A Cardinal table for my Moms b-day!

Hi All,
When I was in Phoenix I found this tea-pot that matches my cardinal china.  Since last Thursday was my Mom's B-Day, I thought I would set a wintry cardinal table to celebrate the occasion.

The teapot is from the GW.  The salt and pepper birdies were from a local gift shop.

I found the red chargers at Wal-Mart marked down to .75 a piece.  They will work for Valentines and Christmas and of course I like them here too.
My cardinal plates and mugs were on close-out at a local shop.  There were only 4 salad plates and 4 mugs but I hope to eventually find more.
Who knows, I will probably see them when I go back to Arizona.

It turned out to be a sunny day but brr, very cold.
I tried to get better pics but the sun angle was not quite right.

A snowy scene right outside my window.
We have actually warmed up to about 22 above zero instead of below zero.
It's still cold but tolerable if your dressed right.
I have had a lot of bloggers ask how we put up with the cold and snow.
For one thing, we learn to dress in layers and make sure we have our hat, mittens, boots etc.
I have 3 down vests that I bought from Lands End and they are lightweight and very warm.
I wear them under my coat for an extra layer.
And we also get used to driving in the snow and I think that makes a world of difference.
You just learn to handle your car differently under these conditions.  It's kind of like driving through a big city during rush hour.  I absolutely hate that and would much rather be driving on rural roads with snow.
And last but not least, I think we tend to go to movies etc. more in the winter and a lot of folks around here find a winter sport to love. 
For my daughter, it was figure skating and that took up a lot of my time as well.
I also used to skate a little myself and I should again because it's really a lot of fun.
Well my friends, I am babysitting full time this week so I may be a little slow at getting around to visit.
Gees, taking care of a 3 month old baby is a full time job!
Take Care,
I am joining Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


  1. Your table is so cute, Cindy!

    When we went up to northern MN a few years ago, they told us to dress in layers and that was in September. It was a very warm September that year.
    Today, it was in the low 30's, hwew. I wore a turtleneck, long cardigan, scarf and gloves, no coat. It felt warm after the chilly days...although not as chilly as yours. The sun was shining for awhile. That always helps a lot in winter...snow or no snow.;-)

  2. This tablescape is gorgeous..and happy birthday to your mom!!Hugs and blessings, Flavia

  3. Have fun celebrating your mom, you are so blessed to have her with you still. That is one very pretty table, I never get tired of red! :D

  4. Beautiful table for your mom, Cindy, and beautiful red bird table, too!

  5. Cindy - you table is lovely. After Christmas I picked up four desert plates and two serving platters (both different) with a very similar but yet still different cardinal pattern.

    Hugs - Marie

  6. ...but what a fun job it is!!! Especially when she's as cute as your little darlin!

    A belated Birthday to your Mama, what a thoughtful daughter she has! The table is just phenomenal. I love the way your table is framed by the beautiful winter scene outside your window.

    Enjoy your day and may it be richly blessed sweetie!!!

  7. Very pretty Cindy. I also see that pretty cake plate. Love that. Try to stay warm!

  8. What a beautiful table you have set. Everything looks wonderful. Happy Babysitting.


  9. Very cute red tablescape!

    I'm tellin' ya - - - I wanna see a PACKER'S tablescape out of you Super Bowl weekend!!!

  10. Hi Cindy! Oh, how precious! I love your pretty table!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  11. Cindy this is adorable! I love all your birdies in this setting! They have such great color. Your cake dish w/the polka dot ribbon is so cute too! I bet your Mom must have had a great birthday!

  12. Happy Birthday to your Mom!
    I love your cardinal dishes!
    Yes babysitting is a full time job,but what fun!

  13. Your cardinal theme is perfect for a winter's day.

  14. Cindy-the table setting is lovely. Love your bird plates and those chargers were a steal! I'm sure your Mom was thrilled that you did something so special just for her.

