Thanksgiving Tablescape, 2012

Welcome to the 219th Tablescape Thursday!

I’d also like to welcome listeners from the Bekah, Lynne, Thursdays show!  Thanks so much for stopping by and thanks to Bekah and Lynne for the shout-out today on their mid-morning show!   If you’re looking for the home tour of the adorable cottage in the movie, The Holiday, you’ll find it here:  Tour Rosehill Cottage from the movie, The Holiday.

Thanksgiving is just one week away!  Wow, hard to believe isn’t it?  The centerpiece for my Thanksgiving Table this year is a big ole turkey. I spotted him last year in Pottery Barn and just loved him.  I passed him by and kind of regretted it.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pottery Barn Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens_wm


When he amazingly appeared again (that rarely happens with PB) I snagged him right off.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


He somehow grew between the store and home.  Seriously!  Christmas trees do the same thing between the time you pick them out on the Christmas tree farm and get them home.  Have you ever noticed that?

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One of the reasons I had coveted Mr. Turkey the year before is because he looks like he was made to go with the turkey tureens I found years ago in Old Time Pottery.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pottery Barn Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


I decorated the table with mercury-glass pumpkins I’ve collected over the last few years.  You may remember seeing some of these when I decorated the porch for Halloween.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pottery Barn Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


I save and reuse all my decorations throughout the year.  Mr. Turkey is sporting a wreath from our 4th Tablescape party back in September 2008.  (That tablescape can be viewed here: Fall table setting.)

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pottery Barn Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


I also used the wreaths as a base for the pumpkins this year when I decorated the porch for Halloween.   Isn’t it fun to find new purposes for the things we collect and use each year?  Love that!

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pottery Barn Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


Turkey place cards are made from card stock. Easy tutorial for these can be found here:  Never Buy Place Cards for Your Tablescape Again

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pottery Barn Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


I use this Spode Woodland china every Thanksgiving replacing the regular Woodland salad plates with turkey salad plates.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pottery Barn Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


Antler flatware is mixed with Spode Woodland flatware for this setting.   The dinner plate is shown below.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pottery Barn Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


Napkin rings say “Family” on one side and “Friends” on the other.   It’s what Thanksgiving is all about, isn’t it?  So thankful for my family and friends, including YOU!

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pottery Barn Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


Candlesticks were A Classy Flea find years ago.  I’ll be posting about something related to these soon.

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pottery Barn Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


Thanksgiving Tablescape with Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


A little candlelight…

Candlelight Thanksgiving Tablescape


You may remember these from this past Halloween tablescape:  Elegant Halloween Tablescape with Mercury Glass Centerpiece

Thanksgiving Tablescape with Pottery Barn Rustic Turkey Centerpiece and Turkey Tureens


Happy Thanksgiving Dear Friends!

Looking for additional Thankgiving table setting ideas?  Check out the category Tablescapes at the top of the blog or click here for previous Thanksgiving Table Settings: Thanksgiving Tablescapes from Year’s Past 

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Chargers: Horchow, 5+ years ago
Dishware: Spode, Woodland, Macys, 5+ years ago
Stemware: Breeze Amber, provided by Noritake, Wine glass, found antiquing
Flatware: Spode Woodland and Antler flatware, eBay
Napkins: Pottery Barn
Napkin Rings: Pottery Barn
Acorn Place Card Holders: Tuesday Morning (I think)
Turkey: Pottery Barn, this year
Turkey Tureens: Old Time Pottery, 2-3 years ago
Mercury-glass Pumpkins: Marshalls and HomeGoods
Looking forward to all the beautiful tablescapes for this Tablescape Thursday!

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  1. This is absolutely gorgeous! I love all the crystal and mercury glass accents.

  2. You were so lucky to go back and find that turkey again this year!!! You’re so right that PB rarely brings something back. The response must have been overwhelmingly great for him! He goes really great with your OTP tureens. The tureens you bought there look great. I haven’t seen such pretty ones at OTP in the last couple of years. The mark of a truly great tablescaper is when he/she has a mental grasp of everything in the inventory so they can easily and confidently buy complementary pieces. I love the bounteous look of this table. It’s the way Thanksgiving looks in my mind’s eye. I wish you and your a very happy Thanksgiving week and a SAFE Black Friday. Be careful out there! πŸ™‚

    • Thanks so much, Alycia. I lucked out with tureens…I’ve never seen them in OTP again. I’m not sure if they get in overstock items or not but you truly never know what you’ll find there. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!

