Redbirds on the Farm Christmas Table

The minute I read Susan’s post at Between Naps on the Porch, I knew where I was headed – Wal-Mart!  Susan displayed her “expensive” Christmas dishes, $2.98 each at Wal-Mart, so of course I had to check them out!

Redbird-Inspired Christmas Tablescape

There are four patterns to choose from, and I fell in love with the Redbirds.  At first, I stacked six salad plates in my buggy (yes, I’m a Southern girl, and we call it a “buggy” – you can laugh at me and call it whatever you like – wink).

Redbird Plates

After surfing through the stacks of plates, I spied this one.

Farm Scene in Snow

Who isn’t calmed by a farm scene?  In the snow, even better!  (Patting foot…decisions, decisions.)

Three Redbirds went back on the shelf, three farm scenes into the buggy.  Mix and match is good.

Wal-Mart also had plates with deer and the bunny pattern I saw at Between Naps on the Porch.  But, I decided we have enough deer around here that we see every day – and bunnies galore, too.

I chose to go with the two patterns in my buggy.  Snow is a rare treat here, and I love farm scenes.  As for the Redbirds – we have plenty, but I can never see enough of them!

Do you have questions that stay on your mind for days?  Should I have gotten two each of the four patterns?  Since deer and bunnies are so much a part of our lives, why wouldn’t I include them on our table?  My next trip to Wal-Mart, only two plates remained – deer.  No bunnies.  No more questions as I snatched them up!

Deer Plates

Something about a limited supply really motivates me.  (That peculiar Econ 101 professor was right about supply and demand!)  Next trip to a different Wal-Mart, I’m shopping for two bunny plates.  Final.

Christmas Table, 2013

The Redbird Salt and Pepper shakers were only $2.98, as well.  I shattered a pepper shaker recently, so I can justify these. 😉

Redbird Salt and Pepper

The plaid tablecloth is one I’ve had for a long time.  I think PAM (Painter Artist Mom) gave it to me, but I’m not completely sure.  It’s one I use every year at Christmas, and I love the added stripe of navy.

I used the reverse side of my Pimpernel place mats again.  Cork.  The red chargers came from my stash, and the white china dinner plates you might remember from the Piggly Wiggly China that debuted earlier this year. So many grandmothers of ours are represented on this table!

Place Setting

The crystal stem ware is from our wedding registration selection.  I hope you’re not tired of seeing it, since I use it regularly for my tables.  Who has room to store multiple stem ware sets?

I bought the deep red stems a long time ago at an after-Christmas sale.  Red is a wonderful color that can be used for many occasions throughout the year!  (See?  I can justify any purchase – a female trait that few husbands appreciate.)

Deep Red Stemware

Every Christmas I use them to hold candles.  Last year, they held the snowball candles in my very first tablescape post (Nolstalgic Christmas Table).  Those were some blurry pictures back then – had no idea how to use my new camera!

The bronze ware came from Pakistan many years ago when my grandparents lived there briefly.  My grandfather had a construction project in the area for a couple of years – before I was born.  I liked the teak handles with the twig wreath in the center arrangement.  The wreath reminds me of a bird’s nest.

Twig Wreath

PAM gave me the glittery gold doves and greenery while we were visiting last week.  I love birds.

The place card is sitting on what is normally a napkin ring – my Christmas ones.

Place Setting

The white napkins came from Pottery Barn a long time ago.  I had them monogrammed and have used them a thousand times, it seems.

The dark tan/light brown thread color goes with most everything.  Those napkins have proven to be one of my best investments for our table.  I have a green set with our monogram that I use often, too, but the white ones are so classic and versatile.

Mom 2 gave us the deep red hurricanes.  Did you notice the glittery snowflakes on the glass?

Center Arrangement

The cake plates are used often for tablescapes and not so often for cakes.  I love cake plates!

The angel violinist came from PAM – she has a beautiful set and shared one with me.  This angel sits on top of the china cabinet year-around but gets center-stage exposure every Christmas.

Angel Violinist

This Fitz and Floyd candy dish was my grandmother’s.

Christmas Lamb

I never use it for candy, but maybe I should.

The silver chest (that I recently moved from the kitchen) holds the bronze ware and also belonged to my grandmother.  I was with her when she bought the chest specifically to house her bronze ware.  She told me at the time she wanted me to have it after she died.

Silver Chest

But, I’d rather have her here.  She was the grandmother who taught me to sew.  We would have so much fun if she were still with us!  Well, what am I saying?  We will have so much fun – when we’re in Heaven together.   It’s a good thing you can’t get kicked out of Heaven for cutting up and laughing too much.  Is loud allowed in Heaven? 😉

This is one of my favorite Santa Claus’s.  Another gift from Mom 2.  (Yes, I have been blessed with many giving people in my life!)

