Thanksgiving Table Setting Ideas

Even though we never do Thanksgiving dinner at my house, it’s fun to set a pretty table.  I have to confess, we don’t use this dining room all that much, but I do love looking at it. It passes through to the kitchen and I always enjoy walking through there and seeing my table and chairs.

It’s hard to believe that this is my 3rd Thanksgiving in my new house.  I moved in 2 years ago in October and have been working on the house ever since.  It’s such a wonderful feeling to be mostly finished with all the construction projects and to just be enjoying my house now.  I’m thankful every single day for my house and what God has provided for me.


This Thanksgiving, we will probably be doing Thanksgiving at my sister’s house. Wherever we are, we will celebrate with our family.  I hope you enjoy these Thanksgiving table setting ideas.  I sure had fun doing it!


So, today I’m joining Lindsay with The White Buffalo Styling Company for a week of Thanksgiving table sharing.  I really enjoyed putting my tablescape together and setting a pretty table.  This tour has been going on since Monday, so if you want lots more inspiration for a table, go back to Lindsay’s blog and start at the beginning.

If you’re stopping by from the talented Mallory from  Charming in Charlotte, welcome, I’m so glad you are here!

Oh, and I took a bunch of pics, so please indulge me and I hope you enjoy.  I really like to try to get good photos andI think these turned out nice, so I’m pretty happy with them.

dining room

Peeking into the dining room from the living room.  It’s hard to get a full on shot of this room because of all the light coming in the glass doors.  I always use my tripod now to capture the light coming in and slow down the shutter.

dr sideboard

My vintage sideboard has been with me for many years now, about 15 or more.  I bought it on the square in Marietta at an antiques shop years ago. It’s so traditional and classic and I still love it.

dining room table thanksgiving

I had fun pulling out everything in my stash to put this table together.  The tablecloth is a long ago yardsale find and the colors are perfect for Fall.

fall leaves in gold vase (2)

Once again, I gathered turning Fall leaves in this gold hammered vase I got a couple of years ago from Wayfair.  It’s a beautiful piece for the holidays.  Those plates are from TJ Maxx and I scored those a few years ago too.  I could NOT resist those pretty bird plates.  The gold chargers are a recent yardsale find for 50 cents each.  You know I like my deals!  Those faux pears were picked up at a yardsale along the way too and are great for photoshoots, especially this time of year.  Glasses are from Mikasa.


The 3 white bowls on wooden platter are also from Mikasa.  The ivory placemats were a recent Goodwill find and the plaid napkins I’ve had for along time too.

bird plates and pear

Close up look at the place setting.  This pretty silverplate flatware was a great find in Birmingham, from an estate sale. I got a whole 12 piece place setting and it’s a beautiful classic shell pattern.

vase of leaves

The star of the table are those Fall leaf branches and I made sure to find the most vivid red and yellow ones I could find.  Goldenrod was a wonderful addition to the top.

metal bowl of acorns

This pretty metal leaf plate was a yardsale find too and I always want to get it out this time of year.  Filled with acorns and some metallic things, it’s a nice little centerpiece on top of the white cake plate to give it some height.

sideboard tureens

The sideboard is about the same as you’ve seen it from the Fall home tour.  I added more color to the dried hydrangeas, since I have plenty of them now.

tureen with hydrangeas

A white pear under the cloche is newly added and I’ve had this pear for awhile too.  I seem to have a thing for pears.

dining table and sideboard

I enjoy having my sideboard to decorate for holidays.

white corner cabinet

The corner cabinet fits in this space well too and adds some cottage charm. I painted that piece several years ago.

pear and plate

Another look at the pear and bird plates.

diing room set for thanksgiving

An overall shot of the whole table.  I just love how it turned out this year.  We will just have to sit down and eat at this table now. It’s too pretty not to use.

italian candlesticks

These are the pair of Italian candlesticks I got recently at an estate sale.  I love these, they are just so elegant.

leaves and pear

Those flaming red leaves pick up the plate colors so well.

dishes and flatware

So, I know I took a lot of pics, but I just couldn’t help myself.  The round brass tray under the white cakestand was a Goodwill find recently too.  The wooden tray and bowls are from Mikasa.

kitchen to dr

One final shot from the kitchen!  I hope you enjoyed my tablescaping for Thanksgiving.  It was a lot of fun to put together and I so enjoy mixing new and vintage pieces.  Decorating this way can be addicting and I love seeing what I can find out there.

Next up on the tour is Jenn from My Fabuless Life.  Be sure and stop there next and see what fun inspiration she had to share!

