Embracing Winter with 3 Winter-Themed Tablescapes

Welcome to the 535th Tablescape Thursday!

As we head into the coldest months of winter here in the U.S., I thought I’d share a few wintery tables from the past. I’ll be leaving family to head back home soon, how did the holidays go by so quickly?! I’m sure you’re asking the same thing…goes by faster every year, doesn’t it?

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A Wintery Table Setting For the Birds

Several years back we got a mammoth snow and ice storm here in Metro Atlanta. It was time for Tablescape Thursday and I was starting to think about that week’s table when I looked out and spotted the prettiest, white tablecloth on the table on the deck.


The birds coming to the feeders eyed me with great interest as I filled the bowls with some of their favorite foods. lol Seriously, each time I went inside to bring out another glass or utensil, they swooped by the deck to check it out. Once photos were taken and the table was cleared, in addition to the seed already in the feeders, the birds enjoyed the rest of the seed as I spread it all along the deck rails. I’m sure my feeders are empty right now, need to get those filled as soon as I get back home.


Winter Table with an Edible Snowman Centerpiece

I would love to make this snowman for my grandsons some winter. I need to remember to bring the cake pan with me the next time I visit. This fun cake was easy to make and I learned a lot that first time making it.


Not sure if this cake pan is still available (hopefully, it is)but you’ll find all the info. for making this cute Snowman Cake and Centerpiece in this previous post: Make a Snowman Cake for an Adorable Centerpiece & Dessert.


A Cozy Fireside Tea

Shh, don’t tell anyone but I’m not a huge lover of hot tea. I wish I was since I’m always cold in the winter. I’d much prefer a big mug of hot chocolate, but I did enjoy this cozy fireside tea several years ago. As soon as I get back home, I think I’ll fire up the fireplace and recreate this moment with a good book. If you can’t escape the cold weather by flying off to a warmer climate (like my friend, Teresa, who’ll soon be leaving for some vaca time in Australia) we’ll just make the best of it right here! Sound like a good plan?

Cozy Fireside Tea


Looking forward to all the beautiful tables linked for this week’s Tablescape Thursday!


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  1. Terry Lloyd says

    Such a pretty site to look out the window and see a winter tablescape for our feathered friends! The snowman cake is adorable and my grands would love it! Happy New Year to you and your family

  2. Susan, Happy New Year and safe travels home. I love these winter tablescapes. The tea setting looks so warm and cozy!

  3. The outdoor tablescape is so creative; that must’ve been so much fun. I just re-read the snowman cake post and that is a lot of work!

    • Thanks, Mia! Yeah, I think the “painting” took a while as I remember. I love how it added color to the snowman, though. I think the next time I attempt it will work out to be easier since I’ve had a trial run. lol

  4. Cyndi Raines says

    Yes, hard to believe the holdidays are over and we are already at day 3 of the New Year! Whew, time is flying! My husband is glad and can’t wait for winter to be over, his southern roots are showing, ha! Glad the north offered a milder visit for you Suasan and I must say we are pleased we haven’t experienced our normal frigid January weather yet either. Safe travels home. LOVE the Lenox tea service, love anything Lenox! I bet if you tried some of the orange spice tea or some of the milder citrus blends you might begin to like it, haha. Hugs and Happy New Year! ♥️

    • I’ve was wondering if it has been raining in GA as much as it has here the last couple of weeks. It was raining a ton before I left. This has been the rainiest fall and winter I can remember in a while!
      I think my issue is not the tea because I love iced tea…it’s the temperature. I just don’t like hot drinks. I don’t drink hot coffee, either…only drink iced coffee as a treat occasionally. I do love iced tea, though.
      Happy New Year, Cyndi!

      • That’s interesting about the temperature of the tea. I didn’t consider that may be your issue with it. I drink different teas at different temperatures (I heat the water in a kettle with a thermostat.) And when I drink green tea, I usually prepare it at around 170 degrees, which is obviously much cooler than what most people drink coffee or tea at.

        Anyway, so all my suggestions in the other post are for naught as it’s all about the temperature! 😀

  5. Thank you Susan, let’s hope the snow stays north this winter!

    • Definitely! We got a tiny bit on Christmas Day here, just enough to cover the grass but not enough for sledding–though, that didn’t stop the boys from trying out their new sleds! lol It was pretty funny watching them trying to sled on about an inch of snow. After I’m back home, it can snow then! 😉

      • Aww, how cute! They were so anxious to try out their new sleds, lol. I’m glad they got a ‘sort of’ white Christmas. And I hope they get enough snow this year to really enjoy their sleds.

  6. If it doesn’t stop raining here soon you’ll need to make a Noah’s Ark themed table. I have a mocking bird guarding my feeders right now, grrrr, so my little birds and cardinals aren’t getting a chance to eat much. Have a safe trip home. It’s supposed to be sunny next week .

