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.
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.But, the star of the table is the deer on a red toboggan. Have you ever incorporated a favorite holiday decoration into a 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.
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.
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).
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.
It was a picture-perfect, snowy Christmas morning.
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I recognized your plates immediately..I bought just 4 dinner plates that are plain but bought lots if Sakai plates with scenes on them. I bought most of my plates after Christmas for a great price..my actual Christmas china is the Spode pattern..which I love!! Love, love love the deer and the centerpiece and, of course, the plaid…LOVE IT ALL!!
Ellen, so glad you enjoyed the other two holiday tables! That Spode pattern is such a wonderful classic, and still so widely available due to its popularity.
Debbee, you are so creative. My Walmart never seems to have a set of the Christmas plates, just one or two. We need to get creative and buy what we see and share so everyone has at least four!
Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas
Thanks Myrna, I really enjoy styling a table. I just finished setting a nutcracker theme table for Christmas Day — and hope to get it posted before the holiday! I know what you mean about finding enough plates of the same pattern. The nice thing about the Walmart collection is that it all mixes and matches so well. I did go to 2 stores to find my 6 plates. Going forward I’d advise pick up what you find. Then go online and order for in store pickup. If they are out, you can still mix with last year and next year’s offerings. A very happy holiday to you too!
PS: in case you missed it, last year I styled a different tablescape with the same dishes. See Christmas Brunch at the Red Barn Tablescape
Very cute Deebee, so cozy and festive! The cranberry french toast brunch sounds amazing!
An easy-to-make-head dish and compote topping. All I have to do is remember to pop it into the oven during all the merry making!
Just love all of your Holiday Decorations, decorating and tips! It sure makes me happy to look at all the vignettes that you create!??❤️???????
Thanks so much Karen. This was my first ever holiday table shared on the blog. Did you see the newly published version, Winter Woodland Tablescape? Appreciate you stopping by for a visit. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season!