In the Potting Shed: A Rafter of Turkeys and Thanksgiving Vignette


I’m ready for all things turkey with Thanksgiving around the corner!

I gathered my collection of turkey plates for a little tabletop fun and seasonal display in the Potting Shed.


It will soon be time trade in turkey and pumpkins for boughs of holly and jingle bells and until then, I’m enjoying November as ‘Thanksgiving season’.

I shared my love of brown transferware recently and Spode Celebration Thanksgiving Turkey is one of my favorite gobblers and patterns.

I like to enjoy my turkey plates beyond the table, as a decorative accent in a basket filled with gourds, pumpkins and leaves. . .

Or to embellish a wreath.

I had several comments and emails about my collection of turkey plates. Raise your hand if you need a 12-step program for your HomeGoods addiction and pull up a chair next to me. ;) Here’s a fun fact: Did you know a group of turkeys is called a ‘rafter’, not flock? My ‘rafter’ is made of an assortment of dinner plates with a few salad plates in the mix and a couple of mugs. I don’t have a complete set of any pattern.


If you’re looking for some affordable turkey plates for your Thanksgiving feast, you can almost always find some at HomeGoods or T.J. Maxx  in late summer or early fall, for around $4.00 a dinner plate. . .a price that makes it easy to gobble them up!


 Victorian English Pottery Turkey by Edward Challinor has an acorn and oak leaf border. I found a set of four proudly strutting their stuff at HomeGoods last year.

You can see it here, with a natural pumpkin-oak leaf runner and easy 5-minute centerpiece for your Thanksgiving table.


This platter was a favorite antique mall find last year. It’s unmarked but was a bargain price of $12 with pretty engraving details and a fruit and floral border.


 Autumn Monarch by Johnson Brothers Turkey mugs and plates, are rimmed with a decorative fruit and vegetable border.


You can see them at an alfresco Thanksgiving table from 2014 here, with a turkey tureen centerpiece.

 Queen’s Myott by Churchill Thanksgiving Turkey has a peach floral and soft green leaf border.

You can see them at a Thanksgiving table from 2011 with a pumpkin vase centerpiece and mini pumpkin vases at each place setting, here.


I added four proud Tom turkey plates to my collection this year, Queen’s by Churchill ‘Majestic Beauty’ turkey dinner plates, found for about the same price as a Pumpkin Spice Latte at $4.99 at Tuesday Morning back in August.


A price that may have you rethinking your Starbucks addiction and trading it for a dish addiction instead. ;)


A turkey platter, unmarked, with crazing and a few blemishes was harvested from my favorite antique mall for $8 several years ago.


I enjoyed this free-range ;) turkey, roosting in my window box among the pumpkins, gourds and ornamental kale on my Potting Shed porch.

Turkey napkins were purchased on clearance at the end of the season from Williams-Sonoma a couple of years ago. I always like to check what’s on clearance when they’re moving out the turkeys to make way for Santa and his reindeer.

Johnson Brothers ‘His Majesty’ salad plate features scallop-shaped rims with fruits, berries and vegetables.


 Royal Stafford Turkey plates are my most colorful Thanksgiving plates, with accents of blue and warm peach-rust tones on the fruit, flowers and wheat along the border of the plates. 

You can see them at a Thanksgiving Table With a Touch of Blue, from 2012 here.

A mini ear of Indian corn, adds a harvest season note, flanking bone handled flatware at each place setting.


Tree slice chargers add some rustic charm in addition to adding some texture and warmth to harvest or Thanksgiving table.



Table Details:

Assorted turkey plates above / HomeGoods, T.J. Maxx, and Tuesday Morning

Turkey platters, unmarked / antique mall

White turkey plate / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Mini turkey tureens / World Market, several years ago

Turkey napkins / Williams-Sonoma, several years ago

Flatware / Towle Seville

Amber Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside

Tree slice chargers / Bed, Bath & Beyond, several years ago

I pulled together a round-up of recipes for your Thanksgiving feast to help you Keep Calm and Gobble On!

Find Thanksgiving recipes you’ll want to Gobble here.


Feast your eyes on this ‘rafter’ of turkeys and beautiful transferware collection available from Nancy’s Daily Dish, here.

