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Winter Tablescape with Snowman Plates and a Nandina Centerpiece

Welcome to the 73rd Tablescape Thursday!

It’s been unusually cold here in Georgia this winter…we even had a bit of snow.

Winter Snowman Tablescape

Snow in Georgia calls for a tablescape with a wintery feel.

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

 

Spied these snowman plates at HomeGoods a few months back and couldn’t resist.

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

When I had family here for Christmas, we used them for dessert; today they are salad plates in our whimsical, winter tablescape.

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

I’m using the Dollar Tree snowflake glasses I told BNOTP Facebook Fans about several weeks ago. I’ve received several comments and e-mails from folks saying they bought them after I posted about them on the BNOTP FB wall. Some of the Dollar Tree stores do still have them; I saw some in the store when I stopped by today.

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

I didn’t have any “snowy” flatware, but I kind of like the way this silverplate in a Beethoven pattern, looks with this tablesetting. It has been well used and has developed that “icy” patina I so love to see on silver.

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

Before I could put this tablescape together last week, I had to get busy and take down all my Christmas decorations. I got a little help from my snowmen friends. Charlie took all the lights off the trees…

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

Raphie took the trees back down to the basement…

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

Fred discovered an unopened package and tried to sneak off with it…

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

And Harry…well, Harry goofed off, went sledding, and didn’t help at all!

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

Winter Table Setting with Snowman Theme

The nandinas are still putting on a grand show in my backyard. The foliage and berries made for a great centerpiece, tucked down inside a pitcher in the snowman pattern. I liked how they mimicked the red berries on the snowman salad plates.

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

I wanted to take a few pics by candlelight, but since it wasn’t dark, I decided to create my own “dark” by closing the shutters in the breakfast room. As I was closing the shutters, I glanced out and saw this big boy sitting in the tree. Do you see him? He’s in the center, down in the lower third of the pic, sitting on a limb. He’s just to the left of the skinny tree in the center, down toward the bottom of the pic. He’s HUGE!

I went outside and tried to get a better picture of him, but he flew down to the ground, made a lot of noise thrashing around in the leaves…then he flew off. I’m thinking he may have caught something.

Does anyone recognize what kind of bird this might be…perhaps by the shape of his body and tail? I can tell you he was REALLLLLLY BIG…probably 1 1/2 to 2 feet tall. He looked gigantic sitting out there on that limb. I’ve seen him around here before. When he comes around, all the other birds go nuts and start screeching in the trees. That’s the way they warn each other and try to scare him off. I would love to know what it is…perhaps a hawk or falcon? He could definitely carry off a small cat or dog…this bird is HUGE! If you know someone who knows birds, please send them to look at this pic. (Click on pic to enlarge even more.)

UPDATE: Mary, Jilly, Delores and Pat think this guy is a Red-tail Hawk (also known as a Chicken-hawk) and I think they are right. I just looked him up on Wikipedia and I do think that’s what he is because he has the speckles down his front like the red-tailed hawk. And Wikipedia says they can grow to be 18 to 26 inches tall! I told y’all he was HUGE! (LOL)

Here’s a pic of this handsome guy from Wikipedia:

Update: This guy may have come back for another visit. Check out THIS post and let me know what you think. Think it’s the same guy? If so, he seems to stop by each January. :)

Ok, back to our tablescape…got the shutters all closed, so time for a bit of candlelight.
Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

Thanks so much for stopping by this evening. See that porch out there through the French door? In about 8 weeks, we’ll be back out there tablescaping…and this girl can’t wait! Looking forward to seeing your beautiful tablescapes!

Winter Christmas Snowman Table Setting

Dinner Plate: Gibson, Clarendon; Big Lots
Snowman Salad Plate and Mugs: HomeGoods, several months ago, no brand name shown
Snowflake glasses: Dollar Tree, several months ago
Flatware: Silverplate, Pattern is Beethoven, eBay
Napkins: HomeGoods, Before Christmas
Snowmen ornaments: Kohls, after Christmas sale
Snowman Tea Pot, Sugar & Creamer: HomeGoods, no brand name shown
Centerpiece: Large Snowman Pitcher, HomeGoods, no brand name shown; Nandina from my yard
Red and White Snowflake Tealight Candle Holders: Colonial Candle

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Comments

  1. Christi @ A Southern Life says:

    Brrrr, it has been cold, but your table is really warm and inviting. Love the snowman plates. I wish we had a HomeGoods near here!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  2. Hiya susan!

