Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Happy Thanksgiving Tablescaping!

It's Thursday! And that means two things to love -- Tablescape Thursday and checking out everybody's tables and Thanksgiving -- my favorite holiday! I've always loved Thanksgiving and the gathering in of family -- and perhaps part of the attraction is setting the table and playing with the dishes.

Here we are approaching our Thanksgiving table. Now this year, I'll have three tables set. The past two weeks I've shown two different centerpieces (Autumn Angel and Fall Pheasants)...those will be on two tables and this weeks tablescape has the third centerpiece.

Here's a close up of our Turkey centerpiece -- this table will be set for the grandgirls and their parents since they still need help. In a couple of years they'll be at a true "Kids Table". The turkey came from Cracker Barrel - I think I've had him for about 5 years.

Since our son and his family are coming from Atlanta and staying with us for a couple of days, the table is set for Thanksgiving morning breakfast.

Care to join us? We're having breakfast casserole, cinnamon buns, juice and coffee. Then we'll watch the parades and snack until the big meal at 6ish. Hopefully the girls will nap after the parade and Nana will be cooking for 16 of us this year.

Here's a close look at the dishes -- first we have turkey salad plates -- I've been wanting turkey plates for years, but couldn't justify them because I use my good china for Thanksgiving -- but this year, I had the bright idea that I "needed" them for breakfast....I can see you nodding....right? These were $2.99 each at Marshalls this year made by Johnson Brothers (they do the best transferware -- don't you agree?)

The plaid napkins came from The Yankee Candle Store (Williamsburg, VA) bought in October.

The famous Gibson/Gollum set of dishes from Big Lots. I got these for my birthday this past June.

Seagrass placemats and bamboo flatware from Marshalls earlier this year.

This cute little pilgrim man came from Cracker Barrel this week -- they were 50% off.

On the other side of the turkey is his pilgrim wife.

Juice glasses with a small paper napkin. Can you see the turkey on the napkin? Most of you know about my "two napkin rule" -- paper for the mouth, cloth for the lap.

Last week someone said on their blog that you have to "hide the turkey butt" -- I didn't have enough extra room to hide it -- but hopefully these two little indians will add a bit of interest to the "back side". What do you think? They were also 50% off this week at Cracker Barrel.

An overvew of our Thanksgiving morning table.

Overview of the centerpiece.

Turkey by battery light candle glow.

These are the plates the grandgirls will use -- I got these last year on eBay.

The look of Thanksgiving on my side table.

Small antique turkey platter.

This bigger set of Pilgrims came from (guess!) Cracker Barrel this year too. I think my last pilgrim set broke a couple of years ago -- so when I went looking I couldn't decide between the two sets and so I got both (after all they were 50% off) -- you're nodding again....right?

Here's our lady pilgrim.

I've added some indian corn to my grandmother's hurricane centerpiece -- she had this on her dining room table that would seat 20. Sometimes she would add so many leaves that the person on one end of the table was actually in a different room than the person on the other end. And she still had a kids table too!

A final look at my sideboard and greetings from an antique Thanksgiving post card.

I'll leave you with a poem sent to me by my good friend Jane ---

May your stuffing be tasty,
May your turkey be plump.
May your potatoes and gravy have nary a lump.
May your yams be delicious and your pies take the prize.
And may your Thanksgiving dinner stay off of your thighs!

Be sure to visit our gracious Thanksgiving hostess at "Between Naps On The Porch" -- to see lots of tablescapes -- and where every Thursday has a place set just for you!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
See ya!


  1. What a wonderful table. I will never look at turkey figures again without wanting to hide the "butt" as mentioned last week! I love the fun dishes for the kids. I hope you have a wonderful holiday.


  2. Hi Martha! Oh, what a lovely Thanksgiving table! Love your huge turkey centerpiece! Now I'm adoring that antique turkey platter and it goes so well with those turkey dishes. I have some of those too! I may have to borrow that idea of the platter on a plate stand on the sideboard.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Dear One.
    Shelia ;)

  3. I shop Cracker Barrel too... and will miss it when we make the move to Palm Springs.

    I especially like the overview of the table. Everything looks so inviting for breakfast. I also serve a breakfast casserole, but I do it for Christmas brunch.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day with your family!

  4. Beautiful! Can I come sit with you at the table? Love the turkey!

  5. Martha, I am all about those turkey salad plates! Oh, they are cute, and yep, I've played that game before with myself, too. LOL! And I love the plaid napkins as a compliment. I do believe I spy some flatware that I also have AND a placemat. Your table looks so cute, and if I were within driving distance, I would show up at your door with my matching fork in hand! LOL!

    Love the turkey centerpiece and the cute pilgrms. Very fun table.

    Our plans kind of turned upside down as we were supposed to join friends in NC (my DH is recovering from flu, no fever yea!), but I'm now looking forward to dinner OUT! I set my table for TT, but I think I am not going to mess it up. Who wants to clean when you can go to the Casa Monica and have them do it for you! LOL!

    Sending you love and best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving and a Happy Tablescape Thursday...


    Sheila :-)

  6. The plaid napkins make this table for me. I adore plaid!

  7. What a charming table. I also love Cracker Barrel and was there today buying 50% off items.
    Looking forward to your Christmas tables..

    Hugs, Linda

  8. Hi Martha, What a great Thanksgiving table... Love Tom Turkey and the plates with turkey on them... Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend

  9. Did you hang from the chandelier to take the photo from above? Very nice. The color of the table is perfect with the fall decorations. No table cloth needed.

  10. Martha, all your pretty platters & pilgrims look just PERFECT! I know you'll have a wonderful time with your house full of guests. They will feel soooo special when they see how you've prepared the tables for them. That's what its all about, right?

    Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours,

  11. You have outdone yourself.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  12. Hi Martha...

    Ohh yes...I do think that you needed those pretty Thanksgiving transferware plates!!! I was nodding my head "yes" while reading your question! Hehe! My friend, your table is beautiful!!! I love the big colorful turkey pretty!!! And...those pretty plaid them!!!

    I also really enjoyed looking at your beautiful Thanksgiving vignette on the buffet! You're such a creative and talented lady, my friend!!!

    Sending you and your family my best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!!! I'm so happy that you are able to share it with your family!!!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  13. Love this tablescape you have ready for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning. Lord have mercy, I didn't know you have to hide the turkey's booty! Love the loot from Cracker Barrel--they have the best seasonal tableware and accessories!

  14. Hi Martha~
    Thank you for your Thanksgiving wishes...I hope you had a wonderful day as well!
    Your table is lovely! And I do agree...Johnson Bros. make some beautiful transferware and china!

  15. Hi Martha!
    Your table looks lovely! Love the center piece turkey! And I love the transferware. I didn't get them at TJMaxx and have been kicking myself for it!
    Have a wonderful day!