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Give Thanks Tablescape: Turkeys In The Straw Dining Room Tour

Welcome! I am so grateful to be joining some wonderful bloggers today for the Give Thanks Tablescape Blog Tour hosted by the lovely Katherine over at Katherine’s Corner!   This year I have created a fun, yet elegant “Turkeys In The Straw” tablescape using vintage and natural treasures that I am really enjoying, especially since Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday. My vintage turkey planters are also on display around the dining room so I will be sharing those as well. Come on in and gather around the table for a closer look!


Elegant Cottage Style Thanksgiving Tablescape vintage

Earlier this month I shared my kitchen tour as part of the Grateful Gatherings Blog Hop. The dining room is right off from the kitchen through an original, early 1920’s swinging butler door. Here is where our family and friends gather around our authentic 100+ year-old farm table to enjoy daily meals and special holiday get togethers. I have adorned the table with vintage turkeys, dishes, and other found objects that are lovely and dear to my heart.

Creative holiday doughbowl display with vintage dishes and rustic elements

Our farm table is a well loved and well used, especially during the holidays! It is usually kept clutter free, with only a seasonal centerpiece of some kind. When it comes to Thanksgiving and Christmas however, I always try to come up with something extra special. This year I created a “Turkeys In The Straw” centerpiece which I really love. I filled a wooden dough bowl full of craft straw, pine cones, antlers, feathers, dried roses, vintage turkeys, and a set of Johnson Brothers “His Majesty” turkey tea cups and saucers.

I always pull out my vintage Myott’s Bouquet dishes for Thanksgiving due to the lovely autumnal tones in the design.

Antique and vintage postcards are tucked here and there around the dining room too. This beautiful Thanksgiving postcard is postmarked 1917, now 100 years old!

VIntage Transferware Dishes Pomegranates place setting Tablescape Thanksgiving

Ideas for vintage themed Thanksgiving tablescape vintage transferware

I knew I wanted to use my Myotts Bouquet dishes, and I also knew I wanted to create a “turkeys in the straw” theme, but other than that I had no idea how this tablescape would end up. In my usual fashion, I just started grabbing things I already had on hand and everything just seemed to come together. I am always happiest with my decor when I create unique designs using things that are part of my own collections instead of buying new/retail decor. I did purchase a set of beautiful and elegant gold rimmed stemware specifically for this tablescape. I found them at…Dollar Tree! I was blown away when I saw the elegant white and gold rimmed china dishes and wine glasses at only $1.00 each. I am thinking about purchasing the plates too! If you are interested in any of the pieces in this collection you can purchase them here.

Whenever I design or decorate any space, I hope to make my family, friends, and blog readers feel welcome and cozy when visiting or touring my home. Creating a welcoming ambiance and mood is very important to me. I decorate with my heart, and with intent to evoke a happy memory or to help create new ones associated with special occasions. Although I use mostly vintage and antique decor, I strive to make our home feel comfortable, livable, and relaxed…never stuffy or fragile.

Elegant Thanksgiving tablescape elegant cottage farmhouse vintage style

Candles are always a good idea, even when the sun is shining. Nothing seems to take an otherwise mundane day to “special ocassion” faster than lighting a few lovely candles. I use them often, because every day is a gift, worthy of celebrating!Beautfiul Thanksgiving Tablescape

Although I am quite confident in my ability to create fun and interesting vintage vignettes, I have never considered myself to be a “tablescaper,” and I don’t really make a fuss over setting the table “properly.” I stick with my motto of decorating with things I love! I do challenge myself to try to top my previous year’s decor and to push my creative limits.

I had originally intended to fill the dough bowl full of  an army of vintage turkey planters, but as I was decorating I kept finding other really cute places to put the planters all around the dining room. This left me with only a couple of vintage Gurley candles for the centerpiece.

I was about to abandon the idea altogether of the “turkeys in the straw theme” but then I had a fun idea at the last minute to put my turkey dishes in the dough bowl along with the candles and I just love it!

Vintage Thanksgiving centerpiece doughbowl filled with vintage dishes and candles for Thanksgiving

I am dish collector and I love displaying my collections in unusual and creative ways so I am really enjoying this centerpiece!

These little vintage Gurley candles are very desirable and therefore hard to find. It could also be that they have all melted in hot attics over the years. I used to have three but one succumbed to that fate.Vintage Thanksgiving centerpiece doughbowl filled with vintage dishes and candles for Thanksgiving

I filled my doughbowl with lots of straw and began arranging the dishes in various directions so that each person seated will have a turkey or two to enjoy within eyesight. I filled in gaps with bleached pinecones, faux wheat, pheasant feathers, gold feathers, small pomegranates, deer antlers and dried roses.