    Lovely table and the Nandina just makes everything look so pretty!

    Can't tell what your bird visitor might be from such a distance, but do you have hawks in your area? How big was he really???? LOL Sounds like a fisherman's story about the big one that got away. :-)

  3. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says:

    Hi Susan, This is my favorite post of yours. I love snowmen and this is to sweet for words. Wish I had a Home Goods close by I would run to see if I could still get some of those plates. The tea pot and sugar creamer and the mugs~ ~It's makin' me crazy! What fun.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  4. Coty Farquhar says:

    Hi Susan,
    I always love visiting your blog on a Thursday and I hope this new year will be a fantastic year for you.

    I wonder what sort of bird it was, could it have been an owl maybe. I just love birds, we are so lucky to be near a bush area surrounded by them.

    This week I have posted a very special lunch with blogger Minna from Blomsterverkstad in Sweden. She is adorable and we had her and all her family for lunch at our home here in Australia on Sunday.

    One day hopefully we tablescapers can all get together and meet. How wonderful would that be?

    xx Coty

  5. Oh this just puts a smile on my face! Such a fun winter table. Love all the accessories Susan!!

  6. What happy-smiley dishes, Susan! They've got such personality & you can't help but smile right back when you see them.
    ♥ those $store snowflake glasses!!!

    I'm sorry I can't help you with identifying the bird. I even enlarged the photo. It kind of looks like an owl but I'm not really sure.

    I hope we ALL warm up very soon! I am soooo ready for Spring.

  7. Yellow Rose Arbor says:

    This is just adorable!! I love the colors, especially the centerpiece! I enjoyed all of it!

    Katherine

  8. Hi Susan,

    I have followed your blog for about a year and always enjoy it. I have never left a comment, but your bird pic encouraged me to do so. I am also a bird lover. I enlarged the pic and I am pretty sure you had a vistor from a red tailed hawk. They are migratory through the south at this time of year. I live in Texas and have been watching a red tailed hawk in my backyard for the past couple of weeks. I have witnessed him grab two squirrels from trees!!

    Any how, thanks for your great blog. Your home is absolutley beautiful. I love that you have kept your pretty brass hardware. I have kept most of mine also. I feel it is actually very traditional. Afterall, you see it everywhere in Williamsburg!

    Mary Kay

  9. So cute and colorful! You've carried out your theme beautifully in this one (well, as you always do!). The nandina foliage and berries provide the most perfect centerpiece anyone could imagine for this table. It's one of the happiest tables I've ever seen, and you KNOW I love that wonderful vintage flatware.

    Thank you for hosting once again. I can never thank you enough for all that you do. You bring so much joy into all our lives.

    Warmest regards,
    Bill

  10. bellacasa says:

    As usual…you have set out a lovely table. And although I am not fond of the white stuff outside…you have brought a smile to my face with all your snowmen.

    Come by for tea and a visit sometime.

    Jan
    BellaCasa

  11. The American Homemaker says:

    I debated on buying some snowflake glasses, but I never did.

    Your table looks great.

  12. Confessions of a Plate Addict says:

    Hi Susan! What a cute and cheerful tablescape for our cold, dreary weather! I can't wait for our heatwave of temps in the 50's! lol The nandina makes a perfect centerpiece, too! We used to have an owl in our backyard that I had to keep an eye on when my cats and I were out for a little stretch. Those guys are fearless!!! I hope you are having a great week! Stay warm!…hugs…Debbie

  13. Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) says:

    Susan, this table stole my heart. You know how I adore snowmen. We don't have the Dollar Tree Store here, so I'll just have to dream about them and the glasses. Delightful table.. hugs ~lynne~

  14. A really darling tablescape, Susan..I love love the red and white overall color theme…and the little snowmen..so precious!

