Gathering Together for Thanksgiving

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I’m Gathering Together with 19 other bloggers for the

All Things Home Thanksgiving Tablescape Showcase.

See the links are at the bottom for all Thanksgiving table inspiration you don’t want to miss!

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In anticipation of Thanksgiving and with a thankful heart,

I’m at the table enjoying our weather in North Carolina,

which is usually mild enough for dining

alfresco or on the porch in November.

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A proud tom turkey takes center stage for this holiday,

and decorates the plates, bordered with leaves

and a fruit and vegetable pattern.

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 Artichokes, apples, and some leafy kale, providing texture,

were harvested from the produce department

to create a Pumpkin Vase Centerpiece.

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Flowers from Trader Joe’s are bountiful and affordable

with mums, daisies and sunflowers adding fall color

and leaves and clippings from shrubs

added for filler and texture.

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A plaid throw in a soft palette of warm browns

is layered over a matelasse coverlet.

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Napkins are also layered, a variegated stripe with

a metallic sheen, paired with a stylized

 leaf print in browns and greens

for some additional color and pattern.

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Bittersweet vine adds a little

color and contrast

to rustic woven chargers.

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Our weather in North Carolina has been

mild and in the 70s until recently .

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With an eye on the forecast to avoid rain and

lake wind advisories, I was a week too early photographing

this table, to capture any fall color or leaves which have

since turned from green to gold almost overnight.

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An Autumn Blaze Maple is always the first to turn,

providing long-awaited and dazzling red color.

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Indian Corn provides some texture

lined up next to bone handled flatware.

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Gathering Together Details:

Plates/ Johnson Brothers Autumn Monarch, HomeGoods

Chargers/ World Market

Goblets/HomeGoods

Napkins/Pier 1 & HomeGoods

Bone Handled Flatware/ Towle Seville

 Tablecovering/ Matelasse, Bed, Bath & Beyond

Plaid Throw/Lauren Home, T.J. Maxx, several years ago

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I’m thrilled to be joining

All Things Home Thanksgiving Showcase~

4 days of Inspiring and Creative Thanksgiving Tablescapes.

Fall Tablescape Tour Nov 11th - 14th (1)

Monday, November 11
Marty’s Musings
Sophia’s
Celebrating Everyday Life With Jennifer Carroll
On Sutton Place
Making Lemonade

Tuesday, November 12
Worthing Court
Home Is Where The Boat Is
Back Porch Musings
Stone Gable
Kirb Appeal

Wednesday, November 13
The Everyday Home
At The Picket Fence
Between Naps On The Porch
Craftberry Bush
Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Thursday, November 14
The Lilypad Cottage
Atta Girl Says
All Things Heart And Home
Top This Top That
Town And Country Living

Don’t miss the harvest of Thanksgiving tabletop inspiration!

Thanksgiving Table Pumpkin Centerpiece

Thank you for your visit, also sharing at:

Let’s Dish!Metamorphosis MondayThe Scoop,

 Inspire Me TuesdayWow Us Wednesdays,

 Tutorials Tips and TidbitsTablescape Thursday,

 Open House Thursdays,

 Home Sweet HomeBe Inspired Friday,

 Feathered Nest FridaySeasonal Sundays

  63 comments for “Gathering Together for Thanksgiving

  1. November 12, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Beautiful outdoor Thanksgiving table, Mary. I love that gorgeous centerpiece and the bittersweet wreaths are fabulous!

  2. November 12, 2013 at 6:53 am

    I love that rustic flatware Mary and nothing says Thanksgiving better than a big fat (er… plump) ole Tom Turkey! Somehow in just one day, all the leaves fell off the trees across the street… Gone, but not forgotten… We still have raking to do. Looking for snow flurries this morning:@)

  3. Lisa Smith
    November 12, 2013 at 7:18 am

    Mary – That is a gorgeous table setting!! I love the fruits and vegetables arranged with the fresh flowers. It was so naturally gorgeous. The dinnerware is so pretty also. I love the rustic, traditional look of it. Great pictures – great post – :-)

  4. November 12, 2013 at 7:23 am

    Mary – Your Thanksgiving table is pure perfection! All of the texture and layering creates a wonderful setting for a lovely meal. I love florals arranged in a pumpkin container and really want to try that myself one day. Keep guard over your bone handled flatware. I’d hate for it to go missing one day…:D

  5. franki
    November 12, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Your table-setting is just spot on…it says, “home sweet home” to me. Snow flurries forecast-ed….nooooooooooooooooooo..franki

  6. November 12, 2013 at 8:06 am

    As usual, I leave here thinking that you are my favorite tablescaper of all. I love every table you do, but I guess because fall is my favorite season, I love this one more than ever.

