spring nesting tablescape

Spring evokes visions of newly formed nests with birds aflight. As the springtime sprints into summer this spring nesting tablescape holds on to those renewal and revitalizing vibes. Nests throughout the table says springtime!

spring nesting tablescape

The weather has been weird around here with tons of rain this winter, and now an unseasonably colder spring than usual. I don’t think we’re alone, since I believe everyone has experienced strange weather patterns in their particular area.

spring nesting tablescape

I am not complaining at all, since it’s fabulous having so much water, and I don’t mind the lower temps since it’s still pleasantly mild weather. Invariably, it might get too hot too soon around here. Although I have set my sights on summer and patriotic decor already, which I share here {5 patriotic ways to celebrate the white, red & blue}. At the same time I am still holding on to spring time vibes.

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spring nesting tablescape details

This spring nesting table design was inspired by these mini nests crowning each place setting. The center of the table is filled with nests here and there to compliment the mini nests.

spring nesting tablescape

I tucked birds around the nests and included feathers to add to the “nesting” feels. I used compotes, pedestal plates and goblets to create a variety of heights for the different nests. More information below about the centerpiece details.

spring nesting tablescape

Nest decor tip:

The best way to elevate a store bought nest is to add a variety of mosses, feathers, twigs, dried flowers and mini eggs to the nest. This gives the nests more personality and a real life, organic feel.

spring nests decor

The moss runner in the center of the table and the moss chargers at each place setting ground the table. If you love moss as much as I do, you can learn how to make the runner here {eye catching ways to add moss to your tabletop} and the charger tutorial is here {moss chargers DIY}.

spring nesting table place setting

The plate stack starts with said moss chargers, followed by our wedding china dinner plate Lenox Citation Lace. I love the neutral-ness of the china, since it mixes and matches so well with so many different looks.

spring nesting tablescape

Next comes a Limoges accent plate, which I scored thrifting, and you can read all about here {stylish St. Patrick’s day tablescape}. I love a good, quality thrift haul. The next installment of Thrifted Goodies is this Thursday so make sure to pop back in.

spring nest table design

The next plate on the stack is an etched appetizer plate, which was also a fabulous thrift store find. I love etching, and I actually have a DIY etching project planned, which I’ll hopefully be sharing really soon if I’m successful 🙂.

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spring nesting tablescape

A mini bird’s nest in a silver compote crowns the plate stack. These are adorable and set the tone for the table design. The silver compotes were from my parent’s estate. I have a slight fascination obsession with silver, which I have shared in the past but I think I need to revisit and update my silver posts.

spring nesting tablescape centerpiece

As I mentioned above, the moss runner grounds the centerpiece styling. A variety of nests are sprinkled across the runner in compotes, pedestal plates and chalices.

spring nesting tablescape

Some nests have birdies nesting in them, while others just sit waiting for mom to fly back. Nestled between the nests and birds are some brass candle holders to create ambience.

spring nesting tablescape

Between the mossy ground and the nests it evokes a very nature inspired feeling, which is perfect for springtime.

other details of the spring nesting tablescape

There’s a white linen table cloth to set the stage as a blank canvas. Then I chose brown hand blocked napkins, to keep that organic, nature type of vibe from the nests and moss details. The linens are simple, but both play important roles in the table design.

spring nesting tablescape

The glassware adds a bit of whimsy with the green Ball jars as water glasses. The Ball jars are paired with a basic Riedel wine glass. I love creating that hi & lo feeling on table designs, by using fancy wares with rustic items.

nest table design

Last but not least, the flatware is also mixed and matched. The entree knife and fork are a horn handled Laguiole set. The pieces are assorted since they were samples for the store, and my boss was kind enough to gift them to me since she knows I create different table designs. The quality of Laguiole is amazing!!!

spring nesting tablescape

The appetizer forks are thrifted silver plate and the appetizer knives are from my parent’s estate as well.

spring nest decor

Putting tables together should be fun. Do not be afraid to mix and match pieces and cobble together tables from different collections. This will hopefully allow you to use more of the pieces you own. I hope you are enjoying springtime in your life!

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“Despite the forecast, live like it’s spring.”

Lilly Pulitzer

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  1. Beautiful table!!! The nests are so lovely for Spring. I adore those green drinking glasses…how pretty!! The moss is an amazing way to tie everything together. So fun!!

    1. Thanks so much Rachel! 💛✨

  2. Myrna says:

    Lovely spring table. I was fortunate to find a large nest on clearance a few years back. What caught my eye was the candle holder. I have the exact one but somehow the screw holding it together was lost in the shuffle.

    1. Thanks Myrna. I found the candle holder at a thrift shop. I wonder if you took it to Home Depot or any hardware store if they could help you find the right type of screw. Thanks for stopping by. XO- MJ

  3. CoCo says:

    Oh my word, MaryJo, this tablescape is so beautiful! I love the way you displayed and highlighted the birds nests and added lots of fabulous touches of moss and greenery too. It’s all just gorgeous! Hugs, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much for your sweet words Coco. I really appreciate the visit. Have a great day. XO- MJ

  4. Cara says:

    Can’t wait to see your etching project MaryJo! You are so right, decorating should be fun, no worrying over decision making. Another beautiful tablescape, you are so creative.

    1. Thanks so much Cara! I’m super excited about my etching project but I keep putting it off in case I mess up. I just have to bite the bullet. XO- MJ

      1. Cara says:

        I totally get it, I am sometimes afraid of trying something new too since I am afraid I will mess up. I am betting you will do awesome, you got this! I love all of the birds on your table.

  5. EsmeSalon says:

    Hi MaryJo, what lovely and creative decorating ideas with nests. Will most definitely make use of your ideas in future.

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    1. Thanks so much Esme. I will make sure to drop by. XO- MJ

      1. EsmeSalon says:

        Awesome, looking forward to track down your links.

  6. annafromskylarkhouse says:

    Hi MaryJo- Those birds nests are SO adorable. I love how you put them in the silver compote cups. The moss on the table is also a fabulous touch.

    1. Thanks Anna! It was a fun table to put together. XO- MJ

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