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A Simple Spring Tea with the Birds

Spring tablescape with forsythia, ivy, birds, bird nests, bird's eggs Spring Tablescape

Happy spring everyone! The birds are singing, the forsythia is in bloom, and it’s the perfect time to enjoy a little time outdoors to celebrate spring’s arrival! I am thrilled to be joining my friend Cindy of  County Road 407 and several blogging friends for our monthly Pinterest challenge. If you are coming over from Bricks and Blooms or if you are just stopping by for a visit, I am so happy to have you here! 

 

Each month Cindy chooses a photo from Pinterest for inspiration, then each of the hop participants comes up with her own interpretation using similar elements, but with a bit of personal flair too.

 

March Pinterest Challenge Inspiration Photo

 

Birdhouse Tablescape for Spring - Hymns and Verses

This month’s theme is a beautiful Spring Bird House Tablescape by the talented Doreen of Hymns and Verses. Here are some of the elements she used:

  • Basket tray with handles
  • Birdhouse as a focal point
  • Spring flowering branches in a teal mason jar
  • Teal rusty bucket with flowers
  • Bird nest and various eggs
  • Vintage style bird plates
  • Burlap runner
  • Teal-blue drinking glasses glasses
  • Napkins folded into little nests
  • Layered ironstone and teal dishes
  • Silverware

 

Spring Birdhouse Tablescape - Hymns and Verses

 

 

I returned to in-person teaching this week after being virtual for almost six months! I was so busy getting things ready to return to work this past weekend that I didn’t really have time to deconstruct my current spring tablescape in the dining room to set up a new one just for this challenge. With all that is on my (vintage) plate, I decided to set up a simple spring tea just for me (and the birds) outside on the patio, using Doreen’s beautiful design elements as inspiration. I shopped my home and used free gifts from nature to come up with a similar look.

 

My French gray washed basket tray is very similar to Doreen’s basket so it was perfect for this challenge. I always enjoy styling it with various vintage garden-themed treasures for my spring and summer tablescapes. Can you believe that with all the JUNK in my stash and garden that I don’t actually have a decorative birdhouse? Instead, I am using a large, chippy white birdcage as my focal point. Works for me!

 

As you may have seen in my recent post, Collecting Vintage Ironstone Dishes, I have plenty of dishes for use in just about any kind of table setting. Here I am using a beautiful embossed ironstone teacup and matching saucer with a smaller green transferware saucer in between for interest and color. 

 

 

 

 

Doreen used grapevine wreaths under her plates which I absolutely love. I had just made a little grapevine and moss wreath last week to hang on a mirror, so I just temporarily swiped it to use under my teacup and saucers. A green striped napkin, small ironstone salad plate and jute place mat complete my simple place setting. (The sweet antique tarnished silverplate spoon is just “for looks” and extra vintage goodness.)

 

 

 

I just love this realistic nest I found at a local boutique a few years ago. I filled it with a couple of tiny eggs and some blooms from the freshly foraged forsythia branches. I have several small birds around my home, but I think this particular rustic bird looks perfect beside the nest.

 

In keeping with the theme, I did find a spot for my one and only rusty garden birdhouse, “perched” on top of a shabby cast iron bird candle holder. It ties right in with the rusty patina on the candle holder and the handles on the galvanized bucket filled with white pansies.

 

You might recall the tiny little birdhouse from my “Free Thyme” Thrifted Basket Makeover post.

 

This sweet bird saucer was found for less than a dollar on one of my junkin’ adventures. The colors are perfect for this tablescape.

 

 

Spring tablescape birds, forsythia and ivy

This weekend I picked up some variegated ivy for an urn on our front porch but I didn’t get around to planting it. I needed something to fill negative space in the basket, so I simply tucked the potted ivy down in one of my chippy chalk painted pots to use as part of the display.  A little peat pot filled with Spanish moss and speckled eggs along with a few other scattered eggs add extra texture and interest in the basket.

 

I lieu of a teal mason jar with white flowering branches, I used a green glass vase with forsythia branches “foraged” from a bush that is growing wildly near our home. 

 

How to decorate with forsythia branches for spring

Simple Spring Decorating with Forsythia Branches

I love decorating with Forsythia in early spring!

 

 

This pretty French farmhouse style botanical bird eggs and nest  table runner was purchased from Tuesday morning a few years ago. I also have four matching place mats that I plan to use in a future spring or summer tablescape in the dining room.

 

After my busy first day back to work I am certainly ready to spend some “me” time on the patio enjoying the spring weather, a good cup of tea, and sweet bird song as the sun is going down!

