A Thanksgiving Table Setting with Spode Woodland

Welcome to the 14th Tablescape Tuesday!

Recently I had a “china” panic attack! A china panic attack is what happens when you hear or read that a particular china manufacturer is trying to sell their business because they are fast headed in the direction of closing their doors. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of that type news going around these days.

The company I heard about was Spode and my little panic attack was due to the fact I have been drooling for some time over a particular china made by Spode…and I suddenly had visions of it becoming unavailable. Now I’ve never done anything illegal, well at least knowingly…but if there’s a black market for china, I might just cross that line! πŸ™‚ This recent Spode news sent me scurrying to purchase a china they make called “Woodland.”

Hope you enjoy this Thanksgiving tablescape set with Spode, Woodland.

Thanksgiving Table Setting with Spode Woodland

Since Woodland is all about animals, particularly “game” animals, I decided to go with a woodland/hunt feel in this tablescape.

Thanksgiving Table Setting

For a centerpiece, I used cuttings from the Leyland Cypress and Fire Power Nandina I have growing in my yard. I placed the cypress and nandina in a cache pot I had.

Thanksgiving Table Setting

The pheasants were the only thing new that I purchased for this tablescape, well…except for the china. πŸ™‚ I enjoy the challenge of trying to put together a tablescape that has a completely different feel from any tablescape I’ve done previously, but without having to spend a lot of money on the decorative pieces.

Thanksgiving Table Setting

You may recognize Mr. Duck from my family room post and my recent Trim the Tree Thursday post. He’s sitting on a small wooden box I bought years ago. I love to collect old boxes.

Thanksgiving Table Setting
This vintage pheasant plate is usually in another room, but I thought it looked nice here on the sideboard for this tablescape.

Thanksgiving Table Setting

The Spode Woodland salad plate shows a male and female Red Grouse…

Thanksgiving Table Setting

The dinner plate depicts a male and female pheasant…

Thanksgiving Table Setting

The bread plate shows a male and female snipe…

Thanksgiving Table Setting

The cup depicts a quail…I think it’s a male…

Thanksgiving Table Setting

A snipe is inside the tea cup…wonder why they didn’t put a female quail in there?

Thanksgiving Table Setting

And the saucer shows a rabbit running along through a field…

Thanksgiving Table Setting

I sprinkled some cinnamon-scented pine cones here and there. Then it dawned on me what nice placecard holders pine cones make.

Thanksgiving Table Setting

A few more views…

Thanksgiving Table Setting

Thanksgiving Table Setting

Thanksgiving Table Setting

Thanks for stopping by for my Thanksgiving tablescape. Please take a moment to visit all the wonderful blogs shown at the top of this post. Just click on the links and prepare to be inspired!

Thanksgiving Table Setting

To view all the tablescapes that have been posted here over the last 14 weeks, click HERE.

Information about items shown in this tablescape: China is Spode, Woodland; Sterling is Towle, King Richard; Chargers are from Neiman Marcus/Horchow online a year ago; Candlesticks are from Hobby Lobby earlier this past summer. Paint color on walls is Benjamin Moore, Raspberry Truffle.

The following blogs have beautiful tablescapes awaiting your visit:

Above the Clouds

Back Porch Musings

Creating Myself

Deb’s Country Kisses

Designs of 47th Street

Kathleen Ellis

Lynne’s Gifts from the Heart

Melissa’s Heart and Home

Note Songs

Oak Rise Cottage

Our Creative Life

Rose Colored Glasses

The Happy Wonderer

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  1. Suzann @ Lavender and Roses says

    That china is beautiful! Of course, I won’t ever get it if Spode is closing it’s doors. I love their Christmas china too.
    As always, your tablescape is so beautiful I cannot even find the words to describe it. I would be honored to be at any of your tables.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Girl this is out of this world to die for “gorgeous” .. I’m having this thing about anything wild-life this year.. Now.. I wish I hadn’t finished my table..this definetly puts it to shame..You know I’m going to be on a hunt for these dishes. πŸ™‚ (love the dining room!!! ) ~lynne~

  3. Diane@A Picture is Worth.... says

    Very pretty Susan, you have such a talent for this!

