Thanksgiving Tablescape

I love Thanksgiving, it is my favorite day of the year!  We usually don’t have company on the day, but we enjoy extending the holiday through the weekend before getting to the December frenzy.  On Saturday, we are having a small dinner party of six, so of course that means a pretty table.  I set it up early so I can enjoy it all week.

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Place settings begin with the autumn color placemats I use frequently this time of year.  I still love the gold flatware with autumn colors so those are used again too.  I decided not to use a tablecloth this year so the warm wood and nice lines of our table would show.

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I bring out my Thanksgiving turkey napkin rings and place the napkins at an angle so the greeting can be seen by diners.  They hold gold napkins.

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The knives are on the crystal knife rests that were a gift from a friend some years ago.  On a formal table, they really add a bit of elegance and I don’t get to use them often.

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The star of the place setting is the salad plate, a big score online on Thanksgiving day a couple of years ago.  I fell in love with the turkey and pumpkin design.  It is called Heritage Turkey and is no longer produced.

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Individual turkey place card holders hold gold cards with an acorn stamp and a name.  I find it makes it easier for guests to find a place to sit, plus I can mix up the couples a bit.  The individual salt and pepper shakers sit next to them.

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The centerpiece began with the Pine Cone Basket that I made last month during Autumn Jubilee.  I moved the flowers to the edge, and settled one of my ceramic turkeys on the top, resting on the foam block.  Then I filled in the arrangement as needed.  Ecru color placemats provide the base for the centerpiece so the colors shine and the details can be seen.

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I used candle rings with crackle glass votive holders and another turkey on each end.  A few tiny wood pumpkins complete the centerpiece.

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The same elements are on the other side for symmetry.

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Wine glasses complete the place settings, with the gold trimmed ones on each end.

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If it is cold that day, we’ll have a fire in the fireplace during the meal.

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All set and ready for a fun evening of good food with good friends.

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Are you ready for Thanksgiving?

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24 thoughts on “Thanksgiving Tablescape

  1. Beautiful table. I think I will steal your idea for Christmas. I will set the table a few days before Christmas and enjoy the table before the house fills and the food goes on the table. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  2. Mary Crawford

    Oh, so lovely! Your turkey salad plates are the best! I will be using my Metlox chicken dishes for my family of 16 – closest thing to a turkey! Enjoy your festivities – just beautiful!

  3. lv2bquilting2

    Your table setting is beautiful, as usual Carole, and I especially love the vivid and highly detailed dinner plates. They were an exceptional find, wherever you got them. Your centerpiece turkey is
    great as well and is holding court over his special day. Hope you and DH enjoy a very blessed Thanksgiving.

  4. Donna

    Lovely! I love to see beautiful table settings. Enjoy your guest and the good food you will serve. I hope it all is very special for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. Sharon Schipper

    We have two dinners now, with DIL family on Thanksgiving, and at our house on Saturday. I’ll take fresh broccoli salad to the big group, and cook the whole schmear on saturday at my house. Last year I bought your pilgrim couple on ebay and had the table set up with a centerpiece and the couple, and lo and behold, DIL’s cats knocked them over and I had to glue the basket back in the lady’s arms! sigh. So this year they remain on my bookshelf until the day! Your table is lovely, I don’t have the table in my space anymore or I would keep it set as you do… so I have to just decorate my shelves because every other space is just about covered with quilting paraphernalia! Big hug, and I am thankful for creative friends like you!
    sharon in colorado

  6. Marianne Barta

    We will be at our son’s for Thanksgiving dinner. Love your table setting.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family

  7. manasotavacation

    Absolutely lovely! Your attention to detail really pays off in the overall look! I’m sure you and your guests will have a great time!….

  8. Beautiful, Carole! I went without a tablecloth as well this year. I love all your pretty details and how the table is right next to the fireplace. How cozy! Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Peggy

    Carole, Your table is delightful! I so enjoy the tablescapes you create. I would keep it up all week to enjoy as well 🙂
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us. Have a lovely Thanksgiving holiday.
    Peggy in Alaska

  10. Phyllis Smith

    Happy Thanksgiving Carole to you and your family,,

    Your table setting is just so appropriate. Love the little napkin holders and the precious name card holders, so adorable. The turkey plates are terrific . Your choices of color and mixtures have always been on the mark! The turkey centerpiece is so pretty with the colors of autumn and the turkey on the top is just the tops. The candle lite is superb with the turkeys at the end and of course I figure you make the placemats with give everything the finishing touch. My oldest and his wife have gone to Fla. to be with her son for Thanksgiving so its just my youngest and myself for Thanksgiving but we will have Christmas here I think for those happy times.

    Happy times to you and your family,

    Phyllis Smith

  11. Eye catching and inviting. Truly a lovely table scape with great colors. I love the salad plates with the lovely turkey prints. I would like to ask what size are your placemats? You have enough room for needed articles. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

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