  7. Kim
    November 12, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Beautiful table with a beautiful view. Who wouldn’t enjoy that?

  8. Bonbongirl
    November 12, 2013 at 8:52 am

    I don’t know what is more beautiful: your tablescape or your view? You have blown the other bloggers out of the water on this one! You are one talented lady & I love everything you create :)

  9. paula
    November 12, 2013 at 8:55 am

    ~Mary~
    All the fall colors you used in the centerpiece is beautiful ! I seen those turkey plates at Marshalls, and love them. Again, what a lovely view you have, I’m looking out at our first snow here in northern IN. (I do like it :)
    Have a blessed day,
    Paula

  10. November 12, 2013 at 9:01 am

    as beautiful as your table is what i am always drawn to is your artistic shots, just for the thrill of some exta beauty, the light glinting off the glass and leaf, the colors hit by the sun, the sparkle of the lake, the glory of the birdhouse. always love looking in here, heavy sigh of contentment when i leave~

  11. Tricia
    November 12, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I love this post. I like how you tell us where you got the items so if we see something we love we know where to look for it. I love all the colors and textures you used for this one. Great job!

  12. November 12, 2013 at 9:52 am

    I always love to see your tablescapes by the water…it gives us such a sense of calm and serenity..you have such a magnificent backdrop for tablescapes that deserve that back drop as they are just as magnificent…I love the gorgeous centerpiece and you attention to detail is always impeccable…and I am so loving that R.L. throw!…yes, the leaves did seem to burst into color overnight!! Have a wonderful day Mary!

  13. November 12, 2013 at 10:19 am

    Lovely! The centerpiece is stunning -a work of art!

  14. November 12, 2013 at 10:49 am

    What a beautiful Thanksgiving tribute I love the artichokes and apples in the centerpiece. I also love the throw used as a table cloth, very chic. A view to enjoy.

  15. November 12, 2013 at 11:07 am

    You put together the most beautiful tablescapes I’ve ever seen! I’m always in awe when I come to visit your blog! From the pumpkin centerpieces to the beautiful views on the lake, it makes me want to join you there :) I’m just coveting that wool throw…I’ve been on the hunt for one just like that for a while!

  16. November 12, 2013 at 11:32 am

    What a gorgeous table, the centerpiece is fantastic!!! What a spectacular view.

    Cynthia

  17. November 12, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    My favorite part of all is the light, it is magical the way it bounces around your table making each element glisten as it is highlighted in your shots~the bittersweet looks fabulous with all your natural elements and the centerpiece is just stunning. It is a feast without food!
    Jenna

  18. November 12, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    There is always something so richly inspiring about your blog posts and tables…makes me want to rush and start gathering leaves, nuts, twigs and moss, except our native flora is so different..so then I have to reign myself, look around and find my own inspiration from what surrounds me…

  19. November 12, 2013 at 2:57 pm

    Mary, This is GORGEOUS! I love the fresh flowers, fruit and vegetables in a pumpkin as a vase as your centerpiece. I wish I could find some bittersweet that is pretty. I love the real but can’t get it in our area. Is yours real or faux? If faux where did you find it. It is fabulous. Great idea to place it around your plates. I love that pattern. Just attended my garden club and she had the same pattern.

    The shot of your bird cote with the fall foliage in the background is so pretty. It is all lovely.

    • November 12, 2013 at 3:04 pm

      Thanks Bonnie! The bittersweet is real , it came from the Farmers’ Market :)

  20. November 12, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    Wonderfully warm & inviting table, Mary!
    Beautiful photographs with some very interesting angles & ideas…like the leaf in the glass. Why don’t I ever think of things like that??