  4. Newlywed Hostess says

    I too learned that I will have to happen upon a jackpot before I get any of the Herend China patterns. I love looking you and the linked tablescapes each Tuesday. I am so thankful that I am not the only one obsessed with how a table should look. I am working on Thanksgiving as we speak. I have to finish ironing the napkins tonight and then work on the dining room mantle at my grandmothers. Then tomorrow and Weds I shall work like a busy bee.
    Have a wonderful Holiday weekend.
    Newlywed Hostess

  5. Ohh, this setting is sumptuous…the colors and textures are so harmonious. I’m glad you got the Woodland china, it’s just perfect for fall and winter settings.

  6. By the way, Susan it seems that the link for Oak Rise cottage is for last week’s post. Here is this week’s link:


  7. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    My goodness what a beautiful table. I love the woodland effect and of course the woodland china. I had not seen this pattern and I can see why you like it! Beautiful!

  8. Melissa Miller says

    Wow Susan I love the wall color! What a classic shade of true red. Your chandelier is magnificent as well. A stunning display for TT. It was just brought to my attention that I have my flatware placed wrong on my post. I know I knew better I just wasn’t thinking. UMM, “BOTH” times I’ve participated. I’m a bit embarrassed but I know I can’t redo it all and take new pics as suggested. I will just have to laugh at myself and leave a note on my post. Thanks for the nice comments tonight. ~Melissa

  9. Amazing! You are absolutely professional…

  10. Susan!!! Breathtakingly Beautiful! I thought your Pink Tablescape was over the top but, you’ve totally out done yourself. When I grow up, I want to be just like you! Deb

  11. Susan, How could you keep that gorgeous Dining Room a secret? It is so beautiful, and my favorite color, red! I loved your tablescape and the new china.I cannot believe Spode is going out of business! I love their blue and white china. This is so sad! Wonderful post! Love Ya! Connie

  12. I really like all the candlelight you have used. The gold multi-colored ones are particularly pretty.
    That wreath hanging in front of the mirror is beautiful. Love the new china. Glad you was able to get it.

  13. Linda/ "Mom..." says

    "Oh… my… goonnnnesss!!!"~ SS, this is SOOOO "unreal"!!!~~~ I am AWAITING ARRIVAL of the SAME Spode (Woodland pattern) YOU purchased & so beautifully displayed just now!!! (Ordered it just last week!)~~~ It is soooo "us", since DH is a bird hunter (I never touch them, tho~ too sad!), and I'm kind of "surprised" to see that YOU love them, too!!! (Gee, does that mean "Great minds…"????)~~~ Seeing them on a "real" table, especially so beautifully on YOURS, just excites me so! (What I-S it about D-I-S-H-E-S that makes the hearts, of sooo many of us, start beating very quickly?)~~ At any rate, I sure LOVED,LOVED LOVED this particular blog!!! Harvest Hugs, Linda

  14. NOBODY does a tablescape quite like you! I love this new creation of yours! HOW do you know which pieces to put together??? Amazing.

  15. There is no wonder you had to have this china…it is so detailed…even a design INSIDE the cups. If I had something as gorgeous as this, I’d be tempted to leave the table set permanently!! πŸ˜‰ Bo

  16. Pat@Back Porch Musings says

    Good morning Susan…Now you know you are going to cause me to go out and seek more of this wonderful pattern. I can use the excuse, the company is going out of business and you know when that happens, the china immediately increases in collectibility value…right?? This table is absolutely amazing!

    I have a post with a variety of tablescapes (past). Forgot to e-mail the link.


    Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. Just beautiful susan, what time to we eat and what can I bring? vickydarnell

  18. You are s-o-o-o-o talented! Plus I want that venetian mirror over your sideboard! I had no idea Spode was closing up shop….not that I buy much from them but they do have beautiful china.

    Have a great Thanksgiving!


  19. Beautiful! Perfect!

  20. Terri and Bob says

    I seriously think you should go into business setting up place settings! How fabulous is this???

  21. Good morning, Susan! You have outdone yourself again. The spode dishes are so pretty and the pheasants are perfect. And you know those plate chargers are one of my favorites. And thanks for finally giving us a glimpse of your formal dining room. Happy Thanksgiving!…Christine

  22. Wow Susan that dining room of yours is just exquisite and I really loved what you did with the tablescape… just beautiful… what a great idea using the pinecones as plcecard holders… I will be using that for sure… Thanks and have a great day…


  23. No one sets a table like you, Martha Stewart who??? Lovely post as always, Chrissy

  24. Hi Susan,
    Your dining room is so beautiful. I love the mirror on your sideboard. Just gorgeous. The Spode dishes are amazing as is the whole table setting. What a beautiful expression of Fall and Thanksgiving is reflected here. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving Susan!

  25. Susan, I can just feel the touch of the tea cup and the wonderful tea you made with these amazing cups. Your tablescape is absolutely beautiful. So elegant!
    Happy Holidays

  26. Beautiful table, beautiful china! I hate hearing about more store closings. Makes me sad.
    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  27. I agree with Chrissy… A beautiful Thanksgiving table! Congratulations on your new Spode! Should I go get that set a Terri’s?? Enjoy your day, Jan

  28. Your whole dining room is beautiful!! I’ve drooled over the Spode Woodland dishes, too. Now, I can live vicariously through your tablescape. It’s just wonderful! Sally

  29. Susan, this is absolutely exquisite. I am so glad we were finally invited into your dining room. I have always admired this china, and I am so glad you were able to purchase it before they quit selling it. Your centerpiece, your pheasants, duck on the box…well, as usual, I love everything you did! laurie

  30. Melissa Miller says

    Hi Susan, Thanks for understanding. I’m still kicking myself because I knew better. I was more concerned with trying to take a decent photo though. LOL~ Have a wonderful day. ~Melissa πŸ™‚

  31. profenretraite says

    Oh Susan, it’s gorgeous! The candles add such a nice glow. I love your new plates. I didn’t know that about Spode. I’ve got parts of a few sets. I guess I’d better get busy hunting. By the way, your dining room is beautiful!…Debbie


  33. Oh,my goodness, Susan!! You’ve outdone your self again!! First of all that china is to die for and how you’ve put your tablescape together is so lovely. I love your pheasants on the table and Mr. Duckie! Now your dining room in itself is beautiful and the color of the walls are wonderful!! You are the mostest!! Thanks for sharing your talent, Dear One!
    Be a sweetie and have a blessed Thanksgiving,
    Shelia πŸ˜‰

  34. Hey Susan, I just saw on the internet that Lenox is filing for Ch. 11 bankruptcy!

    You may already know this but I wanted to pass along the info.


  35. as usual….perfect!

  36. once in a blue moon... says

    absolutely beautiful! i adore the attention to detail.

  37. Now you've got my little head spinning b/c I've been eyeing some Fitz & Floyd. I'd better jump over there, right? (I hope hubby buys that one!) Love those red walls. Just had my powder room painted that color. Looks so pretty w/ that french mirror & wreath. Love the candlesticks too. The brown & white spode…always rocks! Thanks for another great Tablescape Tues.

  38. Very beautiful. You know you have it bad when the table makes your mouth water and not the food. So nice.

  39. Susan, Your china is so beautiful!! Your dining room is gorgeous wish i could see more of it!!! I could only imagine how beautiful the rest of the room is.Have a wonderful thanksgiving!!