  15. Absolutely superb as usual!! Love the little "story" with the snowmen! This is such a happy tablescape! Love the plates and also those red & white snowflake candles from Colonial!!

  16. Absolutely darling, Susan!! I love it! And as always, I love the story with it… you are amazing… we had a dreary day here in Oregon and after reading your post, I'm happy as can be ☺!

  17. The snowmen and their stories are adorable! The table is just lovely by candlelight.

  18. Hi Susan…..first great table as usual….very "cold" looking….Like I need that this week…I've been freezing since coming back from Jersey….and now for the Big Bird….didn't you ever read my post….
    "The Giant Buzzards of Cobb County"…..
    I had the same bird in my yard…at first I thought it was a giant wild turkey….after I got laughed out of the neighborhood my neighbor who is Marietta born and raised came out of the house and being very disgusted with me not being in the know of Southern Wildlife said "it's just a Buzzard"….So I'll assume since your bird looks just like mine it's a Cobb County Buzzard…..
    I'll send her by to confirm….

  19. helenabelle says:

    Hi Susan,
    This is such a cute tablescape. As I was finishing the dinner dishes tonight, I couldn't hardly wait to get upstairs to see what you had posted!! What a treat-

    As for the bird, I am no bird expert but I too think it is a hawk. We have quite a few hawks out here in Arizona.

  20. What a wonderful January table — love the snowmen!

  21. Beautiful tablescape as always, and such a gracious hostess. Always enjoy looking at what you and your readers are doing.

    As we have many of them here (yes, even in San Diego) I agree wholeheartly with Mary…you saw a red tail hawk. They are big, loud, and beautiful to watch flying. An owls face would have been easy to recognize in your photo. Hope you get the chance to see him again, hopefully flying. If he's coming down fast, he's after something.

    Blessings,
    Jilly

  22. Jadehollow says:

    Love it .. as always! I showed hubby the photo of the bird .. he said he couldn't tell for sure but it looked like a Red Tail Hawk .. which are common around here. Good Luck on getting a better shot of him .. can't wait to see it!
    Debbie

  23. burlap + blue says:

    This is such a great tablescape! Thanks so much for sharing and listing your resources…can't wait to create something similiar! Thanks for hosting the linky party…looking forward to getting some more inspiration!

  24. vignette design says:

    Thanks Susan for hosting another TT! I love participating and seeing what everyone else is doing with their tables. Your snowman table is so cute. You carried the theme all the way through. Love those snowflake glasses. Love the plaid napkins!
    As for the bird, at first I thought it was a small owl, then I thought it was a hawk.
    Stay warm! –Delores

  25. I have never commented on your blog before, but read it often. The pictures of your table-settings and table-scapes delight and inspire me!Thank-you~

  26. Blogging To A Better Bonnie says:

    What a happy table! What fun!
    I look forward to your post each and every week.

  27. So cute and delightful! I bought the teapot and cookie jar like your set… but did not see the plates and mugs at our Homegoods. Love them!! Maybe they will have them next year.
    Love to see your tablescapes and your blog!

  28. Just a dreamer says:

    Susan, I'm still chuckling over your hilarious comments about the snowmen. I do NOT like snowmen, but this post, tablescape and commentary was fabulous!

    Happy Birthday…..I hope you treated yourself to some goodies at the Flea and Home Goods that we will be seeing in the future?!?

    Fondly, Jackie A HUGE Fan

  29. Oh Susan, this is so charming!!! It all looks so wonderful. Love the centerpiece, and those adorable snowmen plates. Oh and I think that may be a red-tailed hawk you have there…

  30. 9405018--Pat says:

    Hi Susan, cute tablescape today love the snowman…..could your bird be a chicken hawk…..they are huge….hope you had a great day…Pat H

  31. Lori (All That Splatters) says:

    Makes me wish we had some snow to go with the chilly temps here in Dallas!! Cute tablescape!

  32. Michael Lee West says:

    This is a smile maker, the perfect cure for the winter blues. I love your narration about the snowmen.After dark, the scene glows with your own personal warmth.
    Happy Birthday, dear friend!

