Some little birdies came inside — out of the frigid winter storm — to inspire a please-come-soon spring table.

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Today’s post is part of the Springtime Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate. All this week, 26 talented stylists share their ideas and inspirational tables. Bee sure to check all the tablescape links at the end of the post.

Having just returned from a nearly weeklong ski vacation in Breathtaking Breckenridge, Colorado, I initially hit a creative brick wall on setting a spring table. As we landed in Pittsburgh a snowstorm hit, which made for a dicey drive home around midnight. And, as I set the springtime tablescape, four more inches of snow was falling and temperatures dropped to a frigid 10 degrees. Burr!

While scratching my head for some spring table theme, I ‘rediscovered’ my lovely bird dishes — buried deep behind Christmas and winter plates. These cute birdies inspired a tweet table to welcome spring. Won’t you come in from the cold and join us?

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Birds of a Feather, Gather Together

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My favorite weather is bird chirping weather.

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Once I pulled out the bird dishes, the rest of the spring table came together rather quickly. By ‘shopping’ my own cupboards, closets and drawers, I was able to find almost everything I needed. Only the napkin rings required a trip out into the snow.

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Much of the tableware, linens and centerpiece items were originally used for several different theme My Favorite Things Parties.

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Anchoring a Bee Theme Party Food Features Honey, Lemon dessert table, is the same cheery, yellow gingham tablecloth (Home Goods) as the spring table.

Previously, the bird place card holders (Pier 1) held menu tent cards for a Peacock Themed Menu. Perfect for a Birds of a Feather, Gather Together party buffet.

On the spring table, they are used for their original intention as place cards.

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Designed to sit on the rim of a glass, the laser-cut place cards (Joann Fabrics) were mixed with butterflies on hand-painted glasses at the Alice in Wonderland Table.

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Both sets of place cards were 75% off in the clearance section. You never know what you’ll find there!

All About the Bird Plates

It was for the same bird-themed party that I used these fabulous bird dishes (Home Goods, TJ Maxx, Marshalls). I went on a crazed hunt for them, after viewing a wonderful tablescape set in Mary’s (Home is Where the Boat Is) garden shed.

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Originally, I only had four, and used them as candy dishes and to hold My Favorite Things ballots/votes. Made by Grace’s Teaware, the bird plates are labeled dishwasher/microwave safe — something I’ve never tested as I always handwash them.

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Over about two years, I managed to collect eight; by keeping an eagle-eye out while shopping. Occasionally, I still see them at Home Goods.

Storage, I admit, is a challenge. Eventually, I found small shelf organizers at Bed, Bath & Beyond that allow me to ‘stack’ them three high on a shelf.

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There are four different style dishes. All include a cute bird perched on the edge. I love the details. Aren’t they sweet?

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Which is your favorite?

Winter White for Early Spring Table

Since it’s still early for spring here in Pittsburgh, I went for a winter white on white look for the plate stack. Each bird dish is layered on a lattice and fruit embossed plate (Tuesday Morning).

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Made by Mikassa, English Countryside is both dishwasher and microwave safe. My go-to white dinner plate has been used in several spring and summer tablescapes, including; A HapBEE Birthday Table and Beehive Dessert.

For some forest texture, the embossed white plates sit on woodcut chargers, and are flanked by copper twig flatware.

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This is the first time I’ve used the chargers and flatware for a spring table.

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Usually it’s been for a fall or winter tablescape like January’s, Moose Toboggan Ride Tablescape.

But, since it’s still winter with no leaves on the trees, bluejays and cardinals are easily seen perched on branches and twigs in the woods and landscape.

Although I have gingham napkins that match the tablecloth, I decided to use a bright, floral print. A few spring blooms promise a change in seasons soon (fingers crossed!).

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Simple Libbey glasses (Goodwill) help to pull out blue in the napkin print, and in the little bluebirds nesting on the spring table.

Another Tweet Turquoise Early Spring Table, includes a Pretty Flower Napkin Fold Tutorial.

Nesting Birds

For napkin rings, I found moss nests floral picks with pale yellow eggs inside (Michael’s). Simply curving the wire into a circle, quickly transformed the nests into napkin rings for the spring table.

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At half-off, the bird nests made for bargain-priced napkin rings. Next, I perched a little bluebird from my craft stash onto each nest.

Please forgive me that the eggs and birds aren’t to scale. I like to think the bluebirds are foster-parenting those eggs, LOL!

The Caged Bird Never Sings

Look closely, and you’ll see that none of the little birdies are inside any of the three birdcages (Michael’s) used in the spring table centerpiece. Instead, they are all perched on top.

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Quite often I don’t bother with a traditional floral centerpiece on the small, round kitchen table. Otherwise, the tabletop gets too crowded. Frequently, I decorate the chandelier overhead. But, with all the snow outside, I just couldn’t muster the enthusiasm to deck-out the light fixture with garlands, birds and twigs.

Besides, in a few days I’ll be switching the spring table for an Ireland Pursuit St. Patrick’s Day Table.

So, I gathered together some decor items from around the house and ‘built’ a bird theme centerpiece for the spring table.

Since forsythia is one of the first signs of spring, I began with a simple wreath in the center of the table. It encircles a trio of birdcages, a nest, and a bird porcelain basket (Home Goods, also Grace’s Teaware). Faux forsythia, pussy willows, and cherry blossoms fill the largest birdcage.

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Small tea candles are burning inside yellow and sage green birdcages. Each is elevated to a different height using cupcake stands (Pottery Barn clear with domed lid not used here, Tuesday Morning white scalloped edge).

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Another nest from my seasonal decor is incorporated into the spring table centerpiece. It’s from one of my favorite shops. Bee sure to Peruse Spring Open House at Old Allegheny Shoppe for more ideas and inspiration.

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Two more little bluebirds have taken up residence in the nest.

Like most of the tableware and centerpiece elements, the nest was used to decorate a My Favorite Things party. Here, it anchors a little vignette for Peacock Party Favors, Gifts and Prizes.

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Like the sign says, thanks for visiting my nest!

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Spring Tablescape Hop

Normally, my kitchen and dining room are set and decorated for St. Patrick’s Day in March. See this year’s Casual St. Patrick’s Day Table & DIY Shamrock Glasses.

But, now it’s time to tablescape hop for a much-needed promise of warmer days and pretty blooms ahead.

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