Oh Deer: Tartan Christmas Table for Two by the Tree


Happy Wednesday! The tree is finally up and I’m *deerly* loving the twinkling lights. . .a  perfect excuse set a table and dine by the soft glow of the tree!

Table inspiration came from a table runner with a jaunty reindeer, sporting a plaid scarf.

 I moved my Tartan Centerpiece from Lynch Creek Farm indoors from the porch to the table.

 After adding the reindeer to the centerpiece, I added a few bright red ornaments for an additional pop of color. Some magnolia leaves were tucked in along the base of the arrangement, under a tree slice charger to elevate it on the table.


More reindeer flew in to join the table and centerpiece!

These whimsical reindeer were found prancing on aisles at Hobby Lobby at the end of the season at 75% off a few years ago.

They’re metal with a birch-log painted finish.

I *deerly* love tartan and I spied these reindeer salad plates at HomeGoods a couple of weeks ago.

A warm plaid throw provides a tablecloth. Plaid placemats add an additional cozy layer of pattern, framing tree slice chargers and tartan dinner plates. A couple of magnolia leaves add an organic touch and accent under the plates.


We had a few ‘oh dear’ moments the day after Thanksgiving when we went to put up our $$ 3-year-old tree and discovered half the lights weren’t working. After checking lights, fuses, and testing strands with a LightKeeper Pro, we gave up and decided to banish it to the outdoors. It’s going up on the dock by the lake, with some additional strands of lights added to it. Having unlit strands on an exterior tree doesn’t bother me since it will be seen only from a distance and at night, but for our main tree it was another matter.

We ordered a new tree from a different company and arrived last week and I finished decorating it Monday. We’re keeping our fingers crossed this tree lasts longer than three years!

Reindeer & sleigh napkin rings flew in from the North Pole, via Ballard Designs a couple of years ago.

Today is Day 3 of our inaugural Monday Morning Blooms tour and collaboration with Lynch Creek Farm. 

If you missed it, you can see my Christmas porch and enter my giveaway, HERE.

Visit my talented blogging friends this week to see their beautiful ‘deck the halls’ inspiration this week to enter their giveaway for additional chances to win:

 Shirley at Housepitality Designs 

 Pam at Everyday Living

 Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

Oh Deer Christmas Table details:
 Plaid Dinner Plates,  Ciroa plaid / HomeGoods, several years ago
Deer salad plates, 222 Fifth Wexford Red / HomeGoods
Metal Deer / Hobby Lobby, several years ago
Reindeer runner, Tartan throw, napkins / HomeGoods, several years ago
Plaid placemats /  Target, several years ago
Tree slice chargers / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago
Reindeer and Sleigh Napkin Rings / Ballard Designs
Flatware / Hampton Forge, San Remo, Horchow, several years ago
Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

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 Between Naps on the Porch

  34 comments for “Oh Deer: Tartan Christmas Table for Two by the Tree

  1. Michelle
    December 5, 2018 at 6:51 am

    Awesome Christmas table scapes!

  2. December 5, 2018 at 6:58 am

    Mary, your tartan Christmas table next to the light of your tree is just beautiful! The new deer salad plates are so fun. Christmas and tartan just go together and you have stacked it magically! Hopefully your new tree’s lights will last longer than three years. We decided we have to purchase new trees for next year. Wishing you a joy-filled Wednesday!

  3. Granny Gay:)
    December 5, 2018 at 7:01 am

    Love those deer!!…and the plaid. You have such an eye for things to decorate with when you go shopping…that is a real gift. I’ll bet you have several projects going on in your head while you shop, or you invent them when you see items. Another joyful presentation this morning…thank you for sharing…

  4. Leslie
    December 5, 2018 at 7:02 am

    The table looks beautiful! I love the table runner and the reindeer!

  5. Sheila
    December 5, 2018 at 7:09 am

    I haven’t been to your beautiful Lake in years, but discovering your blog will have me “visiting” often. Love your style (and your poochies 🐾).

  6. Sue Farmer
    December 5, 2018 at 7:18 am

    I don’t know if there is a prelit tree that will last!!! My daughter and I have both had the same trouble as you. I was going to buy a light fixer but glad I didn’t. Seems they don’t work either!!
    Anyway, love your tartan table and the deer are lovely!!! xoxo

  7. Patricia
    December 5, 2018 at 7:20 am

    Don’t you just love that ribbon on the Lynch farm centerpiece?

