Snowy Day Table for the Birds

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We had a second dusting of snow in a week, just enough to satisfy my craving for a little snow this winter! Snow is rare here and usually fleeting*, so I get that giddy feeling you have to wake on a snow day and find out school is cancelled. I couldn’t resist the urge to get out and play in it and set a table for our feathered friends.

* I’m watching a winter storm forecast as I write this, so I may not be so giddy a few days from now :)

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It’s a full-time job keeping our feeders filled in winter . . .

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If you feed them they will come. . .

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Including those you don’t want :)

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I set a table for the birds. . .

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With some snowy goblets . . .

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And Winter Chickadee plates served on tree slice chargers.

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A tiered bird server offers a mixture of seed and peanuts for larger birds~ jays, woodpeckers, grackles and hopefully will keep those pesky squirrels occupied and away from the feeders. . .

{ insert *snort of disbelief* here }

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Pine cones make an easy winter feeder for birds with a mixture of cornmeal, peanut butter and seed.

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Tie some twine around the pine cone before you coat it in your peanut butter/seed mixture for easy hanging on trees. . .

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Or hang some on a rake and watch the Carolina Chickadees feast. . .

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A fun winter or snowy day project for little and big kids alike :)

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The guests of honor finally arrived. . .

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American Goldfinches wearing their winter coats.

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If you feed them, they will come :)

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Hope you’re surviving winter and can find some bright color among the gray!

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Snowy Day Table Details:

Winter Chickadee, Global Design Connections by Kate Williams / T.J. Maxx, several years ago

Tree Slice Chargers / Bed, Bath & Beyond

Bird 2 Tier Server / HomeGoods, several years ago, used here

Flatware / World Market

Goblets / Kohl’s, several years ago

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  66 comments for “Snowy Day Table for the Birds

  1. February 26, 2015 at 6:11 am

    Aw, the squirrels need a little lovin’ too:@) (As long as they’re not in my planter garden…) These are some of my favorite plates Mary, I’m glad you got your snow day to play in-enjoy!

  2. February 26, 2015 at 6:34 am

    Such a creative way to set a table, love it!

  3. Cheryl Burgess
    February 26, 2015 at 6:36 am

    I agree with Lynn about the squirrels. I love watching their antics, and I buy shelled peanuts just for them. (be sure to get unsalted, as they can suffer from hypertension!) I love your little bits of cheery cherry color in the otherwise bleak landscape. Mother nature did good too! Enjoy your snow. If you should run out, I can send more….

  4. Diane L
    February 26, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Hi Mary,
    Love the cardnal against the snow..so pretty! I am sure the birds enjoyed their feast.

  5. An Accidental Gardener
    February 26, 2015 at 7:07 am

    Lovely table setting for your feathered (and furry) dinner guests. You definitely raised the creative bar on serving birdseed! Beautiful photos – thank you!

  6. Linda
    February 26, 2015 at 7:15 am

    Oh my gosh those goldfinches feeding and perching on the tiered server are just too much. Just a lovely, lovely post! Thank you.

  7. bobbi duncan
    February 26, 2015 at 7:16 am

    The animals add such joy to our days, especially during the long, cold days of winter. Thanks for the uplifting post. Our son and DIL are coming for a visit tonight, weather permitting their arrival time as y’all are in for that winter blizzard. They live in Myers Park, just south of Charlotte, not far from you. Keeping my fingers crossed their flight won’t be delayed. Stay warm while enjoying your beautiful lake view.

  8. February 26, 2015 at 7:38 am

    Nice table, Mary. We only got a dusting here in WV, thank you very much. I picked up the Flea Market Gardens and really enjoyed your feature. Still want to replace my hot tub with a garden shed….your article really had me dreaming!

  9. February 26, 2015 at 7:48 am

    Good morning Mary! Thank you for caring for the birds and squirrels! Good job!

  10. Janice
    February 26, 2015 at 7:54 am

    Oh my goodness, what a creative table! I love the tablecloth you chose, all naaaaatural. The red check napkins just make the color in the berries pop. I can only imagine how cold you were setting this table and snapping pictures, we appreciate you. Thank you for sharing. Janice from Florida hotpl8zandtablescapes

  11. Ellen Stillabower
    February 26, 2015 at 7:56 am

    Know what you mean about filling the feeders! It’s part if the routine but when you have 8 or so inches of snow, you have to still dress like a kid. Boots, coat, hat, gloves & scarf. All done, oops, gotta go to the restroom!! Anyway, keeps us moving and our birds alive and well. The table is beautiful! I especially like the goblets. I have been trying to find those & the red ones. Have a fun day in your snow!!

