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The Nutcracker Inspired Christmas Vignette

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Growing up, one of my favorite holiday traditions was watching The Nutcracker on PBS. It was always the version with Mikhail Baryshnikov and I recall  being enchanted by the ballerinas and confused by guys in tights. "Hee, you can see his butt!" I'm proud to say Molly is also enchanted by the ballet (and confused by the guys in tights). We have a tradition of attending a children's adaptation by a NJ ballet company and this year we are bringing Ellie for the first time. I hope she loves it!
In the spirit of our beloved ballet, I decided to put together a little Christmas vignette in Molly's room with a Nutcracker theme.  I love the soft pinks I used to create two different types of ballet inspired Christmas trees, and the glittery ribbon!
I'll post a tutorial for the trees in the next day or two but they were an easy, one hour project.  I was inspired by the iconic frothy tulle tutus but also those soft, downy sweaters and legwarmers ballerinas wear when warming up.
The Nutcracker is Molly's souvenir from the first year we attended the ballet. The portrait is a black and white of Molly from a recital dress rehearsal. I added a tag that says "while visions of sugar plums danced in our heads." Not an exact quote but I'm not an exact person, right?  I messed up!  LOL!  But she doesn't know or care and neither do I!
I hope you enjoyed a glimpse of our holiday d├ęcor. I'm hoping to post more as I do things. I wish I could be one of those bloggers who has all her Christmas stuff up and ready to go by Thanksgiving but alas, I'm not! 
I am adoring all of your house tours and gift ideas too. This is such a fun time to cruise blogs, isn't it?  Everyone is wearing their blogging finery! 


  1. This is simply scrumptious! It's wonderful!!!

  2. Your version of the quote is 'customized'. It works!

  3. Love it! What a great idea for decorations for the holidays! Clever!

  4. Molly is one lucky little ballerina!!


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