Thanksgiving Lakeside Tablescape

 I set a table lakeside for Thanksgiving taking advantage of the last of the Fall color and warm temperatures. . .

I soaked some oasis & filled a pumpkin for a centerpiece again this week using roses, sunflowers, daisies, and Hypericum berries from the market along with leaves & clippings from our shrubs. A visit to the produce section for some artichokes, apples & salad savoy help fill the gaps and add some texture and interest.

A centerpiece like this will last several days before some materials (mainly the garden clippings & salad savoy) will have to be replaced.  In fact this centerpiece looked better two days later when the roses had a chance to open up a bit~ just be sure to keep it in a cool place, out of direct sunlight to slow down the evaporation process and help it last longer.

I also lined the inside of the pumpkin with plastic bags to prevent any water from the oasis from seeping into the bottom of the pumpkin vase for a longer life.

I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of my little tiger striped pumpkins this season~ last week at the table and this week filled with plant material & flowers for individual vases for each of the four place settings.

 It would be fun to take it one step further and add a place card tucked or picked in place for each guest~

These were quick & easy to make~ soaking the oasis for 30 minutes and filling with bits of rosemary, clippings from shrubs, daisies and a Sweetgum ball. I’m making an effort to celebrate the Sweetgum, rather than curse the abundance of these prolific & prickly little gumballs this Fall :)




Thanksgiving Table details:

Queen’s Myott by Churchill Thanksgiving Turkey dishes & Ivory Chargers /HomeGoods

 Mikasa French Countryside Goblets/Tuesday Morning

Flatware & Woven Chargers/World Market

 Napkins/Pier 1

 Plaid Throw/Tablecovering/Target, last year

Wishing You & Yours a Happy Thanksgiving

 with Turkey and Stuffing for All!

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Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

Tablescape Thursday

  48 comments for “Thanksgiving Lakeside Tablescape

  1. November 20, 2011 at 7:11 am

    Just beautiful, Mary…simply Beautiful! Your talent for this continues to amaze & inspire me. I haven’t even thought about the centerpieces for Thursday’s dinner yet & here you’ve done several already.
    Gorgeous use of color & texture!!

  2. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    November 20, 2011 at 7:18 am

    Gorgeous centerpiece Mary, and the little pumpkins are precious! I’d love to see one on my plate-very special! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours too, give the pups a little piece of turkey for me:@)

  3. November 20, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Oh, Mary! You make me feel so welcome at your beautiful tables that I feel like I should be booking my flight! This is so beautiful. We’ve all been seeing sooooo many fall tables by now, but this takes it to a place we haven’t been. You have such a knack for adding fruit and vegetables to centerpieces. You reign as queen of the produce! I used these little striped pumpkins at a luncheon recently and I put a small mum plant in each one as a favor. My guests were able to plant them, as they were landscape mums and they were a most unusual shade. It was so fun to see them all lined up before the lunch, knowing that they were going home to gardeners and that they might be coming back for years in their gardens. m Thank you for your lovely posts. I never miss one of yours, as they are always so special.

  4. November 20, 2011 at 8:18 am

    So beautiful! Tranquil and lovely by the water. The centerpiece is amazing and the smaller pumpkins on the plates are perfect. Love the addition of the fruit throughout. I really can’t say enough about how pretty this whole scene is. Sending Happy Thanksgiving wishes to you!

  5. November 20, 2011 at 9:16 am

    Mary, Happy Thanksgivings. With a setting and surrounding as this, it is easy to see God’s abundant blessings. Your table is fabulous. Those chargers are so fabulous I can see them for so many different occasions. Great throw too. It’s all just spectacular. Your photos are stunning.. xo marlis

  6. November 20, 2011 at 10:22 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Mary!!

    Gorgeous table!

  7. Dee
    November 20, 2011 at 10:32 am

    Your creativity kills me! Tell me that these are pictures from last year? Or, do you get it that ready that early? Love your dishes, it all!

  8. Pondside
    November 20, 2011 at 10:46 am

    If the food is a quarter as good as the setting, the feast will be amazing! I love the pumpkin floral arrangement – and thanks for the tip about lining it with plastic bags.

  9. November 20, 2011 at 10:54 am

    This tablescape is stunning! You really are an artist with natural materials. All of the colors you’ve used in the centerpiece and the small pumpkins are just gorgeous. I especially like the roses mixed in with the other things. Your dishes take a back seat to your floral displays, but I did notice them because my sister-in-law has the same dishes.

