Give Thanks

Today I am excited to share with you a Thanksgiving tablescape.  For our (Canadian) Thanksgiving, in October, we had a gathering with my husbands family at our spot in the country.  You can see that table HERE.  It was a casual outdoor tablescape on a gorgeous warm fall day.  To wish my family and friends in the US a Happy (American) Thanksgiving I have dressed it up a bit!!


I love to use lots of natural elements in my fall decorating.  The dining room table is no exception.  My new brown plates that I bought for a song this summer, were the perfect color, and I continued that color theme throughout the table.  



Does this napkin fold remind you of any Thanksgiving symbol?  Did you say a turkey with his feathers spread out as he struts around the farmyard?  You would be correct!  Follow the easy step by step directions to fold your napkins this way HERE.


This summer as I was poking around an antique store in an old barn in Maine, I spotted this wooden box.  Knowing it would be a perfect base for a Thanksgiving centerpiece, I brought it home!



Tip:  If you want a particular colored candle for a tablescape (like brown), and you don’t want to make a trip to Walmart, just paint them.  ;0)





I borrowed my sisters brown transfer ware pitcher and small bowls for this table.  Transfer ware is such a weakness of mine.  Blue, brown, red, green, purple, it really doesn’t matter to me.  I love it all!!



I found my turkey plates a couple years ago at Home Sense.  I need a few more of the dinner plate size, so I am always on the lookout.


This little turkey sits at one of the pilgrims feet.  They belong to my sister as well.  Beautiful!!


My grandmother gave me this tea pot many years ago!  My crocheted “drip preventer” was made by dad.  He was a fabulous crocheter.  I am blessed to have a table cloth made by his hands as well.




“Enter His gates with Thanksgiving, and His courts with praise.  Give thanks to Him; bless His name.”
                                                                                                          Psalm 100:4




Proclamation 2373 – Thanksgiving Day
“I, Franklin D. Roosevelt,President of the United States of America, do hereby designate Thursday, the twenty-third of November, 1939, as a day of general thanksgiving.
More than. three centuries ago at the season of the gathering in of the harvest, the Pilgrims humbly paused in their work and gave thanks to God for the preservation of their community and for the abundant yield of the soil. A century and a half later, after the new Nation had been formed, and the charter of government, the Constitution of the Republic, had received the assent of the States, President Washington and his successors invited the people of the Nation to lay down their tasks one day in the year and give thanks for the blessings that had been granted them by Divine Providence. It is fitting that we should continue this hallowed custom and select a day in 1939 to be dedicated to reverent thoughts of thanksgiving.
Our Nation has gone steadily forward in the application of democratic processes to economic and social problems. We have faced the specters of business depression, of unemployment, and of widespread agricultural distress, and our positive efforts to alleviate these conditions have met with heartening results. We have also been permitted to see the fruition of measures which we have undertaken in the realms of health, social welfare, and the conservation of resources. As a Nation we are deeply grateful that in a world of turmoil we are at peace with all countries, and we especially rejoice in the strengthened bonds of our friendship with the other peoples of the Western Hemisphere.
Let us, on the day set aside for this purpose, give thanks to the Ruler of the Universe for the strength which He has vouchsafed us to carry on our daily labors and for the hope that lives within us of the coming of a day when peace and the productive activities of peace shall reign on every continent.”

Franklin D. Roosevelt

October 31, 1939

Wishing all our family and friends in the United States a blessed Thanksgiving!

All photos courtesy of Nicole Payzant Photography

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November 14, 2011 - 10:50 pm

Barbara F. - Gorgeous table, Tanya! Love everything about it, and, of course, Nicole’s photos are fantabulous. xo

November 14, 2011 - 11:22 pm

Olive Cooper - Your turkey plates are so pretty but your images are stunning.

November 14, 2011 - 11:45 pm

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) - Your tablescape is stunning. I love your beautiful turkey plates, how fun are they and all the transferware is so lovely. What a find also in the box, perfect for the occassion. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

November 15, 2011 - 12:27 am

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads - This is such a beautiful tablescape. I love those dishes with the turkeys, your box is just perfect, and that brown transferware pitcher is gorgeous.

November 15, 2011 - 12:58 am

Gwyneth - Oh my goodness! Oh so beautiful! Everything! I love the tea drip catcher and table cloth that your Dad made! How special!!!!

