Monday Morning Blooms: Winter Nesting Flower Arrangement and Tablescape

Create a ‘Winter Nesting’ Centerpiece for your table or home. This nesting-vase method is a decorative and easy way to hide your floral stems when using a glass vase for a flower arrangement. Customize your arrangement with the ‘filler’ or decorative material of your choice to match your decor or tablesetting.


Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms, the first and third Mondays of the month. I’m happy to be joining my blogging friends for some flower therapy and to send some blooming inspiration your way!

You’ll find my blogging friends’ links to their blooming creations at the bottom of this post.

If you follow my blog, you know that we’re enjoying the glow and twinkle of the lights from our Winter Nesting Tree.  It’s a cheery way to transition from Christmas to winter and brighten the house during the cold, gray months of January and February. Our winter tree is decorated with snowflakes, icy branches, glittery nests, pine cones and bird ornaments, you can see it HERE.

Our common theme for this edition of Monday Morning Blooms, was using a glass vase for a flower arrangement. My favorite way to use a glass vase when arranging flowers is with a ‘nesting vase’.


To use this method, start with two vases, a smaller one to nest inside a larger one (round vases work too, they don’t have to be square). Fill the walls between your vases with your decorative material, which will conceal the flower stems. Add water and floral preservative to the inner vase, and then fill with your flowers.  If you don’t have any floral preservative, you can make your own with this easy formula.

For my ‘Winter Nesting’ themed flower arrangement, I filled the walls of my vases with birdseed. The birds will enjoy the birdseed in our feeders after the flowers are spent! Use the material of your choice to fill your vase walls to coordinate with your theme or holiday. I’ve used hosta leaves, lemon slices and different types of candy for Valentine’s Day, St. Patrick’s Day, EasterHalloween and Christmas, in a glass vase using this method.


I added a row of pine cones along the top of the vase for some additional filler and texture. Alstroemeria, frilly mums, and one large hydrangea add some snowy white blooms for a ‘Winter Nesting’ arrangement.

Pine cones, twigs, a nest and bird ornament provide some texture and ‘nesting’ details for a finishing touch the arrangement.

Use florist wire or hot glue to attach a floral pick to your pine cones and bird nest to add them to your arrangement.



I used the same ‘nesting vase’ method for a smaller vase. Since the vase opening was so narrow between the wall of the vases, I placed a plastic grocery bag inside the inner vase, to keep it seed-free while filling the vase.

Twigs placed in the vase among hyacinth blooms give a clip-on bird ornament a place to perch!


A winter-woodland tablecloth, provides a foundation for a winter nesting table, with pine cones, branches and scattered snowflakes.

Snow bird salad plates are layered on embossed white plates. . .

Twig flatware, pine cone napkins and napkin rings add some woodland table details.

Mercury glass votives provide some sparkle and shine on dreary winter day. Larger votives are filled with birdseed for some added nesting details.

And more birds flew down from the tree to nest at the table.

Winter Nesting Table Details:

Snow Birds Salad Plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Embossed bordered plates / Pfaltzgraff Country Cupboard, used here

Bird dishes / Gracie China by Coastline Imports, HomeGoods, several years ago, used here

Tablecloth / HomeGoods, several years ago, used here

Pine Cone Napkins / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Pine Cone Napkin Rings / HomeGoods, several years ago

Twig Flatware / Pier 1, several years ago

Square Madras Chargers / World Market

Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside


Visit my talented blogging friends to see their blooming inspiration this week:

Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse

 Pam at Everyday Living

Shirley at Housepitality Designs

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

 Between Naps on the Porch

  51 comments for “Monday Morning Blooms: Winter Nesting Flower Arrangement and Tablescape

  1. Kathy Megan
    January 21, 2019 at 6:14 am

    Simply stunning-I love it!

  2. Deb
    January 21, 2019 at 6:25 am

    Mary, Your creativity when it comes to flower arranging and tables never ceases to amaze me! Thank you for the easy to follow tutorial. I pinned your Valentine’s Day flower arrangement last year using the method and was going to try to find vases for it this year. Hope you’re staying warm and cozy in your nest. It’s a 14 degrees here this morning…brrrr!

  3. Kathi
    January 21, 2019 at 6:26 am

    So Beautiful and Cheery, Mary! I love your talented imagination and design!

  4. Nancy
    January 21, 2019 at 6:56 am

    I love everything about this table!

  5. January 21, 2019 at 6:57 am

    Oh I’m loving your beautiful nesting theme Mary, from your tree to your table and flower arrangement. I’m wishing I had kept our tree up now. Those twinkling lights would be so welcome on these dark and cold January nights!

  6. Linda L
    January 21, 2019 at 7:01 am

    Oh my gosh….gorgeous! You are so wonderfully creative. Love the glass arrangement.

