Nutcracker Ballet Inspires David Austin Roses’ At-Home Fun

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By Jill Brooke

Are you missing going to the Nutcracker as an annual holiday tradition? Whatever your outside holiday traditions, bring them indoors.

Use your imagination as the talented team at David Austin roses just did by imagining what a “Nutcracker” inspired dinner and environment would be like in your own living room or for a dinner event. 

Here are the pictures and as usual the greatest garden rose producers in the world created something magical using their pillowy Keira and Miranda roses.

After all, these roses have such elegant ruffled blooms that are reminiscent of a ballerina’s tulle tutu and just ooze Christmas enchantment.

And since we love to inspire our flower-loving family, perhaps think about watching some of the great recorded Nutcracker ballets and children’s shows to make it a fun family evening. 

Fantasy is a good thing as is resourcefulness. Especially since we are all going to be homebound for weeks and months to come.



The Nutcracker was written by Tchaikovsky in 1892 and adapted from T.A. Hoffmann’s story, “The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.”

Not a big hit at first, it slowly grew in popularity. By the late 1960s, it became an annual holiday tradition that ballet companies showcase all around the world. In fact, for many places, these performances account for 40% of their annual ticket performances.  As a result of its popularity,” The Nutcracker” has become Tchaikovsky’s most famous composition.

Furthermore, the ballet’s set design has also inspired countless holiday decorations that people use for home decor.

Aside from the pale dreamy pink blooms, the David Austin floral artists paired the flowers with light champagne colored berries as an accent with eucalyptus colored leaves. Not the pine green color greenery which would take away from the softness of the overall decor.

Another holiday tip for your “Nutcracker” evening?  Use crystal Waterford vases – my favorite – since it lets the light dance from the beautiful bouquets and showcases the magnificence of these special blooms. When you want a specific flower to be your prima ballerina, glass vases are a perfect choice.

For even more fun, perhaps have the kids dress up in ballet outfits and the boys as a prince and everyone dresses up for dinner. Wouldn’t that be fun? For place cards, create ones with the kids’ pictures on them to personalize it more.

The trick is to set the stage for memorable moments which always start with love, imagination and of course, eye-catching flowers.


Jill Brooke is a former CNN correspondent, Post columnist and editor-in-chief of Avenue and Travel Savvy magazine. She is an author and the editorial director of FPD.

Photo Credit:Janelle Ford

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