    • February 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

      Your comment made me laugh out loud Ellen! That was me this morning all bundled up trying to knock the heavy wet snow off the drooping tree limbs to keep them from breaking :)

  12. February 26, 2015 at 8:07 am

    Your feathered friends sure get to dine in style around your abode Mary! Treats for everyone! Love the cardinal photographs, that is my favorite species, they always look so regal. You had a lot of fun on your snow day! We had a snow day yesterday too, but no snow, which is fine with me~ Your bird plates and wood slab chargers couldn’t be more perfect for your snowy scene and bird buffet! Hope the winter storm passes through your area quickly~
    Jenna

  13. Cheryl
    February 26, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Now we know that you had to be out in the cold for a bit in order to set all that up and take pictures of it. Thank you for the effort. The settings are gorgeous and the birds are just adorable. I love the squirrel. He needs some loving too.

  14. February 26, 2015 at 8:18 am

    I’m betting my Maine birds are missing their daily feed and I hope they can find something to eat through all the inches of snow. What a winter so many are having to endure.

  15. February 26, 2015 at 8:36 am

    What a fun filled snowy tablescape for the friendly birds, Mary. The tired tray is so sweet for serving the bird seed. The pretty chickadee plates add a touch of color, as do the cardinals and the gold finches. The squirrels are cute, but I can do without feeding them!

  16. melissa smith
    February 26, 2015 at 8:44 am

    Love love love your table setting!!! Such a beautiful feast for our feathered friends. We also have many bird feeders. Its been snowing here in the midwest and yesterday before I got home from work, my husband said there were about 20 cardinals in the yard..he went to get the camera and quite a few flew away. Cardinals are very special in my family. :) We also get finches, blue jays and what I really love is our parrots we get. Just beautiful. It will be snowing really hard and the cardinals and the bright green parrots are feasting in the yard.ah..so pretty. Oh I just love the pic of the cardinal on top of the white bird house. .gorgeous!

  17. Vicky from Athens
    February 26, 2015 at 8:57 am

    Just beautiful! I, too, keep out a bird feeder and also suet cakes. I love watching them from my kitchen window. I do not, however, want squirrels hanging from the feeders. Here’s how I stopped it – just take an aluminum pie tin that you would normally throw out. Make a small hole in the center and slip it down over the top of your feeder. It won’t keep the birds away but it’ll keep the squirrels off. My squirrels have to eat their birdseed off the ground where it’s knocked from the feeders by the birds.

  18. Cheryl
    February 26, 2015 at 9:11 am

    Beautiful post Mary!

  19. February 26, 2015 at 9:13 am

    What an absolutely delightful tableau! The birds were certainly honored guests!

  20. Melodie Strickland
    February 26, 2015 at 9:13 am

    Mary,

    What a lovely setting for your feathered friends. We are bird lovers too and make sure our feathered friends are well fed. Since having 7 inches of snow a week and a half ago, this morning’s snowfall has brought 5 inches so far. Enjoy your day.

    Melodie

  21. Cyndi ott
    February 26, 2015 at 9:31 am

    What an incredible idea, now I’m missing my home up north, I’ll be sure to copy this when I go back in the spring…..into the back woods. Love it, keep up the great work, love, love love your blog.

  22. February 26, 2015 at 9:33 am

    Hi Mary, Your table is wonderful! I once tried to set a table in the snow and I know how hard it is — if you don’t want to ruin the beautiful “tablecloth” you only get one chance to place each item! Amazing shots of the birds! We try not to feed Mr. Squirrel here because he is so greedy and will empty the feeder in one afternoon. You need a squirrel baffle, which also provides so much entertainment for us as we watch the squirrels try to figure out a way over it. I love those dishes and have enjoyed your beautiful post. I hope you don’t get the ice or more of the bad weather that is in the south now. Linda

  23. Kathryn Harris
    February 26, 2015 at 9:34 am

    What kind of tree is the one in your photos with the red berries? I bet the cardinals love it. The table you sat for the birds is darling…I love it.

    • February 26, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Hi Kathryn, It’s a Silver Maple, those are red buds that were the first signs of spring :)

  24. Fran C
    February 26, 2015 at 9:43 am

    Such a pretty table setting. I love the idea for the birds. The squirrels would take over at my house.

  25. February 26, 2015 at 9:49 am

    Love your table setting! Such a pretty idea. We still have about 4 ft of snow on the ground here in MA. I keep bird and suet feeders out, but I love your idea of the tiered piece with peanuts and birdseed. So pretty. You definitely have a great creative gift.

  26. February 26, 2015 at 10:03 am

    As naughty as the squirrels are, they are so fun to watch! I love that you caught the birds on the tablescape enjoying all that you set out for them. We have had pretty much a snow-less winter with the exception of Christmas Eve when it dumped. I always love the snow on my tables in the backyard too. What pretty plates those are, so perfect for this table for the birds.