November 15, 2011 - 1:35 am

Christine @ Stonehouse Living - Hi Tanya,

What a beautiful table, the photos are fantastic!
I love the turkey plates! You got those at Homesense?? Lucky you! I decided that I need turkey plates for Christmas…
All the Best,

November 15, 2011 - 2:43 am

FABBY'S LIVING - Gorgeous Canadian lady! Your tablescape is fabulous, I also have a weakness for transferware and have a few plates on the wall! I’m in love with your sister’s pitcher, beautiful! I also love all the browns, I really do, it’s one of my top colors in fav. Have a super week. FABBY

November 15, 2011 - 2:48 am

Pamela Gordon - What a gorgeous table! I love it all, especially the transferware! You are a talented tablescaper as I loved your outdoor one you did in October too. Blessings, Pamela

November 15, 2011 - 2:59 am

Kim - Just beautiful, Tanya. What a gift to have sweet touches of your dad and borrowings from your sister. And that box is a keeper! Enjoyed the writings of Franklin Roosevelt – interesting to compare the times and give thanks- God is good :)
Take care. God bless xo
Thanks for the photos N :)

November 15, 2011 - 5:24 am

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest - I love this beautiful, warm, Thanksgiving-appropriate table, Tanya, but I also LOVE your brown walls! And the brown transferware pitcher, and ….everything! Happy Thanksgiving.

November 15, 2011 - 7:39 am

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages - Gorgeous photo’s. I have never seen a “drip preventer” AND with a little tassel! How sweet that is. I adore crochet and this is one of the sweetest and most different examples I have ever seen. I recently bought a lovely piece of crochet from a woman’s father on ebay. Her father was injured and had to retire. He needed something to do so he learned to crochet.
What a wonderful thing to have things your father made!

November 15, 2011 - 11:35 am

Holly - Good things come from Maine,eh? Thanks for posting the speech from President Roosevelt. I don’t think I had ever heard that before. I too love the browns. Such a pretty table and so much to be thankful for. Thanks for posting.

November 15, 2011 - 12:39 pm

Mary - Oh I adore your box~ what a wonderful find! I’m a big fan of transferware & brown is one of my favorites! Love your photo of the acorns alongside the hydrangea petals :)

November 15, 2011 - 2:41 pm

Yvonne @ StoneGable - This is everything a Thanksgiving table should be… filled with fall, turkeys, and dried florals. A beautiful traditional cozy setting. But best of all this table is set with the intent to be thankful to God. Love the scripture!
Just beautiful!

November 15, 2011 - 3:22 pm

Pat's Pink Apron - Your table is is warm and inviting. Very nice. I’d like to sit at that table. Pat

November 15, 2011 - 4:31 pm

Lara Harris - Beautiful!

November 16, 2011 - 2:36 am

Sarah - Thanks for sharing your Thanksgiving table. Every detail is full of charm. I especially like all the brown transfer ware and the box you found in Maine.

November 16, 2011 - 3:14 am

Bella Vista - Tanya, your table is delightful! It is complete eye candy for me…..just love all the wonderful elements. I have the turkey plates.

You did a great job…beautiful!

Barb ♥

November 16, 2011 - 3:26 am

Bonnie - I love the proclamation and your scripture. Thanks for sharing it.

You have lovely things on your table and great photography. Happy Thanksgiving.

November 16, 2011 - 1:00 pm

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style - Beautifully done. I love all your special touches. That teapot is so pretty and how wonderful that your dad crochets. That is pretty unusual. I love the little spout cover he made.

November 16, 2011 - 7:11 pm

Pat@Back Porch Musings - Beautiful Thanksgiving table!!

November 16, 2011 - 7:52 pm

EvA. . . - ooo i love your decor! happy new follower:)

November 16, 2011 - 8:55 pm

MommaHen - Wow, this table scape looks like it’s straight from a magazine. Great work !

November 16, 2011 - 10:26 pm

Designs By Pinky - Tanya, your Thanksgiving table is beautiful! I love how you put the tiny pumpkins onto the candle holders! Your transferware is gorgeous! I don’t have ANY and wouold love some too. I love your goblets too. The whole table is gorgeous. XO, Pinky

November 17, 2011 - 12:13 am

Robin - Thanks so much for paying me a visit to look at my Thanksgiving people. I also love your Pilgrims and your table settings were very well done. I hope your Canadian holiday was wonderful.

November 17, 2011 - 12:55 am

Jo's This and That - Love your table ! Love the dishes! Thanks for sharing.

November 17, 2011 - 2:15 am

Meredith - wow, your table is beautiful! Love your transferware and your dad’s handiwork is lovely! I have some beautiful crocheted pieces from my MIL.
Your pictures are beautiful as usual and I love those amber glasses. Happy Thanksgiving!