  7. January 21, 2019 at 7:18 am

    Nesting….oh the most perfect theme for our winter days! As always, you take my breath away with your beautiful tables and with each and every detail. You have added the perfect touch of flowers in those amazing vases of bird seed! I am such a bird lover and this table is truly among my favorites. Now I need to find my plates with bird perched on it. You always begin my day with a smile and a skipping heart beats over your amazing creativity!…Have a great day Mary…such a pleasure to be a part of Monday Morning Blooms with you!

  8. Gail
    January 21, 2019 at 7:19 am

    Thanks for the fun birdseed vase idea and for the step by step instructions

  9. Lori
    January 21, 2019 at 7:38 am

    This is so whimsical and creative! You give us so much inspiration, thanks for sharing.

  10. January 21, 2019 at 7:39 am

    Mary, your beautiful nesting tree has brought me such delight during this dreary January! The nesting flower arrangement is so creative and continues your winter theme perfectly. I love that you used bird seed as your filler. You orchestrate a theme with perfection. The tablescape captures the essence of winter with the lovely tablecloth, salad plates, napkins, and twig flatware. It is always a pleasure to share Monday Morning Blooms with you. Stay warm and nest on!

  11. Rita C.
    January 21, 2019 at 7:42 am

    Oh, Mary, that overview photo is such a pretty sight to see! It’s so perfect for this season (but a lot prettier than what I see when I’m outside!). You not only have a beautiful arrangement, but the entire room with the tree and tabletop. Your floral arrangement is gorgeous. Lucky birds!

  12. January 21, 2019 at 8:13 am

    Winter never looked so good as at your table and by your tree Mary! I love how you follow a theme through and celebrate the seasons. Thank you for the flower therapy this morning too!

  13. Granny Gay:)
    January 21, 2019 at 8:34 am

    Thank you for being so generous with your creative ideas, Mary. You always manage to have a surprise or two up your sleeve, and in this case, it’s the filler bird seed…love that idea! What a gorgeous table. I know you enjoy creating new scenes, but don’t you hate taking down those lovely creations to put up another? Probably not, as each one you do gives you such joy…just keep on creating for us…stay warm…

  14. Gayle Dodson
    January 21, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Your beautiful arrangements and table scrapes get me through the dreary, cold days of January. I can’t wait to try this stunning design and bring winter’s beauty inside.
    Love your talent, thank you.

  15. January 21, 2019 at 8:45 am

    Your winter wonderland keeps getting better and better Mary! the seed nesting vases are so clever and perfect for your feathered friends! You are almost making me like winter with such a beautiful cozy and warm winter scene 🥶

  16. Debra Matcovich
    January 21, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Happy New Year. With all your amazing table scapes, this is my favorite. I love winter decorating.

  17. Jane Teague
    January 21, 2019 at 9:21 am

    This is an absolutely wonderful post. Thank you for sharing your beautiful tranquil days of winter with us!

  18. Karen
    January 21, 2019 at 9:37 am

    Quiet confession. Your tables are so INSPIRING that I have often followed your instructions and proudly displayed them on my dining room table. And when friends come over….well….sorry, but with the exception of one friend, i don’t give you credit. I let them think I’m just that good. So I’ve now confessed. Forgive me?

  19. anne
    January 21, 2019 at 9:51 am

    Oh, Mary, this is one of your prettiest tables I’ve ever seen! The nesting vases are incredible. You are so talented.
    I love this time of year. I love the cold and foggy mornings. It’s so invigorating! This table just sets the scene for a winter wonderland!! Love it!!

  20. barbara
    January 21, 2019 at 10:00 am

    This is definitely for the birds!

  21. January 21, 2019 at 10:13 am

    Mary, you are a marvel of creativity and beauty! I literally gwak and pour over your posts. I’m so in awe of the detail and creativity in this lovely is magazine worthy! You inspire me!

  22. January 21, 2019 at 10:20 am

    Your method is so clever and creative, Mary! I have a small square glass vase. Now I need to find a larger one for it to fit inside. I’ll find something! The bird seed makes for a pretty filler, and I love the addition of the darling nest with the flowers. Beautiful!!

  23. S Williams
    January 21, 2019 at 10:43 am

    Mary, Love this post! The floral arrangement is beautiful & unique. The tablescape was an added bonus for us to enjoy! Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Monday! Clara 🕊️

  24. Sue
    January 21, 2019 at 10:44 am

    Love your bird seed vase filler and I’s sure the birds will love it also after the flowers have wilted. A beautiful arrangement.

  25. Doreen Snyder
    January 21, 2019 at 11:11 am

    Oh my gosh! Love it all!!

  26. Betsy
    January 21, 2019 at 11:17 am

    There’s a table to chase away the winter blues and make you feel cozy! I enjoy your transition from Christmas through to Valentine’s day.


