Thinking Spring

The calendar says February, but a few sunny & mild days with temperatures in the 60’s has me Thinking Spring~

 Anticipating Spring’s arrival~ I’m enjoying some tabletop gardening~ with the warm weather having whet my appetite for. . .

Spring Bulbs. . .

 Blooms. . .

Butterflies. . .

Birds. . .

 And Bees~

In addition to the warm weather, I found some tabletop inspiration with new napkins from Kohl’s~

~along with some Lenton Roses my mother-in-law shared from her flower bed to fill some jars for the table.

 My matelassé coverlet is top-dressed with a jute runner from Pottery Barn (last year) for texture & warmth~

While a pair of zinc trays have been transplanted with bird seed, a found nest & a small watering can~

Vintage gardening trowels, a pair of salvaged corbels, and a wire cloche are perennial favorites, making a return appearance at the table~

And this bird topped server took flight from HomeGoods to migrate home with me last year and has nested at the table previously here~ serving up fruit & flowers.

I found this idea for an appetizer, ideal for a Spring Garden Party, in a back issue of Southern Living Magazine~

 A bird’s nest constructed from basil pesto and a blend of goat & cream cheese~ wrapped in thyme sprigs~

Flour tortillas + the magic of cookie cutters + the oven = bird shaped crackers :)

I added some chopped pecans to my reserved cheese for the bird’s eggs to give the spread a little texture~

You can find the recipe for Pesto Goat Cheese courtesy of Southern Living here.

Wishing you Warm Temperatures and an Early Spring!

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

Table Top Tuesday~

Centerpiece Wednesday~


Tablescape Thursday~

 Foodie Friday~

Feathered Nest Friday~

Potpourri Friday~

Rose Vignettes for Fresh-Cut Fridays~

Open House Party~

 Vintage Inspiration Friday~

 Seasonal Sundays~

  72 comments for “Thinking Spring

  1. February 21, 2012 at 10:55 am

    Absolutely Beautiful!

  2. February 21, 2012 at 11:01 am

    I’m thinking we must have been related in another life, Mary! I have very similar stemmed goblets, the same Napoleon bee flatware AND what I think are the same wicker plates, too! Only I’d never be able to combine them all so beautifully!
    Your entire setting is just so creative & fresh. It has SPRING written all over it.

    My *Smock & Talk* group is coming today to sew & I’ve got the pretty chickadee teapot & sugar/creamer set out on my newly finished quilted birdy tabletopper. I’m using one of the big plates to hold lemon meringue tarts, all in a wicker basket with my wicker patterned mugs & dessert plates. They work well today. Took lots of pictures to share with you real soon.
    Thank you again for such a lovely give-away win!


  3. February 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

    Oh so lovely. Your sense of spring is amazing. I loved every single picture. Just amazing.

  4. February 21, 2012 at 11:11 am

    I, too, am longing for Spring. This gorgeous table just reinforces that. Your ability to see a table come together just from a napkin is amazing. I will check my Kohl’s for the napkins, they are beautiful and dragonflies are my daughters FAVORITE. Thanks for the “breath of Spring”. XO, Pinky

  5. February 21, 2012 at 11:12 am

    I’m thinking of Spring, too! I think I love your garden-y tables the best! You’ve made me want to buy some bulbs, I might just go out and see what I can find!

  6. February 21, 2012 at 11:15 am

    Thanks, Mary! I needed that! We have had snow on the ground for over two weeks here, and I am ready for spring! Your table vignette warmed my heart! I also discovered since I started tablescaping, that I love anything with birds. I think the wire cloche is my favorite item, and nothing is sweeter than a handful of flowers in a mason jar. Thanks for sharing, and I hope spring arrives soon!

  7. February 21, 2012 at 11:29 am

    Mary, this gorgeous setting definitely says Spring! Your tables make my heart sing. I want to sprout wings and fly right in to your scape. Love all the natural textures of this table!
    Definitely like spring time here. I worked in the garden on Sunday. All my roses were blooming, but had to prune them back to 2 feet. It was hard to do, but should have been done two weeks ago.
    Wishing you fresh air and beautiful sunshine! ~ Sarah

  8. February 21, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    Mary, those goat cheese eggs are adorable and almost too pretty to eat! And I’m really liking that jute runner that you have on your table! You are the best at combining textures and giving ordinary items new uses!

