Giving Thanks Table with Warm Plaid Layers and Pumpkins


I’m at the table with warm plaid layers and pumpkins in anticipation of Thanksgiving! It’s the last hurrah for fall leaves and pumpkins and we’re thankful for our mild weather in November, allowing us to dine outdoors and enjoy the soft golden light of fall.


The Thanksgiving countdown has begun which I know for many is actually the countdown to the Christmas season. While most folks are all ready making Christmas preparations, this is the time of year that I like savor and enjoy the last bit of fall.


While I enjoy decking the halls, 20+ years spent in retail purchasing Christmas merchandise in January, unpacking it in July to stock the shelves by September, can make you feel a little “bah, humbug” by the time November has arrived :).  I’m thankful to have the time to enjoy each season as it comes these days.


I added a throws at each chair at the table, taking my cue from a favorite restaurant in the North Carolina mountains that we enjoy dining at in the fall. We always request to sit outside on the porch that overlooks a stream. They have outdoor heaters and provide blankets for your lap on request for a cozy touch if you’re chilled while dining.


With pumpkin season winding down, I used tiger striped pumpkins for mini vases at the table for each place setting.


You can cut your mini pumpkins, scooping out the flesh to make a vase for your flowers or use a short cut and easy method of adding a piece of foam on top for your flowers.


I filled the mini pumpkins with mums and hypernicum berries from the grocery store along with leaves, rosemary, and abelia and loropetalum sprigs, snipped from the shrubs.


A proud Tom turkey struts his stuff on the plates. His soft colors of brown with a touch of blue on the feathers and on the rim of the plate, set the palette for the table with a blue matelasse coverlet for a tablecloth with a soft brown plaid fringed throw for a table topper.


Copper feather napkin rings marry a paisley and stripe napkins. Bone handle flatware adds a warm organic feel along with amber bell shaped goblets.




Giving Thanks Table Details:

Dishes / The Victorian English Pottery Turkey Thanksgiving, HomeGoods

Flatware / Towle Seville

Amber Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

 Chargers, Napkins / HomeGoods

Plaid throws, gifts and HomeGoods

Matelasse coverlet / Bed, Bath & Beyond

Urn, retail days


Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving at your table whether dining with pumpkins or by twinkling Christmas tree lights!


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  38 comments for “Giving Thanks Table with Warm Plaid Layers and Pumpkins

  1. Linda L
    November 18, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Love, love the mini pumpkins and posies; but it’s all just so cosy and comforting. That’s the thing about fall colors…nothing better.

  2. November 18, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Such beautiful autumnal accouterments! You’ve truly captured the essence of the season, Mary! I would love to snuggle under one of those pretty plaid throws & sip some spiced cider from those beautiful amber goblets.
    I’m still trying to decide which set of dishes to use for our T’day!!! Too many choices! LOL

  3. Andrea Campbell
    November 18, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Your photos are so delicious always, Mary. But the mere thought of eating outside in November here in Upstate New York sends chills down my spine!!

    • November 18, 2015 at 9:40 am

      Hi Andrea, I bet so, it’s a tad warmer here! Our family is too large to fit around the dining room table and we overflow onto table on the screened porch. There have only been one or two Thanksgivings that I remember when it was too chilly to sit out there :)

  4. Bonnie Keearns
    November 18, 2015 at 9:32 am

    So Beautiful and Inviting! Love the plaid; just want to cozy up with a warm brandy and enjoy the autumn setting♡

  5. November 18, 2015 at 9:35 am

    It looks lovely, Mary!

  6. November 18, 2015 at 9:44 am

    LOVE the lap blankets and all the warmth your whole table radiates Mary! I can almost taste the turkey :) What a lovely way to enjoy this special meal~ I am also trying to savor the last days of Fall, before the Christmas rush is upon us. I love the mix of things in your pumpkin vases, especially the beautiful colored leaves, and the rosemary surely puts a holiday scent in the air. It’s perfect!

  7. November 18, 2015 at 9:45 am

    I think this is my favorite time of the year to see a most gorgeous tablescape that you do by the lake. Cannot imagine how wonderful it must be to dine by the lake on a crisp day enjoying that amazing view. A most gorgeous table as always Mary!

  8. November 18, 2015 at 9:56 am

    Hi Mary, We were dining outside on a bay in Canada this August and the restaurant also was handing out blankets which we gladly accepted. Your beautiful setting for November with fall colors and pumpkins seems like a more appropriate place for snuggling in blankets while dining! Your plates are wonderful! I’ve been thinking about centerpieces for my Thanksgiving tables and now I think I will try to copy your mini pumpkin vases. They are so cute! Linda

  9. November 18, 2015 at 10:02 am

    I’m so glad that I can come here and see that you’re still savoring the Fall season, Mary! I see that your retail days make you appreciate the here and now. Your table and chairs are filled with cozy warmth for the Thanksgiving feast. Those turkey plates are wonderful!

  10. November 18, 2015 at 10:44 am

    What a stunning table – I’d love to sit there for a meal! I, too, try to savor every last moment of Fall.

