We are officially in the holiday season. What better way to kick off Thanksgiving celebrations than with a Thanksgiving tablescape?
What fun to think about gathering around the table to enjoy good food with good friends. I invited 10 turkeys to my Thanksgiving tablescape to provide some festive decor ~ they won’t be eaten at this table ~ at least not today.
Sweet Shark and I have been collecting turkeys for several years and we now have about 20+. We’ve bought them in retail stores and craft stores and I bought a couple at Roundtop a few years ago. Some are ceramic, some metal, and some wood. Most are serious, but a few are whimsical and funny. Whatever their “background”, the turkeys always play a big role in our Thanksgiving decorations.
My 10 Turkey Thanksgiving Tablescape
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I thought I would take you through the process, beginning to end, of creating my Thanksgiving tablescape ~ the behind the scenes. It’s like the before and the big reveal with the how~did~I~do~it in between.
Before Starting my Thanksgiving Tablescape
Before I even started this year’s Thanksgiving tablescape, I took a bold step. Our dining room, although it faces west and has a nice size bay window, is the darkest room in our home. That has always bothered me because I like light and bright. The bay window and a side window in the dining room have plantation shutters on them which were here when we bought the house. Now I love plantation shutters; we have them in our bedroom and they look great.
Over the weekend, I told Sweet Shark that we needed to pull out our antique commode (It holds china and silver.) away from the window so I could open the shutter doors and clean the windows. (This task had not been done since we moved in the house almost 5 years before; really yuck.)
When I pulled the shutters away from the frame of the window, I couldn’t believe how much light flooded the room. The walls of the room (painted Benjamin Moore Ancient Marble) lightened up and the white trim popped. Sunlight came streaming through the windows. I loved it.
Sweet Shark had left the house to run errands, so, on a whim, I decided to take the shutter doors down. It was easy to unscrew the hinges and pull away the shutter doors. I left the magnetic closures in case I was totally overruled on this move. Then I carried the shutter doors out to the garage.
Now the room is light and bright. We haven’t yet moved Sweet Shark’s rug back into the room. It stays under our bed from April to October because it’s so dark and heavy. I think the room will look much better with more light.
The Thanksgiving Tablescape Centerpiece
My vision for the Thanksgiving tablescape was a mixture of rustic and metallics, the design theme I had started back in September. I started with a burlap runner that I made several years ago.
Then I topped it with the wooden tray from Kirkland’s that I loved. Unfortunately, it’s no longer available, but here is a similar wood tray that is just as nice.
It had first been on the breakfast room table and then I rearranged it for the entry table. I emptied it out and set it on the runner.
Next I added 4 white ceramic turkeys from Roundtop. To give them a little height, I set them on upside-down white ramekins.
Next, I filled in with some wicker balls and metallic pumpkins.
Because I knew that we would be using the tablescape at night during the month, I tucked in 5 votive candles.
I decided that the centerpiece needed something organic to add more color. A few stems of berries and leaves tucked in at the corners and center gave provided color and greenery to contrast with the weathered wood tray and natural textured balls.
At each end of the tray, I added 2 rustic turkeys from our collection and an artificial flower that I bought earlier in the season.
My Thanksgiving Tablescape Place Settings
Now I was ready to add the place settings.
I had made a stop at Pier 1 (One of my favorite places for tableware and table accessories; so sad it’s gone.) and found these gorgeous gold beaded square placemats that I thought would be wonderful for my Thanksgiving tablescape. They would add to the metallic theme, add texture and the square shape would contrast with the round dinner plates.
After adding the placemats, I thought that the table seemed “too covered” and heavy. By this time, Sweet Shark was home and he agreed. So I removed the turkeys on the ends of the tray and he picked up the centerpiece while I whisked away the runner. And it looked so much better.
For my dishes, I knew I would be using the set of Thanksgiving dishes that I found several years ago at Tuesday Morning. I wasn’t even looking for Thanksgiving tableware, but 8 salad and dinner plates and a platter in a beautiful shade of green with a turkey and leaf motif at a great price was too tempting. Taking them out once a year is a special treat.
Next came the salad plates and my other Pier 1 purchase ~ these lovely farmhouse plaid napkins have so many great fall colors that they were hard to resist. I bought these gold napkin rings a few years ago at Pier 1. I’ve used them at Christmas, but I love the bright luster they give to this place setting.
Just for more color, I added these sweet little ramekins from Sweet Shark’s mother. I think they will be perfect for a small serving of soup or as a bowl to serve ice cream.
These wine glasses with a fall leaf pattern are from the Dollar Tree store. I found them in early September and couldn’t wait to use them.
The last item was our Buttercup silverware.
The Menu for our Thanksgiving Tablescape
I wanted to add 1 more finishing touch to the tablescape ~ my Thanksgiving menu. I used a printable cornucopia image from Ann at On Sutton Place. She designed the cutest 4 images to use as paper rings and I selected one for my menu card.
Now my Thanksgiving tablescape was complete, but Sweet Shark suggested a few more candles ~ tall ones ~ to give some height to the table. I placed 3 tapers in the wood tray which also added more color. He was right ~ he can make great design suggestions.
For our commode, I place the large turkey platter on a stand flanked by 2 more turkeys ~ to make my 10 little turkeys.
I also added 2 of my favorite pieces ~ a gravy boat and large soup tureen. I bought these at Sur la Table years ago when I worked in the culinary program. They were on sale and with my employee discount, they were practically free.
I added some yummy smoked Gouda pimento cheese and parmesan toast on a pretty cutting board with a gold acorn and metal leaves ~ a Christmas gift from my son several years ago ~ just in case you want a little nibble. The pretty dish towel was a hostess gift from a friend.
My Thanksgiving tablescape was complete.
At night, the candlelight casts a warm glow for an evening fall meal.
I hope this Thanksgiving tablescape puts you in the mood for Thanksgiving and gives you some inspiration for your own tablescape. Please PIN IT so you don’t forget these ideas.
I’m going to enjoy just peeking in the dining room every day in anticipation.