Hope all of you are well and enjoying this wonderful season in spite of the many challenges we are facing. It’s so difficult to be apart from loved ones and many are finding it hard to embrace the season. I hope these Christmasy table settings help put you in the holiday spirit.

This tablescape ….actually TWO table settings using some similar elements …. were inspired by a Thrift Store find. The large bird house in the center back of the picture above was found this week at Miracle Hill. I loved the homey folk art look it has. I paired it with another Thrift Store bird house I found a few weeks ago and a Studio 56 frosted tree thrifted a month or so ago. The whimsical pottery house in the center is a gift from a very talented friend, a Potter, who does great whimsical pieces. I love how this house sort of leans a bit into the wind you can imagine blowing. This was a gift but I have several more pieces including a snowman with a great personality. The Potter is Gary Huntoon and you can find him on-line.

Everything sits on a super round place mat bought in the after Christmas sales last year.

The Noel placemat sits under the birdhouses keeping them together. The Joy placemats act as the base of the plate stack. Next comes a red and white plaid plate from The Christmas Tree Shop with a Better Homes and Garden Bird plate resting on top. The bird is bringing a red ribbon to decorate his home and picks up the red in the plates and the birdhouses. The bird plates were thrifted.

Red-handled flatware coordinates with the plates and reinforces the cheerful ambience of the rest of the table (a Goodwill find). Individual trees in tin buckets exclaim Merry Christmas in bright red writing while little birds nestle close to the branches.

Plaid napkins in Christmas tree napkin rings with a bright star on top and green pottery cups complete the rustic table setting.

The table is backed by a wall of Fitz and Floyd plates…..all thrifted over the past few years. The beautiful, merry and colorful plates add to the happy feeling of this Christmas with the Birds Thrifted Tablescape.

I wanted to show you how a few changes can completely alter the feel of a tablescape from rustic to a little more elegant while keeping the major components the same. So here we go.

First, we’re going to take our Joy placemats and flip them over so they show only white on the top.

We are going to keep the centerpiece exactly the same and even in the same place. The plate stack consists of a fluted Gorham dinner plate edged in gold followed by the matching salad plate. Next we add a different bird plate ….. this time made by Gibson showing a beautiful yellow bird with black wings surrounded by a ring of holly and berries.

I added a Christmas tree place card and holder to the center of the stack to echo the trees in the centerpiece. All the plates and the place card holders were thrifted. Next comes a white damask napkin (found this week at Goodwill) and these great wrought iron napkin holders (same Goodwill) that echo the black wings of the golden bird.

Beautiful silver and gold flatware from Goodwill ties in with the gold rimmed plates. I love the pattern and the way it picks up the light and sparkles on the table.

Finally, I added these beautiful, heavy crystal glasses (thrifted) that pick up and reflect the same holly and berries in the bird plate. Can’t remember the maker. If anyone knows, please let me know.

So, there you have it….. 1 centerpiece and two tablescapes. A few changes and you can change the mood of your table to fit the occasion. Hope you find some great pieces for your own table for this holiday season.

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