  8. December 5, 2018 at 7:32 am

    Mary,I had the same problem with my pricey Balsam Hill Christmas tree last year. Needless to say I did NOT order another one! I love your pretty tartan items and the prancing reindeer on your table. I wish I had a Hobby Lobby near me…*sigh*. Dining by the light of the tree sounds wonderful!

  9. December 5, 2018 at 7:37 am

    Oh how I LOVE this table!!!….Those amazing plates usually don’t even make it to the shelves in my HomeGoods…I have often seen people follow and stop the HomeGoods personnel as they cart things down the aisle to the shelf…Sorry about your $$$ tree. Looking forward to it being on the dock!!…and love those deer…I actually thought they were made of birch rather than metal….Gorgeous table Mary!!!

  10. Cyndi Raines
    December 5, 2018 at 7:52 am

    What a great combination, red and black tartan plaid with reindeer! Santa would be proud! Love it, especially with those awesome reindeer napkin rings and the beautiful fresh evergreen centerpiece. The addition of the red shinny Christmas balls makes it even better. What a lovely table by the tree to dine at and watch those twinkling lights. Perfect! 🎄

  11. Rita C.
    December 5, 2018 at 8:09 am

    You have to know I deer-ly love this tablescape and everything about it. You & I have much in common with our love of tartan. I was able to bag those bucks (napkin rings) in my hunt this past year in one of Ballard’s sales, but had to wait very patiently in my stand – for months! Please save me a seat at the table, I’ll be right over.
    Hate to hear that about your tree. I am somewhat anxious about mine, it is 3 yrs old, and I just know things aren’t as they once were in manufacture. Meanwhile, my tree I bought in 2004 was dissected into the Chris Missy and sold two years ago, and the topper sits on my front porch during the holidays, still going strong. Go figure!

  12. Robyn
    December 5, 2018 at 8:20 am

    Love those Deer! Wish Hobby Lobby would carry them again. Oh the tales I could tell of Christmas tree lights not working on expensive pre-lit trees! Brand new one this year and bottom lights didn’t work. Luckily I found the broken bulb, replaced it and walah! It is my biggest “stresser” every year! Happy Wednesday! Gorgeous table!!!!!

  13. Maureen
    December 5, 2018 at 8:21 am

    Very inviting and so well coordinated! You do the best tablescapes!!!!!!

  14. December 5, 2018 at 8:28 am

    Looks Lovely! I love that you gave the first tree new life rather than a trip to the landfill.

  15. December 5, 2018 at 8:31 am

    Oh Deer, another wonderful Christmas tablescape. I deerly love it and plaids to boot. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Jan Fusco
    December 5, 2018 at 8:34 am

    I love it all. Tartan plaid seems to be a hit this year with decorating. I have certainly worked it in to my decorating. Love it. I enjoy your posts so much. Merry Christmas.

  17. Brenda
    December 5, 2018 at 8:39 am

    Beautiful! I love your style!

  18. December 5, 2018 at 8:48 am

    So very beautiful! Thank you so much for the time and effort you put into your posts. This blog is such a bright and happy place, always! Merry Christmas!

  19. December 5, 2018 at 9:15 am

    Tartan never goes out of style, does it Mary? Your table runner looks so perfect atop the pretty throw. Your new plates are just gorgeous with your deer themed table. Your flatware makes me swoon…love that pattern! I hope your new tree lasts longer than your last one. I’m sure it looks beautiful in your home. xx

  20. December 5, 2018 at 10:03 am

    OMG! I love tartan…in fact, I have my tartan Tablecloth and napkins on now…one of my favs on your table are those reindeer napkin rings…I just love those…please keep the ideas coming.I always look forward to your tabkescapes especially at Christmas……..regarding your tree…I too had a prelit tree and it only lasted 3 years..soooo, last year I brought the tree down from the attic and, with a pair of wire clippers, removed all the lights..bought all new GE clear lights and restrung the tree myself..mine was in 3 sections and I did one section at a time..luckily, the lights can plug into each other..I did 2 strands at a time and all the plugs are in the pole and I really like that..it made it possible to leave the lights on the tree and store that way..therefore, instead of a mere 400 lights, I have1500 and it’s beautiful!! A NOTE: if you do this, make sure you wear a long sleeve shirt..when I was finished, my arms looked like a cat attacked me..this year, GE has lights they call Random Twinkle..I put 2 strands of 100 ea, on the tree this year as an addition..and they make the tree look like it sparkles…it’s beautiful…thanks for listening..

