A Traditional Thanksgiving Tablescape
This year I wanted to create a cozy traditional Thanksgiving tablescape, that reminded me of all the things I loved about Thanksgivings as a kid.
So, a traditional Thanksgiving around my house growing up always included the Macy’s parade on the television in the the morning and football in the afternoon. We had a very relaxed vibe, nothing fancy by the time I came along, as the last child. I guess my mom was all done with her fancy dinners and tablescapes, but she would always get a new fall table cloth every year, which we would ruin every year. I remember they were usually a plaid of some sort with matching napkins, and some kind centerpiece for the table from the store. We never used the good china, only the everyday china, because the good china was hand wash only and after cooking all day the last thing she wanted to do was the dishes. Honestly, I am surprised we did not just use paper plates.
For my Thanksgiving table this year, I wanted to really play up the true orange and red fall color tones; since last year I did a white and sage fall table and the year prior was navy and rust, it had been a while since I had really gone true fall tones. I was already planning on using my DIY Lucky Penny Table Runner one last time for the season, and it only seemed right to send her out in style. To create the floral center piece, I reused all the gourds and pumpkins that were still in good shape from my Birds Halloween Table, because we do not like to waste food, this time of year. I added in some brightly colored leaves and faux wheat sprigs. Notice I said faux wheat sprigs, this is actually very important for pet owners.
The reason for the plastic version is one of my sweet kitties, Dexter, decided to eat some of the dried wheats sprigs several years ago out of an arrangement and it nearly killed him. You see it got lodge in his throat and since dried wheat is tacky or sticky he could not swallow it, causing him to choke. This can happen anywhere along the digestive track for a dog or cat, I was lucky and found him convulsing, and figured out what happened quickly. After having cats for years, I knew to give him honey which coated the wheat and sent it down, saving his life, according to the vet. Sometimes we do not think about the dangers of plants and flowers to our beloved pets. In fact, I did an entire post about the Deadliest Houseplants for your Pets which include many holiday favorites like Poinsettias and Easter Lilies right at the top of the list. Needless to say Dexter is fine, in fact he just celebrated his 10th birthday and he loves Thanksgiving a whole bunch. Another fun design element I decided to add to the table were the cozy plaid throws. I thought they added a sweet nod to my mamas plaid tablecloths and they had a feel of fall football tailgating too. Also, I have had a few complaints about the firmness of my metal chairs…..so I am accommodating that by having throws which can either be used as a seat cushion, for those that can not sit on a metal chair, or as a blanket, for those that may find themselves too cold. Such an easy hostess tip to accommodate a myriad of all different family members and friends.
Another smart reuse you may have noticed, which was all my husbands idea, yep, this is a shout out to Ron on the decorating side. He accidentally placed the “Thankful” pillow wraps over the chairs, but I really liked them a lot. Since I only had four matching throws it really worked out perfectly for balancing out the table decor.
Over on the side board I added some dried corn to the mix because it always makes me think of a funny childhood story, which I will try to tell quickly to you guys. When I was in Kindergarten we had a Thanksgiving play, and I came home to tell my mother that I had been cast as a Native American Indian, and that I would need a costume just like Pocahontas. Well….. if you have not seen my profile picture I am fair skin and very blonde, back then I was a toe head blonde, lol. My mother looked at me and smiled, making a comment about what a progressive school I was attending and made me a Pocahontas costume.
Well a week before the play just happened to be progress report week and my mother had a conference with my teacher. During the conference it came up that my Pocahontas costume was all ready for the play. However, the teacher was confused and told her “no Jennifer is a pilgrim, why would she have a Pocahontas costume.” At which point I was called in to clarify. Yes, I had been told I was cast as a pilgrim. However, I had decided I did not want to be a pilgrim, I identified more with Pocahontas. Ironically, I am actually 1/8 Cherokee Indian on my mother’s side. So I went home and told my mother that I was cast to be a Native American in the play….. and so I was….. yep, the only little blonde hair blue eyed, Native American on the stage. Go figure, that was me at 5 years, and I still have not changed a bit!
Well, I hope you have enjoyed a few of my fond Thanksgiving Day memories and the pretty pictures to go along with them, and that some where along the way I have provided you with some inspiration for your Thanksgiving Day table too.
The main thing to keep in mind, is to just be thankful for those you find around your table, and to share the day and create these kind of special memories, because that is truly what the day is all about. Sending you all my warmest wishes and gratitude for being a loyal reader and follower of my page. Wishing you all the best for a happy holiday season.
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