  3. Inspiring table, Susan

  4. Thank you for hosting, have a wonderful week!

  5. Susan,
    Adore the Thanksgiving tablescape with “Mr. Trukey” and all the glimmer of the silver!!!
    (Caught a glimpse of you in the mercury glass, dear friend…hello!!!)
    I agree that YOU NEEDED this turkey!!! He is the perfect centerpiece with your turkey tureens and fabulous Spode dinnerware!!! Love how you have him angeled…I’ll have to remember that. (No one wants to see his tail feathers (er…fanny) Ha!) Always inspiring and creative!!! Thank you for hsoting this weekly meme.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving , dear friend!!!

    • Ooops, I try to photoshop those out! lol And a big fanny he does have! HA! I put a pumpkin behind him and a few Indian corn piece to help mitigate that big backside. πŸ™‚

      • Terry L. Neckermann says

        Hello Susan,

        I’m Terry; have been on your blog post for a long while, and must tell you -you decorate beautifully. I absolutely Love any view of your awesome sunroom. It is wonderful. ‘I imagine’ that I’m a guest there. [smile!] All of your table decor collections are a thrill to look at. (You simply Must have a huge dish-cupboard!)

        My reason for commenting today is Mr. Turkey is a great piece. I was very curious how the backside of him looked since he is so large. Like, what was the view for 3 of your guests while dining? Ha. I must say that he is created quite nicely with his lovely plume of feathers, which makes him non-offensive. You may be thinking, what a strange observation. Ha. But, I am a detailed person much like you. This came to mind when I first spotted this guy. My usual inquiry of pretty decor is if it is elaborate, fancy, soft material, feathery, dried flowers or basket decor items; I always ask myself, “No matter how pretty something is, HOW will I clean it”? A friend of mine laughs at me, but then, we have different priorities.

        I shall continue to admire all the beauty you create and share with us, especially the Fabulous homes and cottages! I absolutely cannot stand to see a great house on the outside, and not get to peek inside to see to check out it’s awesomeness. Your virtual home tour opportunities are easier on my legs nowadays than the holiday house tours I used to be able to walk through. Thank you Susan.

        • Thanks so much, Terry! Appreciate your sweet words so much!
          Yeah, a few guests are going to get the less desirable view. Ha! Even though Mr. Turkey is pretty big, you can see over him without any problem, as long as you’re a grown up. πŸ™‚
          Once my grandchildren are big enough to graduate from highchairs to table chairs (one grandson is almost there now) I’ll probably need to move him from the table to the sideboard when we actually sit down to eat. Not sure a little one could see over him as well as the adults can.
          You can see his backside in this previous table setting:

          I know what you mean, it’s always torture when I go on spring garden tours and the house isn’t part of the tour.

  6. Susan, thank you for hosting week after week! You have built a fun and caring community of followers!

  7. What a grand room.. I love how cozy and warm it is. Your tablescape is just stunning. Those turkey tureens are pretty amazing. They really make the table. How wonderful that you were able to find that turkey this year… Great find.
    Happy and healthy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  8. So beautiful Susan! You’ve incorporated the white and silver tones in a lovely way along with your warm touches of leaves and corn it created a nice harvest look. I see Mr. Turkey is a huge one! As you know I wanted that bad boy too! That’s amazing how much the Old Time Pottery pieces look so similar. Your family/friend napkin rings are the best!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    • Liz, I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t get him in again…he’s definitely a good seller for them. I know he’s on eBay but the prices there are pretty ridiculous. If I see one for a good price, will let you know!

  9. I have the same dishes and your table is always beautiful. I loved that turkey too but couldn’t justify the cost but so pretty on your table.

  10. Beautiful table Susan…I can’t wait to visit some of the links and see what everyone is up to. I think my favorite thing on your table is the charger plate. So pretty. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving and thanks for hosting!

  11. That is so beautiful, my friend!
    Please don’t take this the wrong way, but if everything grows on its way to your home…please don’t invite me over! LOL!



  12. Another masterpiece! I have been eyeing that turkey, too, but since I don’t do a big TGV much any more, I have resisted buying a nice big one. (Have you seen The Tablescaper’s?) Thanks for keeping on with this party — it’s still my favorite.