Favorite Santa

I moved my Willow Tree angels from the kitchen window sill recently.  Just in time for the celebration – singing and rejoicing over Jesus’ birthday coming up.

Willow Tree Angels

Each angel brings a special memory – of the friend or relative who gave it to me and the story behind it of why.

Treasured memories…

This Christmas, I hope to inspire you to use the gifts you’ve been given.  No need to go out and purchase everything new (except maybe a plate or two – or six or eight..).  With a simple addition, you can mix the new with the old and enjoy your memories – and share their beauty with your guests!  Since we can’t take things with us when we leave this earth, we can certainly get full enjoyment from them while we’re here.

Do you have Christmas dinner plans?  Have you set your table yet?  I’d love to see the treasures you’ll be sharing!

I’m linking this post with Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Let’s Dish at Cuisine Kathlee, and Anything Blue Friday.   Click the link to join the party!

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Comments

  1. Sheryll & Critters. says

    I am so happy for you to have got the wonderful Christmas dishes….. before I got to the end I was so hoping you would get a couple of all four… and still wishing for you to find the bunnies…. I like bunnies too. lol.

    Everything you have done to decorate is so beautiful and all the memories made me cry… probably right along with you as you placed and wrote about them all. But they were only sad tears cause you missed them, but glad they are in a far better place now.

    • Rhonda Allred says

      Beautiful table and wonderful memories of those we love, both here now and gone on. God is so good to allow us girls to enjoy our home, playing to our heart’s content with all our treasures. Sharing a kindred spirit with you as you practice hospitality while preserving family memories. JOY TO THE WORLD, THE LORD IS COME!

    • Kim Hood says

      Oh, no! I didn’t mean to make you cry, too! Yes, sweet memories make good tears. 🙂 I haven’t found the bunnies yet – 3 stores down, 3 more to go (within a 50-mile radius, my usual but non-regular romping). Fingers crossed! Thank you, Sheryll.

  2. Diane says

    Well, you have certainly learned how to use that camera now! Your photos are beautiful, as is your table. Love those new Christmas plates and your beautiful plaid tablecloth. You have set a table with pieces full of sweet memories and that spirit is what Christmas is all about!

  3. says

    Kim, There is so much to say about this beautiful and charming post, first of all your table is beautiful set with all of the love and memories. Everything is lovely, no one could ever get tire of seeing your beautiful crystal stems or your wonderful bronze ware. I loved Susan’s beautiful Walmart plates too, I wanted to buy them and use them for a tablescape, and then give them to my DIL for the holidays. I ran up to Wallies the next morning and only found one dear plate and one bunny plate. I had hoped to find more salad plates (of any pattern) later, but so far no luck, the two I found are in the car now to make the trip back to Wallies. Susan did send me a link at Walmart to buy the 20 piece set (I do believe they are still available) but I really only wanted the salad plates. I also want to say how much I love the Santa from Mom 2. He is just gorgeous!! Have a wonderful blessed week.

    Candy

    • Kim Hood says

      Thank you so much, Candy! It is amazing how fast Wal-Mart sold those plates, and I’m like you – only want the salad size. Have you checked into buying the salads at Walmart.com? Good luck finding them. Your DIL will be so happy to get them! Hope you have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

      • says

        I found 20 pc sets at Walmart.com, no single salad plates. I did go to Walmart after I read your post today and found 6 of the farmhouse & buggy plates. Yea!!! That makes 8 plates in total. Now I am a happy girl!! When I saw them the first thing I thought of was “Home”.

        Candy

  4. says

    I tend to refer to it as a “buggy” from time to time, too, I had a nanny growing up who referred to it as such, and I picked up on it. I thought it was fun!

    Walmart? Really???!?!?! These are some of the best ever to come out of Wally World!!!!!! You gotta remember: NEVER, EVER, EVER leave cool stuff behind!!!! Take it when you see it because you can always take it back but you sure can’t run it down after it’s gone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I love what you got, though, and they’re so totally mix-and-matchable!

    I never get tired of seeing those crystal stems. They look different with each setting because you always create such pretty surroundings. Have a great week, and I hope you’re able to find more bunnies!

  5. says

    Oh how CUTE! Thanks for sharing these for Anything Blue Friday. I’ll have to pop over to Walmart and look for some for my senior mom – she loves those red birds!

  6. F Troy says

    I’ve not see the redbird plate -SO off to WalMart I go again. I started on the collection last year. Only doing salad plates, but how great they are. They go perfect with my Ivory fiesta dinner plates.

    • Kim Hood says

      I didn’t know WalMart had these plates last year, too. Hmmm…I’m looking forward to next year now. 🙂 Good luck finding what you need.