We are ready to gather together for a Thanksgiving feast and a special time of gratitude and thankfulness at our home! I have created a warm, cozy and elegant feeling in our dining room using traditional Thanksgiving colors and vintage treasures befitting my most favorite time of year. *This post contains affiliate links.
I am so happy to welcome you today as I share my vintage-traditional Thanksgiving dining room tour. I am excited to join 25 of my blogging friends as “We Gather Together” to celebrate all things Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday! You will find links to each of the beautiful blogs at the end of this post.
Our farm table is adorned for late fall with a rustic dough bowl centerpiece overflowing with autumn’s splendor. I used a realistic faux cedar garland as the base for the dough bowl display which will easily transition into Christmas. The Thanksgiving feast will be served from our island in the kitchen, buffet style, which means that the centerpiece can remain for dinner.
No matter what time of day that dinner is served, it will be more special and elegant enjoyed by cozy candlelight.
Simple touches like small aromatic herb and flower bouquets, yummy gold velvet ribbon (oh so vintage looking!), and mercury glass votives with flickering candles all create an elegant Thanksgiving ambiance.
This year’s table is set with beautiful Queen’s Majestic Beauty Turkey transferware dishes, gold chargers, vintage amber glass goblets, gold flatware, linen napkins, and fall plaid placemats.
The turkey dishes were a Tuesday Morning find from last year. I plan to use these dishes every Thanksgiving for many more years to come (although that won’t stop me from buying any other turkey dishes, especially vintage ones!) I really just love turkeys! Did you happen to spot my new turkey pillow on the church pew behind the farm table?
I found this French turkey pillow cover on Amazon and I just had to have it! It looks so pretty with the other pillows lining the church pew. Turkeys are also associated with Christmas, so I will be keeping this pillow out for the rest of the holiday season and maybe even into winter.
My 14 year-old son has had this turkey snow globe since he was a baby. It adds a sentimental and whimsical touch to his place setting (and he’s not too cool or grown up to shake it during Thanksgiving dinner in hopes for a big snow that will cancel school and extend Thanksgiving break!)
Vintage Thanksgiving postcards can be found all around the dining room, greeting family and friends with heartfelt Thanksgiving sentiments of yesteryear. I am very traditional when it comes to Thanksgiving decorating and celebrations in our home and my family seems to appreciate our traditions which brings me so much joy. I enjoy carrying on the same traditions year after year and creating new ones too.
I know many people are anxious to move on to Christmas this time of year, but I never want to miss the beauty of late fall. Every house seems to have a “season” where it’s beauty really shines through or when it feels the most welcoming and cozy. I think ours is late fall and Thanksgiving is it’s holiday. Does your home have “a season” too?
I am crazy for vintage turkey planters and I love to fill each of mine in unique ways. This colorful turkey is my favorite. I filled him with a bit of faux evergreen cedar along with pheasant feathers and bittersweet to tie in with the rest of the vignette. The little cedar wreath on the stunning antique mirror (a new treasure picked for me by one of my junkin’ friends) will easily transition into the Christmas season simply by swapping out the pretty velvet mustard gold ribbon for a red or green one.
This little area in the corner of the dining room has become one of my favorites since moving the vintage chest to the corner in late summer. My French market basket is filled with a pot of rusty orange mums that survived our first snow and freezing temperatures last week. A vintage chalkware native American hunter has replaced the pumpkin on the pedestal. He is on the hunt for vintage turkeys. There are plenty to be found in our dining room!
I found this amazing statue three years ago at a consignment shop. I immediately knew he would be perfect for my traditional and vintage themed Thanksgiving decorating.
Let’s continue on our own hunt for vintage turkeys and Thanksgiving treasures around the dining room!
It just wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without a gravy boat (or three or four!) Although I didn’t use a gravy boat in my tablescape, there are plenty in the antique china cabinet to choose from. Most of my brown transferware is also in this cabinet which is perfect for Thanksgiving. I just added a few extra seasonal touches like my vintage Gurley turkey candles, Thanksgiving postcards, pheasant feathers and pumpinos.
The golds and yellow in this pretty vintage postcard inspired me to use more of the beautiful mustard gold velvet ribbon that I used in the tablescape and on the little cedar wreath. I just think it is so pretty! I have “a thing” for velvet ribbons and pillows!
Although there is barely an inch of space left in the china cabinet I managed to tuck in my Johnson Brothers “His Majesty” turkey teacups and salad plates for the holiday.
I also added just a few small Thanksgiving touches to my corner cabinet filled with ironstone dishes. The turkey platter tucked in the basket on top is only one of a large collection of vintage turkey platters that I have yet to unpack since moving to this house almost six years ago! I do plan to unpack them sometime before Thanksgiving this year!
As you can see, all it takes is an old post card, a tiny pumpkin or two and a bit of fall foliage or berries to add Thanksgiving touches to a shelf or cabinet. I love this vintage postcard that I found just a couple of days ago at an antiques shop. In my experience Thanksgiving postcards can be hard to come by. If you can’t find postcards there are plenty of free vintage Thanksgiving printables online.
I have always enjoyed creating vintage Thanksgiving vignettes in china cabinets and cupboards. Sweet Katie at Let’s Add Sprinkles commented that she enjoyed this cloche display with vintage Thanksgiving blinky eye dolls that I shared many years ago on my previous blog. I actually set the dolls out this year to include in this post but I got sidetracked with graduate school work and forgot all about them. Anyway, I thought you still might enjoy seeing this older photo.
Two other vintage Thanksgiving turkeys trotted across from the china cabinet over to shelf above the faux fireplace. The vintage picture of a covered bridge in Autumn is another fun fall thrifted find.
I always like to fill at least one of my vintage turkey planters with tarnished silverplate utensils. I often wonder how many of the utensils were used for Thanksgiving feasts long ago.
A smaller turkey planter is overflowing with the leftover flowers that I didn’t use in the herb bouquets in my tablescape. This slightly shabby-chic-French Thanksgiving vignette may just be my favorite this year.
I saved this gorgeous vintage saucer for last. It is one of four that I scored recently while out junkin’. Aren’t the colors and pattern just the sweetest? I will be sharing more about these dishes later this week.
As you gather together with friends and loved ones on Thanksgiving, here’s an old hymn to sing with thanksgiving and gladness of heart!
Well dear friends I hope this post has given you all the vintage-Thanksgiving-cozy feels and that you have found some ideas for creating your own simple Thanksgiving fall vignettes. Now I can’t wait to check out all the beautiful (and yummy!) Thanksgiving ideas on the hop. Next up is Marty of A Stroll Thru Life. I know you will love her chic and elegant Thanksgiving decor! Don’t forget to check out all the other beautiful posts via the links below. I know you will be inspired!
Thank you so much for gathering here today, and have a blessed and very “Happy Thanksgiving!”
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