  33. Lady Katherine says:

    Happy Birthday to one of the Sweetest Ladies I know! I hope your day was special as this Tablescape! For it is Darling! I just love the snowmen, plates. Now You Know I adore that teapot! Love it!

  34. Mid-Atlantic Martha says:

    What a happy tablescape for when we've been grumbling about the cold! Your Nandina is beautiful!

  35. Blondie's Journal says:

    What a cute, fun table, Susan! I love it! Your little snowman helpers are just delightful.

    You have a beautiful view out your window and yes, that is a huge bird!! We have falcons in our trees (yes, here in the city!). They seem to like our yard and all of the walnut trees. They are big and loud!!

    Enjoy the rest of your week! :-)

    xoxo
    jane

  36. I Am My Mother's Daughter says:

    Susan, thanks so much for the hours of enjoyment that I get from your blog. It's a real delight. (Love the Redtail, too!)

    My Mother's Daughter

  37. Treasia Stepp says:

    What an adorable tablescape today. I just love the snowmen and the salad plates. So whimsical and full of mischief they look.

  38. Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien says:

    What a delightful table!!! So bright, cheerful and adorable and the centerpiece is gorgeous! I am loving those snowflake glasses and the snowmen are just TOO cute!

    And I agree with previous posts about your visitor; it looks like a red-tail hawk. They are very common up here in Wisconsin, and they are quite large. I see them very frequently sitting on telephone wires scoping out prey alongside the roads, usually near a meadow or open space.

  39. Love those dishes, they are just tooo cute. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

  40. Anonymous says:

    Love your table! I especially loved Fred the snowman that ran off with the package ;-) Fred is my dad's name!

    As always everything is perfect.

    Mary
    from Virginia

  41. Joanne Kennedy says:

    Well once again you pulled off one of the sweetest table scapes I've ever seen. How do you do it. Where do you keep all the different plates and stuff?

    Hugs,
    Joanne

  42. Susan, the cute faces on these snowmen along with your clever commentary put a big smile across my face as I read this post. I always enjoy each and every table you do for us. This one really warms one up on a cold night. Thanks! ~ Sarah

  43. This is so cheerful! And your centerpiece is perfection with this set! 'Love it all!

    All the best,
    Eileen

  44. Sue (Someone's Mom) says:

    It is always such a treat to see what you will post. This is such a fun table, made me smile! Thanks, Sue

  45. Design should never be stuffy…
    Glad to see a light~hearted touch!

  46. Anita @ Far Above Rubies says:

    Well I should have looked at yours before I did mine, then I would have given up for this week, lol! Beautiful, beautiful table and the photos are gorgeous. I'm wondering how well the silverplated flatware holds up over time?? My sterling is over 100 years old and looks great, but my mom had gotten some beautiful SP for her 1961 wedding and I'm curious if it's worth adding to as she only had four place settings. Is it good for everyday?

  47. I just love your whimsical tablescape, Susan. Those snowmen are so cute and you're right, that bird is huge!…Christine

  48. Hi Susan!
    Everything about your room and tablescape is so cheerful and bright. Sitting at this table would definitely chase away any winter blues!
    All the best,
    Maria

  49. Susan, I just don't know how you do it time and time again!!! You are brilliant and the little snowmen and your captions are the best!

    Just a funny story, well not so funny at the time, but my dog was almost picked up by a giant hawk when we lived in Germany! It was easily two and a half feet tall! My neighbor and I were walking our dogs through some fields and we saw this giant bird in a tree. We didn't think much about it as we were there, my dog was about 24 lbs. and her dog was a big lab. Next thing we know, this monster comes off that tree and swoops right over my dog's back!!! I started running, screaming and waving my umbrella like a mad woman! It flew back to the tree and then I will be darned if it didn't try it again! I put Murphy on the leash then and kept her by my side until we got home. It was the craziest thing and we never saw it again!

    Watch your pets!

    Kathryn

  50. I have a question for you too! Does the nandina bush keep growing back even when you do lots of cuttings? I am thinking about planting one just because I want to use it for decoration!

