Thanksgiving in the Country!

This past weekend was Canadian Thanksgiving, and God gave us a picture perfect weekend to be thankful!  Our family spent the weekend in the Annapolis Valley at hubby’s grandparent’s farm. Our travel trailer is parked at the edge of a big field, alongside a river.  What a haven it is for us away from all the weekly hustle and bustle of urban life.  I remember glancing at the thermometer on Sunday, and it was 26-27 degrees Celsius in the shade (80F).  That’s not exactly common for Thanksgiving in Nova Scotia.  But we will gladly take it, when offered!

On Saturday night, hubby’s family all gathered at our trailer for a Thanksgiving Potluck.  Hubby said, “You know you’re in the country when half of the people arrive at a gathering on 4-wheelers!”  There was an abundance of family, food, and fun.  For which we are very thankful.


As hubby and our son wrestled in the hammock (I’m amazed it is still secured to the tree), the girls and I prepared our table.  Two  beige bed sheets made the perfect table cloths for our picnic tables.  Then I folded over 3 burlap potato bags, and used them as a table runner.  


I brought my cornucopia and pilgrims from home to decorate the table.  This table sits under a large oak tree.  So we had ample acorns on the ground to use in our centerpiece.  


I would like to introduce you to my pilgrim couple named “Prudence & Nathaniel”.  I believe it was the second year we were married that I made them for our Thanksgiving table (1986).  Their bodies are filled with bird seed.  A few years ago a mouse found Prudence during the winter and had a bit of a snack, but I was able to stitch her up so she was still usable.


Several years ago my sister-in-law gave me this basket.  It keeps our sun screen and bug spray in one spot all spring and summer at the trailer.  I have to say, it is much more suited for the purpose of holding these apples.  Gorgeous!


A mason jar, some sand, and a candle.  Perfect lighting for a country tablescape!


I had no plans on standing and doing dishes at this get together…it was plastic and paper all the way!!



This old metal candle holder was a find at a yard sale at least 20 years ago.  I use it in decorating for all four seasons.


“Thanksgiving is the holiday of peace, the celebration of work and the simple life… a true folk-festival that speaks the poetry of the turn of the seasons, the beauty of seed time and harvest, the ripe product of the year – and the deep deep connection of all these things with God.”  ~Ray Stannard Baker
(David Grayson)


Of course I also had my own personal photographer with me for the weekend!! ;0)  Thanks Honey!!

October 13, 2011 - 12:22 am

Barbara F. - I am sure everyone had a fabulous time at your Thanksgiving. Perfect weather too. Your table looks beautiful. xo

October 13, 2011 - 1:51 am

Terry @ La Bella Vie - Wow what a great idea! I wish we had more sun in my part of the country to do something like this!

October 13, 2011 - 11:04 am

Rene' Sharp - I have just discovered your blog and it is so inspiring!! I LOVE how you have set up the tables for your day, how amazing, and what a gorgeous setting too!!! Sending you smiles from Sunny South Africa :)

October 13, 2011 - 1:37 pm

Heather at Willow Cottage - I love the spirit of your setting. So earthy and natural. I would love to have a beautiful Thanksgiving meal in this place. :-)

October 13, 2011 - 1:44 pm

Marlis - I love your table in that setting.. they are so harmonious and welcoming. I hear ya on the four wheelers.. Your personal photographer did an outstanding job! He deserves a raise, or at least a bonus. Love Prudence and Nathanial. glad it wasn’t her face that was snacked upon. Great setting. Belated Happy Thanksgivings.. xo marlis

October 13, 2011 - 2:05 pm

Cynthia - This would have been so nice! You set it up so pretty! Our family traditionally has a meal outside, as well at thanksgiving. The weather this past weekend was perfect!

October 13, 2011 - 3:01 pm - What a beautiful table, and a perfect setting. Thanks for sharing!
Dannyelle @

October 13, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Wendy@~Chez~La~De~da~ - Prudence and Nathaniel are ADORABLE!!!
This is the perfect location, but I guess I wwas just saying this cuz I see the hammock ;)…..I can hear the water and the rustle of the leaves. What a great place for a meal!


October 13, 2011 - 4:18 pm

A Perfect Setting - Such a beautiful location for a gathering! We laugh in my family, too, when all the relatives pull up in the pickup trucks! My daughter just shakes her head lol! You had gorgeous weather for your Thanksgiving meal, and your table is decorated perfectly for this outdoor setting! Love Prudence and Nathaniel! I know what you mean about washing dishes–it’s more important to spend time with family. Thanks for visiting with me and your kind comments!!

October 13, 2011 - 6:58 pm

Sherry - Your table is very pretty. I love the burlap and Prudence & Nathaniel are very cute. Thanks for linking it to my Fall Open House.

