thanksgiving tablescape thoughts

Thanksgiving is creeping up on us and will be here before we know it.  I’m not trying to stress you out.  Really.  Actually quite the opposite.  I’m sharing some tables and thoughts I have from past thanksgivings which will hopefully help you and | or inspire you for your own Thanksgiving celebration.

Thanksgiving tablescape thoughts

I’m in the process of planning our Thanksgiving table, menu, decor, etc. and part of my process is to always review what I have done in the past.

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Last year I filled my dough bowl with some eucalyptus that I got for my birthday and had started to dry with some velvet pumpkins.

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Certain things tend to be a staple for particular holidays for me and for Thanksgiving that includes my Johnson Brothers turkey plates, copper chargers and my sterling flatware, which come to think of it I inherited all of them from my parents.  Probably why I love using them year after year.

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The year before I used a cast iron planter with hydrangeas from the garden with some pheasant feathers.

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I flanked the cast iron planter with silver candelabras and pedestal plates with the faux white pumpkins I created from dollar tree ugly, foam pumpkins.

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The centerpiece, place cards, linens and other things are part of the creative process from year to year where I play with trends, inspiration and fancy, changing them up.

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The year before that I used my dough bowl again with books and a trio of turkeys.

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Do you see a pattern?  The staple items make the tablescapes all seem similar but then the details change things up.

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I don’t like to recreate the wheel every time, but I do like to inject some creative, new detail{s} to keep things interesting for the folks that join us every year, like this chalkboard menu I added above.

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The year before that I kept it really simple with three cast iron urns with white pumpkins tucked in a bed of burlap.

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I love silhouettes and these were some of my favorite place cards I’ve created.

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I recently wrote a post on thanksgiving place cards, which you can read in more detail here if you would like.

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This  last one made me smile because it shows how much my color palette has changed.  I seldom use orange pumpkins anymore or the brighter colors of fall.

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But what I love even more is that little miss Masterpiece made the place cards.  She use to love to make them all the time {a girl after my own heart}, but now at 13 not so much.
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But I have faith that in a few years she’ll circle back and we’ll make them together, creating a new tradition.
Are you hosting Thanksgiving?  If so, do you have your tablescape planned?  I hope this inspires you and helps you for turkey day.  I have mine almost set and hope to share with you soon.
 “For each new morning with its light, for rest and shelter of the night, for health and food, for love and friends, for everything thy goodness sends.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson~

sharing @:

vintage charm @ our hopeful home  

share your cup @ have a daily cup of mrs. olson

home & garden @ a delightsome life   

home sweet home @ the charm of home     

the inspiration gallery @ craftberry bush  

tablescape thursday @ between naps on the porch  

share your style @ 21 rosemary lane 

feathered nest friday @ french country cottage   

 morning cup of joe @ the cottage market  

friday feature @ oh my heartsie girl   

create-bake-grow-gather @ shabby art boutique 

funtastic friday @ olives-n-okra   

farmhouse friday @ the painted hinge 

bff open house @ answer is chocolate

saturday sparks @ pieced pastimes  

scraptastic saturdays @ scrapality  

simple saturdays @ sunny simple life   

sundays at home @ love of home  

dishing it digging it @ rustic & refined  

nifty thrifty sunday @ nifty thrifty things

 amaze me monday @ dwellings-the heart of your home   

met monday  @ between naps on the porch

the scoop @ stonegable  

inspire monday @ my uncommon slice of suburbia 

 celebrate your story @ the sweet sensations 

inspire me tuesday @ a stroll thru life  

tuesdays with twist @ stone cottage adventures  

reader tip tuesday @ jodie fitz 

talk-of-the-town @ knick of time

wow @ savvy southern style   


  1. Amber says:

    Beautiful post! I love the Johnson Bros. plates. I have a different pattern of 4 saucers and tea cups, “His Majesty.” I also love the urns with the burlap and pumpkins!

  2. Jann Olson says:

    Very beautiful! I love the pumpkins and burlaps in the urns. thanks for sharing with SYC.

  3. Kathleen says:

    Wow, you have quite a bit of old inspiration to get your creative juices flowing! I love the white pumpkins in the urns and the hydrangeas. I was the one who always made the place cards so I can relate:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm — hope to see you there at tomorrow’s party as well:) xo Kathleen |Our Hopeful Home

  4. angie says:

    love the thanksgiving table very elegant
    come see us at

  5. Thanks so much amber! Have a wonderful thanksgiving. xo- mj

  6. Thnxs Jann. Hope you have a healthy & happy thanksgiving. xo- mj

  7. Thanks kathleen. yes- I love going every week! Have a blessed thanksgiving. xo- mj

  8. Thank you Angie. I’ll have to pop over and see you. Have a great thanksgiving. xo- mj

  9. Your tablescape is so beautiful. Thanksgiving will be here before we know it. Thanks for linking up and have a great week.

  10. Hi MIchelle! Yes Thanksgiving will definitely be here before we know it. I can’t believe i’s almost Halloween!! Thanks for stopping by.
    XO- MJ

  11. I am looking forward to Thanksgiving this year. Your tables are lovely and I really like the turkey plates. Thanks for sharing. #HomeMattersParty

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