Elegant, Muted Whites for the Tablescape

I hosted Thanksgiving dinner at my house yesterday for my family, as well as my mom, my niece and 2 of our dear friends.

A lot of our belongings are in boxes in 
our garage, so I couldn’t find the serving dishes I always use for Thanksgiving and some of my decorations are packed away as well.

So, to decorate the table this year, I decided to just use what I have
on hand, which is lots of vintage and antique
items from my shop & around my home instead.

It wasn’t the traditional fall colors you’d normally see on a Thanksgiving table.  Instead it was lots of muted, warm tones.
I loved it!  Thankfully, my mom did a lot of the cooking, so I was
able to have fun decorating!

Here’s some glimpses of the items I had on hand to use.

I remembered a window from our old house that I had previously added the words from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18.
My husband hung it on my Bible-papered wall.

Fall leaves lining and antique saucer for a candle holder.

 A Thanksgiving Day poem from an antique school reader.

 Antique hymn book pages peeking out from each plate.

 This one went under my mother’s plate.

My favorite antique gravy boat & a tattered book stack.

 Beautifully tarnished butter tray.

 The cover page of the hymn book.

 I’ve been collecting antique dishes to use for holidays.  I buy all
white ones, so I can use them for any holiday.  

 Turkey carving utensils with bakelite handles.
I tucked antique lace around the edge of  the serving platter that is resting on a vintage silver tray.

 Deviled eggs on another plate and silver tray.

 Now, if your Thanksgiving was less than picture perfect,

you’ll feel a lot better after seeing this photo of my turkey after I 
put it on the platter. I didn’t stuff the guy, so I didn’t keep his legs connected together.  He got a little too relaxed while cooking.
He wasn’t sitting very gentleman-like, was he?

 Needless to say, we removed the meat from  the bones and place it on the platter.

Here’s the table all set.

While we waited for our friends to arrive, we went for a little walk down our gravel road.  The weather was perfect for a stroll.

 Just before sundown, the kids piled in the back of our pickup and we drove to a nearby state park.  The lake was gorgeous and I can’t wait to go camp there this summer!

is coming to a close and is on its way!

I hope your Thanksgiving was as blessed with family, friends & food as ours was!




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  1. Aww – thanks Angie for sharing these glimpses of your Tgiving decor. Love the sheet music at the plates. And ha – turkeys can have a mind of their own can’t they? WE did have a wonderful Tgiving. Enjoy your weekend.

  2. Such a beautiful table. . .would never have known this wasn’t the usual. . .it’s your distinctive, clever, vintage style. . .and the turkey looks scrumptious too!! Blessings!

  3. It really doesn’t get any better than this AND by having things packed away, you were able to me even more creative. A beautiful post. If felt like a mouse in your pocket.

  4. I know what you mean about being packed away, my husband is down in the basement looking for our ornaments, cause he doesn’t remember where he packed them. I laughed so hard when I seen your turkey, no he wasn’t very gentlemanly. It’s usually women who look that way. Was a great laugh. You have a great sense of style. Thanks so much for sharing at Sunday’s Best.

    PS – would you please add my Sunday’s Best link to your party list. Thanks.

  5. I love your tablesetting especially with the hymns. I did laugh when I saw your turkey.. think it can happen to the best. I’m a new follower, please drop by when you have a chance.

  6. Wow Angie,
    Your table setting for Thanksgiving was just beautiful. I love the hymnal pages at each place setting. What a beautiful idea. Also, what a lovely stroll you all took after dinner. Thanks so much for coming to our first blog party!


  7. I had to laugh when I saw your turkey. Mine looked like it was giving birth too!

  8. Hi Angie… I am visiting from Ivy and Elephants… what a lovely blog you have… your table looks beautiful and those deviled eggs look delish!… your “thingy” is a “caster dish” that goes under furniture… xoxo Julie Marie

  9. Just now getting a chance to pop by to see your table. Love it! The plates looked so wonderful under the silver platters. Can’t go wrong with white or silver platters for that matter!

  10. Angie, your table is lovely! I LOVE the hymns under each plate! How cute is that?~!!!
    Thanks so much for joining me for Pearls and Lace Thursday…it’s so nice to have you!
    Blessings, Doni

  11. What a beautiful holiday gathering. Your blog is great!

  12. Angie – I’m a new follower ~ found you through Ivy and Elephants. Beautiful & creative. Love the papered wall, your frame, music as placemats ~ love it all. Looking forward into seeing more of your blog when I have a bit more time.
    Connie LOU

  13. Aw, loved traveling back two years ago with you. What a lovely celebration you put together, in what is truly your signature style! (I made a “too relaxed” turkey one year, too! haha)
    Love the time worn beauty of the music pages and books, the old silver and ironstone, the candlelight and the reminder to give thanks in everything! Also loved seeing the family taking a Thanksgiving stroll- we like to do that too. Really fun to see how your photography has evolved, as well!

  14. This is a beautiful post, but could you please, please tell me the name of the book of months you feature in some of the pictures?
    Thanks oodles
    L x

  15. Poetry, “good” dishes, sheet music, the patina of silver, shades of white, old books and well-washed table linens hold up. They’re never tired, and grow richer with age; a feast for our eyes. I love the sense of tranquility I feel having these delights near me, especially in November. Eleven years later, your post is more relevant than when it was new. Thank you.

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