  40. Happy To Be says

    Susan Absolutely Beautiful girl and I love the way the Dining room turned out what a beauty that Chandy is girl..Oh I hated that spode is going out of Buisness as I love there blue and white china..BRAVO!! to you for another great Table.. need to go visit some of the others now..hugs and smiles Gloria

  41. Knittings Nice! says

    I have just come across your blog by accident and found this beautiful tablescaping….I’m in the U.K and there are not many ladies I know that do this…it is wonderful and so inspiring…it has filled me with so much thought….I have a full Villeroy ‘ Boch white dinner service called “Wave”….its the one with the gorgeous rectangular plates…my mind is working overtime on a Christmas red/green scene…thank you for this and its lovely looking at all the other table scapes. I went into a local shop and came across a sugar bowl with lid and creamer depicting the poem in vintage pictures “It Was the Night Before Christmas”…..hmmm!!! my thinking hat is on now.

  42. You do such a wonderful job on your tablescapes!

  43. I love the china, but your mirror and chandelier are so gorgeous. The mirror is one of the most beautiful ones I have ever seen and the red walls is a perfect backdrop for everything. Your tablescapes are always wonderful but this is spectacular. I am curious, just how many sets of china do you have? Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Jean in Virginia

  44. Love that new china! Would you come set my table for Thanksgiving? I’ll even set a place for you!!! Please?
    Have a great Thanksgiving Susan.
    love, Carol

  45. Oh susan, It is warm and elegant and everything a Thanksgiving table should look like. I love it. The dishes are to die for. I love the centerpiece and those pheasants are perfection. Thankyou for doing this for all of us to be inspired by. Kathysue

  46. Your dining room is absolutely gorgeous! Your table is so pretty and I love those dishes. Thanks for letting me have a peek at your lovely Thanksgiving decor πŸ™‚

  47. Cami @ Creating Myself says

    I'm loving this table! I almost bought some Spode Hunting dogs plates this weekend…now I reallllly want some! I'm stealing your pinecone/placecard holder & that pheasant is soo cool.

    I was out of town but scheduled a Tablescape Tuesday post…guess I failed to notify you that I would be playing this week. :o(

  48. oh good gosh!! I know you & Linda paid a small FORTUNE for the dishes, but they're absolutely gorgeous – I'm soooo jealous!

  49. Everything is absolutely PERFECT, Susan…so beautiful. These dishes are so gorgeous!!
    love, bj

  50. profenretraite says

    Susan…Just stopping by to wish you a happy Thanksgiving. Thanks for helping me get started. I really do appreciate your kindness. hugs…Debbie

  51. imjacobsmom says

    I think you have outdone yourself this week. This is by far one of my new favs. I hope that it is not true that Spode is closing it’s doors. That would be a shame.
    I adore the pheasants as centerpieces, they go perfectly with the china. This tablesetting would be a perfect layout for a magazine. ~ Robyn

  52. tales from an O.C. cottage says

    Beyond words!!!!!!!

    M ^..^

  53. Lady Katherine says

    Wow! Your table is so great. Whats for dinner? quail, duck? I could not keep my eyes off the chandlier! So beautiful! So sorry about your Spode going out of business, Maybe you can hit a bunch of towns and buy it up all fast, and web! Maybe some will hit Ebay. I fell in love with it too late! Love your natural arrangement. I used to own a florist, and I just love things in nature, verses buying flowers. Have Happy Thanksgiving! Going to my Daddys, so not table set for me, this year. I am in search of a birch tree log about 4 to 5 feet long, I want it so for my table agter seeing Eddies. Hubby says the grow in Colorado! Not here in Mississippi. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  54. What a luscious table setting and the china is gorgeous! Looking at the time of this post, you must have been up all night but it is a gorgeous Thanksgiving scene.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  55. Scooterblu's Whimsy~Rhonda says

    Hi Susan, Oh, say it isn’t so! Love Spode, so sad that they are closing! Woodland is one of my favorite patterns, too! Your dining room and tablescape are fabulous! Everything is so beautiful!

