A Christmas Table for Two with Plaid and Birds


A Christmas table for two, I set by the tree,

The lights all aglow, the twinkle to see.


Tartans with red join birds of a feather,

Dishes, greenery and plaid, have all flocked together.



Winter Greetings by Lenox, a bird lover’s delight,

Nest at the table, to make spirits bright.


A Cardinal, Nuthatch, and wee Chickadee,

Join napkin rings, ornaments, and wine bottle caddy.




An urn with birds, provides a centerpiece vase,

With fresh greenery in Oasis, to hold it them place.


Fresh cut cedar, pine and spruce, join boxwood sprigs,

Adding fragrance and greenery, on mats woven of twigs.


A bird flew in to land on a glittery nest,

 It’s filled with cedar, for a soft place to rest.



A cardinal, so red, so cheery and bright,

Nature’s perfect ornament and welcome sight.



Table details:

Lenox Winter Greetings and Chargers / HomeGoods

Woven twig placemats / World Market, several years ago

Tartan throw, napkins / HomeGoods, last year

Bird napkin rings / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Goblets / Artland Iris

Flatware / Hampton Forge, San Remo, Horchow, several years ago

Urn / retail days


Wishing you a Merry Christmas, whether you’re flying to spend time with your family or at home safely tucked in your nest!

Birds of a Feather Tartan Christmas Table

Thank you for your visit, I’m joining:

 Between Naps on the Porch


  39 comments for “A Christmas Table for Two with Plaid and Birds

  1. Velia
    December 21, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Simple Stunning… the loveliness of the table and the very creative poem go perfect together. You amaze me with all you create and design. Have the best Christmas ever.

  2. December 21, 2015 at 7:02 am

    Simply gorgeous!

  3. Linda L
    December 21, 2015 at 7:09 am

    What looks better than red plaid at Christmas? Nothing! Just beautiful.

  4. December 21, 2015 at 7:36 am

    You’re killin’ me, Mary…I want every set of dishes you display!!! I love the touch of blue in this version of the Lenox Winter Greetings. I had to go look up “Nuthatch” as I was not familiar with that bird. Of course, we have tons of red cardinals here in Ohio, as it is our state bird. I love to see them against the white snow…that is, if we ever get any!! Such a warm winter here…I’m loving it!
    Your plaids are so warm & welcoming & now I’m coveting your little bird ornaments, too. You should do a close-up post on just your tree…it looks luscious!!!

  5. Michelle
    December 21, 2015 at 7:38 am

    A very inviting setting! Just beautiful!

  6. donley1214
    December 21, 2015 at 8:53 am

    Thank you for sharing yet another stunning tablescape. Happiest of Holidays to you and yours. In my picture is my shed which I decorate each year to look like a gingerbread house. The rest of the year it is pretty plain, but you are inspiring me

  7. December 21, 2015 at 8:58 am

    Very pretty table. I so enjoy all things that are from nature. The besuti birds, nests, and greenery are all delightful.

  8. December 21, 2015 at 9:03 am

    Oh Mary, what a delight to wake up and see this gorgeous table, and to read your sweet poem!! It all looks so festive…the centerpiece in the urn is perfect, and the dishes, goblets, and flatware are all wonderful. The sweet nests make for another visual treat. I loved seeing your twinkling tree in the background, but I want to see more of it. I can never get enough of the beauty that you share!

  9. Karen
    December 21, 2015 at 9:45 am

    Everything looks spectacular!

  10. December 21, 2015 at 9:46 am

    So beautiful!!

  11. Ellen Stillabower
    December 21, 2015 at 9:56 am

    So beautiful and I bet it smells divine!! Love the Lenox..anything with birds I love!! Thanks for sharing..

  12. December 21, 2015 at 10:36 am

    I love that beautiful Lenox pattern as you can use it throughout the winter season….of course, another gorgeous table Mary….adore the birds….they are one of my very favorite things to decorate with and to admire in nature. Looks like we are in for a warmer Christmas this year.

  13. Melodie Strickland
    December 21, 2015 at 10:48 am

    Everything is just beautiful as always. You are so talented. Hope you, your husband and extended family have a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year. Glad your MIL is now at home recovering and hope she will be better soon.

  14. December 21, 2015 at 10:57 am

    I love how you photographed this Mary, so beautiful! The soft sparkling glow and twinkling lights make the scene so magical. You will certainly have cozy meals here, on your plaid table topper, with your feathered friends all around~
    Merry holidays!

  15. December 21, 2015 at 11:03 am

    And why is it that when I set my table last night getting ready for our big Christmas Eve dinner….with those exact same dishes…that my table doesn’t NOT look like yours????? Hmmmmm….but you’ve inspired me to get back to the drawing board and make it a bit more she-she!!!!!! Will be putting on my blog hopefully later today!
    Cardinals are a symbol of my mom always swooping down to play with me from above…..use them in so many things around here!
    Hope your holiday week is full of snuggles with those white fur babies!!!

  16. December 21, 2015 at 11:17 am

    Your photography is always stunning, beautiful post!