  21. anne
    December 5, 2018 at 10:38 am

    So beautiful and festive. I love all the plaid and those reindeer are to die for! Please, won’t you show us your lovely tree and tell us where you purchased it. I think my live tree days are coming to an end. I told myself this year while shopping the tree lot that I’m ready to take the plunge and buy an artificial one for next year! Looked at the ones from Balsam Hill and Frontgate. It’s a huge leap to go to an artificial one…well, for me it is! :-)

  22. S Williams
    December 5, 2018 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Mary-What a beautiful tablescape. The theme is a favorite of mine as I “deerly” love these beautiful creatures! You know tablescapes are my weakness and this one makes me swoon. The table runner, dishes and enhanced centerpiece are gorgeous. The napkin rings are so unique and lovely. The magnolia leaves paired with the wood slice charger is so clever! A meal by your beautiful tree would be an enjoyable experience after having such a challenging time with your Christmas tree. So sorry to hear your $$ tree only lasted 3 years. They should be guaranteed for at least 5 years since they are only used once a year! Thank you for giving me my dish & tablescape fix. Clara ;) 🦌 🎄

  23. Rhonda
    December 5, 2018 at 12:11 pm

    Such a lovely and festive tablescape–so well-coordinated! And your front porch?? Full of Christmas cheer!!! I “deerly” loved it all!

  24. December 5, 2018 at 3:00 pm

    How cozy is this Christmas woodland table for two! So many wonderful deery details! You and your hubby will enjoy this table all season, while gazing at the lights of your beautiful new tree! At least you thought of a fun thing to do with the “not so old” one! Of course those plates were meant to be yours Mary, and the happy reindeer runner is wonderful!! The Lynch Creek Farm arrangement makes the perfect centerpiece for your table, and I bet it smells wonderful too! So so pretty!

  25. Marilyn
    December 5, 2018 at 4:58 pm

    Mary the plaid dishes are so unique. Everything is super beautiful.

  26. Joan
    December 5, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    Thank You for this wonderful post. I too love plaid. The ribbon,dishes etc. are things that I enjoy looking at .

  27. Marion
    December 5, 2018 at 5:01 pm

    The reindeer are adorable. Your tree is lovely. The tablescape as usual is beautiful.

  28. Dianne Chrestopoulos
    December 5, 2018 at 9:32 pm

    OOH you have the most beautiful tables! I wish I had some talent for this.

  29. December 6, 2018 at 5:34 am

    Perfectly festive Mary! Lovin’ your cute birch reindeer:@)

  30. JudyCinNC
    December 6, 2018 at 9:47 am

    I am also loving the tartan this year .. Mixed with the fresh greens it is beautiful. Than you for this opportunity. JudyC

  31. Kari
    December 6, 2018 at 10:29 am

    So pretty Mary, and your cozy table by your tree is stunning. I put up about a dozen trees…most fully decorated and some with only lights. We have a tree in the outside foyer entrance that may or may not get ornaments…along with a tree on the lanai and in the Secret Garden. So with three outdoor trees, I have to confess that one or two are recycled from inside the house. LOL The tartan is so bright and beautiful and you have inspired many I am sure. I, too…thought the deer were wood instead of metal! Perfect for sure.
    Have a very Merry Christmas Mary and looking forward to our blog hop next week.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

  32. December 6, 2018 at 5:05 pm

    I love, love Tartan plaid! Our LakeHouse is in Edinboro, Pa. Our little town was founded by Scots from Edinburgh so everyone in town loves Tartan Plaid!

    Your tablescape is such a stunner! I need to dig out my Tartan plaid plates I have here in AZ. Thank you for the inspiration! ❤️

  33. Betsy
    December 6, 2018 at 5:12 pm


    Any chance you’lyou’ll post a photo of your tree?! Please say yes!🎄☃❄

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