Thank you for your visit, sharing with:

Tablescape Thursday,

  36 comments for “In the Potting Shed: A Rafter of Turkeys and Thanksgiving Vignette

  1. Karen Wright
    November 8, 2017 at 7:50 am

    Good morning Mary! All the brown transferware is wonderful! Your collection makes me want to set the Thanksgiving table early! I love the eclectic mix! I think I will mix my patterns this year!!! Thanks for the inspiration!!! The recipes are fabulous, too! I want to try the pecan pie muffins! They look scrumptious!!! Happy Wednesday! 🍂🍁🦃

  2. Libby
    November 8, 2017 at 8:40 am

    Love the plate as background for the wreath. Your ideas ARE so clever, what inspiration. Thank you for sharing.

  3. November 8, 2017 at 8:44 am

    I just love a visit to your potting shed. It is always a treat to see how you have styled the potting shed. The plate hanging in the center of that gorgeous wreath is a great idea! I might have to borrow that one! Have a lovely day!

  4. Norma Rolader
    November 8, 2017 at 8:51 am

    What a way to start my morning with a beautiful Thanksgiving table set with beautiful plates and decor You are awesome

  5. Cyndi Raines
    November 8, 2017 at 9:05 am

    Oh, Mary, this is so much Fun! I enjoyed viewing your awesome collection and love my recent purchase from TJMAXX, the plate with the turkey and the acorn border. I have a large turkey platter and a turkey gravy tureen with salt and pepper shakers and 2 candlesticks holders that are all turkeys that my parents gifted me years ago. They are extra special to me now that both parents have passed. I will be on the lookout for the Stratford plates, I really love the berry and wheat boarder with the touch of blue. Thanks! P.s. Thanks for educating us on the word rafters instead of flock. I will tell my sister as she has turkeys in her backyard along with 4 deer, who come to eat her birdseed each evening.

  6. November 8, 2017 at 9:15 am

    Love all your scored big time..I have a Queens Churchill pattern that I scored on at our Christmas Tree Shop..plates for $4.99; bowls cheaper, mugs, platter a bit high but I love the pattern..I scored a beautiful, large platter at Cracker Barrel a number of years ago, after Thanksgiving, for a sale price of $’s beautiful and I display it beginning on November 1st. Until December 1st, when it’s replaced with a Christmas Spode platter..I’m just a dish nut!, thanks for sharing your pass me a leg please! 🦃🦃🦃🦃🦃

    • November 8, 2017 at 10:32 am

      Hi Ellen, I seen all those wonderful deals and dishes that CTS sells. We don’t have one in our neck of the woods. I’ll have to remember to check Cracker Barrel though 🦃🍽😀

  7. RS
    November 8, 2017 at 9:39 am

    As I scrolled thru these pics, I thought “this is my favorite” only to reverse that choice on the next pic and think “no, this one is my favorite”. Ok I can’t choose a favorite. Thanks for sharing your dish collection and table setting. I know there must be a lot of work behind the scenes.

    • November 8, 2017 at 10:26 am

      It’s hard for me to pick a favorite too! Yes it’s work but most of the time it’s a labor of love 🍽😀

  8. November 8, 2017 at 9:48 am

    I def need a 12-step for dishes, not necessarily HG. I got all excited just seeing your post come through the email. When you said rafter in the title, my thoughts went immediately to you displaying dishes in the rafter of the shed, lol. Oh dear me, yes, it’s an addiction. I have to confess, I did pick up a few salads in that pattern at HG – pheasants. They’ll be a surprise when I unwrap them sometime next year. #packratterydeferred.

    • November 8, 2017 at 10:24 am

      Too funny Rita! I’m just a few dishes away from needing to hang them from the rafters 🍽🦃🍁 #dishaholicsunite

  9. November 8, 2017 at 10:08 am

    Gobble Gobble Mary, I am loving the turkey farm you created in your potting shed!! You have so many wonderful pieces! The way you “use” your plates in decor is so creative and fun, every little detail brings a smile~ I have to stay away from HG, I’m just not strong enough to resist!

