12/08/2010

A Christmas in the Woodlands Tablescape...from Christmas Past

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Hello my friends...I hope you're having a fabulous day!
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The countdown to Christmas continues! Today I thought I would share a tablescape from Christmas Past (2009)...called "A Christmas in the Woodlands". I hope that you enjoy!
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Christmas Past
December 21, 2009
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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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I am joining these fabulous parties...
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Tablescape Thursday...hosted by Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch.
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Christmas Party...hosted by Jessa over at A Holiday Haven.
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A heartfelt thanks to Susan and Jessa for hosting these fabulous parties!
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Well my friends, I know that everyone is busy with holiday preparations...I really appreciate you taking the time to stop by for a visit today!
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Warmest Christmas Wishes!


34 comments:

Theresa said...

I love your Christmas in the Woodlands Tablescape! Gorgeous Santa! You have a real talent my friend! Have a most blessed day! HUGS!

shannon i olson said...

absolutely beautiful. Love the little birdie plates!

food for thought said...

very sweet!

Candy @ The Little Round Table said...

Good Morning Chari!

I do remember those little bird plates from last year .... I may have to come snatch them from you! Very lovely setup.

Happy Holiday!

Candy

GardenofDaisies said...

Your table is so beautiful! I really love your bird plates.

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Love it. It is so pretty. Your cone Christmas trees are just wonderful and I love the use of the birdhouse too. Gorgeous. Hugs, Marty

Michelle said...

I so love that birdhouse :)

Debbie said...

See, here's the thing...
I'm continually amazed at the way you can put such unique things and colors together, and it always looks just stunning.

Amber glasses. I wouldn't have thought of it. Sigh. If I step 2mm away from the primary colors on the color wheel, I go a little dingy.

This is beautiful. I had seen those bird plates somewhere. I remember wanting them but using my best will power.

Beautiful, as always.

Kathleen said...

Oh my, Chari, you got a good deal! The table looks beautiful with those dishes!

Sharon Haynie said...

What a great table! I love the plates. Thanks for sharing with us!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Chari~ what a whimsical, charming woodland setting. My sweet neighbor adores birds and has an array of feeders for our feathered friends. Your birdie plates would be something I would love to give her. I'm going to put a hunt out for that pattern.
I wished you could work your decorating magic in my home. We'll be cutting our Christmas tree from the backyard this weekend when my college boy is home. That's sure way to get us in a festive mood.
Do you like playing Christmas music while decorating? For me the music brings a wonderful sense of the season to the air, as does the aromas of baking.

It's good to be back, I hope you get a chance to stop by for a visit.

Sweet wishes,
Sara

Sarah {abeachcottage} said...

lovely woodlands tablescape! the colours are beautiful

stopping by from TT...happy holidays

sarah

Pat said...

This is beautiful Chari.

I haven't used my dishes like this, yet this year, other than putting one in a vignette. I should get them out!

Beth said...

What a gorgeous table, Chari! I love the placemats and the bird plates. The centerpiece you have put together is fabulous! Hope you have a wonderful Christmas with your family, dear lady!
Blessings, Beth

On Crooked Creek said...

Chari,
Believe me I understand when you say you HAD planned. . .where does time go? This is an adorable woodland tablescape. Cute little bird plates and the birdhouse on the buffett is so charming. Thank you for sharing this post with us!
Fondly,
Pat

Janet Blondell said...

Everything is just beautiful. You have a very nice decorating touch. I love anything with birds so the dishes look so lovely with the woodland theme.

Mimi said...

What a beautiful woodlands table...the chickadee salad/dessert plates are a great choice to go with the red of the dinner plates. I love the Christmas trees!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

I love this woodlands theme with the little birds, the plates are adorable!

Absolutely beautiful tablescape!

Katherine

Marlis said...

Such beautiful table. I love the stylized trees. Great find on the Lenox plates. I love your style!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Your goodwill trees are my favorite. They are quite a treasure, Chari! Wonderfully beautiful.
Your whole table is warm and cozy and a lovely mix of organic elements and some rich looking pieces. The little birds here and there, in your table design just steals my heart. Those birdie plates are precious.
I have never seen this tablescape. I am so glad you shared it!
xo Yvonne

Sweetladyelaine said...

I love your tablescape! I love all the birdies especially the one from Hobby Lobby. Thank you for sharing. Have a Merry Christmas!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Well..Chari...I am..overwhelmed! AND I don't "overwhelm" easily. That birdhouse...oh dear..where can I find one? And if you tell me you did it yourself...well..then of course I would just have to try it! Now I can't wait for the sun to come up and for it to get light out side so I can get out the
SPRAY PAINT!! I love that birdhouse...
You have my favorite dishes also! I have always wanted those...sigh...
Merry Christmas sweet friend!
Mona

Barbara said...

What a delightful Christmas theme! I just love those Lenox plates. So pretty! I loved taking a peek at your other decor too.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your Christmas birds are so sweet -- loving those new dishes!

Maggie B said...

Stunning Chari,all your vignettes are just gorgeous.
Maggie

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

Christmas In The Woodlands...it is perfection...I've always loved those Lenox plates with the birds and you have done them proud!!!Have a wonderful Christmas season!!!

Melissa Miller said...

Oh my goodness gracious Chari this is a stunning holiday table! I adore the red tree and bird house. You have out done yourself here down to every detail. GORGEOUS!

I hope all is going well for you and yours this blessed season.

Warmly, ~Melissa :)

Sharing with Sherri said...

Chari, I LOVE decorating with natural and woodsy stuff for Christmas! Not only because it's alot less expensive but because it makes me feel a bit like a pioneer when I'm gathering branches and berries and fruit from my yard to create my decor, and also helps fill me to the true spirit of Christmas w/o all the commercialization.

Don't get me wrong though... I do love the shopping part too! LOL! Btw, How did I miss those beautiful placemats at the Dollar Tree??? Must have been sold out, but I will being going back to double check!!

You did such a beautiful job, as usual! Hope you have the happiest holiday with your cozy family gathering!

Warm hugs, Sherri:)

Deb S. said...

You are just amazing right along with your tablescapes! I love the centerpiece! What a great deal on those plates, I would have had a heart attack if I saw them, SCORE! You have paired everything so beautifully! Those birdies are perfect!

Entertaining Women said...

Wonderful mix of colors...a magically lovely tablescape. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Gail said...

Chari, I absolutely love your Christmas Woodlands tablescape. So much to see and love. The cone trees are beautiful! Thanks for sharing and inspiring us all. I've enjoyed my visit.

Have a wonderful day,
Gail

Sailing Simply said...

I love the Lenox Woodlands china, it is one of my favorites. Your centerpiece and side table is perfectly done, I love how you tied it all together. It's very warm and inviting too. Your whole setting is just gorgeous!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

Cheri~ ~ What a lovely table so many pretty elements! I love the bird plates and have always wanted a set. What a deal you got.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

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