Do you have an abundance of deer where you live? Do they eat your bushes and tree fruit, scraping antlers against your trees?
Our plentiful deer inspired this Christmas table.
I began putting the tablescape together by gathering things from around the house. Many are clearance items I’ve bought over the years.
A few things were given to us, like the hurricanes. Reminders of relationships we hold dear.
Handy Builder Dad cut some branches of red berries to send home with me from our quick Thanksgiving visit. He and Painter Artist Mom didn’t know what kind of tree this is, but after a google search, I think it’s some type of Cotoneaster.
I kept the branches in water in the garage, hoping the leaves wouldn’t dry out. (A jolt of leftover black coffee from my cup when returning from an errand didn’t hurt, either.)
I loaded the unused twigs into my grandmother’s antique bisque punch bowl I glued back together.
No water, of course. We’ll see how long they last now.
I framed the place settings with the teak handled bronze-wear brought from Pakistan by my grandparents in the 60’s. The stems are from our wedding registry collection.
A Sharpie pen works well for writing names on pears in leau of place cards. You’ve seen these pear-shaped gourds previously in my Vegetable Bounty Tablescape.
See how I painted them to look similar to pears in my post about painting gourds.
I turned the antique red glass PAM gave me upside-down for a couple of the pears because they were so tiny, they disappeared inside.
Think anyone will notice in the line-up?
Since a tablescape should tell a story, I’m again using the dinner plates that represent our Christmas house. Remember these from Trees on Cars and “Christmas Vacation” Tablescape? THAT was a lot of fun!
Better Homes and Gardens Deer plates from Wal-Mart signify the deer that and eat our vegetation. He’s caught in action here!
They especially like our pears and figs. How appropriate are these cloth napkins?
The deer I made from dowel sticks stand in the thicket, just as they do here in The Land of Making Do.
They wait until the coast is clear, then nibble on the tree fruit of pears, figs, pecans – or the crops.
More decorative pears from Thanksgiving clearance – 80% off at Hob Lob.
Polka-dot ribbon accentuates the berries.
Here’s how to easily (and cheaply!) make the DIY Dowel Stick Deer.
I’ve kept an eye out for large wooden deer at a good price over the past two years. Since I haven’t found anything yet, we’re making do with this pair of dowel deer.
These aren’t fancy, but they’re fun!
We can’t take ourselves too seriously – or our tablescapes. In The Land of Making Do, deer are a reality, so why not have fun with it?
Do you have pesky deer? Do you have a sense of humor about them?
I’m sharing with Tablescape Thursday. Join us!