  51. Teresa @ Grammy Girlfriend says:

    When I think they cannot be any more beautiful, you come up with another one…

  52. Noel Giger says:

    This is my first post (but I've been lurking for a while!) I won't be able to post everyweek, but hope to join the fun by looking :) This tablescape is lovely – thanks for hosting!

  53. laurie @ bargain hunting says:

    Susan, this is such a delightful tablescape, and I love that you named the snowmen (I could have used some help getting my decor put up!) We don't have a Home Goods store, and every time someone posts something from there, I wish that we did. Those plates are so great! As always, thank you so much for hosting TT. laurie

  54. Fifi Flowers says:

    LOVE the snowmen!!! CUTE table!

  55. Dreamgoddess says:

    How cute! I love your snowmen!

  56. Susan, that is just the cutest tablescape. I love the red plaid napkins with the Snowman plates. My snowman dishes are blue and white so the snowflake glasses would work great. Have to hit the Dollar Tree soon and check.
    Your bird friend is big. We have lots of birds around here, but nothing that big. One day soon, I hope to participate in Tablescape Thrusday, if I can figure out how. Got to get Christmas put away first. I do love Valentines day, so hope to pull something off for that. Lookin forward to tablescapes on your porch again too.

  57. Oh what a cheery,fun, wintery tablescape! Wonderful, as always!
    Blessings!
    Myrna

  58. Another beautiful tablescape Susan. Will you ever run out of china to show us? You must have a lot of closets full!
    Hugs, Rhondi

  59. Very pretty winter table.. I am looking forward to moving on to warmer days but for now I look outside and like you still realize that it's still winter…ugggg… Thanks for sharing. I WILL post here one day.. I just have to get all my ducks in a row and come up with some tables..

  60. That has to be one of my favorite tablescapes. And the snowman dishes (which I LOVE) look so cute with the napkins & ornaments. As always, everything is perfect! Hope you had a great birthday!

  61. Anonymous says:

    Although I usually LOVE your tablescapes, this is a little to Christmasy for me. I always lean toward the cool colors of blue and silver for January tables. They remind me of the cold and ice.

  62. Love your winter table…snowmen plates are adorable.
    We have tons of red-tails around our area in eastern Kansas…I had never seen one until moving here…they really are a beautiful raptor.

  63. That is a gorgeous red-tail hawk. We have lots of them in Oklahoma. I've posted pictures of them perched in the tree over my pond. :)

  64. My friend had a pair of hawks nesting in a tree in her yard after the lot behind her was cleared for building. I guess they were so upset to lose their home they acted a little crazy. They snapped all the stems and blooms off her wax wing begonias that were in pots on her porch. For a day or two she could not understand what happened to her begonias then looked out to see a hawk roosting on her porch railing. She turned on the porch fans and left a radio playing for a few days. Months later when she had nursed her begonias back to their beautiful lush appearance with pretty blooms she went out of town on a cruise and they did the same thing. She found out they are on the endangered list so if she goes out of town she now has to move her begonias.

  65. Such a cute table Susan! The hawk could be a red tail, and probably is, or a GINORMOUS Cooper's Hawk, both are opportunistic hunters in yards with bird feeders…we have a Cooper's that goes after our slower Mourning Doves. Kind of sad, really, but hawks gotta eat too! Just wish they wouldn't do it on my backyard! Love your blog!!!

  66. Your are so inspiring with your tablescapes. One question, my husband wants to know, where you keep them all :) He likes them too.
    One of these days I will remember to take a photo and post mine attempts at tablescaping. I forget until after everyone is passing the food.
    Oh, that snowman story was just too cute :)
    I too, believe it is a red tailed hawk, we have a few that hang out around here.
    Have a blessed day!

  67. I DO DECLARE says:

    I love snowman dishes! You can use them from Christmas 'til it's time to sweeten up your table for Valentine's Day!

  68. wow, enuff said.

