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A Vintage-Traditional Thanksgiving Dining Room Tour

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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.


Queen’s Majestic Beauty Dishes


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.


Wesbin Modern Vintage Fall Wild Turkey Beauty e Throw Pillow Cover


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!


Vintage Chalkware Indian

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.


Native American Indian statue chalkware



Thanksgiving home tour 2016



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.



Johnson Brothers His Majesty Turkey


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.



Thanksgiving Cloche Display Vintage dolls

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.


Beautiful vintage Thanksgiving vignette with vintage turkey plate and turkey planter with fresh bouquetA 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.



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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.


We Gather Together Sheet Music


As you gather together with friends and loved ones on Thanksgiving, here’s an old hymn to sing with thanksgiving and gladness of heart!



vintage and traditional Thanksgiving decorating ideas Thanksgiving dining room tour


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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  • Reply Carol@BlueskyatHome

    Amber, you’ve created a Thanksgiving wonderland. I’ve never seen so much Thanksgiving decor in one place. You could open a store. All the vignettes are so interesting, so full of details. Love the postcards, the snow globe and all the turkeys. Thank you so much for hosting a fabulous get together.

    November 19, 2019 at 7:59 am
  • Reply CoCo

    Such a gorgeous Thanksgiving tablescape Amber! I love the candlelight, the pumpkins and all the beautiful vintage touches you’ve added throughout. You always put together the prettiest vignettes and tablescapes. And this one is no exception! I love it all. You are one talented lady. Hugs and thank you so much for putting this blog hop together. It’s so much fun to see what everyone has to share! Blessings, CoCo

    November 19, 2019 at 8:29 am
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    I agree with you about savoring each season and you have definitely done that in your home! As expected, your table is stunning! You have so many pretty pieces and have styled them all so beautifully throughout your home. Thank you so much for hosting this wonderful blog hop. I am honored to be a part of it!
    Cheers! – Shelley

    November 19, 2019 at 8:32 am
  • Reply Paula@SweetPea

    Can I tell you how much I enjoyed your Thanksgiving decor, Amber? Every picture was pure pleasure to take in every thoughtful detail. Your table looks wonderful as does the rest of your decor. Your Indian chalkware stole my heart! If I ever see anything similar, it will be mine!

    November 19, 2019 at 8:55 am
  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Amber your home just takes my breath away! I adore the native American chalk ware hunter that you found. How you accomplish so much is a mystery to me. Just loveliness in every corner of your home. Thank you for hosting!

    November 19, 2019 at 9:14 am
  • Reply Katie Mansfield

    I love it. Thanks for the shout out. I do love that cloche! I need to hunt down some pilgrims to go with my two little native American dolls. I love, love your vintage turkey planters. So beautiful. A darling dining room! Happy Thanksgiving and thank you for hosting this amazing hop.

    November 19, 2019 at 9:18 am
  • Reply Cindy McTigue

    Amber, you always amaze me and you have an amazing collection of Thanksgiving goodness. I’m grateful all year but Thanksgiving I hope makes most pause and see how much to be grateful for.

    Your collection of dishes is a stunner and many rich harvest colors. Love the Turkey snowglobe of your son’s. A very sentimental piece.


    November 19, 2019 at 9:31 am
  • Reply Debra Oliver

    Amber, your attention to each detail is so amazing. I think my faves are your lovely antique cabinets filled to the brim with gorgeous transferware and seasonal goodies. Pinned this and I know I’ll come back to this Thanksgiving wonderland over and over. thanks so much for hosting this Hop and for all the time and energy you devote to this group!!!

    November 19, 2019 at 9:42 am
    • Reply Cecilia

      Amber, your traditional tablescape is gorgeous. I really love the added layer of the velvet ribbon too–I have some for Christmas. 😉 Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

      November 19, 2019 at 3:22 pm
  • Reply Marty

    Your tablescapes are always such a treat and delight to see. You do have a fabulous collection of vintage turkeys and the way you display them all is beautiful. Loved this table, I think it is one of my favorites you have ever done.

    November 19, 2019 at 10:17 am
  • Reply Chloe

    Oh Amber, how warm and welcoming you have decorated for Thanksgiving! It is like a visit to a charming inn for the holiday! I love all of your turkeys, and especially that gorgeous pillow cover, it is so elegant! Thank you so much for all of your hard work organizing this great tour!

    November 19, 2019 at 10:19 am
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    So fun to see your beautiful collections of vintage Thanksgiving items, Amber! Love the native american statue; what a treasure! Your home looks beautiful in any season, but this Harvest time really brings out the warmness!

    November 19, 2019 at 11:09 am
  • Reply Debbee M

    Amber, I adore your vintage Thanksgiving items — particularly those old turkey planters and candles. Fortunately, I guess there are others like me who frequently don’t actually light decorative candles! I’ve been on the lookout for vintage turkey platters, planters and salt/pepper shakers for five years and haven’t found a one I wanted to take home. And what a special find your indian statue is! Thanks for including me in this great hop!

