12/21/2009

A "Christmas in the Woodlands" Tablescape

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Hello my friends...Merry Christmas!!!
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I'm so happy that you stopped by today for a visit! I just wanted to wish each and every one of you...my dear sweet friends...a Merry Christmas!!! I pray that you and your families are filled to overflowing with the peace, joy, and love of God this Christmas season!!!
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Ohhh my...I had so many big plans for Christmas this year! I have been busy, busy...but I think I have run out of time to do some of the things that I was hoping to accomplish. For instance, I had three different Christmas tablescapes planned, however I have only been able to get one of them done! Where does all the time go to? Anyway, I would like to share with you, the one Christmas tablescape that I was able to finish! Enjoy!!!
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A Christmas in the Woodlands
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We are having a quiet, informal Christmas this year. It will just be my husband and I and the two children. I have planned an informal dinner for the four of us on Christmas day in our dining room...something warm and inviting...fun and full of Christmas magic!
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A "Woodlands Christmas" Place Setting
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I found these beautiful Christmas plates on ebay several months ago for just $12.49 for the set of four! It was love at first sight!!! These beautiful salad/dessert plates are called "Winter Greetings" and are manufactured by Lenox. Ohhh...just look at those sweet little chickadees! I decided to pair the Christmas salad/dessert plate with a solid red dinner plate...simple...informal!
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The amber colored goblets come from Walmart. I like how they pick up the amber tones on the Christmas plate!
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The Table Linens
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I love my new Christmas placemats! The black, red, and green colors are perfect with this Woodlands Christmas tablescape! I found them at the Dollar Tree...for just $1 each! I had hoped to find red and green plaid dinner napkins but I just ran out of time...so I used the solid red napkins that I already had!
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A "Christmas in the Woodlands" Centerpiece
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Ohhh...I had so much fun putting this table centerpiece together!
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A Woodlands Birdhouse
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I thought this pretty black birdhouse would be a great focal point for my "Woodlands Christmas" centerpiece! You know...those sweet little Christmas chickadees needed a home!
I used pine greenery and sprigs of red berries at the base of the birdhouse and scattered a few pinecones into the mix. I then added two decorative iron candleholders with pillar candles to each side of the birdhouse. The pillar candles were a little plain so I added a bit of twine, greenery, red berries, and a small pinecone for decoration.
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and we can't have a Christmas Woodlands without a bird's nest...
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I added a little bird's nest at the base of the birdhouse...it just seemed right! Hehe! A little cast iron bird is resting upon the nest.
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The Christmas Birds of the Woodlands
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Besides the little chickadees and the white bird in the nest...a couple of other birds came to visit! Ohhh my...they sure are plump little creatures! Hehe! I found two pretty wooden black birds at Hobby Lobby this past summer. I just loved the ornate cut-work design in the sides of them. If you look real close, you will see that the cut-work pattern is holly leaves and berries! Sooo pretty!!! These precious little guys were all black but I decided to touch up the holly leaves and berries with a little green and red acrylic paint so that the pattern would show up a little better.
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Christmas Trees...A Little Woodlands Magic
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I found these two beautiful red and gold glittery Christmas trees at the Goodwill a few weeks ago...they were only .50 each!
They bring a certain Christmas magic to our Woodlands...don't you think?
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A Christmas in the Woodlands...Buffet
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I thought I would include a couple of photos of the Christmas decor on my dining room buffet.
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Ohhh look...and here is the Woodlands Santa!
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I decided to use my Woodlands Santa in the dining room this year. And believe it or not...this is where the entire "Woodlands Christmas" theme began! We just had to have a Christmas Woodlands for Santa!!!
I started collecting Santas a few years ago...I don't have many but this one is my favorite!!! I just love his burgandy cordoroy coat with the all that fur trim! He has a tall staff in his hand that has a bit of pine greenery mingled into the top of the staff...and yes...another sweet Christmas bird...a Christmas cardinal! Santa is carrying a burgandy velvet bag over his shoulder...filled full of sugared fruit! Another bag sits at his feet with more sugared fruit! I think Santa has been feeding all of my Christmas Woodlands birds!
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And there you have it...a Christmas in the Woodlands tablescape!
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"Deck the Halls Tuesday" Party




