Whimsical Woodland Christmas Tablescape

Yep, it’s official. The Christmas season is finally here, and that means it’s time for one of my favorite things in the whole wide world – holiday entertaining! There’s nothing like having my house filled with people I love, mingling over the sound of Christmas music while taking in that divine smell of pine mixed with cinnamon-y baked goods. And let’s not forget all that bad for the waistline but incredibly tasty holiday food.
Christmas bird
It’s that kind of mouth-watering food that deserves an equally mouth-watering tablescape. So that’s exactly what I set out to do.
bird tablescape
I’ve been contemplating my Christmas tablescape theme ever since I rolled off my seat from Thanksgiving dinner. While visions of sugarplums dance in the heads of some, I was envisioning a colorful woodland motif complete with branch stubs from our giving tree and whimsical flightless birds.
Bird table
Our centerpiece was similar to the wood-filled fireplace we did back a couple of months, using chopped up branches as bird perches.
christmas table ideas
We placed the birds strategically, distributing color throughout the table, then added a pine garland at the base to give it more of a holiday feel.  If you’re having a hard time finding or making these colorful birds, try either picking up some colorful flowers or use a flower delivery service for a bright and cheery table.
christmas table ideas(Don’t mind the gimpy bird.)

With the centerpiece in place, we set the table using a wicker charger and colorful plates.
christmas table ideas
We decided to make our own name placards by using some of the smaller branch pieces, some gold paint, scrapbook paper, a few finishing nails and re-purposing some Christmas garland.
Christmas tablescape
1- Cut branches (or in my case have the husband do it, he likes excuses to use a power tool) into 3-4” pieces, making sure the cuts are flat enough that they will stand up.
2- Paint your 3” finishing nails and decorative ball pieces (or whatever works) gold – I like to use Modern Masters Pharoah’s Gold.
3- Tap your nail into the center of your branch using a hammer.
4- Hot glue the decorative piece to the top of the nail.
5- Attach your printed scrapbook paper to the body of the nail using a glue stick and another piece of paper on the back, sandwiching the nail.
6. Serve and enjoy.
Christmas bird and wood tablescape, christmas funky table
I used my grandmothers antique gold flatware, and I love how it makes me remember childhood Christmases.
Christmas bird and wood tablescape, christmas funky table
With the tablescape finally done, I’m left to dream about what to serve at my next party. Any ideas?
Christmas bird and wood tablescape, christmas funky table

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  1. To stinkin cute!!

  2. Love the branches!! Too cute! I wish I had a bigger table to be able to do something like that!

  3. OMG!!! Where did you get those birds?? They are adorable (even gimpy). What a beautifully creative table setting. I love it.


    • I so wish they were mine, but I borrowed them from a good friend that picked them up from Nordstrom (they had used them to decorate their sales windows!)

  4. How very, very fun! Love those little birds and love your writing style … stopping by from Centsational Girl.

  5. I’m obsessed. This is so much fun, so cute, so unique, LOVE! Wonderful job :)

  6. Adorable! So creative. How could you NOT smile when you sit down at a table like this? :p

  7. This is so so DARLING. I would be so happy to eat at this table!! I’m super crazy about your gold flatware…I just picked some up at an auction and can’t wait to use it. :-)

  8. What an absolutely lovely table. Love this table both for eating at and as a focal point in a gorgeous room.

    So glad that you joined us at Pin’Inspiration Thursday.

    Happy new follower :-)

  9. I’m in love. This is so unique and darling and festive all at the same time. You guys did such a good job. I especially love that it looks natural and fancy, you two are amazing at putting things together. I can’t wait to see what else you have in store.

  10. Such a whimsical and festive table! So jealous with all that access to wood! :-)


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