Thanksgiving in the Dining Room

Hello my friends!  Even though we don’t host Thanksgiving at our house, it’s still fun to set a Thanksgiving table and this year is even more fun being in the new house and having a different room to decorate for the seasons.  Mark and I are so enjoying our new house and it will be extra special to decorate for Christmas this year too, so stay tuned for lots more of that. I haven’t even started yet, but I will be getting it all festooned soon!

I’m partnering with Tree Classics again this year and will have several posts featuring their products and the first one up is a Thanksgiving table. I love a pretty dining room and even though we probably won’t use this room all the time for meals (we’re casual like that), it’s fun to make it look gorgeous for the seasons.  We are planning to use this one more and enjoy it for special meals.

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Our dining room is a little bit bigger than my old one, but still very open on 3 sides, with the living room to the right and the kitchen to the left.  I’ll be sharing more of how the house flows as I show all our spaces on the main level.

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This Tree Classics Countryside wreath is a perfect accent for Fall and Thanksgiving and I simply placed it in my large wooden tray and added a cake plate inside for this pretty glass pumpkin to sit on.  It’s a perfect centerpiece without being too high or fussy.

My sideboard is decked out with branches of Fall leaves which is my favorite way to decorate this time of year.  You can’t beat the showy Fall leaves for decoration. You can get a good look at the grasscloth wallpaper too.

I don’t think I’ve shared these plates with you before, but I got them when I was in Birmingham from a reader of mine. We did a trade for decorating consultations and I’ve loved having them.  This year was the perfect time to show them off on the Thanksgiving table.  Brown and white transferware is classic and I have plates in red and white too.  I just picked up some blue and white transferware from an antique store to use in here too, so I’ll be all covered with the colors.  A simple place setting is all that’s needed. The silverplate flatware is gorgeous and is an estate sale find from a few years ago.

You’ll notice new lamps on the sideboard, those are from Homegoods and I was so happy to find them.

Closer look at the Fall leaves and moss balls on the sideboard.  I love the simplicity of these arrangements.

A hammered amber colored glass vase really accents the leaves.

The lamps are such a favorite for me with their gold bamboo shape and black shade.  They were definitely a fun find for me this year, since I moved the other gray lamps up to our bedroom.

Peeking from the dining room into our small living room that I shared recently.  We have since added a large cabinet in the living room that was Mark’s and I’ll be sharing all of that room again soon too.

Simple arrangement with the wreath and glass pieces add such a festive touch to the table.

I took a lot of pics to share it from all angles.

The wreath made it easy to decorate the centerpiece and I had an instant focal point.  I layered in my collection of acorns and tiny pinecones with the glass pumpkin to add even more Fall touches.

I love having a collection of pinecones and acorns, since they come in handy for so many areas this time of year. I store them in a lidded box and pull them out when needed.  The wreath has small grapevine balls, pinecones, and colorful Fall acorns attached.

Two pretty white and gold candlesticks are the only other decoration I added to the table.

And here’s a shot from the stairs!  We love this view going up and down the staircase and how pretty it looks at night.  This room will be getting a new light fixture too and we can’t wait to get that updated.

In the meantime, we are loving our new house and how it’s all coming together for this Christmas season.  Mark and I both love Christmas and we can’t wait to fill our house with family and friends this year and enjoy all the blessings that we’ve been given.

Hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving week and time with your family and friends as well! It’s time to celebrate!

Note:  This post is sponsored by Tree Classics and I’m a brand ambassador for them this year. 







- Rhoda


  1. I pray you both have a blessed thanksgiving and enjoy your families as y’all gather together in your new home.

  2. Very lovely. The plates you have are the same plates I inherited from my mother. We used them every Thanksgiving for about 25 years. Starting about 15 or 20 years ago we decided to go to the Officers’ Club for Thanksgiving as my Dad was retired from the military. So my plates haven’t been used for many years, but I still love them. You’ve updated the look with your placemats and centerpiece, giving them a more current look. You might be surprised to learn that the plates were a giveaway from a local grocery store. It was one of those deals where you were given a free plate with every $X spent. I wish we had such nice promotions nowadays! Imagine getting English ironstone for free!