  9. February 21, 2012 at 2:09 pm

    This is all so lovely, Mary, that it makes me impatient for spring!! It’s all perfect. Love the “nest” and its contents–such a cute idea. May need to steal it for Easter! Thank you for always giving us lots of good ideas and inspiring us. May spring come soon–and with no rains! :)

  10. February 21, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Beautiful photos that sum up the anticipation of Springs imminent arrival.

  11. February 21, 2012 at 2:30 pm

    what a welcome home on my big screen, after living on a wee phone it feels good to get to breath you in! another gorgeous setting, i had wanted to get out this week and play too, but with “homework” and turning around to head back to the beach in a mere 4 days i think yours may be all i get to enjoy :) pretty pretty pretty!

  12. Suzi Lapere
    February 21, 2012 at 2:36 pm

    Your table is so wonderful. Love all the gardening references. The nest with edible eggs is fab.

  13. afoodie
    February 21, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    Always delightful to get “lost” in your blog, even if it’s just for a few minutes.

  14. February 21, 2012 at 6:55 pm

    Oh Mary, this is the most wonderful post ( as they always are!) This is like torture as we just got dumped on for the first time – skiers are loving it, but it probably means we are going to get dumped on all Spring and miss it. You make me want to be out in the garden and enjoying the sunshine. Every little detail is amazing. How long does it take you to put together a table like this? I just get lost in the details – lovely!

    Wouldn’t this be fabulous in a gardening magazine?!!!

  15. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    February 21, 2012 at 7:10 pm

    Love the cute napkin rings and the cheese and cracker display is just beautiful! Sending nice warm thoughts your way:@)

  16. February 22, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Wow, you have definitely captured the essence of early spring. Beautiful.
    I love how you weave all the different textures into a beautiful table presentation. Everything speaks spring. I can almost hear the birds chirping and the flowers growing. I think what I like the best is that it seems to represent early spring when everything is in transition and the earth seems to be waking up after a winter’s nap.
    Have a great week.

  17. February 22, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Mary, I’m back tonight for a breath of fresh spring air. Love lingering at your tables. Big sigh! ~ Sarah

  18. February 22, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    beautiful spring! :)

  19. February 22, 2012 at 5:29 pm

    Why do I often feel hungry after visiting your blog? :))

  20. Riet
    February 22, 2012 at 5:30 pm

    Such beautiful photo’s. Love your tablescapes. Just gorgeous.

  21. February 22, 2012 at 6:11 pm

    Beautiful as always!

    I’m reading “Matchmaker” and hope to have a post ready for next time!!



  22. February 22, 2012 at 7:21 pm

    Your table is lovely….Giving just a hint of Spring with whispers of the exuberance that will (hopefully) soon follow…

    Your sense of style is impecable, Mary!

  23. JDaniel4's Mom
    February 22, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    This makes me long for spring. What a beautiful table!

  24. February 23, 2012 at 12:03 am

    Beautiful! You certainly have my anticipating spring now.

  25. February 23, 2012 at 1:41 am

    You set the loveliest tables!!

  26. February 23, 2012 at 11:28 am

    WOW!!! I am in love with everything you did! The bird topped server is gorgeous!! The crackers, the little tray, the linens your whole theme….everything is just perfect! Come link up to Centerpiece Wednesday on my blog and show off your tablescape ideas!!


  27. February 23, 2012 at 11:39 am

    You are so creative. I love your gardening theme and the new napkins are adorable!

  28. Pam
    February 23, 2012 at 11:58 am

    Definitely Spring! The first think that pops are your lovely colors. My favorite is the watering can. How clever to make the crackes with cookie cutters. Thanks for the cheese idea. Everything is darling and time to think of gardening! Happy Tea Party! Pam

  29. February 23, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    So beautiful and Spingy! I love the napkins and bird napkin rings….
    Colors are great!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


  30. February 23, 2012 at 12:56 pm

    You always have some of the most creative food!!! The basil pesto & goat cheese in the thyme nest…beautiful!!! I truly wish I had the patience and skill to create the lovely food you have mastered! The tablescape, of course, is magnificent and such a tease for Spring! I had Lenton Roses in the yard of our previous home and was always so excited to see them bloom! Yours are gorgeous!!!!!