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I am joining in with the Deck the Halls Tuesday party today! This marvelous Christmas party is hosted by the very sweet Susan over at Thoughts From Over the Rainbow. Please go by and see what Christmas pretties that Susan has for the party today and while you're there you can find a list of all the other Deck the Halls Tuesday party-goers!
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I would like to give a special thank you to Susan for hosting this fabulous Christmas party for the entire month of December! Susan, I have had sooo much fun participating!!! I also have really enjoyed all of the fabulous Christmas that everyone has shared for your party, my friend!!! I hope that we can do this again next year!!! Thank you, dear lady...for all of your hard work!!!
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Tablescape Thursday

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I am also participating in Tablescape Thursday hosted by very own Susan from Between Naps on the Porch! You won't want to miss out on Susan's fabulous Christmas table! Please go by and see Susan and all the other beautiful Christmas tablescapes!!!
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I would also like to give a special thanks to Susan for hosting this fun filled tablescaping event for us every Thursday! Each week, it's like opening up one of our favorite design magazines...with literally hundreds of fabulous tablescapes for our viewing pleasure!!! I always look forward to seeing everyone's beautifully set tables!!! Thank you, Susan...for providing us an avenue for which we can play with our dishes!!!
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Well my sweet friends, thank you so much for coming by today and taking a peek at my "Christmas in the Woodlands" tablescape! I'd love for you to leave me a comment and let me know that you were here...I'd love to visit with you!!!
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Have a wonderfully blessed Christmas, my friends!!! May the Lord bless you with good health and sweet fellowship with family and friends!!!
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Love ya'll,
Chari
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47 comments:

Blue Creek Home said...

Chari!
Your table and buffet are absolutely gorgeous!!!
I love the bird theme. Those e-bay chick-a-dee plates are wonderful and I can't believe you got those 2 cute trees for .50!!!
I hope you and your family have a joyous and blessed Christmas.
Rhonda

salmagundi said...

Beautiful, as always! I probably won't be around much the next few days. Mike got home tonight, we are all going to see Bob's mother tomorrow; then everyone will be in and out til Sunday. I've already cooked scads of food, but I know there is more to be done. I hope you and Russell have a joyous Christmas. Talk to you later, Sally

Jeanette said...

Everything is just beautiful. I know your family will have a wonderful Christmas!

vignette design said...

Your tablescape and mantle are beautiful. Love it! Merry Christmas! --Delores

Designs on 47th Street said...

I'm in love with this tablescape! It is so pretty, truly it is! How lucky to have found those wonderful dishes on ebay. Your table is just lovely,and then I saw your buffet! Oh, how I would love to see it in person. Better yet, I'd love to be sitting at the table getting to KNOW you in person! Merry Christmas to you and yours too Chari!

Donna

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Chari, your table is so delightful. You know me and the woodland things. I love them especially in the dining room. I've added a bit more this past year and love the feeling it gives off. You truly found some bargains girl.. love the cardinals!! Gorgeoussssss Chari my friend.. from our home to yours a Very Merry Christmas.. hugs ~lynne~

Blondie's Journal said...

You out~did yourself on this one, Chari. Everything is just lovely. The dishes are perfect, I am so glad you found them! I love the Woodland theme with the trees and birdhouse. It will be perfect for Christmas day dinner!! And of course, your buffet is just as gorgeous. Your dining room is stunning!!

Many wishes for a Merry & blessed Christmas, my very sweet friend!!

xoxo
Janie

The American Homemaker said...

Your table looks beautiful :)

Linda said...

What a cute table. I love the woodlands look. The plates are so pretty and I love all the birds. You did a great job. Merry Christmas.

Linda

The Quintessential Magpie said...