  69. Love your beautiful nandinas and the snowmen perched on the napkins are precious.

  70. MyJourneyBack says:

    OH I loved this. I have been collecting snowmen for a few years but don't have dishes yet. You inspire! Thanks for sharing.
    Have a great day,
    Sherry

  71. vignette design says:

    That is definitely a red tailed hawk. We have them everywhere up in our Wine Country house and they are huge. They have even swooped down and brushed my head! They keep the field mice population down, which believe me is a good thing! Gorgeous bird! –Delores

  72. Cass @ That Old House says:

    Susan, what a perfectly charming January tablescape! I LOVE snowmen, and sometimes leave mine out until Valentine's day!

    Adorable.
    Cass

  73. Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions says:

    LOL @ your stories attached to the little snowmen, Susan! They caught my eye in each picture. I kept out my snowflake dinner plates from the Dollar Tree because I thought they'd make good plates to use for Winter. Snowflakes are not just for Christmas!

    I love that foliage, too. I love the Holly bushes we have here for those little berries and I have a ground cover bush that also has red berries. I used that one in my outdoor container this year.

  74. Very Festive …

  75. Linda Higgins says:

    I don't think it has to be Christmas to have such a beautiful and fun table with snowmen! If it is winter, bring on the fun snowmen! Your tablescape is absolutely beautiful, adorable and so inviting! YES this bird is definitely a hawk. They are all over here in southern Utah. I see them on poles everywhere. They are so big and beautiful and amazing to me. Look at his speckled feathers and awesome talons. I think that this bird of prey is so beautiful. If you can capture him again please do so! He is perched because there is probably little rodents around for a tasty meal! You may find this site very fun to read http://www.mdia.org/redtailhk.htm well enough about the hawk…sorry I just wish I was at your window to see this beautiful bird!

  76. I love those snowmwn plates, they are sooo cute!

  77. You are absolutely amazing! Every time I come back to your site, I see some fabulous tablescape or some gorgeous morphed thing or another…..ideas galore!!! Thank you so much for sharing your brillant ideas! Makes us all more inspired and encouraged to move ahead with our own ideas! Enjoy your lovely table….

  78. Graceful Moments says:

    Perfect for this snowy weather we've been having here in the South! Really gorgeous…as always!

  79. Richie's 2ts Inspires says:

    I'm joining with your meme although I have a lil poor contribution as a first timer.

    Thanks for sharing.

    /R

  80. Southern Fried Gal says:

    Oh my word – that is the sweetest tablescape! Your nandina are gorgeous and so full of berries. I've always wanted one and that may just inspire me to get on it this spring.

    We have hawks in our neighborhood. They are fascinating to watch. I'm always nervous they are going to take off with my neighbor's Pomeranian one day – oh my.

  81. I did a snowy table, 2 ways! I used my Dollar Tree snowflake glasses too! LOOOVE your snowman salad plates and pitcher and also the wonderful ornaments!!!! SO cute! Gosh I love Thursdays!!!:):) XO, Pinky

  82. Super cute tablescape :o)
    Blessings

  83. Hi Susan,
    I'd say that the bird is a Red Tail Hawk. I live in central CA and every year around Thanksgiving the Red Tail Hawk comes to the pine trees across the street from our rural home. I know the moment they arrive b/c the crows go crazy. They usually stay around until Jan or Feb then they're gone. It's an event that marks my holiday season. I love their return.

  84. Wow! This is my first visit and I love, love, love what I've seen just in the first post! Thank you for dropping by so that I could find you! I love your table and can't wait to check out some others. I love a pretty table and am excited to learn from the best!

  85. Susan, please accept my apology for not knowing what exactly I am doing yet:)!:( I do have your link on my blog, and I was able to add myself to your table scape list. Practice practice practice is what I need:) I will just keep coming over here and learn from the expert!!