    Don't get too tired there Grammy...taking care of that baby. yep..it is a LOT of work but so rewarding and special, isn't it? hugs- Diana

  15. Cindy, your table is just wonderful, so warm & rich. I am sure your Mother enjoyed. The teapot is really pretty.

    So you get to babysit that precious little wee one, have a ball! I envy you ... such a joy to love & snuggle.

    We are in a blizzard literally right now ... YippEE!

    Have a wonderful day ~
    TTFN ~

  16. What a pretty table for your Mother's Birthday! Bet she felt honored. :)
    I can honestly say, I don't think I would survive one Winter in your extreme cold. I would not go to movies, as not a fan of movie theaters (story there), and would have to be put in traction if attempted to ice skate. :D Even tho I use to roller skate a lot when younger - much younger. :D
    Yes! Those babies will keep you busy - but aren't they precious. :D
    Enjoy your evening.

  17. Your table is lovely, Cindy! Love the cardinal plates. Enjoy Addison - you truly are blessed to be able to have this part in your g'daughter's life!!!
    Blessings, Beth

  18. Oh Cindy,

    Your table is lovely. I love the cardinals, the teapot, plates and mugs are gorgeous! You set a wonderful table for your Mom.


  19. Beautiful table, Cindy. Happy Birthday to your Mom! I love all the reds!!!

  20. Hi Cindy, Lucky you, to have a little angel spending the week with you! Happy Birthday to your Mom! I do like your cardinal dishes--keep looking for more. Congrats to the Packer fans! I'll be rooting for them since the Steelers beat our Jets! Stay warm! Linda

  21. How perfect are all your cardinal pieces. Mom must have loved the table. I join you in babysitting, and you are right, it doesn't leave much time for much else.

  22. The snow in the background is a perfect setting for the cardinal plates. A little sun, a lotta snow and pretty red birds. Perfect. I especially like the little salt and pepper birds.

  23. So pretty! I love your tablescapes!

  24. You cardinal dishes are so cute, Cindy. Wasn't it lucky to find a matching teapot? Your tablescape is so pretty against the winter scene outside. Your mom will be delighted for sure. Happy birthday to her!..Christine

  25. I totally love your cardinal table, my favorite bird. I too am glad it's not -22° outside.

  26. Love those cardinal plates and teapot! Hope you can find some to match, but at least you have 4! Happy Birthday to your mom - she had a beautiful table set for her!

  27. I hope you and your Mom have a wonderful day together. Being with your Mom should be the best! The table is adorable, love cardinals!

  28. I LOVE THOSE DISHES! Your teapot is adorable. The whole table is so inviting to sit down for meal and good company.

  29. Mornin' Girlfriend...

    Just read your note and came right over! So happy to hear from you today! Ohh my...I bet you are a busy little bee with having Addison this week! I bet you are pooped...but I know it's the good kind of tired! Hehe! I remember when I took care of my 4th grandson Noah. I had him for the first two yrs. after he was born while his mama worked. I soon learned to get my nap in...when he napped! Hehe!

    Well dear friend, you really set a beautiful table for your mama's birthday! By the way, Happy (belated) Birthday to your mama! Girlfriend, I love, love, LOVE this set of dishes! They have everything that I just adore on them...the woodsy look...and those pretty red cardinals!!! I think they set a very "showy" table! And how awesome...that you found the matching teapot at the GW in Az.! Love your new red charger plates...OMG...you can't beat .75! Ohh yes...you will get lots of use out of the red...between Christmas and Valentine's Day too! Sooo pretty, my friend! I noticed your pretty silver heart napkin rings too...love those! Of course, you knew that my lil' heart would skip a beat when I seen all of your sweet little birds! Hehe! I love this table, Cindy!!! So what did your mama say when she seen it? I hope that ya'll had a wonderful time celebrating her birthday! Thanks for sharing your gorgeous table with us...I adore it!

