Warm and Cozy Thanksgiving Tablescape

Since I’m not hosting Thanksgiving this year, I wasn’t planning to come up with a Thanksgiving tablescape this month. And then I acquired some new-to-me dishes and all that changed! My sister inherited our Gramma’s china but decided she was happy with the other sets of dishes she has room for (she has some really fun Fiestaware). For the time being, I get to enjoy Gramma’s china at my house!

My Mom does a great job of using her china for every holiday, so I thought it would be fun to find a color palette that would work with Gramma’s dishes. There’s a good bit of blue, green and yellow in the gold pattern that I warmed up using other textures on the table.

I layered the table with a heavy tablecloth, a knit blanket scarf and then a smaller scarf. The place setting is anchored with a woven charger (I found mine at Dollar General this summer!). Since the dishes are pretty old, the dinner plate is smaller than normal and the chargers make a big difference in filling out the table. I really like mixing sets of dishes, so I topped the salad plate with a pumpkin bowl. I’ve had those bowls a long time and enjoy using them every fall! My gold dotted glasses from last winter’s Target Dollar Spot work well with the plates and keep the whole table from feeling too stuffy.

The centerpiece is made up of a bronze mirrored tray from Kirklands (bought last year on clearance), my amber candlesticks and turkey, and some of my favorite pumpkins and filler from around the house. I played around with it for a while before I got it to look just how I wanted!

Of course I never like to let a table setting like this go to waste! You can be assured this tablescape will appear during a Sunday meal at least once this month. Do you have special china that belonged to someone in your family? It can be a little scary to pull it out, but pretty things are meant to be enjoyed!



19 thoughts on “Warm and Cozy Thanksgiving Tablescape

  1. Gorgeous dishes and setting! I love the blue and gold combo. We have some old dishes from my grandma, but I don’t think there’s enough for too many people so they don’t appear on the table too often. It’s fun to get them out, though! I have several dish sets of varying blue colors, so they can mix and match depending on how many guests are here. I like experimenting!


  2. Beautiful Fall table!! I love the blues and golds. I also love your mix of old and new. That’s my favorite way to decorate. Your Gramma’s dishes are lovely. Way to go on getting creative with your table runners. I have my own wedding china that is still in storage at my parent’s house. My goal is to get it moved to my house, unpacked and use it regularly. I also have a set of Christmas dishes that I love. My MIL started gifting me a few sets every Christmas and now I think I have 8 sets. I like to swap out my regular dishes for those every December.


    1. Thank you! Yes, mixing old and new is my favorite too. It has such a cozy, familiar vibe that I love. How fun to have a plethora of Christmas dishes! My mom has several sets – it really makes for a festive table.


  3. Gorgeous! I love how you pulled everything together. Your grandmother’s china is beautiful. I also have my grandmother’s china which I love. It is on our table currently even though we aren’t having a Thanksgiving meal at our home. I decided to put it out and make a pretty table for my husband and I to enjoy 🙂


  4. Whitney, so beautiful! I love fine china! I know it’s become a thing of the past to have; perhaps, because somehow those of years gone by only used their “good china” on special occasions. We’ve learned to say in our house that good china is for” special people, not special occasions.” You and I both have lots of special people in our lives, right?


  5. Very pretty china and a lovely table as well. I hope to get out a few Thanksgiving things today. Seeing your amber glass turkey, it made me remember my plain glass turkey. I will add some candy and use him as a candy dish.


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