A Tartan Happy Owl-idays Table


I hope you had a Merry Christmas and are enjoying the holidays with your family and loved ones! We’re enjoying the glow and twinkle of the Christmas tree lights through New Year’s Day, so I set a table by the tree for some holiday dining.


An appliqued and embroidered owl runner provided the inspiration for this Happy Owl-idays table, layered over a tartan throw as a tablecloth.


Better Home & Garden Owl plates found at Walmart several years ago, flew in for this Happy Owl-idays table, also making an appearance at a Happy Owl-oween table and celebration.


They’re nesting on plaid tidings plates and wreathed with woodland beaded placemats found at Kohl’s at 60% off, with an additional 30% savings with a coupon.


An assortment of owl ornaments, collected over the years, flew in to gather at the table in bowls and vases.


 They’re nesting among the greenery and fruit from my centerpiece for my St. Nicholas Christmas Table from last week.



Owl gift tags offer Christmas and Season’s greetings.




Owl napkin rings are layered with beaded wreath napkin rings with an accent of plaid ribbon and paisley patterned napkins are paired with a tartan print.





Tartan Happy Owl-idays Table details:

Owl Table Runner and Ciroa Plaid Plates / HomeGoods

Owl Plates / Better Homes and Gardens, Walmart, several years ago

Tartan throw, napkins / HomeGoods, last year

Owl Napkin Rings / HomeGoods, several years ago

Beaded Wreath Napkin Rings / Pier 1

Napkins / Pottery Barn & HomeGoods

Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Flatware / Wallace Corsica Gold-Accent

Owl ornaments, collected over the years

Mercury Glass Votives / World Market

Owl Gift Tags / Cavallini Papers Glitter Gift Tags


Do you leave your tree up through New Year’s Day or take it down before the New Year arrives?



Happy Owl-idays to you!

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  42 comments for “A Tartan Happy Owl-idays Table

  1. Rhonda
    December 26, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Over the top! I love owls and cardinals and your blog!

  2. Ellen Stillabower
    December 26, 2016 at 7:57 am

    Sooo cute!!! My favorite thing is the beaded chargers…what a find!!! The whole table is gorgeous….owls are in now as are other woodland creatures!!! 🦉🦉🦉🦉and, of course, love the plaid!!!!

  3. December 26, 2016 at 8:34 am

    It is amazing how something so small can spark your imagination then you run with it & find all kinds of other items to coordinate! I know a friend in So. Caroline who has collected owls for years, so I’m sending her a link to this post. She will go crazy over it!!! Thanks!

  4. December 26, 2016 at 8:42 am

    Love the owls and all the added textiles!

  5. Michelle
    December 26, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Hope you all had a great Christmas! Love the owls! Have a chillaxing day!🤗

  6. Alice
    December 26, 2016 at 8:56 am

    I love the owl table runner against the plaid throw. Your imagination knows no bounds. I too leave my decorations up through New Year’s Eve and then hate taking them down. But this year a grinch has inhabitated our lights. The tree is now missing two areas of lights, the lights on the stair railing went out and there is a missing link of lights outside on the eves of the house. It looks like we will be getting a lot if new lights for next year. Happy New Year. Looking forward to your posts in the coming year.

  7. December 26, 2016 at 9:15 am

    Love the owl tablescape, Mary! Wow, aren’t those beaded placemats gorgeous, and the runner, too? The owl plates sure come in handy from Fall through winter. Enjoy the twinkle of all the lights through New Years Day.
    P. S. I made the rosemary wreath and a veggie and also a fruit tree, for Christmas Eve!

  8. December 26, 2016 at 9:16 am

    This is a wonderful winter table Mary, I’m so glad you brought your owls to the table for some holiday fun! Love all the citrus and sparkle! We were sunny and 80 yesterday in Birmingham, and running the AC, not very Christmas like, but at least the kids could play outside. Your runner and beaded mats are so pretty and unique, you have combined so many elements with your masterful touch! I hope you have a relaxing holiday week-

  9. Debra
    December 26, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Love it! The owls swoop in and steal the final holiday show! Everything is beautiful and well thought out. All the little details are perfect – what a hoot! Thanks for the inspiration!

  10. December 26, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    Mary, this Chi O loves seeing this beautiful Owl-idays table. I have a wonderful MacKenzie Childs owl ornament my husband put in my stocking many years ago and a few others. I love the idea of using them as details on a table. I’m going to pin this idea. You are always thinking about clever ways to use what you have. The new beaded placemats were a great find. I need to find a local Kohls and make a point to shop. It has never been on my radar. ;-)
    Enjoy the twinkle of the lights and the festive feel of your home. We leave our tree up till New Year’s Day too.

