Tablescape Tuesday: Thanksgiving Traditions

“I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth.  My soul makes its boast in the Lordlet the humble hear and be glad. Oh, magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together!”
Psalm 34:1

It’s getting close!  Are you ready?  Yes, of course, I am talking about Thanksgiving!  Up until 2003, when Butch and I started hosting Thanksgiving dinner, it had always been at my parents’.
We had just finished a re-modeling project which included the kitchen, and were so excited to have our family that year!

But how could I ever re-create what my Mother had always done so perfectly?

I started collecting a few tablescape items and my Mother made the turkey and dressing while I prepared all the sides and desserts. It all came together wonderfully that year and is now something we always look forward to!  What I learned that year and continue to remind myself of is that while all of the decorating is fun and the day is centered around food, we must focus on the Giver of all good and perfect gifts…and offer him the praise he alone is worthy of!

This year marks our 13th year to welcome our family to our table…pull up a seat, there is room for you!   Our Thanksgiving table is always set with
the “woodland” dinner plates by Spode!  The center piece changes every year!  I decided to use a pair of
pilgrims, which certainly seem appropriate!  Autumnal colors fill the julep cups! 4 The placemats are pheasant feathers and they add texture!
The place card holders were bought
that first year and have been used ever since!  Plaid napkins with a leaf design are gathered
with a little bling!   A pair of silver candlesticks round out the center of the table!   Amber hued stemware is a mainstay for Thanksgiving.
Antlers add more texture!  Each plate has a different bird!  The gold tablecloth was purchased the first year of hosting
and I love tradition so it comes back year after year!    “A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold
in a setting of silver”
Proverbs‬ ‭25‬:‭11‬
13 We serve the Thanksgiving meal at dinner,
so candlelight is appropriate!  The details: 
Dinner plates – Spode “woodland” pattern
Charger – American Atelier “baroque” pattern
Feather placemats –
Flatware –  Reed and Barton “heritage”
Stemware, napkins, and tablecloth – Department store no longer in business
Napkin rings – a gift
Place card holders – Cracker Barrel gift shop (2003-doubt they still have them)
Pilgrims – Tuesday Morning (several years ago)

pam closing

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  1. Kim says:

    Beautiful, Pam. I can’t imagine a more perfect setting for family to gather in thanksgiving to the Father. I love the apples of gold verse – completely fitting for this post!

  2. Rosie M. says:

    Oh, Pam, how warm and welcoming this Thanksgiving table is. It should be a wonderful gathering place for your family. Enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  3. Sencillamente espectacular. Te felicito por tan hermosa mesa digna de tan hermoso evento.
    Los platos me han encantado….Felicitaciones.

    Simply spectacular. I congratulate you for such a beautiful table worthy of such a wonderful event.
    The dishes I’ve loved …. Congratulations.

  4. kckm2013 says:

    Hi Pam,
    If you ever wonder why you take the time to itemize the tableware and tell your subscribers where you purchased things ….. don’t. I have been searching high and low for 2 more pheasant feather placemats to match the 4 I already own. As soon as I saw your post, off I went to Kevin’s and they are on their way to me now!! Thanks a million,

  5. Jann Olson says:

    Very beautiful Pam. I love the transferware and the pheasant feather placemats are so unique! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  6. Oh, I love this table! I am so partial to that Spode. I have the Delamere, without the animals on it. This year, I’ve decided to use it throughout the fall rather than just waiting for Thanksgiving. It brings me joy every time I use it. I like your tablecloth. It’s texture is subtle but just beautiful. Those placemat are perfect. Every little details adds up to the perfect Thanksgiving table.

  7. Pam, your china is fabulous. I hadn’t seen that pattern before. Maybe it would have been better if I hadn’t seen it altogether — I have a very weak spot for dishes I love. And it is beautiful. I love your wonderful tablescape and the warmth and love I can tell are part of your family life.

    I don’t see a follow link here so I will manually add you to my bloglovin feed!

  8. You always put together a beautiful table! I love the pilgrims, the beautiful tablecloth and of course the dishes! I like the flowers in the julep cups- what a great look! Our family is trying to keep the tradition of Thanksgiving going but with both our mom’s suffering with dementia they are missed. Thankful I have the good memories. Cheers to creating many more!

    • Judy, the chargers are by American Atelier and the pattern is Baroque. did carry them but I don’t think they do now. You might check Replacement LTD to see if they have them. I have had them a long time and have enjoyed them!

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