Beautiful Vintage Turkey planter shabby chic farmhouse dining room decorated for fall and Thanksgiving Johnson Brothers Turkey DIshesThese dried roses were the ones I had used fresh in my Early Fall Home Tour tablescape.

Unique Thanksgiving Centerpiece using vintage elements Pomegranates antlers

I absolutely love all the juxtaposition of color and textures in this centerpiece.

On the first day I started working on this post I took a little break and went junkin’ to see if I could score maybe another turkey or two. I didn’t find any turkeys, but I did come across four brass candlesticks to use in my tablescape along with a couple others I already had. I put three in the middle and two on each side of the dough bowl.

Organic Cranberry-Pomegranate juice is always served for Thanksgiving at our house. The combination of cranberries and pomegranates is delightful to the taste buds and the eyes!

I always use cranberries in my Thanksgiving decor. Most of the time they are on display in some little dish or container. This year I used pomegranates too and I love all the pops of red which are suggestive of the Christmas season that is rapidly approaching.

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Johnson Bros His Majesty Tea cup as Thanksgiving centerpiece in doughbowl

Recently I got creative and used some cranberries to make a garland of my original design. In my previous post I shared how to make the beautiful, fresh cranberry, sage, and bay leaf garland seen below.

Gorgeous Handmade Cranberry, Sage, and Bay Leaf Garland draped over a farmhouse chandelier

Beautiful Cranberry, sage, and bay garland in a shabby chic dining room

In the background you can get a glimpse of a few of my vintage turkeys that we will be taking a look at in just a bit.

Simple and elegant handmade holiday garland cranberry, sage and bay leaf garland

This year we are having a belated extended family Thanksgiving, so for now our table is just set for the four in our immediate family. This left two spaces on either end of the table for some amazing vintage pheasants. My husband found them last week at an estate sale and they were just the “wow” pieces I needed to finish my table design.

Beautiful shabby chic farmhouse dining room Thanksgiving tablescape

My vintage feathered friends, the turkeys and pheasants, share the table for the holiday season. Even after Thanksgiving, the pheasants and a few favorite turkeys will remain on display through the New Year, as both birds are traditionally associated with holiday feasts. Gorgeous vintage Pheasant in a shabby chic dining room farmhouse Thanksgiving tablescape

Gorgeous vintage pheasant Thanksgiving Christmas Tablescape

Beautiful Vintage Pheasant Thanksgiving Tablescape

My vintage Native American chalkware statue is a like a stealth hunter, hiding just out of sight below the table, among some antique crocks filled with  dried hyndrangeas and preserved fall foliage. He must spy the tasty pheasants and turkeys all around the room! You can read more about this interesting statue here: Fantastic Fall Find: Vintage Native American Chalkware Statue.

Beautiful late fall decorating ideas vintage crocks filled with hydrangeas and natural florals


Antique Crocks filled with dried Hydrangeas late fall decor Thanksgiving ideas

How to decorate a vintage crock for fall

Two other vintage turkeys (planters)” in the straw” are hiding way up high on chippy candle sconces on each side of a faux fireplace that I created from a salvaged mantel and an antique buffet mirror.

I am loving this vintage turkey planter collecting vintage turkey planters


Vintage Thanksgiving postcard and turkey salt shaker whimsical holiday vignette

A couple of other turkeys are on display above the faux fireplace. This orphaned salt shaker adds a bit of whimsy next to his mini-jar of wish bones. His Thanksgiving proclamation? Eat more ham!


This beautiful turkey sits proudly up high on the very top of the salvaged antique buffet mirror. He just matches a larger vintage turkey planter which is displayed across the dining room on the antique secretary.

Gorgeous vintage Pheasant Thanksgiving tablescape

Here you can see how the pheasants and turkeys all live in beautiful harmony in the dining room! Let’s take a closer look at some of the vintage treasures on the secretary in the background.

Beautiful Vintage Turkey planter shabby chic farmhouse dining room decorated for fall and Thanksgiving pheasant feathers

This beautiful vintage turkey planter is perched on a tall candle holder just beside the secretary. I love how his colors blend so beautifully with my favorite autumn drapes.

Vintage Turkey Planter With Tarnished Silverplate

I keep my collection of silverplate on this beautiful antique secretary. I think this vintage turkey planter repurposed as a tarnished silverplate utensil holder is my favorite turkey this year!

Beautiful Thanksgiving Vignette Shabby Chic

I recently discovered these pretty gold feathers which make very nice little accents in vignettes with old metals. They look so pretty for fall but they will also be nice to use in Christmas crafts. (Note: If you smell something burning…it is! I was taking pictures and couldn’t figure out where the burning smell was coming from. I followed my nose to a toasted rose! No harm done though. The rose just has a nice “patina” now!) As for following my nose, it’s time to finish up this post so I can get started on the aromatic Thanksgiving meal prep! Only two more days until we “gobble til we wobble!”