    Happy Thanksgiving! ~Rhonda

  56. Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Lavender Hill Studio says

    So Beautiful!

  57. Barb Garrett says

    Oh Susan…your table is beautiliscious. I have very similiar china – mine is Johnson Brothers. I also have a pair of ceramic pheasant. Love them! I had not heard that about Spode…so sad. You made me laugh about the Black Market comment. I promise not to report you to the Plate Police. πŸ™‚ Hope your Thanksgiving is a Blessed One.
    Take care…

  58. Kathleen Ellis says

    LOVELY! as usual, Susan!
    Love your dining room…mirror, chandelier, raspberry walls…and the table setting….lucky are those who will sit and give thanks at your table!
    Thanksgiving blessings to you!

  59. Absolutely Beautimous! Happy Thanksgiving Susan to You and Yours! ~ Debbie

  60. GORGEOUS!!!!!

  61. Happy To Be says

    Have a safe and blessed Thnaksgiving dear Susan..hugs and smiles Gloria

  62. Linda ("Mom...") says

    SS~ Just “FYI”, n’ everyone else interested in the Spode “WOODLAND” pattern~~~ You can find it at SOME Macy’s, and if they don’t have it IN the store, they DO have it on line!!! Also, “Replacements Ltd” still has ALOT of it!!! Just info in case desired by the gang here! HAPPY HARVEST HOLIDAY TO A-L-L! Love, Linda (n’ Belle)

  63. momstheword says

    These are gorgeous! I loved “touring” your home. It is beautiful, warm and open. Thank you for sharing!

  64. Cindy ~ My Romantic Home says

    WOW…your dining room is gorgeous!!! That chandelier, the table setting…everything is drop-dead GORGEOUS!!!!

  65. Donna@designson47thstreet says

    There aren’t enough words to say how much I love your tablescape. It is my “cup of tea” absolutely! I NOW WANT THOSE DISHES!!! πŸ™‚

    thanks for sharing all the great pics. I know that takes time. Maybe when I get a little more blog savvy, I will get in on your Tablescape Tuesday. It’s one of my favorite things to check out. I have pictured another of mine on my blog today.

  66. Cami @ Creating Myself says

    Thanks for adding me to the list Susan!

  67. Hi Susan
    Just wanted to stop by and say happy Thanksgiving. I’m sure your home will look beautiful!
    Hugs, Rhondi

  68. texasdaisey says

    What a gorgeous post. Love your house. Blessings, Debbie

  69. Oh, this has been gorgeous to view! Happy Thanksgiving! nancy

  70. Susan (((Hugs)))
    Thank you so much for your wonderful comment on my angst over my son flying back to college after Thanksgiving break. I know that you know what I am going through this year – I am sorry that your son is far away from home too. I am trying to fill my time with my new church family and in the Spring I will be starting up my college courses again to get into the nursing program. It is now MY turn to find out who I am!
    I have a post planned for tomorrow that you might be interested in – it involves the “Classy Flea” and a recent find there. πŸ™‚
    Take Care,

  71. Amongst The Oaks says

    Hi Susan,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. That darn Hashimotos is difficult, isn’t it? Lately I’ve added bioidentical progesterone and Vitamins B and D too. And I’m feeling much better.
    The Spode rumor is scary! Just this spring, I wanted to order more of my Spode Tower Pink and discovered they discontinued it!!! I kicked myself for DAYS over that one: why didn’t I order last winter, why didn’t I keep closer tabs on it, why, why, why?
    Anyway, your Woodland tablescape is gorgeous. And let’s hope Spode never goes out of business.

  72. Susan, I was looking for inspiration for a table scape using my Keltcraft Pursuit hunt plates and found this oldie but goodie. This is such a lovely inspiring tablescape. I just love it.

  73. Where did you get the wood pheasants decorating the table? I too am searching for the best deal on the Woodland series and think I’ve found it.

  74. Absolutely gorgeous!

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