    • November 8, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Hi Jenna, There’s a HG about 8 miles from my house that ai drive by at least 4 times a week. My car just naturally pulls in for a weekly stop, it’s beyond my control 🍽🦃😀

  10. November 8, 2017 at 10:50 am

    Mary, the potting shed is gobbler ready! Your collection is so warm…love all the fall colors and your vignettes are always perfection! We have a rafter of turkeys that visit our pasture almost daily! They particularly like to visit on rainy days! They are fun to watch, especially when in their awkward way they fly! I often take out the binoculars to see how long their beards are and many of them drag the ground! Enjoy this thankful season!

  11. November 8, 2017 at 11:54 am

    I try to scroll through and pick a favorite plate, Mary, but it’s soooo hard to do. I think it’s between the Queen’s Myott and the Royal Stafford, for me. However, I can see why you collect them, because they’re all beautiful in their own way. I know that’s why I now collect teacups, because of my dish addiction!! I love the wreath with the plate in the middle….perfect for dish addicts!

  12. November 8, 2017 at 1:31 pm

    I am definitely a candidate for the 12-step plate addiction and HomeGoods addiction. It is like a hunt I think. I just know that I am not ready to give up this sweet joy! Your plate collection is awe-inspiring. I love putting the plate in the basket of pumpkins!

  13. November 8, 2017 at 1:42 pm

    I’m a big fan of mixing and matching the plates Mary! Love all of your Toms… And I’ll bring the donuts to the next HomeGoods meeting:@)

    • November 8, 2017 at 2:27 pm

      See you there Lynn! I’ll take a cruller please! 🍩

  14. November 8, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    I love this, Mary!! I don’t drink coffee so no Starbucks addiction, but I need that seat next to yours at the 12 step meeting for dish addiction:) I shared my dish ROOM today on my blog if you need proof:):)

  15. Marie
    November 8, 2017 at 6:40 pm

    Mary, Please include me as one of the charter members of the HG dish addiction club. If I am on the “hunt”, I can hit 4 different HG locations in a day! And, sadly, I have done that. My largest set of turkey plates is the Spode brown and white, they are classics. Quite a few years ago I walked into HG and sitting there were several serving pieces that were part of a grouping that was done from an archival Spode brown and white leaf and acorn pattern done exclusively for Williams Sonoma Home. I would include the exact name, but the pieces haven’t been unpacked yet for the upcoming holiday. The design goes beautifully with the Turkey plates and I purchased a covered round dish, 2 square bowls, a gravy set, pitcher and several mugs. At the time they seemed pricey for HG, but I later realized that If I had been smarter I should have taken every piece they had. As part of our self-help meetings, perhaps we could discuss creative ways to store all our treasures😊. MM

  16. November 8, 2017 at 8:44 pm

    All those Toms are strutting mighty pretty in that Potting Shed!!! Got me wanting to hunt some Tom dishes! Well I know where I’m going tomorrow (HG)!

  17. Paula
    November 8, 2017 at 9:06 pm

    Your turkey dishes are beautiful ! I am with you keeping November for Thanksgiving and turkeys, before bringing out the December decorations !!
    p.s I sure wish had a HomeGoods

  18. Sue
    November 8, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    A “gobble-good” table setting display, thanks for sharing.

  19. A quiet life
    November 9, 2017 at 10:52 am

    That was fun, I have been moving dishes for a month, I think the last batch is in my line of sights, one day I will have a fresh start to dish again, this put smiles on my chubby cheeks, love the wreath centerpiece.

  20. Cindy lou
    November 10, 2017 at 1:31 am

    DARLING ! Of course ,! YES ! MY HAND IS RAISED HIGH ! ADDICTED TO TJ !!! Love there stuff! I decorate the same way as you !! NEW LOVE IS PIER ONE TOO !! GREAT STUFF !

  21. Rattlebridge Farm
    November 10, 2017 at 2:59 pm

    Festive and fun! The tree rounds and woodland Thanksgiving motifs are so entrancing. I am filing away ideas for next year. Hoping life calms down while I am still breathing.😄🤣

  22. Marilyn
    November 10, 2017 at 10:05 pm

    What a lovely table Vignette.Everything is so special.

  23. Joan
    November 10, 2017 at 10:06 pm

    Thank You for sharing this gorgeous display.

  24. Marion
    November 10, 2017 at 10:07 pm

    This is a beautiful setting. You always have just the right touch.

  25. November 13, 2017 at 12:30 am

    I just LOVE when you bring out your Turkey plates….so festive and historical at the same time. I can smell the stuffing, right now!

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