot has both everything you need to decorate your home with the latest in seasonal decor, and super convenient ways to purchase it.

The Home Depot makes it so easy to order home accents and DIY project materials. Their website is easy to navigate and ordering is a breeze. You can have your items shipped to your house, arrange for free pick-up at your local store, or even have the items brought to your vehicle. Visit HomeDepot.com to learn all about their pick-up and delivery options.

Oh, have you downloaded the mobile Home Depot app? It truly is a hi-tech personal shopping assistant located right on your device.

It’s Easy Being Green

Adding A Touch of Winter To Our Dining Room this Holiday Season

Our goal for this style challenge was to blend the chill of the winter season with the warmth and comfort of our dining room, which is a main family destination in our home. We started off adding a touch of greenery with this micro dot LED-lit artificial wreath and this Norwood fir 9 ft. garland. The branches on both looks so realistic that it’s hard to believe they’re artificial! The wreath also has a timer for easy on/off programming. My wife added bows to the wreaths that she made herself.

Adding A Touch of Winter To Our Dining Room this Holiday Season

We bought an additional garland to accompany an easy DIY project pictured above, which is a log fitted with several LED tea light candles. That project is so easy, the only tools you need is a drill and a spade bit. I love the warm glow of these tea light candles and the soft flicker of the LED flame! These decorations look great on my DIY pallet wood and concrete top buffet table, which also regularly features my wife’s yummy cupcakes.

Adding A Touch of Winter To Our Dining Room this Holiday Season

The shelf below displays a few Behrens 2 qt. and Behrens 5 qt. galvanized steel pails full of faux snowballs, and is lit up with Home Accents Holiday net lighting. To top them off, my wife again added some ribbon embellishments to the pails like she did with the wreaths and our candlesticks below.

I See Snowflakes!

Adding A Touch of Winter To Our Dining Room this Holiday Season

We further added to our winter season theme by adding a metal snowflake garland and a few snowflake wall plaques. Their rustic look is the perfect complement to these rustic white pallet wood shutters.

The Pleasant Glow of LED Wax Candles

Adding A Touch of Winter To Our Dining Room this Holiday Season

Adding A Touch of Winter To Our Dining Room this Holiday Season

In addition to those LED tea light candles, I also bought these LED wax votive candles that can be operated by remote control. Like the tea light candles, the votive candles give off a warm light with a slight flicker in the LED flame. They also give off a subtle vanilla scent.

When deciding where to put these votive candles in our dining room, my wife and I came up with two more DIY projects—a wood planter box centerpiece for our table and pallet wood candlesticks. Isn’t that LifeProof Luxury Vinyl Plank Flooring I installed nearly a year ago still looking great?

Cool and Cozy, Thanks to The Home Depot

Adding A Touch of Winter To Our Dining Room this Holiday Season

Adding A Touch of Winter To Our Dining Room this Holiday Season

Finally, we added new glasses and flatware for our dining table. All the seasonal decor products I purchased from The Home Depot really help to bring in the cooler temps. Yet they also add coziness to our dining room.

I hope our dining room transformation has provided ideas and inspiration for you! Don’t forget to visit HomeDepot.com for the latest and best in seasonal decorations.

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