  31. Karen S.
    February 23, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Such lovely photos as always……and spring seems to be popping up here almost on a weekly habit…then winter for a day….and back to spring!

  32. February 23, 2012 at 5:38 pm

    Beautiful photos, Mary! I’m so happy to be seeing the signs of Spring, and I am in awe of everything you put together. I’m trying to shed a few pounds, and looking at these pics makes me hungry! Everything is so gorgeous, love it!!

  33. February 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    WOW! What a beautiful tablescape. One of the prettiest I’ve ever seen. LOVE!

  34. February 23, 2012 at 10:11 pm

    This tablescape is so beautiful! What imagination and creativity your have! Thank you for sharing at Potpourri Friday!

  35. February 23, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    And I thought I was smart using a small leaf shape cookie cutter to cut leaves from dough for the edges of my pumpkin pies. This is brilliant! What festive idea!~Ames

  36. February 23, 2012 at 10:40 pm

    Another beautiful tablescape to inspire us! You are making me yearn for Spring even more. Love the sweet birdies and eggs appetizer. Darling!

  37. February 23, 2012 at 10:49 pm

    Hi lovely lady.
    Such beautiful photo’s. Love your tablescapes. Just gorgeous. Come see me if you can.I hope you have a wonderful weekend with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  38. Pat
    February 23, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    This is really a wonderful spring time table vignette, Mary! Everything is just perfect and looks so beautiful. The the pesto cheese bird eggs and bird shaped toasts are such a sweet and festive treat. I’m pinning all your ideas ;)

    Do you do Pinterest? I’d love to have your name so I can also follow you over there.

  39. Pondside
    February 23, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    How could I resist a post with such a title. It didn’t disappoint, either. I think that this appetiser will be very pretty on a spring bridal shower table.

  40. February 24, 2012 at 11:22 am

    This is absolutely stunning. I am almost speechless! Love it all.

  41. February 24, 2012 at 4:50 pm

    Oh my! beautiful…I’d gladly sit there…
    Blessings & Aloha!
    Happy to be visiting through Ms. Jenny’s Alphabe-thursday :o)

  42. February 24, 2012 at 9:26 pm

    This is just so beautiful. Love all of the details added….gives such a wonderful spring feeling.
    Marianne :)

  43. February 25, 2012 at 8:53 am

    This is so wonderful. I love all of the attention to detail – and coordinating food too!

  44. February 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I am thinking Spring too, Mary! Beautiful table!

  45. FABBY
    February 25, 2012 at 8:32 pm

    What a sweet and lovely post of spring… is in the air. Your table is beautiful, love the pesto birds on the dip and toasts, so amazing Mary. You are so talented, I love all your tablescapes and this one is just fabulous! Enjoy your Sunday. Happy SS.

  46. February 25, 2012 at 10:13 pm

    Hi Mary, As always your table is beautiful! The roses add just the perfect touch of color to go with those napkins! Kohl’s is here but out of my usual tracks, but I must make an effort to get there. I really like those napkins! And the use of the coverlet is so clever. I think I will pull out an old burgundy one I have from another decade and use it outside this Spring. You always inspire me! Linda

  47. February 25, 2012 at 10:23 pm

    absolutely stunning! Love your galvanized/tin containers and servers. The bulbs are the perfect accessory to the table. Love love the look! I wish it were spring already… xo marlis

  48. February 26, 2012 at 12:24 am

    Gorgeous…absolutely gorgeous!

  49. February 26, 2012 at 12:43 am

    Oh Mary, your tablescape is stunning, as usual!! I love the Napoleon flatware. What a great idea to use the toritllas & cookie cutters to make darling birds….love that idea!!