  11. Chris
    November 18, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Savoring the beauty you have graced my day with! :) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving…kindly, Chris

  12. November 18, 2015 at 12:43 pm

    Mary, this post sums up exactly how I feel about autumn too, even though I don’t have but a smidgen of retail experience. I volunteered for a hospital gift shop after retiring, and I experienced the unpacking in July. ‘-) I smiled at how our sentiments are so in sink as my post in draft is about the same thoughts. Wish I had your beautiful setting to share in photos.
    Love the idea of individual throws at each chair. I wish some restaurants in town would adopt the idea.
    I was hostess chair for garden club that was to meet yesterday. My plan for the serving table was layers of wool throws with a grouping of topiary plants in copper and pottery containers. Unfortunately the front that moved through here on Tuesday morning caused us to cancel for this month. We were touring a garden with lunch planned for the lovely terrace in the garden. We’ll reschedule for another date, but it will likely be in the spring now. Will need to come up with a different table idea.

  13. Melodie Strickland
    November 18, 2015 at 1:28 pm


    Thank you for sharing the beautiful outdoor Thanksgiving tablescape. Usually it’s too chilly here to eat outdoors around Thanksgiving. Your posts are always inspiring.

  14. November 18, 2015 at 1:38 pm

    I too love anticipating each season, and like you, I was in the retail business starting in 1980 for quite a few years, in SC, South FL and later on here in Hawaii….Each place had a completely different feel during the holidays…

    The touches of blue with the browns and beige are lovely…and I love the idea of the throws at each chair…

  15. Carolyn ericson
    November 18, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Very pretty and unexpected blue accents Thanksgiving table. Lovely little pumpkin florals at each setting. Although I have already packed lots of dishes, I am going to check out Honegoods to see if they have ant turkey plates left. Love that pattern. Enjoy the Bounty of Thanksguving with family next week.

  16. November 18, 2015 at 2:33 pm

    Mary, what a warm and inviting table by your gorgeous view! Autumn colors are my favorite and your tables are always so inspiring! Happy Thanksgiving, Pam (

  17. Barbara
    November 18, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I love all of your beautiful pics! Just gorgeous and inspiring. Can you tell us the name of the restaurant you go to in the NC mountains that has blankets at each chair ? That’s my kind of place and we frequent the NC mtns as much as we can. Thanks!

    • November 18, 2015 at 6:45 pm

      Hi Barbara, The restaurant is Artisanal in Banner Elk. They’re open May 1st through November 1st. The restaurant is beautiful indoors too but we enjoy dining outside on the porch. They pass the blankets out on request :)

  18. Paula
    November 18, 2015 at 6:25 pm


    Lovely as always, such a very pretty setting !!and I love your urns and the stone wall too !!


  19. November 18, 2015 at 6:25 pm

    Gorgeous pictures…makes me sad, because all my pumpkins have to come in, we have the teens forecasted for the weekend,Sadly. Your setting and decor is gorgeous! Sandi

  20. November 18, 2015 at 6:38 pm

    A nice casual setting Mary, love the Tom plates! Enjoy the last days of fall… Holiday chaos will soon beupon us:@)

  21. mOm
    November 19, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Mary, I sometimes think I am the only one savoring the last days of Fall. On Nov. 1st I turned my favorite radio station on and there it was…Christmas Music, non-stop until Dec. 25th. Turned it off and will not turn it on until the day after Thanksgiving. This world is moving so fast and we just keep allowing it to push us along and think we are headed in the right direction. Take time to think, RELAX!!! And enjoy the seasons!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours and please…keep those beautiful photos coming our way!!!

  22. gardenthymewithdiana
    November 19, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Lovely, November has it’s own beauty .

  23. Ellen Stillabower
    November 19, 2015 at 9:09 am

    Beautiful table!!! Very relaxing!!! Happy Thanksgiving!!!🦃🦃🦃🦃

  24. November 19, 2015 at 1:14 pm

    You have such beautiful surroundings to compliment your gorgeous setting. Lovely!

  25. November 19, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Such a pretty setting by the lake. I love this time of year! Lovely, lovely table!

  26. November 20, 2015 at 10:17 am

    MEah time I see your water view, I am a little envious. Love the individual pumpkins and warm feeling of the whole setting. In German sidewalk cafes, noce warm blankets are draped on the back of th chairs for the guests. It is charming and so are yours. Happy Thanksgiving, Linda

  27. November 23, 2015 at 8:14 pm

    Such a beautiful fall setting. I would be outside enjoying the view as long as weather permits. The plaid throw is perfect, it adds a perfect fall base for your table. I’ve been thinking of a heater for my deck so we can enjoy the outdoor a little longer in the fall and early spring.

  28. November 23, 2015 at 10:10 pm

    You had me at plaid…then I saw your beautiful setting, and wicker chairs, and… Your whole table and atmosphere are beautiful. I agree with you about enjoying Thanksgiving for it’s own sake.

  29. November 30, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    you know i should have those BLUE t-plates for seaside dining…

    too bad it all looks so beautiful at your house!

  30. November 17, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    The colors of your table and throws are lovely together. Love how they’re not the usual Fall things.

  31. November 19, 2016 at 9:11 am

    I’m with you when it comes to enjoying fall or any season for as long as it lasts. This is especially true now when Thanksgiving is pushed out of the way by Christmas.

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