  13. I love Thanksgiving and your tablescape too, ciao Flavia

  14. Your table is gorgeous, Susan! I love your big ole fat turkey and your little tureens are just perfect with him. Your dishes and stemware – lovely. Love how you’ve sprinkled leaves and pun’kins all around.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  15. Love Mr Turkey! Lovely table setting.

  16. Gorgeous! Happy Thanksgiving, Susan!…hugs…Debbie

  17. Your table is inspiring and I also aspire to have my tableware organized in such a way that it’s easier to find pieces throughout the year. Thanks for sharing your creativity!

  18. Susan, that big ole white turkey was meant to go on your table. He looks terrific with the individual tureens. I’ve long admired those. You find the best things! Your dining room is exquisite, and offers the perfect ambience for holiday meals with family and friends. Family, friends, and good food ~ that’s the best part of entertaining. I know your guests will feel special. Happy Thanksgiving………Sarah

  19. WOW, your table is just gorgeous!!!! Thanks for hosting every week, happy to have something πŸ™‚

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  20. Susan,
    This table is FABULOUS!!!! I have the transferware and have had it for many years. Truly beautiful the way you put it all together. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. You inspire us all.

  21. Susan,
    Mr. Turkey rules your table! How wonderful that you were able to get him to go with those gorgeous tureens. Love the mix of the white and silver on your table along with some traditional Thanksgiving colors. Just gorgeous and I hope you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  22. That is some turkey, Susan! Your table is beautiful, love the glimmer of the mercury pumpkins.
    The PB outlet sometimes brings things back. I am hoping to get the tureen to match the acorn bowls we both have. Like you I passed it by , they take up so much room, but it was so cheap, I should have bought it since I only paid 3 dollars for the lidded bowls. With the gas shortage I haven’t been over there in 3 weeks to see what they have on sale.
    Thanks so much for hosting!

  23. What a beautiful dining room and so much fun to see how you decorate it. Thanksgiving colors are so rich .

    To all suffering from damage this Thanksgiving, This too shall pass. Several years ago we were hit with an ice storm just before Christmas and suddenly even small things become important.

    Enjoy the beauty around you

  24. Beautiful!!! Mr. Turkey is a wonderful addition to your table. I, too, have those PB napkin rings love them and use them other times besides Thanksgiving. May you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day!! Pam

  25. Oh Susan, this has to be one of my favorite Thanksgiving tables. I love all the mix of textures and the splashes of color. Those turkey tureens are precious, and the big one in the center looks so cute with the berry wreath around his neck!

    Love this all!


  26. What a gorgeous table! Love the turkey and the tureens. The mercury glass pumpkins give it just the right sparkle against the dried corn and leaves. Beautiful candle holders, too. The eyelet pattern in the chargers is perfect with the eyelet trim on the napkins. Love it all!
    Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

  27. I’m so glad you decided to bring the big ol” turkey home… he’s perfect with the soup tureens! I’m with Nancy – love the wreath around Mr. Turkey’s neck, too! Every little detail is perfect, my friend!
    xox, B.

  28. Stunnning table, Susan. I think I have your turkeys baby. He looks very much like his Dad, but he’s smaller. Loe the Friends/Family napkin rings. Thank you for hosting. laurie

  29. Susan,
    So very nice. You are such a creative lady and you really inspire me. I love your taste, especially in the tablescapes. Once again, so very glad I found your blog.

    Thanks for sharing.

  30. Just gorgeous…what else is there to say except Happy thanksgiving!!!
    XO Barbara

  31. I’m crazy about tureens not just because they are practical but because they add such artistry to a table. Your table is glamorous, almost too pretty to mess up with food! I think we are using the same stems. Mine came from Pier One a number of years ago.

    • Don’t you just love Pier 1…they have the best stemware/dishes throughout the year. One of my fave places to shop for dishware. I found the wine glasses in A Classy Flea. I haven’t been in ages…no telling what goodies I’ve missed. They just had their open house.

  32. Beautiful, Just Beautiful SuSan!!! What time is dinner??!!? I must ask do you actually eat dinner with the wonderful centerpieces ??

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!!