  10. November 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

    the fall gods of contentment on smiling on us today… you do know this is a great big heavy sigh of wonderful warm love for the season joy… again, your bonus pond behind puts it totally over the top for me~

    i left my little punkins at the beach, they are so cute on your table, i wonder how they will look at xmas for me since i won’t be back til dec :(

    i just adore your outdoor living, all natural, always feel good posts, you truly make my day, its those devilish details i relish, long live the devil good times!

  11. November 20, 2011 at 11:49 am

    Mary, each detail is gorgeous. Clever idea to use the little tiger pumpkins as petit vases for each individual setting. A nice little favor for a guest to take home. Your lakeside setting makes this all perfection. Wish I were there dining with you.
    Happy Thanksgiving! ~ sarah

  12. November 20, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Mary I think this is one of the loveliest Thanksgiving tables I’ve seen. I adore the pumpkin vase and flowers. Just beautiful and abundant like the holiday should be. Of course with a gorgeous backdrop like the lake it really shines. I am wishing you the most wonderful Thanksgiving ever!
    hugs, Linda

  13. November 20, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! Gorgeous table, as always. xo

  14. Nann from At Nann's Table
    November 20, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    Mary your table is drop dead gorgeous. Everything you do here is gorgeous! I love to see the arrival of your emails. Its like opening a gift in the mail.

    Love the plaid throw. I have a bunch of red plaids for Christmas but none of these beautiful autumn plaids. I’m now going to be on the hunt. I wanted to do the same type of floral thing with pumpkins but after Halloween the pumpkins were gone….NOWHERE To be found. All the grocers and fruit stand people said that as of halloween they dispose of them immediately. Taught me a new lesson to be more on the ball. I love your deep flower filled orange variegated pumpkin and the flower filled baby pumpkins just are the cherry on top. Its all over the top fabulous.

    I am a brand new blogger with a brand new blog and am so glad I found you and signed up. You are a real inspiration to me. I know I have alot to do to come up to your level but by golly its a new goal for me and I know I”m going to learn from the best because you are one of them. Thanks Mary for sharing your beautiful tablescape. It took my breath away.

  15. November 20, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I love everything about your table. The large centerpiece is spectacular and the tiger pumpkin arrangements are darling. Your close up shots show it off so well. The roses are ever so nice and I really like the apples and artichokes with all the berries, leaves, and sunflowers. The fall foliage all around the lake is glorious. Turkey plates are especially attractive and the plaid throw serves as a great background to delight the eye with everything on the table. I hope you have a WONDERFUL THANKSGIVING!

  16. November 20, 2011 at 11:27 pm

    Hi Mary, Stunning table and photography! You definitely got your money’s worth out of your little pumpkins, and all of your ideas were a delight! I have the same plates, not sure if I’m using them or not. I may go a bit more formal, depending on how many people decide to come. Right now, I think I’m at 12. Your lake pictures are so beautiful and everything looks so inviting! Thanks again for sharing a lovely tablesetting!

  17. November 21, 2011 at 4:04 am

    I have run out of adjectives to describe how very beautiful these tablescapes are Mary!!! I love them…..each and every single one! Love coming over here and checking out eye candy!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!!! xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

  18. November 21, 2011 at 9:17 am

    I can’t tell you how nuts I am about this table! I already stopped to pin it so that I don’t forget it. It’s beautiful. I love the individual settings with the little pumpkin arrangements. The next time I have a fall luncheon club lunch at my house, I am definitely going to do this. Just plain gorgeous!

  19. November 21, 2011 at 1:58 pm

    Another beautiful table in a tranquil setting. I could really use some “tranquil” these days. I love your individual pumpkin/floral arrangements. I have no time to do it this year, but it’s a great idea for the future.

    Happy Thanksgiving,Mary!

  20. November 21, 2011 at 5:37 pm

    Your centerpiece is just unreal. Using the flowers, fruit, vegetables and pumpkins all together is simply stunning. I also love the plaid and the transferware dishes are gorgeous. This is magnificent. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  21. November 21, 2011 at 5:39 pm

    Martha Stewart would certainly give this one two thumbs up….it’s fabulous!! We will be dining lakeside also. Now if only the weather will cooperate. The weather guy is calling for sunny and upper 50’s which would be just perfect. :) Happy happy Thanksgiving. Charming blog you have.

  22. Nann from At Nann's Table
    November 21, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Thanks Mary for your comments on my blogspot. It meant alot to me. I’m from what I call the old country and am trying to learn to be trendier. I decided you must be a floral designer in another life. (smile) I’ve looked at alot of your blog but I have a lot more to go. As I said before I’m in awe of you and your talent. Sincerely, N.

