Burlap, Lace & Birds Holiday Table

Holiday tables can range from your everyday china to pieces decorated with Santas, Snowmen, and Christmas trees. When I was a child, my mother always used a lace tablecloth, her good china, and silverware for holidays and special occasions. I like to vary what I use but honestly, who has room for dozens of china patterns? I certainly don’t. When I downsized for retirement a few years ago, I gave my nephew my mother’s china and her silverware.  I have three sets of  four for everyday china and a few pieces of other patterns from thrift stores.    My tables are simple with a centerpiece or flowers and either a tablecloth, runner,  or place mats. Your home can be warm and festive without owning a department store full of china or spending a lot of money. You can’t beat a good set of white china or a burlap runner for any occasion.









My inspiration for this table was the vintage bird plate set I got at the thrift store. They could be used all year but I do like them for winter and the holiday season. I started with a burlap and lace runner. The bird plates are layered with a gold charger (Dollar Tree), a green vintage plate, and then the bird plate.








There are 4 different birds on each of the plates that came in the original box.















My centerpiece contains dried and artificial elements with the addition of greenery from my yard and feathers.  I wanted a look perfect for winter and the holidays. Just start with the flowers as a base. Add feathers and dried elements. Last add the fresh greenery.

Tip:  Whether you cut from your yard or buy cuttings, immerse in a bucket of water for 24 hours before using in your decorations.  This will increase the life of the cut greens.







The napkin rings were bought by sister back in the 1970’s. A few years ago, I was helping her pack up things she was giving away. When we got to the metal tie napkin holders, I couldn’t resist them.






The crystal has been in my collection for 30 years.  I love the sparkle when the light hits it.









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I was raised in Tennessee but have lived in Florida for many years. Love my small home in the Tampa Bay area and its developing garden. My decorating style is eclectic - some vintage, some cottage, all with a modern flair. Pursuing a healthier lifestyle. Spent many years in social services but am happily retired.

26 thoughts to “Burlap, Lace & Birds Holiday Table”

  1. I adore the natural feel of your tablescape with your lovely bird plates, burlap and earthy colors of brown and green. The touch of lace contrasts so nicely with the rustic elements of nature. There is always something so inviting when there is a combination of burlap and lace.

  2. Carol, I left a comment earlier, but I don’t see it here. So I’m leaving another. Not trying to comment spam you. I absolutely love burlap, the table runner is one of my favorite things. It looks really great with the lace. And the bird plates are really cool, I thought they were an expensive China piece. I need to check these out. I also really love the peacock feathers in the floral arrangement. I love the color contrast with the plates and Runner. Those napkin rings are absolutely gorgeous I’m glad you snagged them from your sister. They look really great on your table. Happy Thanksgiving.

    1. Your comment was held for my approval – you know about all the spam machines. I used to get a lot of that until I got a great plug-in. Thanks for the great comments. Hope the holiday season is kind to you.

  3. I’ll be the first to admit that I have too many dishes. I can’t pass up some that I run across at thrift shops. I change my décor often and love having them. I know that someday I will have to downsize. I love birds and the plates are darling! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  4. Your plates are so pretty Carol. They really evoke the spirit of Thanksgiving and fall. And you have done a fantastic job of putting the tablescape together. Pinning.

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