At the Table: Thanksgiving Greetings and Flags for an American Thanksgiving

I’m sending Thanksgiving greetings your way and at the table with American flags for a patriotic nod to this American holiday.


 I’ve always loved vintage postcards! Millions of postcards were printed, imported, sold and mailed in the U.S. during the years of 1905 – 1915, known as “The Golden Age of Postcards”. According to official U.S. Post Office figures for the year ending June 30, 1908, approximately seven hundred million postcards had been mailed in this country, with that number increasing to over nine hundred million by 1913.

Postcards with patriotic symbols and flags gained popularity prior and during World War I.

I loved this charming image of a boy riding a turkey and waving a flag! I found these images at the Graphics Fairy, available for download for a Patriotic Thanksgiving table.


Napkins are folded to mimic a turkey fantail.

For best results, choose a fabric napkin that has some ‘body’ to help the fantail hold its shape. You can find the easy tutorial and how to create your turkey fantail napkins, here.


Pumpkins, leaves, and nuts parade down the table for a casual and easy Thanksgiving centerpiece.

And a pair of boys in Navy uniforms carry American flags, parading with a proud Tom turkey in a basket.

A plaid tablecloth provides a warm palette of pumpkin and brown for the table.

White embossed turkey plates are layered on Victorian English Pottery Turkey by Edward Challinor has an acorn and oak leaf border.

An ear of Indian corn at each place setting adds a harvest note. . .

And colorful foil-wrapped chocolate turkeys at each place setting provide a Thanksgiving treat.



Yesterday was a beautiful, sunny autumn day and perfectly warm on the porch but this morning is downright frosty!


Table Details:

White turkey plates / Pottery Barn, several years ago

Victorian English Pottery Turkey by Edward Challinor / HomeGoods

Mini turkey tureens / World Market, several years ago

Plaid Tablecloth and White Chargers / HomeGoods

Copper Chargers and Napkin Rings / Hobby Lobby

Napkins / Pier1, several years ago

Flatware / Towle Seville

 Goblets / Mikasa French Countryside


Where the glorious Star Spangled Banner waves, May there ever be cause for Thanksgiving days.

Here’s a short video of fun “Bet You Didn’t Know” American Thanksgiving facts. . .

Wishing you a Safe and Happy Thanksgiving!

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  31 comments for “At the Table: Thanksgiving Greetings and Flags for an American Thanksgiving

  1. Norma Rolader
    November 20, 2017 at 7:52 am

    Oh my what a wonderful way to celebrate American Thanksgiving … It is so beautiful Thank you so much for sharing and may you and your family have a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving God bless

  2. November 20, 2017 at 8:41 am

    Mary, I am thankful for our American Thanksgiving holiday! Your table is so warm with the bounty of the season. Love the info on postcards, I need to start a collection! Happy Thanksgiving~

  3. Kathi
    November 20, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  4. Cyndi Raines
    November 20, 2017 at 8:43 am

    Just love this post! I too have always enjoyed old postcards and vintage Valentines, there is just something about the sweet graphics that are so precious! By the way, the Pumpkin French Toast with Streusel Topping is in the oven as I write, excited to try this dish. Blessings to you and your family on this wonderful Thanksgiving week. We are thankful to the Lord for hubby surviving the stroke he suffered last Thanksgiving day. He is doing well. 😊

  5. Karen
    November 20, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Lovely! I also think vintage postcards are very pretty!

  6. November 20, 2017 at 9:20 am

    I’m loving your patriotic Thanksgiving tablescape, Mary! The vintage postcards and flags, along with the parade of nuts, pumpkins, and leaves on your plaid tablecloth makes for a pretty mix. Happy Thanksgiving week to you, your hubby and Chloe and Gracie!

  7. November 20, 2017 at 9:24 am

    Oh Mary, I absolutely LOVE this patriotic themed Thanksgiving! Especially this year, it is so perfect-honoring the past, saluting our history and love of country. The vintage postcards are so cute, I just love the colorful happy art. The way you have incorporated the good old red white and blue with your brown transferware and brown checked turkey fan fold napkins is so brilliant and attractive. This whole scene just makes me happy! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and thank you for the smiles this morning!