  17. Sherlie Magaret
    December 21, 2015 at 11:46 am

    Absolutely beautiful, I love the dishes, they are three of my favorite winter birds. Merry Christmas to you and your family, have a safe and joyous holiday.

  18. Laurie
    December 21, 2015 at 12:00 pm

    As ALWAYS, your tablescapes are inspiring! Your Christmas tree also looks stunning, oh please, can we see the whole tree up close?! Happy Holidays ☃❄️☃❄️

  19. December 21, 2015 at 1:08 pm

    Tweet, tweet! I’l love to be a little birdie enjoying this tartan inspired table.
    Enjoy the week of Christmas!

  20. franki
    December 21, 2015 at 2:40 pm

    “HEARTS!!!” franki

  21. Marie
    December 21, 2015 at 4:24 pm

    Always a joy to receive your emails and want you to know you are appreciated. Have a Merry Christmas and a healthy and prosperous New Year

  22. Gail
    December 21, 2015 at 5:00 pm

    Sate with festive, classy loveliness

  23. December 21, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Very sweet, I smile at at least 4 things we jointly own, only you do I ever run into so many things I own…. I think shopping with you would be a battle to the death for all the cute things this world has to offer! Been pouring by the sea today, looks mighty cozy by your tree today, your tree must have 100s of radkos glistening over you shoulder, it’s been so dark today I have had the tree lit since 5am, yes, ITS THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

  24. Morwenna
    December 21, 2015 at 6:35 pm

    Love this tablescape!

  25. December 21, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    Most beautiful ideas and photos as usual, thank you, very much enjoyed.

  26. Cynthia Raines
    December 21, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    I LOVE IT!! I have 1 Lenox Winter Greeting Plate that I have on display in my entry way on the hall tree table – it is stunning all by itself, but your table is absolutely lovely. Chickadee’s and Cardinals are my favorite. I have a large kitchen window that looks out on my deck which has a bird bath with heater in it. All winter long I get to see them getting a drink, but for the last 3 years I added small to medium white pine branches surrounding the bath and because it adds a little more shelter they are popping in and out all day long. So fun to watch. I am all prepared to make my Gingerbread House – Bird Feeder while on Christmas break. Also plan to make the Panettone Trifle with Orange Curd and Raspberries for desert over the holidays. Keep these WONDERFUL ideas/ recipes coming Mary – I am totally enthralled and your devoted fan. God bless and a very MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR! (Happy birthday to me on the 24th! – last birthday in the 50’s decade! ho ho ho)

    • December 22, 2015 at 7:53 am

      Happy Early Birthday to you Cynthia! Wishing you the Merriest of Christmases and thanks for you all your sweet comments and visits. ♥

  27. Elizabeth
    December 21, 2015 at 11:09 pm

    Love the tablescape! It is very similar to my dining room tablescape, which includes a Williams-Sonoma tartan plaid tablecloth, Winter Greetings place settings and red chargers and goblets. The bird accents are the perfect touch! Merry Christmas, Mary, to you and your loved ones, both human and furry!

  28. December 21, 2015 at 11:24 pm

    I just love this pattern from Lenox, it is actually my favorite but I have another pattern. Your centerpiece is gorgeous, I wish I had access to some real greens. I am hoping you will do a post on your tree, it looks beautiful from what I see. We will be going to our daughters on Christmas eve to be with Colleen when she wakes up:):) So looking forward to this Christmas! Wishing you a merry and blessed Christmas, Mary.

  29. December 21, 2015 at 11:25 pm

    PS, forgot to mention, I always want to pin your pictures but I hover over the pictures but a pin button never shows up?

    • December 22, 2015 at 6:38 am

      Hi Pinky, The pin it button pops up in the upper left hand corner when you hover over it. Wishing you and your family Merry Christmas and hope Santa is good to Colleen! :)

  30. December 22, 2015 at 8:34 am

    Mary, another gorgeous table with one of my favorite Lenox patterns! I love birds and any table featuring them draws me in! Wishing you and yours a joy-filled Christmas! Pam @ everydayliving.me

  31. Elizabeth Jane
    December 24, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Birds of a Feather, we do flock together! Your Christmas setting is simply magnificent. I wonder if anyone appreciates it any more than I, since we are not going to be home for the holidays and I chose not to set a table this year. Winter Greetings is my very favorite and mine remain in a box in storage. I will simply enjoy their magic vicariously through your perfect design and inspiring poetry. I, too, live in NC and own a Yorkie/Bichon named Chloe.

    Thank you for all your efforts throughout the year to uplift the lives of others through your expression of a great love of life.

    Merry Christmas

  32. Joni Larsen
    December 9, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Mary, do you have 3 up at Tabnlescape Thursday? Every one I choose to look at is yours! You are such a master at this, and the photography on this one is just spectacular. Love those dinner plates too. Joni

  33. December 15, 2016 at 11:06 am

    How beautiful Mary! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  34. Donna Milazzo
    December 1, 2017 at 10:07 am

    I’m sure I saw this when originally posted and it is still one of my favorites. Have always dreamed of having those Lenox bird plates – can’t believe you scored them at Home Goods! Thanks for all the inspiration Mary. Hope your Christmas plans are coming together well!

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