Schumann Wild Rose

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Sunday, November 9, 2014

Bundt Pan Challenge

With sincere apologies to Cuisine Kathleen, we are taking some liberties as we participate in her Bundt Pan Challenge this week. Yes, we are using a bundt pan - two in fact - and yes, we are setting a table, but that's where we begin to digress from the original challenge. As everyone knows, Pat likes to be a bit unconventional when it comes to here is her version of Kathleen's challenge.
Pat's beat-up bundt pan has seen better days......used many, many times, here it sits among bird seed, gelatin, and Sandra Lee's 2009 Christmas Special Collector's Issue magazine with the bundt pan wreath bird feeder recipe that we used.

Over view of the table - each guest is given a small bundt pan wreath birdfeeder as a favor. It also acts as the place card holder.

A large piece of burlap was laid across the table before it was set

The place setting - each place setting features a different accent plate showing one of several birds from the Audubon Society's "Birds of America" collection. The plates were made by Alfred Meakin over 70 years ago.

Flatware is "Montana" by Gourmet Settings

Pat used a green tumbler instead of a stem glass because the place setting is rustic.

Two napkins - one olive green, one cinnamon to match the charger - are held by a wire napkin ring that matches the votive holders on the table

Each accent plate is done in great detail

The dinner plate is an inexpensive ironstone from Pier 1

We got these chargers on sale a few years ago - we already had eight in the original brown wood tone, but Pat thought these would be perfect spray painted in this unusual cinnamon color.

The centerpiece

Pat used just the base from the individual cupcake holders - these bird seed wreaths are made from small bundt pans

The votive candles match the chargers and cinnamon napkins

From the other end of the table
Where it came from:
Olive Green Placemats - Bed, Bath, and Beyond several years ago
Flatware - "Montana" by Gourmet Settings from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Cinnamon Charger and White Dinner Plate - from Pier 1
Salad/Accent Plates - "Birds of America" from the National Audubon Society by Alfred Meakin purchased from eBay and Replacements
Glassware - "Lawrence" from Pier 1
Bread/Butter Plate - "Racine" by Hutschenreuther from eBay and Replacements
Small Cake Stands - from Ross
Large Cake Stand - from Bed, Bath, and Beyond
Nest-like Votive Holders - from Michael's
Napkin Rings - from Bed, Bath, and Beyond

We will be joining Christine's "Table It!" this Monday at Rustic & Refined:

We will also be joining Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish" for her Bundt Pan Challenge this Wednesday:

And we will be joining Susan's "Tablescape Thursday" at Between Naps on the Porch this Thursday:


  1. What a clever variation for a bundt cake, and I just know the birds will enjoy it! The Audubon plates are gorgeous! I love the colors, the rustic look, and the thoughtful table favors. This table is just perfect!

  2. This is an adorable idea, girls! I always like to send my guests home with a party favor, and these are perfect. Very clever idea! Thanks for sharing. Love using bundt pans!

  3. Those bundt pan wreath bird feeders would make great Christmas gifts for nature enthusiasts! In fact, I have a get together in December with a group of ladies that I rent a cabin with and this would be perfect. The Audubon plates are lovely as well as the entire table setting.

  4. You gals are so clever!! I love this interpretation of Kathleen's challenge. Your Audubon plates are absolutely lovely in every detail and your use of so many different colors picks highlights the plates even more. What a wonderful idea to gift your guests with a welcomed item. I really love this table! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  5. Wow! This is a cute idea!! I never would have thought of using the Bundt pan for birdseed wreaths but, hey, it looks like it works great! Thanks for sharing.

  6. You may get the prize for most creative, unusual bundt cake which is perfect with your Audubon plates. Well done!

  7. So sweet to think of the little birds! They like "bundt cake" too, I'll bet. Beautiful table especially the plates.

  8. Oh I am in love with those Audubon plates and the birdseed wreath is so clever! I love the sweet take home gift of the mini birdseed bundt and I'm sure the birds do too :)

  9. What a great idea! Love the concept of your Tablescape!

  10. This is one of the most original ideas I've ever seen! You win the bundt pan tablescape challenge in my book!!! Your birdseed bundts are so clever, what a great favor for your guests~ the Audubon plates couldn't be more perfect for your rustic natural setting~

  11. This table is spectacular as it always is when ever you two create a table just stunning ideas.Susie

  12. That Pat! What a creative mind!!! She's so right...the chargers look fantastic in that subdued autumn orange. Just perfect for this and many fall tablescapes! But the Bundt pan birdfeeder centerpiece and favors....that just takes the cake (pun intended!!!)!!! Wow! What a neat idea! That is taking creative license to the top of the mountain! I think you win the challenge!!!

    Those plates are 70 years old??!??!!! That's fantastic! I love them! My Mom would love them, too. She is an avid bird watcher and has several feeders in areas around the back property. She can sit there for hours on the garden terrace or the deck off her master bedroom suite just watching them.

    This is a masterfully-created tablescape that rises above and beyond the challenge! I know Kathleen will be proud and pleased that you took it to the limit!!!

    Have a great weekend!!

  13. Your entry is "for the birds" ! I didn't say it couldn't be a cake for birds, now did I? You did a great job, the table is so pretty! You 2 are so creative, well done! See you for the Dec. challenge. I bet you have it picked out already!

  14. Fabulous! What a great job she did with those darling BUNDT favors of bird totally clever and to use them as name cards, excellent ! The tablescape is gorgeous too.

  15. What a super idea! Love it all, especially the bird plates.

  16. I love that you think outside the box! Your bundt 'cake' is fab! :)

  17. totally awesome use of the pans!! Love the guest getting to feed the birds too.