Penguins have become popular winter icons–these flightless birds, who look like they are dressed in tuxedoes and show great loyalty in family units, show up in winter decorative accessories of all sorts–giftwrap, partyware, clothing and more. They are perceived as cute animals who live in cold climes. So the perky penguin is a perfect theme for a fun winter tablescape.
Decorating your table is something that shouldn’t be reserved just for large families or special occasions. Even if there are just two of you or one, you can still set a pretty table to brighten your day.
This lime-green woven placemat with an embroidered happy penguin in the corner were from the Christmas Tree Shops a few years ago. I liked it because of the bright color scheme. I teamed it with a red-bordered Valentin dinner plate and two napkins–a red polka-dot cloth napkin inside a solid green cloth napkin and tied with a lime green polka-dot ribbon.
The two little penguins standing up against the drink glasses are Christmas tree ornaments I found–they both matched the color scheme of the placemats. In some of these pictures, you will see the ornaments laying on top of the napkins on the plate.
I am also showing this tablescape with the red polka-dot cloth napkin folded in a square and laid on top of the dinner plate with the penguin ornament on it. This shows an alternate way to set the table.
I placed the penguin figure on a clear glass cake-stand with mini-marshmallows to serve as snow. The marshmallows add to the fun look of the whole tablescape.