    P.S. Love the picture from Lidy at French Garden House, thanks for sharing!

  27. Donna Milazzo
    January 21, 2019 at 11:35 am

    Just when I think that you’ve outdone yourself for the last time, you post one of these tablescapes even more amazing than the last. I LOVE birds too, and this is SO adorable, but not too cutesy. I love the vase-within-a-vase idea. I need to start looking for some pairs of glass vases. I always appreciate your sourcing information. I’m going to get some of those Mikasa French Countryside goblets one of these days. They are so versatile!

  28. Doreen Snyder
    January 21, 2019 at 12:17 pm

    i know this question has been asked before, but just wondering if you still may have a label on your table cloth with the makers name? Such a beautiful piece!
    Your decor is soooo inspiring!

    • January 21, 2019 at 2:24 pm

      Thank you, Doreen. Unfortunately no manufacturer’s tag on the tablecloth, only ‘made in China’ and laundering directions.

      • Doreen Snyder
        January 21, 2019 at 2:26 pm

        Thank you for the update Mary! Love. Love your table setting…

  29. January 21, 2019 at 12:21 pm

    Oh Mary, you have hit it out of the park…once again! This is one of my favorite tables ever! Just fabulous! It also reminded me that I have some winter bird plates, so I am stealing some of your ideas to create a table! I wish I had that tablecloth, it is fabulous too! Have a beautiful day, it is SO bitterly cold here. 134 degrees right now at 12:20, UP from 6 this morning. Can’t wait to go to Fl. SOON!!!

  30. Marie in AZ
    January 21, 2019 at 12:44 pm

    Brightened my day! I always love your ideas and arrangements, and this one is a stunner.

  31. Patricia
    January 21, 2019 at 12:45 pm

    Love this arrangement. Perfect for wintry days. Gathering my supplies right now

  32. June L. Hollingshead
    January 21, 2019 at 1:16 pm

    This is a fabulous post! I gathered so many ideas by following your links to other holidays. Bravo, you are amazing!

  33. January 21, 2019 at 2:30 pm

    Your creativity is out of this world! Who would have thought of filling a vase with bird seed? And it looks so cute! Also, I love chickadees.

  34. Darlene
    January 21, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Amazing! Theme perfect for the time of year but, the bird seed surprise is over the top darling.
    It’s hard to find winter ideas (without a Christmas feel) yours took inspiration to a new level.
    Thank You, for sharing your beautiful pictures.

  35. Pamela
    January 21, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Incredible how your mind works.😍

  36. January 21, 2019 at 5:37 pm

    The flowers are beautiful and I know the birds are eagerly awaiting that seed outside too:@) Also lovin’ your fun tablecloth Mary!

    • January 22, 2019 at 8:23 am

      Thank you Lynn! My little chickadee you gave me is a very favorite bird if you can’t tell! ❤️🐦🌲

  37. Cyndi Raines
    January 21, 2019 at 6:01 pm

    How sweet is that! Love the extra special touch with the bird seed as filler between the two vases and the birdies will enjoy it too! You go girl! It’s just too “tweet”! 🐦

  38. January 21, 2019 at 8:18 pm

    I love the bird theme with the birdseed filler. Very pretty table, Mary!

  39. January 21, 2019 at 10:07 pm

    Amazing and so cute! Love the birdseed lining the sides of the square vase. That little bird on top is just waiting to dive in!

  40. Carol Thompson
    January 21, 2019 at 10:12 pm

    I wish all the world could see this Mary. You share so much whimsy, beauty and joy with us.

  41. January 22, 2019 at 8:12 am

    Oh my,,love this arrangement and LOVE LOVE the table cloth and napkins! I am also mesmerized by this bird ornaments..wherever do you find them?? I’m thinking of trying to start collecting some?? The whole table is stunning!! ❤️

  42. Gail Gibson
    January 22, 2019 at 12:51 pm

    I love your nesting vases. I can’t seem to find them. Any suggestions as to where I can locate them?

    • January 22, 2019 at 1:07 pm

      Hi Gail, You can find affordable glass vases at Hobby Lobby, Dollar Tree, Walmart and Michaels. Download Michaels and Hobby Lobby’s mobile apps to your phone, so you can access their weekly 40% off coupon when you shop.

  43. Virginia
    January 22, 2019 at 7:48 pm

    Mary thank you for another stunning arrangement and tablescape.

  44. Linda L Hovgaard
    January 24, 2019 at 1:49 pm

    Once again….beautiful tablescape! This is one of my favorites but I think I say that every time….lol. I love the neutral nature color scheme, the use of vases – all of it . So sweet!

  45. Charlene Gray
    January 27, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Stunning as always Mary! I just love your eye for details.

  46. January 28, 2019 at 12:08 am

    So beautiful and another great tutorial!

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