You got a steal on those plates, Chari! I have that pattern, and I love it. That is about the price of one plate. It's a fun pattern with all sorts of serving pieces, too.

XO,

Sheila :-)

Lynette said...

Looks beautiful Chari - cannot get over those gorgeous red and gold topiaries at the Goodwill - way to pretty to throw out - but now they are your new treasure and they fit in just perfect with your woodland theme!

Happy Holiday to you and your family Chari!

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Almost forgot... I enjoyed seeing your other finds, too! Merry Christmas!!! :-)

Charity said...

I love this - so lovely!! I am wanting to redo our bedroom in this type of theme - woodsy etc.. :)

Leigh of Bloggeritaville said...

Hi Chari!

Its stunning! Merry Christmas!

Barbara Jean said...

Chari,
I so absolutley adore those carved trees,
and, you know me and birds, so, though i do not use this term usually, they are "to die for"!!!
Too, too cute! And you have put it all together so beautifully.

And, I would like to say thank you, for your ever so kind comments you leave at my place. You cannot know what a blessing and encouragement they.

I pray you and your family are blessed a thousand times more than you bless others, and that will be a LOT of Blessings. =))

Barbara jean

Sharing with Sherri said...

What a feast for the eyes Chari! I sooo love the warm whites and the dramatic black colors against the vibrant red background on the walls! There's also nothing I love more, than the addition of greenery, pinecones and berries to a Christmas setting!!
It all looks just wonderful Chari!!

Happy Holidays!!
Sherri:)

Really Rainey said...

SO beautiful and cozy... I love a table that I can imagine myself actually sitting at and know knocking anything over... Love it! Very festive!
Merry Merry
~Really Rainey~

Sue said...

Chari, This "informal" Christmas dinner of yours is going to be lovely- the table is elegantly set and I love the dinnerware by Lenox. I have a table runner with that design that I didn't use this year. You've done a magnificent job with this theme in this room. It is truly inviting! I hope you enjoy a wonderful Christmas Day with your family. lots of hugs, my friend~ Sue

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Chari, I love everything about this - the birdie plates, the old-world woodland Santa, the bargain placemats, etc. You really put a beauty together! Merry Christmas! Linda

Theresa said...

Oh My Sweet Chari! I love it all... but thru all the pictures, those red glittery trees was what I was waiting to hear about:) Goodwill? Girl, I would have fought you for those beauties:) MY FAVORITE! It is all so pretty, the birdies and the black birdhouse, the Ebay plates and those beautiful goblets... honey please. They really go so well with the plates. Only you would have known to put those two together:) and make it so beautiful! Have a blessed day dear Chari and I hope this day is and extra special one!!!!!

Barb~Bella Vista said...

Chari, you have an angel's touch with your decorating.....elegant and so very graceful. It is truly awesome!

Merry Christmas, darling lady!

Barb ♥

Carol at Serendipity said...

Chari,

I ran out of time, too. I am bustling today but really feel like I would like to curl up on the sofa and look at the tree and read....

Your table is beautiful as usual. Have a wonderful holiday with your family.

Carol

Anita said...

Love your table...the little touches of black are just gorgeous, the placemats, the birds and the birdhouse...beautiful

Tootsie said...

Merry Christmas to you my friend and a very happy new year

Carolyn said...

Hi Chari,
You always set such a pretty table!I want to wish you a Merry Christmas and many blessings for the New year.

Carolyn

Oliva said...

So very beautiful, warm and inviting! Merry Christmas to you and your family!

sweetpicklesandchocolate said...

I love it! Beautiful and inviting. I've always liked the little chickadee dishes but never broke down and bought them.
Merry Christmas!
Dena

Mrs. P. said...

Chari....I just love your tablescape. Cardinals and chickadees are my favorites...they are always so busy seeming in the winter weather.

Merry CHRISTmas!
Gail

Gail said...

Chari, your home is absolutely gorgeous! First time visit and I have really enjoyed visiting. I have signed up to follow and will definitely be back. Thanks for leaving such a beautiful comment on my blog. May you and your family have a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.....off to make some cheese cakes!