I certainly hope this post finds you feeling inspired, and maybe just a wee bit hungry as you think of the upcoming tasty feast! In closing I will share this 100 year old Thanksgiving Greeting with you:

How to set a lovely, vintage inspired tablescape for Thanksgiving

The sweetest Thanksgiving tune 

Is the dinner bell at noon

When we all may use our spoon!

So very true!

Beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape with pomegranates I saved this lovely photo for last! It was taken by my friend, Rebekah Williams. Rebekah was kind enough to help me capture some difficult shots while I am waiting (hopefully) for Santa to bring me a big girl blogger camera! Rebekah will be photographing my home for Christmas as well so I hope you will plan to visit the blog often during the holidays!

Katherine's Corner Give Thanks Tablescape Tour

Thank you all for touring the dining room today! It was a lot of creating this tablescape and decorating the dining room with my vintage dishes and turkeys. Now it’s time to see all of the other beautiful tablescapes on the Give Thanks Tablescape Tour! For even more Thanksgiving tablescape ideas, visit all the blogs through the links at the end of this post. I know you will enjoy them!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!


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  • Reply Katherines Corner

    love the theme, your table is lovely and filled with warmth. Thank you so much for being part of my tour. Big Hugs and Happy Thanksgiving ( Pinned!)

    November 22, 2017 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Calypso in the Country

    What a warm and inviting table – and room! I love the cranberries and all your pretty details. Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 22, 2017 at 3:01 pm
  • Reply Christine

    How beautiful, all of it! I love ypur whole dining room and love all the accessories and dinnerware you used! Happy Thanksgivings!…. Christine

    November 22, 2017 at 3:35 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much! I am so glad your enjoyed the post. Today I shared my Christmas music room tour which you might also enjoy. Thank you so much for visiting!

      December 2, 2017 at 2:39 am
  • Reply Nikki Gwin

    Absolutely stunning. Your whole dining room is marvelous. And I love your theme of turkey in the straw, although, I will now be singing that in my head all afternoon…
    🙂 gwingal

    November 22, 2017 at 8:31 pm
  • Reply Rita C at Panoply

    Your table theme is beautiful, and the centerpiece very nicely done. I love the pheasants and the turkey with silverplate, Amber! The whimsical turkey next to the wishbone is hilarious. You will soon need to open another booth space – your vintage inventory is growing in leaps and bounds!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 23, 2017 at 2:23 am
  • Reply Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

    Amber, your table is gorgeous! I love all of the pretty china, and the cranberry garland. You have such a beautiful dining room. I want to go shopping with you. You are always finding such wonderful treasures! I hope that you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 23, 2017 at 3:34 am
  • Reply Angelina

    Amber, your table is just stunning. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

    November 23, 2017 at 8:47 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Angelina! I had a great Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for visiting again!

      December 2, 2017 at 2:38 am
  • Reply maryjo materazo

    lovely amber! i love, Love, LOVE all your vintage touches. i can’t wait to see what else you do this holiday season. wishing you a fabulous thanksgiving weekend. xo- maryjo

    November 24, 2017 at 5:59 pm
  • Reply Debra@CommonGround

    What a fun idea to put it all together in your dough bowl. It’s perfect. Your table is gorgeous and all the vintage elements make for a warm and cozy Thanksgiving setting. LOVE your DR curtains, Amber! Hope you’re having a great weekend!

    November 25, 2017 at 11:32 pm
  • Reply Sharon@bluewillowhouse

    Your use of the dough bowl to assemble your centerpiece is beautiful. I love the cranberry garland you made for the chandy and how you created a vintage vibe to your tablescape. Hope you had a wonderful holiday.

    November 26, 2017 at 1:49 am
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you so much! I appreciate your kind comments! I had a great Thanksgiving and looking forward to Christmas now too. Thank you so much for visiting!

      December 2, 2017 at 2:37 am
  • Reply Jann Olson

    Amber, as always; it’s just delightful! Love the display in the dough bowl and your pretty dishes. I have a couple of gurley turkey’s that I love too. Both your Turkey dishes and planters are awesome! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

    November 28, 2017 at 3:11 am
  • Reply Debbie-Dabble

    What a beautiful tablescape!! Love all the vintage aspects!! So very pretty!!! I forgot to mention that I also love your copper ceiling in your music room!!! Stunning!!

    December 3, 2017 at 1:04 pm
    • Reply Amber Lyon Ferguson

      Thank you Debbie! I got out the dollhouse today and it is in the dining room. You will get to see it when I do my dining room tour, shooting for next weekend!

      December 8, 2017 at 3:42 am

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