Special Christmas Dinner with Spode Christmas Tree & the Sweetest Birdie Linens

Welcome to the 639th Tablescape Thursday, a blog party sharing beautiful table settings for all occasions! Merry Christmas Eve and Happy Holidays!

I have another wonderful table setting to share with you from a BNOTP reader. I love it when you share your beautiful table settings, you give me so much inspiration with the tables you create for those you love!

Recently, Maureen and I were chatting about our favorite dish patterns, especially those we love using during the holidays. Maureen shared a beautiful table setting with me that she had recently set for her family. I’ll let Maureen share the story of how she came to create this wonderful holiday table. Take it away, Maureen!

“A few years ago, when I was more into creating tablescapes for every holiday and family event than I am now, I purchased a beautiful set of holiday table linens with a bird pattern on them from Pottery Barn. My plan was to use them in a special tablescape for my daughter-in-law’s birthday, which is in December, a bit more than a week before Christmas.

As you can see in the photo below, I placed a rattan charger (World Market, still available) that resembled a nest, a green dinner plate (also from World Market), and some plates with a cardinal from Home Goods made by 222 Fifth (the pattern is “Holiday Wishes) on top of the table linens. I believe the napkin rings came from Hobby Lobby. That was in 2018, and my daughter-in-law loved it.”


“However, my son’s (her husband’s) birthday is shortly before hers, in November, and the last two years we have celebrated their birthdays together, so the tablescapes, while nice, were more suited to the season, with pumpkin plates and fall colors. I enjoyed them but missed seeing the bird table linens. So this year I decided to use them as the foundation for my Christmas tablescape. You can see the differences in the photos of this year’s place setting.”

Christmas Table with Bird Theme


“All the table linens, including the red napkins, came from Pottery Barn. I found the napkin rings at Home Goods.”

Christmas Table Setting, Bird Themed


“The green spruce placemat is from Pier 1, as are the red flatware and all the items that make up the centerpiece, including the candle holders and candles.”  (Plaid chargers are still available and currently on sale here: Plaid Chargers.)

Beautiful Plaid Chargers for Christmas Table Setting


“The Spode Christmas tree plates are typically available in department stores at this time of year (I purchased some of my pieces at Macy’s and some at Home Goods many years ago.) The red goblets are Mikasa French Countryside, purchased from Dillards (I believe they are discontinued).”

Spode Christmas Tree in a Christmas Tablescape


Beautiful napkins and napkin rings!


“As you can see in the photos (sorry about the backlighting), I typically decorate my buffet at Christmas as well as the table because they are near each other. The table runner is the same pattern as the tablecloth. I think the small trees with the cardinals on them go well with the pattern. They were from Pier 1 a few years ago.”


“The large Santa is from Steinmart, though I’ve seen him in subsequent years at Hobby Lobby. The sleigh was an unpainted wooden one with metal runners that my husband painted for me. I added a few wrapped gifts to make it look authentic. The berry garland is from Target, again some years ago. It all turned out better than I hoped, and now, for winter, all I have to do is replace the Spode with my new Lenox Winter Greetings plates!”


Maureen, thanks so much for sharing this beautiful Christmas table setting! I love the bird linens so much, they are beautiful and everything looks amazing with your beautiful (and my favorite) plaid chargers! I hope Maureen shares her Winter Greetings table with us, love that pattern so much!

Christmas Table with Bird Theme


If you would enjoy seeing a table set with Lenox, Winter Greetings, check out this table setting I shared for a previous Tablescape Thursday: Christmas Table Setting with Lenox Winter Greetings. That previous post is twelve years old and my photography skills (and camera) weren’t the best. This winter I’ll set another table (with hopefully much better photos) to share this beautiful pattern once again.

Looking forward to all the wonderful table settings linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. Wishing you a very merry Christmas and New Year with your family, Susan. Looking forward to 2021 and a vaccine for the masses!

  2. Thank you so much for sharing my Christmas table and buffet, Susan! I love your blog and communicating with you about our shared passion for beautiful dishes. Merry Christmas to you and your family, and may God shower you with blessings in the new year.

    • Love your table setting, Maureen! Do you know what your wall color paint is? It is lovely.

      • Thank you, Lorelei. I honestly don’t remember the names of the paint colors, nor does my husband. Two colors were used; a cream-colored base coat and then a darker color that my husband sponged on. We think the brand was Glidden.

    • Maureen, I just love your tablescape! Do you remember the name of the tablecloth with the birds? I’d love to find one, maybe through E-Bay if it’s not available in the store now. Thank you for sharing it!

      • Thank you, Jan! I believe the name of the table linens pattern is simply “Winter Birds.” I loved it from the minute I saw it a few years ago and still do! If you Google the pattern name or simply “Pottery Barn bird table linens,” you may find it. eBay is a good possibility, too.