  50. February 26, 2012 at 9:12 am

    Oh Mary!!! This table just makes my heart beat faster. I am so exciting for spring to arrive in Nova Scotia. Your attention to detail is second to none! Just amazing! Love the seasonal appetizer as well! So very inspiring!

  51. February 26, 2012 at 1:45 pm

    Absolutely fabulous! I love everything.

    Susan and Bentley

  52. February 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm

    Hi Mary,
    Pleased to meet you! Your creative style and photography are equally stunning! So mag worthy. New career on the horizon?! :-) Your blog is truly beautiful. Congrats on a superb job. I’ll be back often!
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

  53. February 26, 2012 at 9:34 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!! I would love to be a guest at that table!

  54. February 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Delightful garden setting perfect in every way!

  55. February 27, 2012 at 9:17 pm

    What an iNcredibly lovely post! This garden setting is just so stunning. Love the idea of the goat cheese eggs, too.


    Thanks for linking this nifty post up to Alphabe-Thursday’s letter “N”.


  56. Lucy May
    February 28, 2012 at 8:45 am

    Where can I find those bird napkin rings? They are to die for!!!!!!

    • February 28, 2012 at 8:48 am

      Thanks for everyone’s kind comments :) The bird napkin rings came from Pottery Barn last year~

  57. February 29, 2012 at 11:57 am

    You are so creative and have a natural ability to style a table. I look forward to your tablescapes and book recommendations every week. Magic!

  58. February 29, 2012 at 12:54 pm

    What a wonderful tablescape for Spring! I’m in love! thanks so much for linking up to Vintage Inspiration Friday, I’ll be featuring this post this week!

  59. March 1, 2012 at 12:34 pm

    I always make my mad dash to your blog…you really are the bees knees! your creativity is unmatched and I love each setting you do!

  60. Debbie
    March 1, 2012 at 2:33 pm

    This is so lovely. I love your Hellebores.

  61. March 1, 2012 at 2:35 pm

    I just pinned this so I wouldn’t forget any detail. You have given me so much inspiration in one post. I love the table. Period. I love individual elements like the centerpiece and those napkins rings and just all of it! On top of that I love the bird’s nest luncheon idea with the nest and bird tortillas. This was magnificent.

  62. March 1, 2012 at 3:36 pm

    Your table is a breath of spring…beautiful.

  63. March 1, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    You are featured today at Potpourri Friday at 2805!

  64. Liz
    March 1, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    So pretty! You always have the prettiest pictures and tables! :) Thank you for joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday. I’m so glad to have you be a part. :)


  65. March 2, 2012 at 6:28 am

    Christmas Roses are so beautiful. I like your mix of birds and tin. To this also serve food in the form of a bird’s nest is .. Brilliant. I wish you a wonderful weekend! Zinnias

  66. March 2, 2012 at 4:11 pm

    Thanks for tons of pictures–they tell such a wonderful story of your care in presenting this tabletop. I love your attention to all of the details, including the bird’s nest food! Gorgeous.

  67. March 3, 2012 at 9:02 am

    Your tablescape is so beautiful. I love everything about it.It inspires me! You have such a lovely blog.I’m signing up for your e mail.


  68. March 4, 2012 at 11:10 am

    oh my goodness I love it all, so beautiful. I enjoyed my visit to your lovely blog. I look forward to following you. Hugs!

  69. Julie Harris
    March 4, 2012 at 9:51 pm

    This is my first time visiting your website. It is beautiful and inspiring. This spring setting is just lovely. Thank you for saying where you purchased the napkins (and other items). I went straight to Kohl’s website and purchased the napkins and also a tablecloth to match. Both were on sale! It will look lovely with my tableware. Where did you find the cute flatware with the bees on it? Your photos are so fun to look at. Takes me to another place…always beautiful.

    Julie from Michigan

  70. March 11, 2012 at 2:56 pm

    Your Lenten rose post is stunning! :D I am linking from Fresh Cut Friday, but I also follow you, too. Sorry I am so late to the party, but we have had internet issues. You always have some of the most stunning tablescapes I have ever seen. You truly are talented!

    Ricki Jill

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