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Four Easy Ways to Create Vintage Thanksgiving Elegance

Hello friends and happy holiday season! Yes, it’s true…with Thanksgiving just a little over a week away, the holidays are already upon us! Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so I am so glad to be joining some amazing blogging friends in sharing a Thanksgiving ideas today in the “Grateful Gatherings” blog hop  hosted by my friend Laura of Decor to Adore. If you are coming over from Cindy’s beautiful home at County Road 407, or if you are just stopping by, I am so glad you are here! *This post contains affiliate links.



Today I am sharing four ways to add simple, vintage elegance to  Thanksgiving Decor through a look back at Thanksgivings spent at the Yellow Brick Home. I will also share a sneak peek of this year’s Thanksgiving-to-Christmas mantel in progress at our new holiday home! You will find links to all of the other beautiful Thanksgiving ideas at the end of this post.


Four Easy Ways to Decorate For Thanksgiving with Vintage Elegance


1. Incorporate Evergreens

I am a traditionalist when it comes to Thanksgiving, and I follow the strict “No Santas before the Macy Thanksgiving Day Parade!” rule at our house. Still, as a blogger you can imagine how hard and impractical it is to wait until after Thanksgiving. A few years ago I got smart and started using my Christmas evergreen garlands and greenery stems in my Thanksgiving displays and this made transitioning to Christmas decor so much faster. I also think evergreens in Thanksgiving decorating create a vintage vibe, reminiscent of yesteryear when holiday homes were mostly decked with elements from nature.


A simple preserved boxwood wreath with a fall plaid bow can easily dress up the kitchen range hood or any door or window in your home.








preserved boxwood wreath with lime green velvet ribbon on faux copper range hood Real touch pine garland draped on windows

Then it is easy to transition to Christmas simply by changing the bow.



In early November I start packing away bright fall florals and leaf garlands, then begin using faux pine or cypress picks, evergreen garland, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, dried orange slices, nuts and other late fall-to winter elements to fill a dough bowl and baskets or in vignettes.



Beautiful shabby chic fireplace decorated for Thanksgiving ironstone pitchers, cedar garland and white pumpkins

It is so easy to transition my dough bowl and mantel displays from Thanksgiving to Christmas when using mixed faux evergreens as a foundation.




Thanksgiving Tablescape

Pheaseant feathers also add natural, old world holiday elegance to Thanksgiving and Christmas displays. By the way, the flameless battery operated candles shown here are my favorites and I use them everywhere!



I can keep a few pumpkins and other fall elements out through Thanksgiving, but the foundation is laid for easily transitioning to Christmas once my evergreens are in place.



A French basket tray with a bountiful harvest of faux and real faux fruits looks so pretty on top of bright green faux evergreen garland in my Thanksgiving kitchen.



Thanksgiving to Christmas Vignette

It’s also a great time to drape the banister  and mantels with garlands and lights to add some holiday sparkle. Gold, rust or green ribbon can give the banister festive Thanksgiving feel without screaming “Christmas.” Then after the Thanksgiving dishes are washed and put away,  you can drag out that red or plaid ribbon and get right to it!






Thanksgiving vignette

If you started decorated for fall back in August and you are totally over fall color and ready for Christmas, but you STILL don’t want to jump straight into red in green, try neutral Thanksgiving decor with evergreens and woodsy elements. After Thanksgiving it’s easy to start adding all the holiday color.



Mosty importantly, remember to have a grateful heart during this special season.



2. Set a Beautiful Table with Vintage Dishes and other Vintage Thanksgiving Elements


The holidays only come once a year! Set a table with your favorite fall or Thanksgiving dishes.  Bring out the beautiful flatware, vintage amber glass or family heirlooms. 



Autumn Elegance Thanksgiving Tablescape Queen's Majestic Turkey Dishes French Country Thanksgiving Tablescape

If you don’t have any vintage dishes, it’s not too late to hit the thrift stores! Often times they are packed with seasonal vintage dishes this time of year.


Here are some pretty reproduction vintage amber glass drinking goblets on Amazon.


 Vintage Thanksgiving postcards at place settings is one of my little  signature touches. 