    I’m envious of you being able to be outside to dine…we just got 3″ of snow today!

  21. November 12, 2013 at 3:20 pm

    Oh mary…you had me at hello with your gorgeous table. Your style and arrangements never disappoint.

  22. November 12, 2013 at 6:06 pm

    You give me such great inspiration. I love your centerpieces, those square chargers, and always pop in to see what you do with my dishes since I have the same Johnson Brothers set as you do. Lovely treatment, as always.

  23. November 12, 2013 at 11:09 pm

    Mary, I’m always thankful that you take the time and energy to share your creative settings. This table is full of inspiration. Your centerpiece is stunning, and I’m swooning over the set of bone handled flatware. Your textures on this table are perfection. No question this is a beautiful fall setting perfect for Thanksgiving or any autumn day. ~ Sarah

  24. November 13, 2013 at 2:10 am

    Stunning Mary! I would love to try your pumpkin centerpiece! Really loved all the natural elements. Especially the apples in the design. Thanks for sharing!

  25. November 13, 2013 at 8:53 am

    This is absolutely gorgeous! I love your taste and sense of humor! I also LOVE LOVE LOVE the PUPPIES! How adorable they are! I have two precious male yorkiepoos that are the loves of my life, so I can totally relate!
    Blessings to you.
    Lori

  26. November 13, 2013 at 1:07 pm

    Such a beautiful table. I love the plaid throw..perfect with those dishes..
    Love, Mona

  27. November 13, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    No fall table could be prettier with this fabulous background of the water! Everything is so warm and wonderful. The plaid throw is beautiful. I love the plates too. Makes me excited for Thanksgiving.

  28. November 13, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    So pretty! Shared it on my Facebook page!

  29. November 14, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Mary, as always, your photographs are stunning. Of course, part of that is because you set the most lush tablescapes. That flower arrangement is gorgeous and your table setting is a perfect Thanksgiving one. All of the colors are what make Fall so special. Love the plates, napkins and that bone flatware – so, so pretty!!

  30. November 14, 2013 at 11:09 am

    You always have the loveliest pictures on your blog and I must say from the pictures you are a ‘mouthwatering’ cook. Southerns in general are grand cooks. My mother was a great cook and after I was married I looked forward to going back for her home cooking and most things always came from her garden. We were big on vegetables and hers always tasted the best. Loved her okra and I am serving some for dinner this evening.
    Great post! Happy Thanksgiving…..and blessings to your family.

  31. November 14, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    Just beautiful, Mary…that background is awesome. You do some of the best centerpieces, this one is no exception.
    Have a wonderful week.

  32. November 15, 2013 at 8:38 am

    Oh Mary! I am so in love with your table – all the details are just beautiful!! I love your flower arrangement with the addition of the artichokes and apples – happy sigh!! That flatware is also spectacular!! So much inspiration!! I adore it!! :-) What a fabulous job!! Thank you for sharing it!! ~Hugs, Jennifer

  33. November 15, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Mary, I am always excited to visit and see what fabulous table you have created. I have fallen in love with plaid throws and your centerpiece is gorgeous. When I was younger, I never bought any plaid but now they I have matured (by many years) I just love plaid. You have such creative talents to share with us. Thanks so much Mary.

  34. November 17, 2013 at 12:33 am

    Hi, Mary! I love your tablescape and appreciate you joining us on our All Things Home tour! The plaid throw is delightful and the centerpiece is amazing. I didn’t realize you lived at Lake Norman and were so close!

  35. November 17, 2013 at 9:09 pm

    Mary, Your Thanksgiving table is gorgeous. Love the bounty of the centerpiece and colors you chose for the napkins. Love, too, the bittersweet, square chargers and the bone handles flatware. Happy Thanksgiving!

  36. November 18, 2013 at 11:12 am

    We used the same plates and both had the ideas to set our Thanksgiving tables outside. I’ll trade you my playground view for your lake view!

    Love your lovely table and so honored to be part of the Tablescape tour with you.

  37. November 19, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    Oh my goodness Mary! This is beyond fabulous! I love every single detail. You are so amazingly talented!

    Heather

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  40. Cynthia
    August 5, 2014 at 10:22 am

    Loved that you used real flowers, not into plastic.

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