November 17, 2011 - 2:21 am

black eyed susans kitchen - Gorgeous brown transferware and what a beautiful, beautiful table setting!

November 17, 2011 - 2:37 am

Marigene - Beautiful table….the turkey plates are gorgeous, but that pitcher really makes my heart beat a little faster, love it.

November 17, 2011 - 2:38 am

Ivy and Elephants - Wow! your photographs are brilliant! Your table truly a feast for the eyes. Just gorgeous!
Have a blessed holiday.

November 17, 2011 - 2:48 am

Marlis - I too have some of those turkey plates. but only the salads.. oh gosh this table speaks to my heart.. it’s fabulous. great earthy colors. xo marlis

November 17, 2011 - 2:59 am

Sandra - I am an earth tone kind of girl and this is gorgeous. Very well done.

November 17, 2011 - 3:02 am

carolinajewel - What a beautiful table! I love it all, but the box for your centerpiece has to be my favorite! Great find and a wonderful table!

November 17, 2011 - 9:34 pm

CJ - Great job with the narrative, including the Thanksgiving proclamation. Your use of natural elements like the acorns, are touches that add great warmth. The church bird house and your found box that serves as the base are also lovely details. Thanks for posting. ~CJ

November 17, 2011 - 9:54 pm

S - Very pretty; I can see I need to add more texture when I do my tables. Thanks for showing me how it is done.

November 17, 2011 - 10:45 pm

Alycia Nichols - Your Dad crocheted? That is so cool!!! I know a couple of guys who knit, and they say it is one of the most relaxing things ever. I think it’s cool when guys can chill out long enough to sit still and engage in an activity like that! Love the pot the drip preventer is on, too! What a great wooden box you found! It’s perfect for Thanksgiving!!! What a coup! I love it that you did the napkins in that cool fan fashion. They DO look like turkey feathers all spread out! I can never seem to get my napkins starched quite well enough to make them stand up like that. I’ll have to give it another try. Great table! Thanks for joining in on the American Thanksgiving tradition!

November 18, 2011 - 12:30 am

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here - Both tablescapes are beautiful. I love the casual outdoor one as well as this more formal table. The turkey plates are adorable and I love your sister’s transferware pitcher. Thanks for linking to the Open House Party.

November 18, 2011 - 1:09 am

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish - They’re both gorgeous! WOW, I don’t think I’ve ever heard of a man doing crochet! That is COOL!

November 18, 2011 - 1:57 am

Elaine - LOVE the brown and white together–very fall-like but very sophisticated, too. The dishes are gorgeous, and I will definitely try the turkey napkin fold! You have some really wonderful treasures there which make the table uniquely yours! Have a great Thanksgiving!

November 18, 2011 - 3:33 am

Robin - I love all your touches and especially the crocheted piece! How wonderful for you to have that and a tablecloth too.

Robin Flies South

November 19, 2011 - 1:53 am

Doll in the Looking Glass - Such an inviting Thanksgiving table. So many treasures! The gifts from your loving family will always prompt memories of the special days shared together.

Visiting from the Bunny Hop, Debra

November 21, 2011 - 5:57 pm - Gorgeous tablescape and breathtaking photography!! I love the pumpkin in the hydrangeas! And your box is beautiful!

I have the same turkey plates (in the salad and dinner size!!)

November 21, 2011 - 7:40 pm

Bunny Jean - Your brown transfer ware is so pretty. I thought it was so sweet that you dad crocheted that little cover for your tea pot. I also took at peek at your outside Canadian Thanksgiving.

You took so many beautiful pictures…. thanks for sharing them at my party!

xoxo Bunny Jean
Wednesday’s Bunny Hop Party1

November 21, 2011 - 8:47 pm

Lindsay - I am coming to your house for Thanksgiving. :) It looks perfect! I love all the little details you added! I am so happy you shared this @ Show & Share, thank you SO much!

November 22, 2011 - 3:04 am

Denise at Forest Manor - This is such a beautiful Thanksgiving table!! I love every single little element on it. The little church, the pilgrims, the precious teapot and crocheted drip preventer. Your turkey transferware plates are gorgeous. I can’t resist those. It’s so nice of you to wish your American friends a Happy Thanksgiving. Thank you for sharing this lovely table!


November 26, 2011 - 4:18 am

The Tablescaper - Wonderful table of thanks.

– The Tablescaper

December 21, 2011 - 4:08 pm

Between You and Me - over from centsational girl…love your pictures.

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