Thursday, November 12, 2020

Thanksgiving 2020-Style

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There is little dispute that Thanksgiving 2020 is going to be different from any we have celebrated in the past. Whether your gathering this year is going to be big or small, I am certainly not going to judge. My family decided against the big gathering this year, so I will have the smallest crowd ever, there will only be three of us.

Despite the fact that it will be a small group, that does not mean that I won’t be serving the same delicious food, and setting a beautiful table.


This year I am opting for rustic charm over casual elegance.  The tablecloth was a local purchase from a shop that has since closed. The table runner I found at Pottery Barn years ago; I love its versatility. I have yet to find a season where I can’t press this into service if need be. Black and cream plaid placemats are topped with round rattan placemats on which I have placed a tin charger from favorite local shop, The White Rabbit.

Plaid dinner plates from the late, great Pier One are on top of that. Beneath one of my favorite patterned soup bowls -- that pattern being David Hardin’s “Autumn” -- I have plain orange salad plates, gifted to me by my cousin. She no longer needed or wanted them, so passed them to me. I was both pleased and surprised at how well they blended with so many of my dishes.

I am a sucker for sentimentality, so always include something of my mother’s at each holiday table. The flatware and stemware both belonged to her. The flatware always garners a lot of comments. It’s pretty to look at, fun to use, and I love the whimsy.

The centerpiece is a pumpkin tureen surrounded by orange berries made specifically for the tureen. It, and the candlesticks (with their own berries), were part of a table display at a local shop, sadly, now long closed. I loved it so much that I bought everything. It’s been around for ages, but I still love it today as much as I did when I first saw it.


Lovely leaf salad plates will hold freshly baked croissants and honey butter. Each one represents a different color of the beautiful fall leaves that we have been lucky enough to experience this month.

Whether you’re serving two or ten, or just dining alone. Make the occasion special.



This post is linked to Tablescape Thursday.



Darlene Gardner said...

I love the use of black and cream to complement the autumn colors. Everything is simply lovely!

Sarah said...

Wonderful, charming table! I like all the layers of textiles and of course the plate stack. Your centerpiece is perfect for your table. The iron cable holders make a great statement. Happy Thanksgiving!

Angie's Recipes said...

Beautiful table set up, Pattie. I love that center piece.

Mary said...

So much to love here Pattie...from the linen layers and textures to the chargers and plate stack. The flatware is wonderful along with your iron candle holders and tureen centerpiece!

Thelma said...

A lovely table. All the colours of Fall and I'm sure the meal will be delicious. Happy Thanksgiving.

Gina said...

I love the color combos on your table. I haven't decided what to use on mine yet - I am loathe to go out and buy anything. I will pull out everything and decide this weekend! Plus, I think the tree is going up early which is a first for us! said...

This is Thanksgiving perfect Pattie! The black and white cloth and placemats are the perfect pairing for your fabulous pumpkin tureen and the multi element plate stacks...the stemware is so pretty and bright, and I love all the natural elements you've incorporated, beautiful! No matter whether gatherings are big or small, it is still important to set a pretty table and fill our plates with blessed food. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Marigene said...

I really like fall tablescapes, the best! They have such rich colors.
Is the colorful flatware Oxford Hall, by any chance?
I will be having a very small Thanksgiving, too. Just my daughter and I, sadly. but will be serving a traditional meal. Still trying to decide on what the dessert will be!
Happy Thanksgiving, Pattie!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

It isn’t Oxford Hall, although it is very similar. With what I have the design is different, and it’s much heavier.