    Well Darlin', you take care! Get plenty of rest when you can get the chance! Give that baby girl an extra snuggle and kiss for me...okay!

    Love ya,

  30. Cindy, this is the sweetest table! I love it. I adore cardinals. And Happy Birthday to your mother! Hope she had a happy one and a happy year ahead.

    AND I hope you have fun with Miss Addison!

    Warmest hugs...


    Sheila :-)

  31. Swoon... There's that PERFECT table and chairs I want so bad. One of these days I'm going to find a set just like that. It looks so pretty with the snow out the window as a backdrop. I adore cardinals. Right up my alley!

  32. Love your festive cardinals -- they're our state bird -- in fact, I think several states claim cardinals as well -- quite a "stately" bird! So beautiful, I can see why. Love your new plates and cups , hope you'll find more for your set. Have fun with your sweet little cupcake!

  33. This is a very pretty table scape! I would like to invite you to link this up to my new link party, Masterpiece Monday, at Boogieboard Cottage. The link will be up all week. Take care, Mary :O)

  34. Gorgeous table setting! I think red cardinals look so beautiful against the white snow. Have fun babysitting this week. :-)

  35. Cute, happy table, Cindy. Happy Birthday to your mom!

  36. Your red cardinal teapot is so cute! I love cardinals. Your tablescape looks wonderful with that beautiful snowy backdrop. I am glad you are staying warm. This So. Cal. girl would not be doing to well! LOL! Take care! Hugs!

  37. Happy Birthday to your Mom! I absolutely love your cardninal tablescape! They are on of my favorite birds!

    Have fun with taht arodable little Addison this week! Lots of work but oh, so much fun!

    ~ Tracy

  38. Hi Cindy
    Your tablescape is beautiful. Just lovely. Your dishes are adorable and the red cardinals dispayed amongst the dishes and the centre tier plate go so nicely together.
    What a lovely birthday table... You have such nice big windows to look outdoors from your table also.

    It really has been cold over there. brrrrr...layering is a good thing thats for sure Just remember we are on the good side of winter now... Our temps have been about 27F this week...so not toooo bad.

    have a good weekend.

  39. .....and you must be busy with a little one to look after.... enjoy...

  40. Hi Cindy. What a beautiful table. Love the reds with the white snow outside. We are out of the snow.....probably won't have any more down south. Sure makes a pretty backdrop. Linda

  41. Belated Happy Birthday wishes to your Mom. Love the tablescape!

    Susan and Bentley

  42. Birthday party and a 3-month old....do you also wax your driveway because you might be Superwoman! I admire your energy. I love cardinals, and your teapot is precious. I know that your mom must have felt like royalty when she saw your wonderful tablescape. Thank you for sharing yo ur charming design. Cherry Kay

  43. Good Morning Girlfriend,

    How pretty this whole table is girl..Happy Birthday to your mama..I bet she just loved the preety table you set for her...

    Girl I love those Red chargers and your right many seasons you can use them...how cool for the July 4th table even..

    You found a great teapot while shopping with Marty..oh girl I want to go to her GW..ours smeels like dirty old clothes and I can't make it pass the door ha ha !!

    How fun to have Addison for the week..I do the fill in with Landen James when day care worker can't watch him had him yesterday as day care worker has the flu so maybe I'll have him next week also...Love ya Sister friend...Hugs and smiles Gloria

  44. Lovely table, Cindy! Happy Bday to your mom too!
    I guess if you didn't like the weather there you would move!
    I don't like being bundled up, and this year and last have been unusually cold and snowy. We are the only ones of our friends left here. Everyone goes south for the winter, we tough it out! Not even a short trip to AZ to warm up for us! :) Cold is ok, but snow, I don't like. My sister was in a wheelchair all her life and it made it so difficult. I always think of the disabled when it is like this, Walking is bad enough, on crutches or in a wheelchair, very hard.


I would love to hear from you. Come back and visit anytime. Warmest Wishes, Cindy