3. Use Fresh Flowers

Beautiful vintage Thanksgiving vignette with vintage turkey plate and turkey planter with fresh bouquet

Incorporating fresh flowers can make any day special, but an elaborate bouquet isn’t always necesssary. Consider tucking tiny arrangements in vintage turkey planters, small vases or urns.


Here I used a combination of roses from a clearance grocery store bouquet along with a few surviving mums and fresh rosemary for my garden. The little bouquet was both elegant and fragrant.


Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape with fresh roses, herbs, pears, pumpkins and cedar garland. French country Thanksgiving ideas

In similar manner, I have I also used  clearance grocery store roses with fresh garden sage to add beautify to our Thanksgiving table.


Elegant Thanksgiving Tablescape vintage amber glass goblets Spode turkey napkin, roses, pumpkins, pears







Have any surviving mums? Bring them indoors and tuck them in a basket on Thanksgiving Day.



If traditional rusts and gold Thanksgiving colors aren’t your vibe, even pink and red flowers can be beautiful for Thanksgiving. Gather some remaining red foliage from the yard to dress up a grocery store clearance bouquet of pink or red roses.








4. Dine By Candlelight

The easiest way to elevate any occassion is by adding candlelight. Weather you use real candles or realistic battery operated candles, candlelight will set the table and hearts all aglow during holiday gatherings.










A Sneak Peek at My Thanksgiving-To Christmas Mantel at Our New Home!

This past week I started decking our new halls with evergreen garlands! I am almost finished with our living room mantel and I am thrilled with the way it is turning out! As you can see, I am using a mix of harvest fruits, bittersweet and pheasant feathers to create a very traditional, colonial holiday mantel that will easily transition to Christmas. In the mirror’s relection you can also see a peek of the foyer fireplace mantel simply decked with the most gorogeus norfolk pine garland. There is definitely a learning curve here,  but I am having so much fun decorating our new holiday home!!!

I will also be sharing a dining room update before I start setting our first Thanksgiving table here. Lots of exciting things going on!




I hope you enjoyed a look back at some of the Thanksgivings past at the yellow brick home and the four easy ways I shared for adding vintage Thanksgiving elegance to your home. Don’t forget to visit all the other tours below starting with our host Laura’s Glittery Thanksgiving Wonderland. 

Thanks for visiting and have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!


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  • Reply Laura Ingalls Gunn

    Amber I always am so inspired by the beauty you create. Such gorgeous vignettes and groupings. I am very excited at the sneak peek of your glorious mantel! Thank you so much for joining in. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    November 14, 2023 at 9:04 am
  • Reply CoCo

    These are all such gorgeous examples of how to easily transition from one season to the next, Amber. I love how you used greenery in so many different places, and how you incorporated lots of vintage and antique pieces, fresh flowers, and candlelight too. It feels like a fabulous invitation to snuggle up and enjoy the season! Big hugs and Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, CoCo

    November 14, 2023 at 11:41 am
  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Beautiful, Amber. I’m looking forward to seeing you styling your new home too!

    November 14, 2023 at 4:36 pm
  • Reply Lora Bloomquist

    How fun for you to decorate your new home for the holidays! I’m sure the new homeowners of your former home will appreciate it’s beauty during the holidays, too. So many beautiful, inspiring images here!

    November 15, 2023 at 1:57 pm
  • Reply Wendy McMonigle

    Your decorating looks so pretty, Amber. I love how you make it look so easy to transition from Holiday to holiday with such ease. I am sure you are loving decorating your new home. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.

    November 15, 2023 at 5:02 pm
  • Reply Cindy

    You have so many beautiful ideas Amber, and the evergreens really enhance all the Thanksgiving decor! Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 15, 2023 at 5:26 pm
  • Reply Michelle | Thistle Key Lane

    So many gorgeous ideas Amber! I’m loving the white rose arrangement in your tablescape and pinning those photos for next year. They look so elegant mixed in with the greenery! Happy Thanksgiving Amber!

    November 16, 2023 at 8:19 am
  • Reply Beth J

    It was a pleasure checking in with you in your new home!…You are one of my favorites over the past few years!

    November 17, 2023 at 11:26 pm
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