    November 19, 2019 at 11:43 am
  • Reply cindy@countyroad407

    I always enjoy seeing your photos. Each holiday is like looking through a store window or magazine. Ever thought of selling Home Tour tickets? Your home and table is stunning. No small detail left out. It is seriously gorgeous! And I don’t throw that word around lightly! 😉

    November 19, 2019 at 11:51 am
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    Swooning over everything my friend, you never cease to amaze me, it all looks amazing! Pinned and thank you again for including me xox

    November 19, 2019 at 12:17 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    What a beautifully decorated dining room Amber! If I were sitting at this table I wouldn’t want to leave unless it was to go back for seconds. So many festive decorations to gaze upon. I couldn’t help but smile when I saw your vintage turkey candles. My mom used to have some too. Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 19, 2019 at 12:29 pm
  • Reply Angelina

    I am totally envious of all of your cabinets full of transfer ware! Gorgeous!! I absolutely love your Thanksgiving table! What a lovely place to sit and enjoy a meal with your loved ones!

    November 19, 2019 at 4:13 pm
  • Reply Julie Briones

    Your home looks amazing, as always, Amber! I didn’t know you had a love for turkey decor! How fun and vintage! 😉 Thanks for hosting this lovely hop! Happy Thanksgiving! Pinned!

    November 19, 2019 at 5:14 pm
  • Reply Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    Amber, your home definitely shines beautifully this autumn season. Everything looks gorgeous from your beautiful tablescape to all of the pretty vignettes you have placed throughout your home. Thanks for hosting this fun hop! I hope you and your family have a most happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

    November 19, 2019 at 7:24 pm
  • Reply Christy @ Our Southern Home

    Amber, Your hoe is always such a joy to tour. I am always intrigued by all of your vintage and antique treasures. You have quite the eye for detail. I love to just let my silver tarnish!

    November 19, 2019 at 7:42 pm
  • Reply Janet Collazo

    Hi Amber,

    You have such a beautiful and inviting home! Totally magazine worthy mt friend. I just love the warm tones of your table. The amber and brown tones are arm and inviting. The turkey dishes and place cards are perfection and the arrangement in the dough bowl give it texture and a cottage feel.

    You have thought of every detail! And May I say, your photo skills are phenomenal..

    Thank you for inviting me on this fun Thanksgiving blog hop. You always do an phenomenal job.

    Wishing you and your family a blessed Thanksgiving.

    November 19, 2019 at 8:17 pm
  • Reply Crissy

    Wow, Amber! You know how to do Thanksgiving! You have quite the collection of turkeys and Thanksgiving dinnerware. It’s super impressive! I also love the sentimental touches like your son’s snow globe. 🙂 I could just study your photos and discover new beautiful things each time. I may have to print out that hymn and play it on the piano at our feast this year.

    Thanks for hosting such a great hop. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

    November 19, 2019 at 10:35 pm
  • Reply Botanic Bleu

    As always, your home is dressed perfectly for the season with beautiful things and with sentimental things. Thanksgiving really is the time to remember all we hold near and dear. Thank you for your friendship and inviting me to be part of your wonderful blog hops.

    Happy Thanksgiving,

    November 20, 2019 at 1:15 am
  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Amber, visiting your blog posts is like going to a favorite and well-styled antique mall! I really love lingering over all the details. Your cabinets (that ribbon, yes!), the dresser, the pew, the table….it’s all so magical, truly. Your turkey collection is second to none, and I’m particularly loving your son’s snow globe and that new pillow. The Native American looks so cool outside in the leaves. I have an affinity for NA vintage, and even though I kept many items, I did purge a wonderful bust of Quanah Parker in our household belongings auction that your character makes me miss a little. Thank you so much for hosting us all this week. I am really enjoying all the various topics covered for celebrating thankfulness!

    November 20, 2019 at 9:15 am
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Amber, each photo is a delight to the eyes! I love what you did with your dough bowl. So perfect for Thanksgiving!! Love your dishes and turkey collection. I found one turkey planter at a thrift a couple years ago. I filled it with faux flowers this year. You have so many pretties!! Thanks for the blog hop!

    November 20, 2019 at 8:32 pm
  • Reply Tee Frost

    Just stunning and beautiful! You are so talented! I see that you are in graduate school too! I don’t know where you find the time to do your schoolwork and blog. Thank you for sharing!


    November 21, 2019 at 12:57 am
  • Reply Marilyn Lesniak

    Thank you for sharing at #OverTheMoon. Pinned and shared. Have a lovely week. I hope to see you at next week’s party too! Happy Holiday!

    November 22, 2019 at 7:33 pm
  • Reply Carol Cook

    Your house is filled with wonderful Thanksgiving decor. I especially love the centerpiece – love the urns and the use of the little frogs.

    November 24, 2019 at 11:22 am
  • Reply Katherines Corner

    Gorgeous!!! It looks fantastic. Pinned of course xo

    November 11, 2020 at 6:14 pm
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