Bird-Inspired Tablescapes

Photography by Sarah Arrington

Springtime means blossoming flowers, blue skies, and birds chirping as they build their nests. Capture the essence of this beautiful season with an afternoon tea showcasing our fine-feathered friends. Serve teatime treats on delicate china graced with elegant renderings of birds on branches, set an outside table amid the trees with birdsong as background music, or create a fanciful children’s party complete with colorful birdhouses as take-home gifts. Take time to revel in the warmer temperatures and the delightful offerings of spring.


An ornate birdcage filled with flowers sets the tone for this enchanting table. Ask your florist to re-create this look, or make it yourself using flowers and branches from your yard to fill a birdcage of your choice.


A stunning teapot etched with a golden bird and leaf motif is the showpiece of this lovely and seasonal tea party. For chic style, place intricately designed fine china on a formal, decorative tablecloth or table runner. A delicate teacup in Wedgwood Golden Bird china graces each setting.


Let the kids have their very own tea table with a tablescape that is playful and great for spring. Whimsical yellow plates adorned with birds and leaves from Pier 1 are ideal for serving delicious teatime indulgences. Mix two or three different patterns and colors of plates and linens for an eye-catching effect.


A bright polka-dotted teapot is the perfect starting place for a children’s springtime table. Adorable blue and white birdhouses add a playful touch to the table and double as charming take-home treats.


Use rustic birdhouses for a centerpiece, and place them atop a burlap-style tablecloth. No party is complete without many cups of tea! The chirp motif is continued on the Lenox teacup as well. These bird-inspired tablescapes will be the highlight of the party.


Pay tribute to our feathered friends by tying a beautiful feather to each napkin with complementary cording as a decorative accent in keeping with the party’s theme. Pops of bright color in both the china and the linens provide visual interest. Red-handled flatware is a fun way to continue the color scheme.

From TeaTime March/April 2011 


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