Blessings,
Gail

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Hi Chari,
Oh my goodness, I am late! This is just one of my favorite tablescapes ever! I love those chick-a-dee plates, what a deal you got! The colors you used, the woodland theme with that darling Santa! Oh, and those placemats from the dollar tree look really good, great deal! Thank-you for the so sweet note, I am so thankful too for having you as my friend! It's been a great year getting to know you and soon, I hope, we can get together and meet! I have been so busy these last few days getting ready for Christmas, it feels like my head is spinning! Have a wonderful time with your wonderful family my dear~ Love Ya, Cindy

Melissa Miller said...

Chari this is just STUNNING! LOVE the gorgeous red trees. Oh my they are sooooo pretty. Love it all my friend. Faubulous job! :)

Zuzu said...

Very warm and pretty tablescape, Chari!
I just wanted to pop by and wish you and yours a very wonderful Christmas and New Year. The snow is still coming down, and it looks like we will have another beautiful Colorado White Christmas!
:)
Zuzu

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Chari, everything is just stunning. What a warm, and welcoming table. I hope you have a very Blessed Christmas dear friend. See you after the Holidays. Hugs, Marty

susan said...

Chari--So beautiful, as usual! Those placemats look as if they were made to go with your dishes! Love your woodlands theme. Hope your Christmas is full of joy and peace! I am so glad I have gotten to "know" you this year :) Thanks for linking to Deck the Halls!

Lana K. W. Austin said...

This is soooo wonderful. I truly love the dark colored birdhouse and birdies. It contrasts SO WELL with that gorgeous red dining room! Every detail is awesome!
MERRY CHRISTMAS! Hugs, Lana

Sarah said...

Chari, your Christmas in the Woodlands table is charming. The little chick-a-dee plates would grab anyone's heart. And such a deal! You pulled togethe such beautiful elements for this table. You and your family are going to have a perfect setting for your Christmas Day meal. The placemats really work well with this table. Great find!
Merry Christmas to you! Thank you for all the thoughtful comments you leave when you visit my blog. Each and everyone is most appreciated. ~ Sarah

Martha said...

I love your Christmas in the Woodlands! Love those dishes!

Entertain Exchange said...

I have been obsessed with red birds this Christmas...so I am loving you tablescape and decorations.

Susan

xinex said...

Hi Chari, your tablescape is enough to make me feel better. It looks so perfect and pretty. Those Christmas trees just pop, what a deal! Thank you so much for your well wishes and prayers, sure need some. Enjoy your Christmas dinner with the family and Blessings to all of you this Christmas season!...Christine

Mimi said...

Beautiful, beautiful table. Love the woodland centerpiece. Your Goodwill trees are gorgeous and add so much to your table. Thanks for sharing.
Merry Christmas!

Rettabug said...

Chari, your woodlands tablescape is just lovely!! I ♥ those dishes & would like to find some just like them to go with my Lenox china. I'm on the hunt!

♫ Merry Christmas to you, Hon!♫

Thanks for sharing all your pretties with us this past year.

fondly,
Rett

Dream Mom said...

Very pretty!

Lana K. W. Austin said...

I know I already wrote about this wonderufl tablescape with the bird motif (I'm still loving that dark colored bird house SO MUCH)_but I wanted to stop back by and than;k you for yoru kind comment. I have known for months now after regularly "tuning in" for TT that you were soooooo sweet and obviously really gifted at what you do. I think your tablescapes turn out so beautifully, though, not only because you're gifted at design, but also because your huge heart shines through everything you do. You are a blessing!
MERRY CHRISTMAS,
Lana

Pat said...

Stunning! Of course, I love the red & gold glittery trees...the dishes...all of it. :-)

xo

Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Chari~

What a beautiful Christmas tablescape! I trust you had a wonderful Christmas with your family!

in spite of the fact that I did not receive any of the rooms I asked santa for, I did have a most wonderful Christmas!

Happy New Year!

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