    • Thanks, Paula! If they are low enough, we do. If it’s a tall centerpiece, I move it to the sideboard when we sit down to eat. Mr. Turkey is low enough, I think we’ll be okay…but will need to see when we set down. He has made a great display on the table all fall, so I’m using him as a decoration, too. πŸ™‚

  33. Toni Fleischmann says

    Absolute Thanksgiving perfection! LOVE IT ALL!

  34. Love your tablescape! I have been TRYING to get mine done for the past week so I can blog about it. As always life gets in the way. I love the mercury glass pumpkins. I have been running all over town hunting a few for my own table this year. I LOVE the transferware too!
    Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  35. Love, love love your Thanksgiving table as I do all your amazing tablescapes. I think I’m noticing something for the first time today, though: Do you not have a rug under your dining table and chairs? If you don’t, would you mind sharing if you have trouble with chairs scraping your floor? Probably the reason I think I’m noticing this ( and I may be seeing it wrong, because the floor is obviously incidental in the pics!) is because I’ve been looking for a replacement rug for the hooked rug that is under my table. I think I want to go with a neutral rug that won’t compete with whatever is on the table, but I can’t quite bring myself to buy the sisal rug from PB that I’ve been eyeing for months. I’m wondering if simply taking up my existing rug and leaving the hardwood floor bare might not be the most neutral option of all, but I do worry about the scraping. Would anyone weigh in on this?

    • Thanks, Nan! Appreciate that so much! I don’t have a rug underneath…I think that’s a shadow from the light coming in the window that you’re seeing. I’d actually love a rug in there but the room is so small, there’s just not enough space. I placed the fuzzy protective pads on the bottom of the chair legs to protect the floors. I found them in HomeDepot…Lowes probably has them, too. They sometimes come off, so I have to keep an eye on them. They do make pads with nails that sink into chair legs…those are probably less likely to pop off. Check IKEA and for the sisal rugs. I’ve seen some great deals at Overstock on them…if you decide you do want a sisal rug.

  36. This might just be your most beautiful Tablescape yet and that is saying a lot because all of your’s are so pretty! Love the Pottery Barn turkey and and mercury glass pieces!

    • Aww, thanks, Linda…appreciate that! I was so surprised how much I liked the white of the tureens and turkey with the mercury-glass and fall/earthy colors. I was sure how I was going to like it until I started playing around with it. I especially loved the way the silver candlesticks and mercury glass looked against the lighter hues…the tans and yellow colors of the leaf garland and Inidan corn. Never expected those to be so pretty against each other.

  37. Susan,
    I hardly comment this days, but the tablescape and that Turkey are really beautiful. I love the mercury glass and the antler flatware. Did I mention that Turkey?? Love, love it.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  38. Gorgeous! I love your great big ole turkey too and yes he does look like he goes with the beautiful tureens so well. I think the white mixed with the mercury glass and the colors of fall is so pretty. You have really put it all together so perfectly!

  39. Love your Thanksgiving table – absolutely beautiful! Do you know the name of your wall color?

  40. So beautiful Susan. I can see why you wanted Mr Turkey. He is huge but he is stunning. I know it is sinful to covet thy neighbors Turkey Soup Tureens but me wants, me wants. πŸ™‚ Such a pretty ‘scape. You did good. xxoo

    • Thanks, Barb. They are by American Atelier…in case that helps. Maybe you can find them on eBay. They were so inexpensive at Old Time Pottery when I bought them a couple of years ago…just $19.99 for 4. Hope you can find some!

  41. Anna Starner says

    That turkey is just gorgeous. I can see why you would have regrets not purchasing him last year. Sometimes we get lucky and get a second chance. I bet you snatched him up when you saw him there again. Your room looks wonderful. I would love to spend Thanksgiving there.

  42. I LOVE your tureens

  43. Your table is gorgeous!! I had to chuckle when you said the turkey grew before you got home! I think I’ve experienced that phenomenon too! You have so many beautiful photos in this post, much prettier and more entertaining than the magazine I almost bought in line at the store today! Then I put it back because I knew of a great blog party tonight that would keep me entertained for hours. Thanks so much for hosting!

    • Thanks, Ann! What a lovely compliment! β™₯ I rarely buy decor magazines now, either…find so much in Blogland and on Pinterest! LOL…yep, Mr. Turkey definitely grew! πŸ˜‰

  44. merle turner says

    Mr turkey is quite wonderful.