  27. Melissa Leach
    February 26, 2015 at 10:13 am

    What a lovely table you set for our feathered friends. I, too, love feeding and watching the birds, especially the finches, chickadees and cardinals this time of year. Thanks for sharing a post so dear to me.

    • February 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm

      Thanks Melissa, they’re fun to watch aren’t they?! Stay warm :)

  28. Robyn
    February 26, 2015 at 10:23 am

    Just opened my email and found your lovely post!! I am east of you and they had predicted 6-8 inches of snow, but we got very little snow & lots of rain and ice. I was disappointed that I had to come to work today and was not able to sit and enjoy my birds, but I got to enjoy yours! It made my day……

    • February 26, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Thanks Robyn! We got a lot less than predicted too, only about 3 inches that was very heavy & wet. It’s already melting, if it was coming I’d hoped it would stick around for a day and give me an excuse to be lazy :)

  29. February 26, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Very creatve, Mary! You treat your birds well.
    Just wanted to remind you the 7th annual St. Patrick’s Day Blog Crawl is on Mar 11. Could you remind the blogger who you sent the traveling shamrock cloth about it? Thanks! Come on out to Southampton and enjoy our snow. We’vehad 3 ft on the ground for weeks, and more on the way today and this weekend! Enough, I say, but Mother Nature ignores, lol! Dreaming of above freezing temps!

  30. Sherlie Magaret
    February 26, 2015 at 10:57 am

    Beautiful table for the birds, love the dishes, chickadees are one of my fav birds. We feed all year long and love watching the variety that comes to our feeders. The American goldfinch is the state bird of Iowa and we love watching them change colors thru Feb and March. It wont be long now and we will have to put out grape jelly for the Orioles. Next will be the hummers when the coral bells bloom. Birds are such a treasure.

    • Wingit
      February 26, 2015 at 11:23 am

      Grape jelly for Orioles! Do you mix seed with that?
      I so love this table and the chickadee dishes that I have them on my wish list. Gorgeous, as usual. Thank you for making my day.

      • February 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm

        Hi Wingit, Orioles are very uncommon and rare in our part on NC, I’d love to see one. I just googled and found this:

        Jelly is one of the most effective oriole foods you can offer. Smooth grape jelly is best, but the birds will also take orange marmalade or red cherry, strawberry or raspberry jellies. Offer jelly in small dishes, in a hollow orange rind or smeared on an orange half and the orioles won’t be able to leave it alone. Do not, however, offer sugar free jellies; it is the sugar that gives the birds the necessary energy and calories they need. Ideally, organic jellies are best.

    • February 26, 2015 at 12:58 pm

      Hi Sherlie, I love seeing the goldfinches too!. They’re so fun to watch on an upside down thistle feeder :)

  31. February 26, 2015 at 10:59 am

    So pretty! We are having an unusually early spring here in Oregon…wish you could send some of your snow our way!

    • February 26, 2015 at 11:02 am

      So pretty! We are having an unusually early spring here in Oregon…wish you could send some of your snow our way!

  32. Blessing Butler Di Muzio
    February 26, 2015 at 11:03 am

    Awwww. Love setting the table for the birds. So genius! We still have about two feet of hard crusty snow here in Stony Brook, Long Island, and are being threatened with more on the way. So many of our feathered friends are hiding out until they’re sure the last blizzard has come and gone. Wouldn’t it be neat if they found a setting similar to this on my back deck. I don’t have a lake, but, do have a duck pond. Do so enjoy all your creativity.

    • February 26, 2015 at 1:04 pm

      Thanks Blessing! I would have cabin fever and the winter blues with two feet of snow, stay warm :)

  33. February 26, 2015 at 11:40 am

    I would LOVE to be a bird in your neighborhood!

  34. February 26, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Mary, I know the birds must be flying in from all around Lake Norman. Who would want to miss this dinner party?
    As always, your clever creative self gave us all a bit of joy on this cold winter morning. Not so gray here today as has been. I can see a bit of blue trying to show through the heavy cloud cover.
    Stay warm! Thanks for sharing these amazing shots.
    I’m off to Barnes and Noble shortly to pick up my copy of Flea Market Gardens. ;-)

  35. Carolyn
    February 26, 2015 at 12:30 pm

    Oh, what a darling blog this is, Mary! I am 1 of many; holed up in the Midwest, waiting out the weather. You have brought us much joy with your delightful ideas once again! Be abundantly blessed!

  36. February 26, 2015 at 12:38 pm

    I think this is your finest tablescape ever! Lovely and inspired and the guests of honor are all delightful. Fabulous job. I also want to congratulate you on the magazine spread of your beloved potting shed. Such a well deserved shout out. Bravo!