  86. Susan,
    You never disappoint…AND that is one big birdie!

  87. Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) says:

    Hi Kathryn,
    Wow…poor Murphy…glad you saved him! I've heard they will carry off small dogs…that was an ambitious bird…going for a 24lb doggie! And to try it twice!!!
    About the nandina…they are EXTREMELY hardy…you can't kill 'em. When I had the decks and porches built, the builder was going to put the steps going down on one side…and before I could do it, his workmen dug up the Nandina that was in the way. It lay on the ground for several days with little dirt around the roots. Then we changed our minds about the stair location, so I replanted it. Never watered it and it did great! I use a lot of the berries on my two bushes at Christmas for decorating and it always puts out plenty more by next Christmas. Nandina Domestica…the one that produces berries, is known for eventually getting a bit on the leggy side…so it isn't the prettiest bush to have on the front of a home. When it gets leggy (lots of woody stem showing) you go in and trim out a stem or two or three at the base of the plant and it will send up new shoots that fill in to hide the woody part…or at least that's my understanding. Apparently trimming them across the top doesn't make them fill out below like on a normal bush. I LOVE them because they produce gorgeous berries that look beautiful for months and months, even after they dry out…and they don't have thorns. :-) Oh, there are other types of Nandina…like Nandina Firepower and Nandina Purpurea, but those don't have berries…just beautiful foilage at certain times of the year.
    Hope that helps,
    Susan

  88. Kudzucoszin says:

    Susan, this is one of my favorite tables. I love the snowmen dishes, so cute and whimsical! Happy belated birthday!

  89. Katherine says:

    Happy Birthday Susan!!!!

    I hope you had a wonderful day. I just love your darling snowman dishes. I could not have resisted them if I had seen them in Home Goods. I loved the little red bird on the plates. The design just made me want to smile looking at all of those cute little happy faces. I thought the mention of Charlie and Harry was adorable. You have a wonderful gift with story telling.

    Your tablescape was BEAUTIFUL and your pics were great.

    That was a huge bird!!!!

    Hugs,
    Katherine S.

  90. Susan, this is just so darn darling !! You know I love red, so the berries and all just make for a festive and colorful Winter table. Love it,
    Linda Q

  91. Those snowmen plates are adorable! What a cute face.
    And I love that plant..what color!

  92. I love your plates and cups – No Home Goods stores here unfortunately. -22.6 in the North of Scotland! Brrrrr.

  93. Its So Very Cheri says:

    Your table is darling. I love it

    Cheri

  94. Anonymous says:

    That is the cutest tablescape I have ever seen. Good job.

  95. Hi Susan!

    What a beautiful table! I really love your blog and look forward to seeing your beautiful pictures each day. I linked to Tablescape Thursday on Thursday, but tonight I couldn't find my name, so I tried again. (hope i didn't do anything wrong?)

    I also have a visiting hawk! Mine is very large as well. He must like it here because he's been around for months!!

    God Bless.

  96. Susan, I enjoy your blog so much, it never disappoints me. You have such a creative touch and a real knack for writing. You not only entertain us with your beautiful tablescapes but with your fascinating writing and your imagination about the snowman friends helping you put away the decorations was spectacular. What a gift for story telling you have! You made it seem so real. You could write children's books easily. Wonder what a market there is in children's books? Do you think parents spend a lot of money for kid's books vs their own adult books. Just a thought that went through my mind. I wonder!

  97. I love your snowman plates and mugs. I have the matching cookie jar!! My daughter gave it to me for Christmas one year.

    Here is my snowman scape from last year!
    http://lisatakesix.blogspot.ca/2012/01/winter-white.html

  98. pam ~ crumpety cottage says:

    Oh Susan, you find the most ridiculously cute things!! I seriously don’t know how you do it. You must be constantly on the look out (and encamped at Home Goods ;) ) and I don’t even see how you have time to do your blog and all the shopping-for-adorable-things you must do. The whole snowman table setting is just so cute. :D All the plates, mugs, etc. are adorable. And I am going to have to look into getting a nandina bush. They sure stay nice and offer such a beautiful component to many of your table scapes. I don’t know how I missed this one, as much poking around as I do at this site, but I’m so glad you featured it again today because looking at it just makes me feel happy. The snowflake cubes and glasses are so nice too and add another dimension to the whole table scape. Great job. I’ll be coming back to look at this one over and over. :)

  99. pam ~ crumpety cottage says:

    Oh, and that Fred!! ;)

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