  8. Virginia
    November 20, 2017 at 9:31 am

    Such a charming table, just love everything about it from the chargers to the postcards. Another winner Mary. Thank your for continuing to inspire us with your creativity and for brightening our day. Happy Thanksgiving to you, your husband, friends and family celebrating the day with you. 🦃

  9. Ellen
    November 20, 2017 at 10:01 am

    The very Happiest Thanksgiving to you and your family! Absolutely loved the video, as did my 3 1/2 yr. old grandson, Benjamin. We are going to look at some of the others too. Your tablescape is beautiful with all of these lovely postcards and your magnificent touches are charming. Thank-you!

  10. November 20, 2017 at 10:32 am

    Mary, this is absolutely the best Thanksgiving table yet. The flag theme is definitely one that touches my heart, and I’m off to get copies of those wonderful patriotic Thanksgiving cards. We are not hosting Thanksgiving this year as we usually do, but I’m filing away this idea for next year. The postcard images are charming and set the mood for gratitude and thanksgiving for our country. This idea is definitely going to be copied at our home even if we don’t host. Thank you for once again sharing your creative ideas to offer inspiration to all of us. Happy, Happy Thanksgiving to you, your husband, Chloe, and Gracie.

  11. Karalee at Wisteria Acres LLC
    November 20, 2017 at 10:49 am

    I love vintage postcards (thank you for the link-my granddaughter & I will print some for the table!) and thank you for the great video…I learned a couple new things! Thanksgiving is my most favorite holiday and my husband & I celebrate our wedding anniversary on Nov 25th! (Also planning to have my 5 year old granddaughter make up some “candy/cookie” acorns thanks to your post!) Thanksgiving blessings to you from Boring, Oregon and love your posts!

  12. Belle Bleu Interiors
    November 20, 2017 at 12:12 pm

    Mary, this is the perfect Thanksgiving table. I love it! Everything looks just gorgeous. The pretty china, crystal, and napkins along with the sweet vintage post cards add the perfect finishing touch. I hope that you have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving holiday!

  13. linda kemp
    November 20, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I loved everything about your table. I love Thanksgiving and really loved the vintage post cards. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  14. November 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    What a wonderful Thanksgiving table! Loved seeing those vintage postcards. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  15. November 20, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    What a wonderful Thanksgiving table! Loved seeing those vintage postcards. I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving.

  16. Joan
    November 20, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    What a treasure those vintage post cards are. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

  17. Marion
    November 20, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Thank You for this beautiful display for Thanksgiving. Happy Blessed Thanksgiving.

  18. Marilyn
    November 20, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    What a lovely display. I especially like the Thanksgiving cards with the American Flags. Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving.

  19. Gale Nagy
    November 20, 2017 at 4:17 pm

    Have never seen the patriotic Thanksgiving postcards before! Great finds! I actually (over several years) collected Memorial/Decoration Day pre-WW1 postcards. Had them framed in special postcard frames I purchased, and had them surrounding my bathroom large mirror. (my bathroom in previous house was very patriotic red/white/blue. Thanks for showing the cards – Loved them!

  20. November 20, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    I love incorporating the flag into Thanksgiving Mary! Yep, I am very thankful for our great country too! Wishing you a wonderful holiday, give The Girls a little bite of turkey for me:@)

  21. Cyndi Raines
    November 20, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    Mary, the Pumpkin French Toast with the Streusel Topping was wonderful. I called my neighbors and asked them to join us for an impromptu brunch and everyone loved it. Thanks! I also enjoyed the video, very informative, love trivia. 😉

    • November 21, 2017 at 5:01 am

      Hi Cyndi, So glad to know it was a hit! Wishing you and your hubby a Happy Thanksgiving. ♥

  22. Cindy lou
    November 21, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Beautiful table as always ! Salute to our military ! God Bless all of them! From sea to shiny sea ! You STAND and HONOR OUR FLAG !!!

  23. Debbie
    November 21, 2017 at 1:22 pm

    I love vintage, too, and often print vintage postcards to put on my pencil tree. We keep it up year round and decorate it for holidays, seasons, and different events.

  24. Patti Kachmar
    November 21, 2017 at 10:13 pm


  25. November 22, 2017 at 7:25 am

    Nothing says America like Thanksgiving and our beloved FLAG! Sooooo ingenious, as usual. I’m going to try to download the postcards because I love vintage postcards and greeting cards…thanks for giving!! 🦃❤️🇺🇸🦃❤️🇺🇸

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