    I can’t resist also telling you a cute story about the little bowls. My dad thought a dishwasher was a waste of money and refused to buy one. So my mother delegated dishwashing to him but he wasn’t good at it. One year when setting the Thanksgiving table, I couldn’t pry two of the bowls apart. After much pulling they finally separated. The two bowls had been ‘glued’ together by green peas left in one of the bowls for over one year. We howled with laughter by my dad’s dishwashing abilities! I think of that story each time I see those bowls.

    Thank you for a very inspiring dining room. And I love those lamps!

    • Hi, Susan, thanks for sharing that story, so fun to know where it came from. I had no idea the origin. And the story of your dad dish washing is hilarious!

  3. Thank you for sharing. This is truly lovely. The way you made your centerpiece with the wreath is just fabulous. The branches, leaves, and natural elements look great.

  4. Love all you’ve done with this home and in every room
    Bless you both this Thanksgiving 😀

  5. Those lamps are to die for!!

  6. So pretty! I love your transferware dishes, and they make a perfect fall tablescape!

  7. Thank you for sharing your lovely table setting and how you achieved it.

    I love your decorating style and find myself returning to your blog frequently for ideas as I update my home.

  8. Beautiful, Rhoda! I love the look, your buffet especially. How you used the wreath is very nice. Happy Thanksgiving to you and Mark.

  9. Rhoda, I can imagine your joy for the Thanksgiving and Christmas season in your new home! The dining room is just beautiful. The centerpiece is perfect and the buffet is so elegantly dressed. Happy Thanksgiving to you you and Mark!

    • Thank you, Pam, we are so excited for the Holidays and spending time at home. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours as well!

  10. Just beautiful! So happy for you and enjoy all you have done to your lovely house!

  11. Barbara Moore says

    Everything is coming together perfectly!! The lamps were just made for your lovely buffet. Can’t wait to see Mark’s cabinet in the living room. Happiest of Thanksgivings to your whole family!!

    • Thank you, Barbara, I think those lamps were one of my best finds, $60 each at Homegoods! I was overjoyed that day.

  12. Linda Hickey says

    Rhoda I love your Blog and I see everything you Post. I don’t comment on them all but I love to look and enjoy every post. Your postings are always intriguing and so lovely done. Honestly it’s one of the best. Please tell your entire family and you Happy Thanksgiving. Love you y’all…….

  13. Rhoda, the view from the staircase is beautiful! It must make you so happy to come down the stairs every morning. The buffet with those lamps and the fall decor is swoon worthy! Happy Thanksgiving!!

    • THank you, Roxanne, yes we love looking into those rooms coming down the stairs. It’s so nice to get this main level finished and functional for now. We love it all!

  14. One of the things I love most about your blog is that you use your own style in decorating, and it always turns out so beautifully. I am a bit tired of the copycat designs from many blogs and was so relieved not to see yet another white antelope head on the walls! 🙂 Love your taste and your vision!

    • HI, Lane, thank you for saying that! Honestly, I have learned over the years and especially since blogging, that I just have to do my own thing and not try to keep up with the trends. I’ve done that before in small ways and always get tired of it eventually, so now I’m evolving into my own classic style and loving it so much. We both feel very comfortable in this house!

  15. I love everything you are doing in your new house! Your dining room is simply beautiful. So fun to follow your progress.

  16. Marty Oravetz says

    I looks so pretty. I love the view from the stairs, gorgeous.

  17. I love your centerpiece. What a great idea!

  18. I’m rushing over to my local HomeGoods in search of those lamps – to DIE for!
    Your dining room looks great with all the new furniture and old traditional classics. Enjoy the holidays!

  19. Love those lamps. And I love your dining room furniture. It really looks lovely!

  20. So lovely…..happy for you and I know your Thanksgiving will be very special this year….a wonderful hubby to be grateful for most of all!

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