  3. Beautiful and festive table settings. Especially like the square Holiday Wishes pattern.

  4. Merry Christmas, and a Happy New – Year!

  5. Beautiful! Merry Christmas to all!

  6. Merry Christmas, Susan!

    This is one of my favorite Christmas table settings. It’s so festive and cheery.
    I’m sitting here now drinking my coffee and listening to rain and Christmas songs. Your blog is always a bright spot. Thank you for all the time and effort you put into your writing.

  7. I love the tablecloth with the Holiday Wishes plates and those napkins are gorgeous. Don’t even get me started on the green spruce placemats! All of your place settings are beautiful. I also have the Holiday Wishes plates and I just love them and always get compliments on them.
    Merry Christmas!

  8. Barbara Edwards Armacost says

    Such a beautiful table setting!! It is so festive. Especially like the buffet. Merry Christmas to all!!

  9. Merry Christmas Wishes to you and your family Susan! ♥

  10. Thanks for all the tablescape joy you’ve brought my way throughout the year. Wishing you a very merry Christmas!

  11. Maureen’s chairs are reproduction Hickcock like I have and no doubt her table is also. I noticed an Embroidery “The Chase” on her wall and wonder if she embroidered it. Love her taste. Would be wonderful if she would share more of her decor in her home.

    • Thank you for your kind comments, Joyce. The table, painted and stenciled ladderback chairs, and buffet are all vintage Ethan Allen made of maple and inherited from my parents. I was raised with the “Early American” style of decor and that’s what I prefer. I love every room in Susan’s house, if that tells you anything! The cross-stitched piece on the wall, which you correctly identified as “The Chase,” was done by my mother. I have several framed cross-stitched pieces done by either my mother or my grandmother and one I did (though mine is not hanging in my house at the moment).

      • Maureen, thank you for clarifying the maker of your beautiful table and chairs. I too love Early American and have formal pieces of Ethan Allen (hard to find these days) in my living room. Susan’s home is decorated to perfection (I love her style) and enjoy visually touring her home. I have used some of the paint colors and hints she has shared with her readers. Our stairway is decorated with needlework I have created over many years. In that collection, are four reproduction samplers (The Chase included), which I worked on in my leisure time giving me many hours of enjoyment. We live in Upstate New York (180 miles north of New York City) and within a few miles of our home we are able view original Early American homes and enjoy the history of the area. Thank you, Maureen, and Susan for sharing your lovely decor. Happy New Year to all.

  12. Jackie Allen says

    Your table is beautiful – I love the tablecloth with the birds. Your dining room set reminds me of my childhood. My neighbor who was from Sweden had similar set. It is just beautiful!!! Merry Christmas.

    • Thank you, Jackie! Did you live in a northern state in the US? That is an area in which more people were prone to decorate in an Early American style–at least when I was growing up.

  13. Beautiful tablescape!! And, Happiest of Holidays to you, Susan!

  14. Beautiful tablescape and I especially love the table topper and napkins to match.
    Thank you for hosting dear Susan and I wish you and yours a wonderful Christmas and a blessed one too.

  15. Enjoying this tablescape and glad she allowed you to share it.
    I have pictures of a table for a luncheon I had for friends a year ago at Christmas here in Mexico on my patio but don’t have a website so not sure I can share from my IPad to you if you’d like to see it. More colorful in Mexican tradition.
    Merry Christmas, Feliz Navidad y Prospero Ano Nuevo! Thank goodness this year is almost over.

  16. Maureen, thank you for sharing your lovely dinning room decor with all of us.
    How very pretty. Those napkins are awesome.
    Merry Christmas to you and Susan. Stay warm !

    • Thank you, Myrna, for the Christmas wishes and your kind comments about the dining room decor. Happy New Year to you!

  17. So beautiful! I just love the table and the linens and the 222 plates make the whole table!

    Merry Christmas to all! 🙂

    • Thank you, Ali! It’s interesting that you and many others like the 222 Fifth plates so much. I am actually selling them as I like the Spode Christmas tree plates as well and need to downsize my dish collection a bit. They are lovely with the Pottery Barn Winter Bird table linens, though.

  18. A fabulous table Maureen – thanks to both of you for sharing it with us! Hope your Christmas was wonderful, and here’s the the upcoming new year!

    • Thank you, Barbara! I appreciate your taking the time to comment. Hope your Christmas was wonderful, also, and have a Happy New Year!

  19. If Susan approves, I’m posting a general “thank you” to all of you who took the time to read the blog, look at the photos, and leave kind comments. I’m sorry I couldn’t reply to each one! I don’t have a website, but I do have a Facebook page called “Tabletop Treasures.” If you’re interested, just request to join the page. It’s not for others to post; it’s a place for me to list tabletop and decor items I’m selling as I am in the downsizing season. Perhaps you’ll see something you can’t live without! Here’s the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/782705759219054.

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