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  37. February 26, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I have those same plates. IF my table were outside I would be out there doing a table for our birds!!! I love that you caight a picture of the birds at the table!!! Your pictures are just beautiful. We were supposed to get snow this morning but it by pased us. I am just as happy. I am READY for Spring!

  38. February 26, 2015 at 1:22 pm

    Fun table….Lovely photos!
    The birds and squirrels in your area must be very grateful!

  39. Paula
    February 26, 2015 at 2:02 pm

    ~Mary~
    Beautifully done !! I too love all those birds, but my favorite is the Blue Bird+ they say it is the bird of happiness. I never had them before and in the winter of 1999 my dad passed away, and weeks later these little birds showed up sitting on my fence. I say a message from my dear daddy to be happy ! Any hoot your pictures are beautiful and the little squirrel made me giggle !

    Have a sunny day!
    Paula
    IN

  40. February 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    I love this! I would never have thought to set a table for the birds. What lovely pictures and such a pretty view!

  41. February 26, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    oh my i enjoyed this winter moment with the hungry ones! it all looks so wonderful, from the crisp winter white to the vibrant flock of color dining in and out. how sweet you feed them, i am out of food and feeling very sheepish as i admire you beauties… while you freeze your parts off, we are having the summer we get in winter on the coast ;-)

  42. February 26, 2015 at 4:06 pm

    Such a cute idea! Love the photos!

  43. February 26, 2015 at 6:19 pm

    Hospitality designs featured your magazine spread! I didn’t know! I can’t wait to go and get a copy. I always love and admire your shed. If I can’t find one, I know they have it on Amazon – how wonderful!

  44. February 26, 2015 at 8:29 pm

    I apologize from the start but couldn’t find an email to send a private message. I’m starting a blog and I”m considering the Gridiculous Pro Theme and noticed you use it. I have someone that can customize it for me but as a beginner, will the “Pro” part make it more advanced to use as far as posting, and the daily task? . DO you like this child theme and would you buy it again? I hate to be “”out of control” with things I know nothing about. New to blogging and certainly new to themes and the other fancy words the blogsphere uses. Many thanks Love your blog.

  45. sue
    February 26, 2015 at 8:41 pm

    Your photos are gorgeous and I, too, love feeding the birds especially in winter. We barely got a dusting of snow here in the Atlanta area. I was thrilled the other day to see a blue bird at my feeder!

  46. February 26, 2015 at 8:55 pm

    Mary, that photo of the bird on the opposite branch of the tiered server is just amazing! We had a dusting of snow a few days ago and just sleet and rain last night. Thinking that we may need to start building an ark! Enjoyed your tablescape for the birds so much!

  47. Cynthia Raines
    February 27, 2015 at 11:27 am

    Love it Mary! On vacation today and with the temp at 12 degrees I am at my dinning room window seat watching my birds. Had 5 blue jays, 4 male cardinals and 4 females with many Chickadees, Juncos and Tufted Titmouse (Titmice = plural ? ha) and the Finches. What a joy to watch. Yes, Mr. Squirrel is a pest, but I guess he has to eat too! I even have a feeder outside my work office window. It is my sanity when things get crazy and that is a regular thing. haha.

    Glad you are enjoying your snow. In MI, on the thumb, we’re still at around 3 feet of snow and counting the days until Spring!

  48. Angela Carrera
    February 27, 2015 at 3:57 pm

    you live in Jersey, right? I live ‘down the shore’….I do attract the yellow finches all summer with my wild sunflowers, but then they go away? how can I attract these finches to my yard? I have a finch sock, but I hesitate to put them out with this horrible weather we’ve had. ugh. but I love the table setting for the birds, I mean, I’m not sitting out there for dinner anytime soon, so why not??? great idea!!! thanks!!

    Angela

    • February 27, 2015 at 5:26 pm

      Hi Angela, I’m in NC. They’ll eat sunflower seed from a feeder in winter if you don’t want your finch sock and seed getting wet and covered in snow :)

  49. February 28, 2015 at 2:57 pm

    I wish I was a Bird!! Love the tablesetting and the snowy background. Looks so peaceful.

  50. March 4, 2015 at 12:09 pm

    How cute are you to provide an elegant feast for the birds! Adorable! Please come link up to my party CPW (Centerpiece Wednesday) and share this post with us! http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2015/03/centerpiece-wednesday-diy-recipes.html
    Karin

  51. March 6, 2015 at 8:27 am

    You are amazing!! I was just telling (and showing) my husband your blog! I love your ideas and settings! If our birds (and squirrels) knew about your place they would fly right over there!! Lol

    Blessings,
    Gert

  52. February 5, 2016 at 8:19 am

    All of those adorable little critters, so sweet, and the lake looks gorgeous, like a winter wonderland! I love those wooden chargers, what a perfect addition to your beautiful table.

  53. Julie H from Michigan
    February 5, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    Love this post with the birds!

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