A Woodland Christmas

During this busy holiday season, I am especially honored that you are taking time to stop by and visit. Thank you!

If you saw my last post, you know that the tree in my sweet husband’s study is decorated with a Woodland Christmas theme. It was my first inspiration for this week’s tablescape.

These handpainted salad/dessert plates by Royal Norfolk were my second inspiration. (I picked them up several years ago at one of the dollar stores.)

First I covered my table with a golden-tan heavy linen tablecloth. Then I started on the centerpiece — a couple of faux pine boughs laid down the center of the table. Next I tucked in a check ribbon … metal star ornaments …

… antlers … clip-on birds … gold ball ornaments … candleholders of wood and amber glass (visible in other pics) …

… and some old hand-cast brass bells from Italy (an auction box find). I love their crusty-rough texture!

Then I tucked in this gilded sleigh and deer …
(A Dollar Tree find from a few years ago.)

… some pheasant tail feathers …


… and filled the sleigh with acorns.

Finally, I set the table with embossed leaf chargers, Gibson Nova Scroll dinner plates, and my inspiration plates …

… the burnt sienna-colored napkins that I dyed HERE … embossed leaf napkin rings …


… these gorgeous goblets I found at Dollar Tree right after Thanksgiving …

… and Oneida Mozart flatware. (Oh, if I’d only had some of the beautiful antler-handled flatware! I wouldn’t use it very often, but it would have been perfect for today, huh?)

The end result …

And the end result by candlelight …





Do you like “behind the scenes” tours? If so, you might like these Tips & Tidbits …
* Wait to pack away your Fall decor until after you’ve done your Woodland Christmas decorating! The wood and amber glass candleholders, leaf chargers, and acorns were all used in my Fall tablescapes. You may remember seeing them!

* It doesn’t take much ribbon to add a “punch” of color to a tablescape. For this centerpiece I used five scrap pieces of ribbon — each one only 15-20″ long — and tucked them into the branches. The trick is to use wired ribbon so you can make it stay where you want it to. Remember: wired ribbon is your friend!

* Did you notice that the gold ornaments were a muted gold rather than a shiny gold? Since I had a choice, I went with the softer look rather than the bright.

* The tablecloth … became the tree skirt for the Woodland Christmas tree in the study.

I’m linking this to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.



  1. I love the Woodland Christmas theme! Fall is my favorite time of year and I believe in using those acorns, pheasant feathers, etc as long as you can! I have those chargers and plan on using them for a Snowy Woods table later this season.

  2. Gorgeous! I love your centerpiece!

  3. Beautiful rustic yet elegant tablescape. I am sure your hubby loves it!! We sometimes frill our
    guys too much!! I am the worst offender I have to say.
    This table is lovely, warm and inviting.
    Blessings for a Delightful Christmas Season,

  4. I’ve been visiting tables for the past hour or so, and this is definitely one of my favorites.

    I LOVE that centerpiece. It’s just beautiful.

  5. This is so my style! Amazing! It’s beautiful.

  6. So wonderful setting, love the centerpiece!


  7. Susan…this is wonderful! I love the old bells and the antlers and the ribbon…all perfect for your woodland centerpiece. Beautiful salad plates…what a find for such a great deal! Your hubby appears to be quite the hunter! I enjoyed getting a glimpse of his study.

  8. Gorgeous!

  9. Hello Susan,
    oh my God, is that a pretty woodland table. And it is so perfect with the whole room and the gorgeous Christmas tree. I really love all the details on your pictures. The china is wonderful and the gioblets are perfect in color and shape. The pine make a wonderful decoration, much more woody and lighter than fir twigs.
    Greetings, Johanna

  10. This is the most elegant and prettiest tablescape in the woods!…Christine

  11. Oh, I just love the theme of this table! It has all the elements I love. The colors and textures are wonderful. You did such a great job putting this all together.

  12. Wonderful tips and what a beautiful tablescape. Thanks for stopping by my place so that I could find you here.

  13. It is beautiful Susan. I love anything woodsy and rustic. It is still elegant also. It is just classy!

  14. Hi lovely lady.
    You know I love your Tablescapes with the feeling of the outdoors ! your Centerpiece with the deer antlers and the pheasant feathers ~~~ This is lovely with your China. I hope you and your family have a Great Merry Christmas .

  15. I love the outdoorsy feel of the table. It certainly came together so beautifully. Quite a talent. Your centerpiece is the crowning touch!

  16. I’ve gleaned some good ideas from your tablescape today. My husband is an avid hunter, and we give the occasional hunt dinner. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  17. Stunning…just gorgeous!

  18. This is sooo pretty! I love this so much. I have a friend who decorated her tree last year with all her husbands deer antlers too! I was going to feature her this year if she does it again. It was different then yours but I love the way you did yours and the table. I really love your dishes too! So gorgeous! I like your new goblets too. I got the Better Homes and Garden ones right b4 thanksgiving from Walmart in the same color. They were on clearance for $1.50. Woohoo! We are such birds of a feather are’nt we? LOL! I have got to go see your cabinet now too!

  19. What an inspired setting! VERY pretty without being “girlie.” I know your husband must really, really like it!

  20. Wonderfully done, love the rich colors and textures. You captured a woodland feel perfectly. Love the plates! Thanks for adding this beautiful post to the Christmas in July party.