    • Thank Goodness! It’s trying to be sunny here today. lol Tell that mean ole mockingbird to move on. Ha! I have one that visits occasionally and tries to eat all the mealworms at one sitting before the other birds can get any.

  7. Love the wintry settings. They are some of my favorites.

    So glad you’ve had this time with Chip’s family. I trust you all had a marvelous Christmas and there were lots of excited gasps of glee when certain short parties viewed the Christmas tree on Christmas morning. 😀

    Just a note on tea drinking, since you said you wish you liked it — you may be better off with a mild tea, such as a green (as opposed to a black, oolong, pu erh, etc.) I was never overly fond of it either, but developed a taste for it. One thing that shocked me (and would likely help in your cause) is what I discovered when a Chinese woman moved to the US and opened a tea shop in our town, I learned that the Chinese barely steep the tea. She literally only steeps it about 5 seconds, and even at that, she counts to 5 so quickly I’m not sure it’s a full 5 seconds! But what this does is keep a mild flavor to the tea, which I think helps initiate people. I do think steeping for a long time gives a bitter flavor for the tea, which makes it unpalatable. I suppose medicinal teas may need to be steeped longer, but for your general drinking teas, this is probably fine. Her family actually grows Wu long tea in China, so I imagine she knows what she’s talking about. 😀

    Safe travels home. 🙂 I know it will be hard to say good-bye.

  8. P.S. I rarely meet another Pam/Pamela, but you have so many posting here!

  9. Donna zoltanski says

    I love your winter table setting for your feathered friends. I still have my eyes open for a snowman cake pan too. Adorable! Happy and healthy 2019 to you and your family! Cheers!

  10. Happy New Year, Susan! I love your wintery tables….Christine

  11. Happy New Year, Susan!
    I remember all those table settings, especially that adorable and sweet (no pun intended, lol) and “too-cute-to-eat” snowman cake! I love his precious little face and his chubbiness… gosh, he’s perfect! I wouldn’t dare to cut it! 🙂 Safe travels home! I wish there was a way to slow down time when we are with our kids! Sigh…

  12. Happy New Year!
    Tablescape Thursdays are my fav posts and this one did not disappoint. The snow covered table with extra helpings for the birds is magical. The snowman is adorable and I’m making a note to myself…”create for ladies luncheon next winter”.
    I just caught up on a few of your blogs you created while on your Ohio trip. Thanks for the mention – I want to join you for tea in front of the blazing fireplace!
    Safe travels home.

  13. Sandra D in Joliet says

    Love the snowman….I’ll have to read the link. I have the Lenox Winter Greetings set for 8! I think I got a place setting every month when it came out and then added other items over the years. I love the cardinals, chickadees, nuthatches, etc. It’s the only nice set I own.

    • I love that pattern so much! I first saw it on a Christmas home tour in Washington, GA and had to have a set. Love at first sight. You chose a beautiful one, Sandra! I know you love it as much today as the day you bought it…such a beautiful choice!

  14. Susan, the snowman cake is adorable. You have to make this for your grandsons! I may order one to make for my little great nieces. Curious how you cut this one? Happy New Year!

    • Thanks! As I recall, I started at the bottom and just cut slices across. It’s always so hard to cut up a cute cake, though. lol Happy New Year, Sarah!

  15. Who sets a table on a snow tablecloth? Susan! So pretty. Glad to hear you are enjoying your visit as time does go by fast. All the decorations are being put away, a bit at a time. Happy New Year and safe travels home.

    • Thanks so much, Kathleen! I almost waited too late that day, the sun had come out and my tablecloth was on the verge on vanishing. lol I just got back home so will be starting that process tomorrow…feeling way behind right now. Eeeek! Happy New Year to you!

  16. I love the table cover made of snow. I once created a tablescape on my patio table covered perfectly with autumn leaves. Tonight we went to dinner with friends and sat and watch the most beautiful snow falling and covering the tables on their deck. It felt like the end of a Hallmark channel Christmas movie. You know, where the couple shares a kiss, turns and says, “Oh my, it’s snowing.” Love those movies. Thanks for sharing your tablescapes and for continuing to host us for Tablescape Thursday. It’s good to be posting again. Cherry Kay

  17. Your outdoor tablescape for the birds never ceases to delight me. It will always be my favorite!

  18. The Bird and Snowman setting are so pretty. Kind of nice to “enjoy” the winter with a beautiful and serene setting. Thank you for all of your terrific ideas for enjoying life and making it better. Happy New Year.

  19. Happy New Year, Susan, and thank you as always for hosting this lovely link-up! I had to chuckle when I read that you are not a fan of hot tea… I’m not either, although I adore pretty teacups and tea service sets, and recipes for teatime foods… it’s sort of like loving whiskers and paws and cute kitty noses, but not liking cats. LOL I’ve been reading your blog a long time – I remember the original post when you went out and set the table in the snow!

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