Thanksgiving is the perfect for celebrating fall with feathered friends around your home! Today I am thrilled to be joining some talented blogging friends in sharing how we decorate with turkeys, pheasants, quail, owls, and other beautiful fall birds during this special season of gratitude.
Whether you are looking to set a festive Thanksgiving table with a turkey theme or if you are simply a fall bird lover, then you will surely find plenty of ideas to inspire. Be sure to visit the links to each participant’s beautiful blogs at the end of this post.
Fabulous Pheasants for Fall
This year I concentrated on “less is more” in my fall decor, focusing on more traditional looks with simple vintage elegance. I adore pheasants and love how they can be kept on display from early fall through winter in simple, elegant vintage vignettes.
This colorful pheasant was a thrifted find from late fall last year and it has quickly become one of my favorites in my growing pheasant collection.
Last year I only had time to style up the pheasant in a centerpiece vignette to share on Instagram before transitioning to Christmas decor.
This year I am loving the pheasant on the little cabinet in the entryway by the staircase. I may try to work it into some kind of traditional Christmas or winter vignette to enjoy it for a while longer.
This colorful vintage pheasant was another thrifted find last year. It’s bright colors make it perfect for styling in garden vignettes on the patio or front porch with colorful fall flowers and fruits of the harvest.
I think it’s colors work best for decorating during early-mid fall.
This vintage pheasant doorstop is another one of my favorite junkin’ finds ever. It turns up in various vignettes from early fall through winter. Sometimes I keep it on display year round, since the colors and style work so well in our home.
I made this “vintage” pheasant calendar by printing off an old calendar page and hot gluing craft wood and twine.
I had almost forgotten all about this beautiful pheasant bowl until working on this post! I certainly need to bring it out to use for Thanksgiving!
The bowl may actually end up on display year round as well, since I have been gravitating back toward my love of English Country and vintage-traditional cottage decor. Pheasant feathers also look great year round in masculine and English or French Provencal vignettes.
A vintage pheasant cast iron door stop used as part of a harvest centerpiece is just an example of using an old item in a creative, new way.
The colors of the door stop were part of the inspiration for my Junk-N-Pumpkins Dough Bowl Display of 2017.
My husband scored a pair of the most beautiful vintage pheasants several years ago at an estate sale. As soon as he spotted them he knew I would love them, and he was right!
The darker, more traditional colors make them perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas too.
Vintage Turkey Planters
Many of my fall feathered friends are turkeys…turkey planters, that is! I enjoy finding diffierent ways to fill them for Thanksgiving. Fresh flowers and herbs have become my favorite fillers for Thanksgiving Day.
Last year I used some of the fresh herbs and the last of my flowers from my garden to fill this colorful vintage turkey planter in the breakfast nook.
The pretty French Turkey Pillow on the window seat bench was an Amazon find. Love it!
Additional Fall Feathered Friends ( a.k.a. more vintage turkey planters!)
In addition to fresh flowers I have filled the turkey planters with faux flowers, dried botanicals, pheasant and turkey feathers, tarnished vintage silverware and gold flatware or even nuts. Sometime I even leave them empty for a less cluttered look in vignettes.
I can never pass up vintage turkey dishes on my junkin’ or thrifting adventures. Last year I scored a trio of these beautiful turkey saucers. The softer, non-traditional fall color scheme of green, pink and blue make them so unique.
I purchased a set of gorgeous brown transferware turkey plates (“Queen’s Majestic Beauty” from Tuesday Morning a few years ago. They immediately became the dishes I knew I would be using every Thanksgiving for years to come.
Everything about these plates just speak “Thanksgiving” to me! I can’t wait to bring them out next week and start working on my Thanksgiving tablescape with elements that will transition to Christmas.
Different chargers and placemats seem to bring out various colors in the fall foliage on the plates which means new looks can be created year after year even when using the same dishes.
I also have a set of 4 Johnson Brothers “His Majesty” dessert plates and teacups that I like to bring out to enjoy in November,
It’s always fun to enjoy tea and dessert with fall feathered friends (and real friends too!)
In addition to the elegant fall vignettes and tablescapes that can be created with traditional turkeys and pheasants, I always like to add a little whimsy here and there in November with my Tom turkeys and other fall feathered friends.
This pair of salt and pepper shaker turkeys is hiding up high, away from the cook!
The vintage turkey postcard proclamation states that all turkeys will be pardoned for Thanksgiving. The little turkey figurine “wishes” that were true!
A turkey hunting decoy found at a yard sale for just $5 serves as a whimsical Thanksgiving lawn ornament on Thanksgiving Day.
Pilgrims and Feathered Fall Friends
Last year I shared these farmhousey-pilgrims holding a feathered friend (or dinner?!) as part of styled basket tray in the corner of the kitchen.
A few years ago I created a primitive Thanksgiving centerpiece with a pair of thrifted pilgrim primitive “shelf-sitters” in a doughbowl with faux pheasant feathers. This picture was from 2018 when it snowed for Thanksgiving Day. It is giving me all the old-fashioned Thanksgiving feels!
Old Fall Feathered Friends
This colorful Turkey Tureen was purchased way back when my husband and I were dating. It has made it’s way through eight house moves and twenty Thanksgivings, so it just isn’t Thanksgiving Day without having it out on display!
This little turkey snowglobe was a treasure my son picked out from Hobby Lobby when he was a toddler. Every year I put it on the table near his plate for Thanksgiving dinner.
Vintage Gurney turkey candles in the antique china cabinet remind me of the beautiful tables my momma would set when I was growing up, while a couple of hand painted wooden Mallard ducks in the corner china cabinet bring back wonderful Thanksgiving memories of my late step-father.
I am sure there are turkeys, pheasants, ducks, or other fall feathered friends that evoke nostalgic Thanksgiving and fall memories for you too!
I hope this post has given you some ideas for decorating with fall feathered friends, some of which could fly right on into the winter holidays! For more inspiring late fall and Thanksgiving ideas, head over to see how Debra celebrates the season with feathered friends. Don’t forget you can check out all the other creative ideas on today’s hop via the link up below.
Thanks for visiting today. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!