  23. November 23, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    Mary, your table is once again so gorgeous. I love the centerpiece and that you have explained how it was created. I am flower-arranging-challenged so I enjoy reading about the how-to’s. The centerpiece and the individual place setting pumpkins are just beautiful.

    I love the layering of the dish stack, as well. The woven chargers are a nice touch to keep the look less formal. Those white chargers are great; they add a lot of interest to the stack.

    I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thank you for sharing such beautiful posts with us!

  24. November 23, 2011 at 10:58 pm

    I never got a notice of this post???? I am so glad you linked to TT so I didn’t miss it! This is, once again, beautiful! I love the individual arrangements so much! Such a welcoming and lovely touch. The COLORS of the table covering are GORGEOUS! Love the idea of the 2 chargers too. Wishing you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving, Mary. XO, Pinky

  25. November 23, 2011 at 11:23 pm

    How you do what you do each week is astonishing, and I am so grateful to have the opportunity to enjoy your tables. The only thing that would make them better is being able to share them with you. Have a most wonderful turkey day. xoxox

  26. November 24, 2011 at 12:04 am

    So beautiful. I could just sit there for hours.

    – The Tablescaper

  27. Debbie
    November 24, 2011 at 6:22 pm

    Breathtakingly beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving.

  28. November 24, 2011 at 10:09 pm

    Mary, I just love how you create such a gorgeous table that looks like it belongs in a formal dining room, but with the use of a plaid tablecloth, it looks perfect for the outdoors!
    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  29. November 25, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    Beautiful…from the table covering, to the plates, to the gorgeous centerpiece!
    Enjoy the long holiday weekend, Mary…

  30. November 25, 2011 at 11:46 pm

    This is so pretty! Love your plaids and blooming pumpkins.

  31. November 26, 2011 at 12:07 am

    The plaid table covering is the perfect beginning for your Thanksgiving tablescape. Beautiful floral designs with the pumpkins. Thank you for inviting us for a peak at your lovely design. Cherry Kay

  32. November 26, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Ay yi yi!!! Your floral talent is really shining through this week!!! Each and every pumpkin is beautiful and abundant! What a fabulous idea! I wish I had the patience to cut and scoop them out. I would love to make a centerpiece like this one, but my patience is next to nothing! Maybe I can bribe a crafty neighbor into that part of it! :-) I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  33. November 27, 2011 at 4:52 am

    Stunning shots! The table looks so warm and inviting!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  34. November 27, 2011 at 7:20 pm

    What a gorgeous table. Love the textures and the location is just idyllic!

  35. November 29, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    This is just beautiful! I love the mini pumpkins with their own flowers in the center of each plate! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  36. December 1, 2011 at 2:42 pm

    I’m CRAZY about your table!! I’m not usually a gourd girl, but yours are fabulous. I need a plaid blanket to use as a tablecloth, like, yesterday. Greatness!

  37. Liz
    December 2, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Oh this is beautiful! What a perfect setting! Love your arrangements and your dishes! Those ivory chargers are fabulous! Love the turkey plates and the Mikasa stemware (a favorite) Truly a beautiful setting! I hope your Thanksgiving was just as beautiful!
    (I started a blog for tablescaping I don’t know if we were connected through my or not, but I know I’ve been on your blog before)

  38. Liz
    December 2, 2011 at 9:24 pm

    You make simple look gorgeous! :) Your stuffed pumpkins are perfect. That is a great idea to put the plastic bags on the inside! :)

    Thank you for joining in for Fresh-Cut Friday!!
    Merry Christmas!

  39. December 4, 2011 at 11:01 am

    Wow, what a stunning post! I love your blog, too. We love the lake, and enjoy a tiny cabin there right now. Our jobs are keeping us in the city, but we are planning on retiring to Lake Martin, AL as soon as we can! I am your newest follower, and I linked over here from Liz’s Rose Vignettes. Please come over and visit me!

    Ricki Jill

  40. August 24, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    These pics are amazing! You are sooo creative. Can’t wait to use these ideas in my home!

  41. November 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    Hi. We cannot buy pumpkins around here any more.i will have to check at Walmart because no one else has them. I wanted to make some thing with the little pumpkins. Very cute. I love your tables cape.

  42. franki
    November 5, 2014 at 10:32 am

    Gaaaa….gorgeous!! The miniatures would be perfect for moving to our guests bedside stands after the meal… So really beautiful!! franki

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