I hope you all are getting ready for a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family.  I know we will be celebrating as a family as well and celebrating the first Holidays with that sweet baby of ours.  We always look forward to this special time of year.  A day of thankfulness, which is really every day!

I’m joining Susan’s tablescape party!

For a list of all the bloggers on this Thanksgiving tour, check them out!

Monday’s Tours:

Burlap and Lace.

Run to Radiance

Eclectically Vintage

Simple Stylings

Tuesday’s Tours:

Jones Design Company

Brittany Makes

Primitive & Proper

Charming in Charlotte

Wednesday’s Tours:

My Fabuless Life

Dwellings by Devore

Rain on a Tin Roof 

Dimples and Tangles

Thursday’s Tours:

Number Fifty-three

DIY Playbook

Sand & Sisal

This, That, & Life

Friday’s Tours:

Tatertots and Jello

Julie Blanner

Fieldstone Hill

The Chronicles of Home

Finding Home

- Rhoda


  1. Rhoda, your dining room is wonderful! You should make a point of eating in there as often as possible. It is funny how we don’t seem to use those spaces often. Much like not using the good china. Get it out and use it! I do love those bird plates… ~Julie

  2. What a very pretty table setting, I think you need to invite the lovely man who did the beautiful job on your fireplace for a special thank you dinner. The room is too pretty not to use regularly. I bought pears and apples like that at a yard sale for 10 cents each…just kept them in a nice bowl this time of year, now I”m going to use them for table decor….great idea. Love all your great finds.

  3. Rhoda, its just beautiful. I love how you brought real leaves inside and those little pears on top of the plates are darling!

  4. Very pretty! Love your use of all the things found in nature at this time of year. Fall colors just warm up a space to me, and your dining room looks so cozy and inviting.

  5. Just lovely, Rhoda. I would love passing through that room every day also. There are so many aspects of your room that are fantastic, but that lantern just takes the cake! Beautiful job!

  6. I love a pretty table setting and yours is so pretty and very inviting! Those bird plates are perfect. I also like that acorn plate – so rustic. My mother has a copper leaf plate about that size, hmmm, I need to borrow it for my Thanksgiving table setting!

  7. Beautiful! And I love those dishes!

  8. Becky in 'Bama says:

    Eye pleasing! Love the leaves. Thanksgiving is a painful time of year for me and my family in that multiple family members have died around this time of year and just last year my siblings and I spent Thanksgiving afternoon at the hospital with my father who has since moved on to the nursing home. Oh Rhoda, mark each holiday with something that will be a joyful memory when the dark days arrive (as they will). Sadly, I squandered many past holidays fussing about something inconsequential. Just a word. Blessings on you and your precious family – May the Lord make his face to shine upon you and give you peace. p.s. – agree with other posters – USE that dining room and those dishes. Too pretty to put into hiding.

  9. Pretty and classic, Rhoda! Love the pears 🙂

  10. Erin Hernandez (RomeGirl) says:

    I think you should host a pre-Thanksgiving “Thankful for Friends” dinner! That tablescape is too beautiful not to share! 😉

  11. beautiful- love the pears on the plates! such a warm and inviting space!

  12. Hi Rhoda!
    Your dining room is beautiful, all decked out for Thanksgiving. I especially love those pretty bird plates paired with the gilded chargers. I hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving with your family!

  13. Rhoda, love your dining room. It is so pretty and welcoming. Will you share where you bought your dining room chairs? Love them, I would like to add something like that to the ends of my dining room table. Love the dishes too.

    • HI, Joan, thank you so much! Those chairs were ordered online from Carrington Court. I love them still, they have lots of styles and fabrics to choose from.

  14. Absolutely beautiful! You definitely need to put this room to use and make some wonderful memories with all you have done making this space so inviting! Love it as well as all of your renovations in your home!

  15. Pretty table, pretty room. I like that you keep it simple which to my eye is very appealing.

  16. Marianne A. says:

    I love your dining room. I have commented before on how much I love those chairs. And I love your light, too, I might add! The whole room is just so appealing.

  17. Sooooo pretty!!!

  18. Beautiful, and I agree that those bird plates are perfect. Love the color palette and it all looks wonderful!

  19. Rhoda – I adore the little bird plates. The entire table is just lovely with your room! Amanda 🙂

  20. A beautiful tab;e setting in your gorgeous dining room! Nothing prettier than nature’s colors in your arrangement! I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  21. Love, love your table. Everything looks so pretty. You have done an amazing job with your house.


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