 

 

Spring tablescape with forsythia, ivy, birds, bird nests, bird's eggs Spring Tablescape

 

I hope my post has inspired you to shop your home for items you can use to create your own bird-themed table setting indoors or out. Of course there are so many other wonderful ideas on this hop you won’t want to miss via the link up below. Next up is Crissy from First Day of Home. I can’t wait to see her pastel spring table decor! 

 

Thanks so much for visiting!

Amber

 

 

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18 Comments

  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    What an absolutely gorgeous tablescape. There are so many delightful touches at this tea. I adore those green dishes.

    March 23, 2021 at 8:41 am
  • Reply laura

    HI Amber, Beautiful! I love the size of the birdhouse! What a beautiful tablescape! laura

    March 23, 2021 at 10:05 am
  • Reply Marty

    What a fun and creative idea. I adore your basket centerpiece with that amazing birdhouse. Such a great idea to have tea outside. Spring just begs us to go outdoors and enjoy. Love it all.

    March 23, 2021 at 11:07 am
  • Reply Rebecca Payne

    Very pretty. Thank you for sharing.

    March 23, 2021 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    LOVE this, Amber. Outdoors tea for one is perfect. I have a similar birdcage; this makes a beautiful vintage focal point.

    March 23, 2021 at 3:32 pm
  • Reply [email protected]

    I can only imagine how exhausted you will be after your first week back of in-person learning. I also can imagine that it was wonderful to see your students face to face and to get to sing with and listen to them sing in person. Enjoy some quiet patio time with tea. You deserve it!

    Your centerpiece looks so pretty and I enjoyed reading about where each item came from and the steps you used to put your version together.

    March 23, 2021 at 3:56 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    I want to join the tea party! I seriously got sucked into so much goodness on your site 😉 Everything is styled to perfection and I love all the attention to detail! Happy Spring!

    March 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    This is gorgeous Amber. I love every detail.

    Cindy

    March 23, 2021 at 4:03 pm
  • Reply Barbara Chapman

    Amber, best wishes as you start back into the classroom! Your sweet bird themed vignette is perfect out of doors and I do love the French style runner you used. My mother loved forsythia and had several large bushes blooming up their lane as you drove in or away from their home in Connecticut. She loved bringing it indoors for blooms on the mantel and in the kitchen each spring, just as you do. <3

    Enjoy your pretty patio and springtime! Happy gardening, too!!
    Hugs,
    Barb 🙂

    March 23, 2021 at 11:01 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    Great idea to decorate a table outside, Amber! Perfect for those first days in the garden. You brought together such beautiful elements, and I love the yellow and green color combo; so fresh and vibrant! Have fun in school again!

    March 24, 2021 at 12:25 am
  • Reply stacy

    Amber I love this idea! Those rustic wreaths you used for the charger and that gorgeous birdhouse looks SO gorgeous! And I love that you set the table outside too! xoxo

    March 24, 2021 at 7:48 am
  • Reply [email protected]

    Oh my goodness that table set just for you is delightful! I’d love to sit with you and use those plates and have tea. And wowza that birdcage is amazing. All of the added touches are perfect and it gives me some great ideas. One is I need to “forage”. LOL! Unfortunately with the last winter storm everything around us is dead. And I mean everything. It’s very sad. Loved your entire centerpiece. Thanks so much for making the time to join us! You are so busy it would have been understandable if you had said no. You’re awesome!

    March 24, 2021 at 11:43 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    You went grand and gorgeous, just like Doreen! Love that birdcage and all the rustic elements! Pinned!

    March 25, 2021 at 1:10 am
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    Every time I see your French basket tray I sigh a little. It’s perfect on your outdoor table with all your pretty plants, dishes and rustic elements. Love it all Amber! I’ll be thinking about you as you return back to school and hope it all goes well!

    March 25, 2021 at 7:39 am
  • Reply Crissy

    What a perfect spin on the challenge by setting up your tea outdoors, Amber! That birdcage is amazing! It’s a great focal point, and I enjoyed how you layered in other florals and bird-themed accents. So nice to be hopping with you again, my friend! Pinned!

    March 25, 2021 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Kim | Shiplap and Shells

    What a beautiful spring tea with the birds Amber! I love the ivy, the green and white saucer and of course the pretty flowers. But I especially like how you set it up outdoors, a perfect spring vibe! Pinned and loved.

    March 25, 2021 at 6:04 pm
  • Reply Christy Little

    Amber,
    This is just breathtaking! I can’t wait to start dining and just living outside again. Thanks so much for the inspiration!

    March 28, 2021 at 9:59 am
  • Reply [email protected]

    Amber, that birdcage is gorgeous. What a find. Love all the garden elements that you included. That little nest is so sweet. The mix of flowers works so well – love that you have a forsythia handy. Happy Spring.

    March 28, 2021 at 4:42 pm
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