Sparkle and Twinkle for January and a Winter Nesting Table


 I’ve been doing a little winter nesting this month and set a cozy table for two by our Winter Nesting Tree.


Our winter nesting tree was inspired by our recent snowfall and an excuse to extend the *twinkle* season! I always feel a little blue after the tree comes down and the glow of the Christmas lights are gone.


I decided to decorate the tree to enjoy for the month of January with sparkling snowflakes, icy branches and pine cones, nesting birds and glittery bird nests. You can see more of the ornaments and the tree, HERE.


Snow bird salad plates are layered on winter white plates and pewter-finish silver chargers, set at a table set by the glow of the tree.


A plaid throw provides a cozy tablecloth for a cold winter day. . .

Winter Nesting Table

Hammered flatware adds a faceted soft shimmer. . .


Birds are nesting in bowls with sprigs of greenery and a snowy layer of epsom salts.


A bird-topped tiered server, holds an assortment of snowy pine cones, snowflake ornaments, mercury glass votives and trees, for a centerpiece with some sparkle and shimmer.


A little sparkle and shine is a welcome addition for a gray and dreary January day!


I added an additional sprinkle of epsom salts in the tray of the centerpiece and in the base of the votive holders. I was looking for regular epsom salts but found a bag of Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution at my grocery store. Dr. Teal’s came in fragrances, Eucalyptus-Spearmint and Lavender. I picked up the Eucalyptus-Spearmint which added some unexpected and welcome aromatherapy to help beat the winter blues too!







Winter Nest Feathering Details:

Snow Birds Salad Plates, Napkins, Snowflake Napkin Rings, Chargers/ Pottery Barn, several years ago

Dinner Plates & Bowls / Paula Deen Whitaker

Throw / HomeGoods

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

Flatware / Mikasa Halston

Goblets /  Mikasa French Countryside

Mercury Glass Trees / Michaels

Mercury Glass Votives / World Market, Target


What’s your recipe to beat the winter blues?


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  42 comments for “Sparkle and Twinkle for January and a Winter Nesting Table

  1. Laura Heywood
    January 16, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Lovely! I am so happy that I am not alone in keeping my tree up.January in Ohio can be quite bleak. I love to come home from work and have my glowing tree to enjoy.

  2. January 16, 2017 at 7:23 am

    Gorgeous, just gorgeous Mary! And I’m lovin’ “Twinkle Season”… Let’s make that the month of January:@)

  3. January 16, 2017 at 7:27 am

    So pretty! Love the idea of epsom salts infused with fragrance. My recipe for winter blahs? Pretty much hibernation, but I do get out and walk each day unless is raining.

  4. January 16, 2017 at 7:28 am

    I haven’t taken my tree down yet … maybe I’ll leave it and add more birds!!!! Happy New Year!!!!!

  5. Ellen
    January 16, 2017 at 7:43 am

    You really made me smile this morning- Epsom salt!! I haven’t heard anyone mention them since I was a child. I recently sprained my ankle and thought of how my Gram was a great believer in the power of Epsom salt. I must look for Dr. Teal’s Eucalyptus-Spearmint right away. Your Winter Nesting Table is the perfect accompaniment to the tree! The plaid throw on the table and the hammered flatware are such lovely additions to the tablescape. I love the centerpiece with all the different elements and Epsom salt snow. Just wondering if the salt will cause any damage to metal? Thank-you for sharing more of your January Twinkle, simply beautiful!

    • January 16, 2017 at 8:48 am

      Thank you Ellen! Yes, the salt would eventually cause a metal surface to pit. I wouldn’t use it on a precious sterling or silver plate finish but this gray server has a distressed finish and I didn’t leave the salt there longer than overnight. ;)

  6. Linda S Sink
    January 16, 2017 at 8:32 am

    You always start my day off with a smile. I LOVE the bird tree❤. I think you need to do a post on how and where you store all these wonderful treasures AND what you take to remember where you got them. Your post is my very favorite!

    • January 16, 2017 at 8:42 pm

      For a while I was able to buy hat boxes very inexpensively to store “special ornaments” Now I buy decorative photo boxes from Michaels. I also buy 16 qt clear boxes with lids from Big Lots for not only Christmas but my floral supplies.

  7. Michele in IL.
    January 16, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Absolutely beautiful! Make me happy! Love the bird plates!

  8. Karen
    January 16, 2017 at 9:03 am


  9. Cyndi Raines
    January 16, 2017 at 9:08 am

    What a pretty sight and oh, so calming, could stare at it for a long time(sigh). Love the bird plates and the throw and well, just everything! ha

  10. RS
    January 16, 2017 at 9:23 am

    I use Dr. Teal’s Epsom salts frequently in a bath and hope to find the one you used. Lovely twinkling and welcomed on this gray dreary day.

  11. January 16, 2017 at 9:25 am

    What a sparkling, cozy table for two by your twinkling tree, Mary. Adding cheer to January sure helps the doldrums. I have some Epsom salts by my bathtub and use it regularly for soaking. Now I’ll have to use some for decorating!