  11. Sue
    December 26, 2016 at 1:06 pm

    I love owls! This is so pretty and clever! I love your decorating style, and I come away with lots of wonderful inspiration. Thank you!
    We leave our trees and decorations up until the 12th night. Then things are put away for the next year. I love Christmas and all that goes along with it…so I drag it out as long as possible. :)

  12. Jacqueline
    December 26, 2016 at 3:31 pm

    Mary, what an owlishous tablescape. I had to send link to my daughter who has a parliament of beautiful owls. We leave our decorations up until the feast of the Epiphany. A blessing that has come with my immobility is that I have been able to really enjoy my beautiful Christmas decore. I sit or lie here loving my tree, mantle and nativity display. Thank you for sharing your truly amazing talent for creating beautiful spaces.

  13. Granny Gay
    December 26, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    Who.o.o.o would have ever associated owls with Christmas? Such precious and glamorous ornaments in your display, Mary. Lovin’ all of it…

  14. Sharon B.
    December 26, 2016 at 9:41 pm

    Love the combination of the owls and the plaids. I can never get enough of Christmas, I leave my tree up till the middle of January – I just can’t give up the lights.

  15. Cyndi Raines
    December 26, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Whooooo would have ever thought to add in owls with Christmas plaids? Only YOUUUUUU Mary! And how sweet it is. I leave up the Christmas tree through Epiphany, but my dining room tree stays up year round and I love it. I leave my mantle decorated in greens and red winter berries and white lights all through winter to help keep away the long blah winter days. There is NOTHING better than to sit with just the lights and the light of the fire and the sound of the crackling wood. It is so relaxing. AND of course reading your blog! Keep it coming Mary!! Looking forward to a great New Year with you!

  16. Beth
    December 27, 2016 at 2:24 am

    Your owl ornaments are gorgeous, and the pinecones, too. They look so right used together like this. I only have one owl ornament, so I’m envious! I have bookmarked so many of your tablescapes – this is one of my favorites. Owls, tartans, and Christmas; pure bliss.

  17. December 27, 2016 at 3:53 am

    Lovin’ the ornaments and napkin rings Mary! Happy Post Christmas Week to you:@)

  18. Ashley
    December 27, 2016 at 4:57 am

    The owl families are great !! They remind me so much of my first college roommate who was a Chi Omego. She was a lovely young lady and I miss her as we lost touch a good many years ago when I changed jobs. I will attempt to get in touch with her soon. I enjoy all of your posts and especially enjoy Chloe & Gracie. I am looking for a cake recipe that you posted last year or so. It was a Bundt with Apple slices land a caramel icing/glaze. I would appreciate your help finding it as I would like to make it for a Group of ladies next week. Thank you. Wishing you & yours a Happy & healthy New Year!!!

    • December 27, 2016 at 8:36 am

      Hi Ashley, You can find the Easy Caramel Apple Spice Cake recipe here, it’s not a bundt cake though. Cranberry Apple Pumpkin Bundt Cake is another good recipe but it’s not as quick and easy :)

  19. December 27, 2016 at 7:38 am

    Mary, with the glow of the tree and this winter table, I could sit for hours…perfect setting!

  20. December 27, 2016 at 9:06 am

    O adore all of your owls! You are getting a great collection! Well, great minds as they say….my table is a bird runner on a plaid tablecloth!!!! Hope you can fly over to see it:) Love the owls in the vases and bowls! I LOOOVE the beaded chargers!!! Just beautiful! I leave my tree up til mid Jan. usually!

  21. AnnaC
    December 27, 2016 at 3:29 pm

    Mary, love the owls, and really all of your wonderful tablescapes! Wanted to let you know that I made a version of your Potato Gratin with Rosemary Crust recipe, omitting the crust and just using a casserole dish. Added the rosemary straight into the potatoes. Served it with Christmas Eve dinner, and everyone loved it, even DH who doesn’t like anything too complicated or fussy, and rarely comments on food. Thanks again for all your great ideas!

  22. Ellen
    December 27, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    Your imagination and artistic talent never ceases to amaze me! I am so happy to see the owls return for another celebration and it is spectacular. The beaded placemats are a great find and the discount to die for. The owl ornaments are precious. Thank-you for another divine post.

  23. December 29, 2016 at 4:37 pm

    This is cute as can be Mary! Love all the owls and the tartan pieces! The beaded placemats are keepers!

  24. December 31, 2016 at 10:50 am

    How absolutely gorgeous. So love your work!

  25. Belinda
    December 31, 2016 at 5:46 pm

    Absolutely beautiful! You are an inspiration.

  26. January 2, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    Mary, Ever since my son (25 now) was a baby he has been an owl addict, and we always have a few perched around here, especially at Christmastime. I LOVE this table and your collection! Whooooo but you would be able to create such a fun table? I’m sure it must have been a hoot to sit here and enjoy the tree, the lights, and the cute companions. Happy New Year! Linda

  27. January 4, 2017 at 10:47 am

    That is adorable!! Loving those beaded placemats! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!

  28. Sarah Crescioni
    February 4, 2020 at 10:52 am

    Are there instructions for the snowy owls? I live ten!

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