An Al Fresco Thanksgiving Tablescape

Several years ago I purchased Thanksgiving plates.  In the past I decorated my hutch with them, but they were never used for meals.  This year I am going to change that.  We are actually going to eat off of these beautiful turkey plates that I have been "saving" for years. It all starts with a tablescape. 

Here in Coastal Virginia we are usually  blessed by a warm autumn.  In fact, it was 80 degrees on Friday! After all of the rain we have been having this past week, today's weather is so beautiful I decided to set this table al fresco- out on our deck- where I still try to sit and enjoy at least one meal or coffee break a day when the sun shines. 

I began with this turkey that I borrowed from my Mom (I have been raiding her pantry a lot lately, haven't I?)  I surrounded him fall foliage, this wonderful little pumpkin and some hydrangeas. 

I added the Thanksgiving plates.  The mark on the back says "Queens".  They are from TJ Maxx. The silver was my great aunt's and the glasses came from a museum store years ago.  

I don't remember where the napkins came from, but they get a lot of use this time of year! 

I think I need to invest in some wooden chargers for these plates. 

I just love this little turkey! 

I wonder if Mom will notice if I don't bring him back? 

I'll be joining up with Fall Table Setting on Between Naps on the Porch this week.  I hope you will check the fabulous tablescapes over there as well! 

Thanks for stopping by today!  I hope you are enjoying this season of love and gratitude! 



  1. I love your centerpiece and arrangement. I have never been brave enough to use any of my holiday plates, just for "display only". Have fun using yours, you'll have a beautiful table! I'm visiting form BNOTP Tablescape Thursday!

  2. Gardenias and glitter....I like the alliteration. One of these days I'm going to have some of the Thanksgiving transferware which makes such a lovely table.

  3. Hey, I have the matching bowls from T. J. Maxx! They'll be in next week's tablescape post. There were no plates when I found the bowls. I do love the look of yours/your mom's. ;-) Is that a limelight hydrangea bloom? Mine are already dried for the winter. Your turkey is much texture!

    1. Thanks Kim! I had the opposite problem- no bowls, just plates! I look forward to your post next week! The hydrangeas are actually blue- while they are still blooming on the bush their color seems to be changing at this late date in the season.


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