  45. Oh, Susan,
    not only Mr. Turkey does look he was made to go with those cute turkey tureens, but he also looks if he were their… Dad! They definitely belong together! I love them!
    Susan, did you know, in Germany we celebrate Thanksgiving in a different way than you do in the States? Actually it is not a national holiday, but more a Church holiday/festival, here. In fact we (Catholics) usually celebrate it on the first Sunday in October and we go to Church to giving thanks to the Lord for the harvest. I love it very much because we decorate our Church, especially the Communion table and the stairs with baskets and trays full of fruit, vegetables and homemade food and everything looks festive. (As Italian I make “focacce”. This is Italian bread filled and topped with herbs and olives. Yummy! πŸ™‚ )
    Now, I’m looking forward to Christmas!
    Susan, my friend, I will think of you, on the American Thanksgiving Day!
    (Ok, I admit it… I think of you every day! πŸ™‚ )
    ~Hugs to you~

    • Cecilia, you are a love! Thanks for sharing how you spend Thanksgiving in Germany. It sounds wonderful! Here, Thanksgiving is all about being “thankful” and more than anything, thankful for family and those you love…or at least it is to me. πŸ™‚ Your focacce sounds amazing! I’m looking forward to Christmas, too. It won’t be long now. Big Hugs to you, dear Cecilia…you always brighten my day! πŸ™‚

  46. Beautiful as always! I love those dishes, the chargers and those turkeys are awesome. Do you serve buffet style? Cause I didn’t see room for food on the table! hehe

  47. It’s official, I’m in heaven. There’s nothing I love more than browsing over beautiful tables. And Susan, I love yours, especially the dinnerware. I’m so excited to finally have dishes with turkey on them too–yay-not the expensive ones, but still very pretty. Although I didn’t post on those yet, today I’m linking up a different table I did. Rustic and pretty, just for fun. See? I’m a bit crazy. tee hee.
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

    • Thanks so much, Leslie! lol You’re too funny! I haven’t had a chance to visit all the tablescapes yet this week…hope to get by some more, though. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  48. How beautiful! Who wouldn’t love to sit at this table.

  49. I can’t imagine anyone letting those candlesticks go, but lucky you for a beautiful find. They are just gorgeous. I would be in so much trouble if I lived near The Classy Flea. I also love the lace peaking out of those napkins; not too frilly, but just enough. Just perfect.

  50. Wow, Susan, you table is stunning! Love the large turkey centerpiece and those turkey tureens — marvelous!

  51. Thanks for hosting the Party! There are so many great links to enjoy!

  52. Your table looks GREAT! I love the Turkey and the mercury glass. Very nice.

  53. Lovely details and table Susan : )
    Have a blessed holiday with your family!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Kay Ellen

  54. Stunning table and dining room, I’m using this room as inspiration for a redecoration of my own. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving!

  55. Beautiful table! I wonder, will we see even another Thanksgiving tablescape before Thanksgiving Day? Susan, love your Turkey Tureens (large & small). Sure wish he would magically appear yet again at Pottery Barn. Paula

  56. I really love this turkey and have looked everywhere on lone to try to find one!!!

  57. I absolutely love it! Maybe this is a dumb question, but…where is the food? I struggle with having a beautiful tablescape and still having room for the food. Do your guests take their plates to the kitchen to get the food or do you have something in your room to serve from or do you have professional servers deliver the food to their plates? πŸ˜‰

    • No, not dumb at all. My dining room table is pretty narrow so whenever I have friends over, I just put the food on the kitchen counters, everyone grabs a plate and helps themself. I usually bring the tea or wine in and place it on the sidebar within reach for easy refills…and that’s normally where the desserts are, too. I’ve dreamed of one day having a party where I have help like that…can you imagine! lol I wouldn’t know how to act, though. I’d have to sit on my hands to keep from jumping up to help. πŸ™‚

  58. You have me all over the internet looking for that turkey centerpiece. Well I finally found one comparable. However, it’s a one of those do it your self pottery paint places. I wonder if I can paint it with just a glaze to make it shine like yours. I wish this was still available. But of course, I never went inside of pottery barn until I got hired at WS. Go figure

  59. We just found your post and were admiring what a beautiful tabelscape you created! And great timing as well, with another Thanksgiving around the corner.

    Thanks so much for including us!

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