October 13, 2011 - 7:30 pm

Mary - A Thanksgiving Potluck sounds wonderful and certainly takes the pressure off! What a beautiful setting and wonderful weather you had! Belated Harvest Blessings to you!

October 13, 2011 - 8:15 pm

Jenny @ Simcoe Street - From one Canadian to another, happy (belated) thanksgiving. This looks like the ideal way to spend the holiday


October 13, 2011 - 9:14 pm

Marigene - What a gorgeous setting for sharing Thanksgiving dinner with the family…

October 14, 2011 - 1:54 am

Tess - Looks like you had GREAT weather for your wonderful outdoor Thanksgiving celebration. Love your pilgrims and the fact that they have such a sweet history! See, we americans can steal all of your Thanksgiving ideas!!!

Thank you for stopping by my blog and yes, I regret not getting those dishes already!! 😉

October 14, 2011 - 3:32 am

Happy Cottage Quilter - Your table is so adorable. Love the picnic setting. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Jocelyn @

October 14, 2011 - 3:50 am

Alycia Nichols - This is fantastic!!! Right out there in the middle of God’s country…it’s perfect!!! I don’t blame you for not wanting to have to do dishes out there, though. That’s why paper and plastic goods were invented! And they come in so many pretty patterns (your plate pattern is really pretty!) and styles that you can’t go wrong! Have a happy weekend!

October 14, 2011 - 11:38 am

Lori - I’m at the picket fence party right after you. We used the lanterns with pumpkins too! Great table.

October 14, 2011 - 9:37 pm

Toni - You had my fantasy Thanksgiving. Just beautiful – from the table to the centerpiece to the setting. Thanks for sharing.

October 15, 2011 - 12:41 am

Honey at 2805 - It looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. Your outdoor setting is just beautiful!

Thank you for linking to Potpourri Friday! Your participation helps to make the party better!

October 15, 2011 - 1:12 am

Ginger Zuck - WOW, wish I was there. It is so beautiful. Love your tablescape and adore paper and plastic. I am visiting you from my friend Honey’s party! Have a wonderful weekend.

October 15, 2011 - 2:38 am

Ramblings of a Southern Girl ~ Rhonda G - What a fabulous setting! So glad your little pilgrims have lasted the years, even with the one little mishap! They are so cute! :)

October 15, 2011 - 4:02 am

At The Picket Fence - How amazing!! That looks and sounds like my dream Thanksgiving. :-) What a gift to be able to be outdoors enjoying the beautiful surroundings and appreciating all that you have to be thankful for. And we are thankful that you shared this with us at Inspiration Friday!

October 16, 2011 - 12:16 am

Pattie - So glad I found your blog… I’m late wishing you Happy thanksgiving But WOW what a great table wish I were part of the family ….

October 16, 2011 - 3:20 am

The Tablescaper - Happy thanksgiving to you. Such fun and festivities. Hope you’ll bring it to Seasonal Sundays!

-The Tablescaper

October 16, 2011 - 3:46 am

Entertaining Women - This has to be the most beautiful setting that anyone will have for Thanksgiving, 2011…including paper plates and plastic flatware. I can just picture your family sitting at your table and relishing the day of fellowship, food, and fun. Thank you for inviting us to your magnificent table. Cherry Kay

October 16, 2011 - 6:41 pm

d e l i g h t - Wow, you really have a creative and inviting set up here! Eating outside in the country is my favorite thing to do!! Thank you for introduing us to Prudence and Nathaniael…a very lovely couple! Thank you for visiting my blog and for your sweet comment!

October 18, 2011 - 6:06 pm

Designing Domesticity - Look at your table! I love it! So ideal and festive. Looks like the perfect Fall day. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog the other day. liz

October 19, 2011 - 8:00 pm

Ivy and Elephants - So wonderful! I’d never seen such a gorgeous setting for Thanksgiving. Happy belated, but looks like you had a grand time.
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October 21, 2011 - 12:30 am

Honey at 2805 - I featured you at Potpourri Friday today!

October 28, 2011 - 1:11 pm

Pamela Gordon - Your Thanksgiving table is just beautiful! I love everything about it but most of all that it is in that beautiful outdoor setting. Your photos are magazine worthy! Glad I found your blog. Blessings, Pamela

September 18, 2012 - 10:04 pm

A Walk in the Countryside - Everything looks so lovely! including the setting!

September 18, 2012 - 11:23 pm

ritajoy - Oh goodness! This is beautiful and looks like the perfect setting for a Fall party. Thanks for sharing

September 19, 2012 - 12:49 am

Tonya Diehl - What a beautiful place to have a party!! Your fall tablescape is darling!! Soundss like you all must have had a wonderful time!

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