For the holidays, I’m sharing a favorite winter woodland tablescape. Mixed in the table setting are my everyday dishes and glasses with special Christmas plates, flatware and linens.

Sled tablesetting

But, stealing the scene is a standing wooden deer and toboggan centerpiece.

Serving as table favors at each place setting, are sled and homemade snowflake ornaments.

I’ve used this tablescape for multiple Christmas meals, as well as a post holiday, ‘beat the winter blues’ casual get together.

Today, the casual kitchen table is set for a Christmas cranberry French Toast brunch with my family of four.

Come join us for a holiday outing into the woods.

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Into the Woods

To start, a forest green, round tablecloth provides the backdrop for the woodland tablescape. Then, bold plaid napkins bringing out the red accents in the flatware, Christmas plates and centerpiece.

Into the Woods Christmas Table
But, the star of the table is the deer on a red toboggan. Have you ever incorporated a favorite holiday decoration into a centerpiece?

woodland tablescape Deer centerpiece

I created the centerpiece by shopping my home, primarily gathering items from my Ski Lodge Theme Decor in the finished basement.

The wooden, red toboggan was also incorporated into the centerpiece of a Moose Toboggan Ride Tablescape.

Sled favor woodland tablescape

For this holiday table, I used the toboggan as the base and stood the wooden deer in the center. Next, I placed the wood stump votive candle holder on one end of the centerpiece.

Also incorporated into the centerpiece, are a few birch and bottle-brush trees from my Department 56 North Pole Village collection. Take A Tour of the Magical North Pole to see it all.


Then, I simply filled in the centerpiece with a variety of pinecones, faux red berries, and bottle brush evergreens. Weaving a garland of jingle bells around the toboggan was the final touch.


For most of the holiday season the jingle bells decorate kitchen shelves, as seen in Casual Christmas Table & Kitchen.


I found the bells and snowmen at a local Favorite Christmas Shop. Old Allegheny carries unique decorations and tableware, along with home furnishings.

Hunt Scene Dishes for Woodland Setting

Serving as the base dinner plate, is the Ireland Pursuit pattern by Keltcraft Noritake. The forest green border makes my everyday dishes a perfect fit on the woodland tablescape. I love that the plates are dishwater and microwave safe too. No fuss!

I have eight place settings and numerous serving pieces too. A small pitcher and plate sit on a crocheted dolly made by my great-grandmother. It’s to pour warm cranberry compote sauce over the French Toast.

Sled table setting2

Different sled ornaments are placed at each setting as a table favor. The crocheted snowflake ornaments were made by my sister and a gift. They now decorate our live tree every year.

You might remember seeing the Ireland Pursuit dishes from the post, Turkey Tureen is Star of Thanksgiving Table. I used the dinner plate as the base for that tablescape too. But, they are the main attraction on the Ireland Pursuit St. Patrick’s Day Table.

While shopping at Home Goods several years ago, I discovered the red-handle flatware. It came in sets of four place settings. Luckily, they had two packages. I also use the red flatware throughout the year, including in Red Hearts for Valentines Day and Liberty Tablescape Celebrates July 4th.

Heritage Dishes a Christmas Value

The charming top plate in the woodland tablescape is from the Better Homes and Gardens’ Heritage Collection. Mine features a snowy scene that includes a red barn, log home and a horse drawn sleigh delivering a Christmas tree (discontinued).

Walmart dishes

Beautifully decorated, the plates have a red rim and scalloped edge.

Walmart has been offering the Heritage Collection for several years. Many people collect them, adding new additions each year. Believe me, I would too, if I had the place to store them!

One downside of the earthenware dishes is that they say, “Hand wash recommended, handle with care.” That gave me pause. However, they are very reasonably priced. So much so, that they can be hard to find.

Several years ago, I went to two stores to find six matching luncheon plates. I suggest ordering them online and then pick up at a nearby Walmart — you’ll save on shipping and disappointment if the store is out-of-stock.

Every so often, Walmart introduces a new plate design, as well as platters, serving bowls and other dishes. It’s easy to mix and match pieces from the collection to create your own woodland tablescape.

Do you have any special dishes you use to set a Christmas table?

Enjoy Festive Table All Season

Here’s a view of the woodland tablescape looking out towards the covered porch.

Into the Woods Christmas woodland tablescape

It was a picture-perfect, snowy Christmas morning.



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