  12. Roxanne
    January 16, 2017 at 9:35 am

    How beautiful and cozy! I miss the glow of my tree, especially this dark and foggy morning in SC. I thought I was the only one to feel a little bleak when Christmas is put away. You will be amazed what Epsom salts will do for your shrubbery! My boxwoods, hollies, azaleas and camellias greened up immediately last spring after one dose. You can’t overdose them, and it is a very cheap treatment!

  13. January 16, 2017 at 9:35 am

    So pretty Mary, and love the epsom salt! I am ready to put my snowmen away for the season after a weekend of 80 degrees :) but I will keep out twinkling lights…

  14. Bev
    January 16, 2017 at 10:36 am

    I use epsom salts for artificial snow. I will look for the scented ones. I’m rethinking my idea of decorating with mercury glass. I love twinkling and bling, especially in the bleak winter.

  15. Belle Bleu Interiors
    January 16, 2017 at 10:39 am

    Mary, you have brightened a dreary Winter morning. Your tablescape and Winter Nesting Tree are absolutely stunning! I adore birds so I absolutely love this! Ever detail is perfect. I hope that you have a happy Monday!!!

  16. January 16, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Aromatherapy is always a good thing. Great idea, Mary, and a lovely table with the silver and browns for winter!

  17. Linda
    January 16, 2017 at 11:17 am

    I love your idea for a twinkle tree! I also like the close up pictures of the different elements, but I really wish just once, that the entire table and tree could be seen 6′ or so away to give us an idea of the size/relationship to other things in the room! It is really hard for me to get the ‘full picture’ unless it is shown. I hope you will consider doing this. Thanks.

  18. Cindy
    January 16, 2017 at 12:24 pm

    I am always in awe with your tablescapes!! They a beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

  19. January 16, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    Mary, your sparkle and twinkle make me wish our tree was still up. The table is a perfect way to end a cold winter day. This makes a romantic setting for two. I’m going to share this with my friend who recently hosted our group with a beautiful sparkly table. She needs to set a table for two by her fire. ;-)

  20. January 16, 2017 at 2:14 pm

    First of all I LOVE the new header! The table is now one of my favorites. I love every bit and the bird plates are fabulous! All the shimmer and shine makes me smile and the throw makes it so warm and comfy looking. Love the flatware too! Gorgeous, Mary!

  21. January 16, 2017 at 3:05 pm

    I love the way you’re stretching the ‘season’…

  22. January 16, 2017 at 5:01 pm

    Pure joy…thisis the truly making the best of the winter snowy months!! I did not know that Epsom salts came scented. That has to make for a very soothing soak as well as a nice touch to the ambiance of your table.

  23. January 16, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I love your chickadee/sparrow dishes, adorable. So much fun adding the ‘snow’ looks. Although with ice storms, not so amusing, Thanks, Sandi

  24. Paula
    January 16, 2017 at 6:17 pm

    Pretty pretty ! love the little plates.


  25. January 16, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Every day you continue to amaze us with your vignettes and amazing photos. Really look forward to your blog.
    Good thing you don’t sell all of the ‘pretties’ because we would be broke for sure. Love it.

  26. January 17, 2017 at 7:47 am

    Mary, how I love your sparkle and twinkle…a beautiful January table for two!

  27. January 17, 2017 at 9:31 am

    This table of gorgeous enchantment and light can chase away anyone’s winter blues! Love the sparkle and texture of the mercury glass and the pinecones!

  28. Sue
    January 17, 2017 at 10:56 am

    Your table settings are always so pretty, so inviting and I think presentation makes a world of difference even if having a bowl of soup with a grilled cheese sandwich on a cold winter day. I wonder though, where do you store all of your different plates and accessories?

  29. Sherry
    January 17, 2017 at 12:09 pm

    Gorgeous, Mary! You have warmed my cold day!! What an exquisite table. Thank you for sharing.

  30. rvbrossman
    January 17, 2017 at 12:29 pm

    Wow! Gorgeous! You are so talented, I loved the blanket also, it really did warm things up. Vivian

  31. Linda
    January 17, 2017 at 5:36 pm

    I help my pastor’s wife decorate our church for the seasons. After New Years, we put all of the Christmas decor away and bring in Winter with silver, white and colbalt blue touches. It makes the sanctuary so inviting.

  32. January 18, 2017 at 10:18 am

    Mary, I just adore your idea of a twinkle tree so I’m saving that idea for next year. Right now the house looks so bare (and cold) after putting away the Christmas decorations. And those snowy bird plates are so pretty!

  33. January 19, 2017 at 4:21 pm

    So so incredibly gorgeous! And I thought I was the only blogger who hadn’t taken my tree down yet! High-five. I don’t have photos up on the blog for my January winter tree this year, but I’m prepping for next year. I love it! Love the table, love the birds, love the sparkle, love the trees. Classy and paying tribute the to season. Well done!

  34. Blue
    January 25, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    You posted a pretty in pink Romantic table setting in another post.. just wanted to say, I find this one more do, because it appeals to the masculine as well as feminine, and the child in all of us … and blind sparkle fireworks lights and love in this table setting. Love it. And I’ve asked 5 different men.. what romantic setting they oreferred. All loved thus one. Either way.. you rule♡

  35. Donna Rowe
    February 21, 2017 at 9:58 am

    Just found your blog, and am loving it. You make things look so beautiful and elegant. Love this winter bird theme, gorgeous !!!!

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