Tablescapes, Thanksgiving Tables, Gobble Gooble!

Thanksgiving is at our house for the first time in years and I have been having lots of fun getting ready!  My son, a Food Network star “wannabe,” HHjr,  and I have been collaborating on the menu and he will brine and cook our turkey on the grill.  Not traditional, but we tend to grill everything and trust me, the turkey is amazing!  Everyone has their tried and true favorites but we are bucking traditions this year and going to try some different dishes~

Thanksgiving table 5

Part of our group will be with their spouse’s families so we will only have ten adults and 5 children.  Ten is the perfect number at our dining room table, so everyone will have plenty of room, even if there are babies on a lap or two…


Only 3 of the children are old enough to sit by themselves and their little table is close by…

see the black screen in the corner of the dining room? It is functional as well as decorative~


It’s where I hide the high chair when it’s not in use, a handy way to keep it close but out of sight!

childrens Thanksgiving table

I don’t know how long the kiddos will sit here but there are goodies to keep them happy for a while,

children's turkey table

A cornucopia full of popcorn, along with apples, clementines and “turkey toes!”  I found a lot of cute free printables online that I used for the tables~

childrens turkey toes table

The adults have some goodies to keep them happy too~

Thanksgiving place setting

cheesy turkeys and my great grandmother’s silver goblets for wine…

Thanksgiving bounty

For the centerpiece I started with this cream and silver foil runner.  I wanted a long vintage board or box, but discovered I had a lot more space this way, and it was easier to create the overflowing display that I wanted~


I topped the runner with 3 square rattan chargers on the diagonal


and then a length of grain sack stripe burlap ribbon in and around and under things

pumpkin harvest centerpiece

There is an abundant, eclectic mix perched on the runner down the length of the table

Thanksgiving table 2

Real pumpkins, a burlap pumpkin, one mercury glass and one ceramic…

abundant centerpiece

Velvet pumpkins, dried hydrangeas, pine cones and pears…

eclectic centerpiece

A pilgrim peeks out here and there, and mini vases of  “miniature artichokes” are tucked about


I have no idea what they are but aren’t they crazy cute?

Thanksgiving centerpiece

For the place settings, I wanted the bare wood table to show so I used large black lacquer chargers at each side place


and topped the plate stack with a mini board, a chalkboard monogram tag, and a savory turkey “cookie.”

Thanksgiving place setting

Black iron turkeys hold cranberry napkins

Thanksgiving table setting

And a Thanksgiving printable encourages everyone to eat, drink and be thankful!

thanksgiving place setting

The head places have mats full of Thanksgiving words.

head place Thanksgiving

I do a lot of mixing and matching because I don’t have large numbers of anything~but I do have 12 black chargers, cranberry napkins, and turkey napkin rings, so that helps to keep things unified.

thanksgiving table

Dessert forks in a silver compote await those who have room to enjoy the final treat


More faux hydrangeas are piled in a bowl on a side table

wheat wreath

and grapevine wreaths hang on the china cabinet

Thanksgiving lighted table

Tiny fiber optic lights turn on at dusk

Thanksgiving table

for a magical meal with family

lighted centerpiece

and so much to be thankful for

organic centerpiece with fiberoptic lights

especially all the little turkeys blessings

turkey table

that will be with us!

childrens Thanksgiving table

Thank YOU so much for joining me today, I am so grateful for your visits and blessed by your sweet comments!

I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!


paper plates and turkey napkins, grain sack stripe burlap ribbon/Hobby Lobby

table runner, mini bread boards/Home Goods

for a tutorial on easy, fancy rolls, click here  and the recipe for another savory treat, like the turkey “cookies”  pictured here will be posting later this week


I will be joining these special blogs:

It All Started With Paint

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Everyday Home

A Stroll Thru Life

Clean and Sensible

Savvy Southern Style

The Style Sisters

No Minimalist Here

Cuisine Kathleen


Between Naps on the Porch

Posed Perfection

Common Ground

The Tablescaper

31 Responses to “Tablescapes, Thanksgiving Tables, Gobble Gooble!”
  1. Beautiful Thanksgiving table Jenna. We sort of buck tradition now and then here, too. We’ve deep fried turkey, prepared turkey in a smoker, and roasted turkey the “traditional” way.
    Love the kids’ table. Even as an adult, I’ve enjoyed sitting at the kids’ table.:-)

  2. Liz Mackie says:

    Thank you – beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

    >________________________________ > From: the Painted Apron >To: >Sent: Sunday, November 17, 2013 3:00 AM >Subject: [New post] Tablescapes, Thanksgiving Tables, Gobble Gooble! > > >the Painted Apron posted: “Thanksgiving is at our house for the first time in years and I have been having lots of fun getting ready! My son, a Food Network star “wannabe,” HHjr, and I have been collaborating on the menu and he will brine and cook our turkey on the grill. Not tr” >

  3. Everything looks great Jenna! Lovin’ those napkin rings and the kiddie table is adorable! I’ll bet the grilled turkey is amazing too-enjoy your planning:@)

  4. Marigene says:

    Beautiful table, Jenna…the centerpiece is awesome with all the different textures.
    Have a wonderful week.

  5. hollybertone says:

    Hi Jenna – Happy Thanksgiving to you! What an incredible table… I’m back and forth if my favorite is the popcorn coming out of the cornucopia, or the boards for your guests. Love the little kids table too. And the lights. Oh just everything is perfect! Hugs, Holly

  6. Kim says:

    Jenna, your table is gorgeous! The lighting is my favorite thing – a beautiful touch. Your kids’ table is fun, and I love how you gave them some snacks there. So creative!

  7. Mary says:

    Gosh Jenna, I’m torn between wanting to sit at the kids’ table with a cornucopia of popcorn and turkey toes and at the adult table with that adorable board with chalkboard tag and gorgeous goblet of wine! I love the bounty of your beautiful centerpiece running the length of your table, so pretty with the lights too. I’ve never seen those blooms anywhere to buy them, I would have picked them up too~ the’re Safflowers, I just learned that last week seeing it on Jennifer Carroll’s Thanksgiving table. (Who knew blogging was so educational?:) Looking forward to seeing what’s accompanying your turkey at your Thanksgiving feast!

  8. Marty@A Stroll Thru Life says:

    Oh my, your table is absolutely stunning, I love all the pumpkins and the lights. The children’s table is so special. What a thrill for them to have their own space. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  9. Pam says:

    Beautiful Thanksgiving table! The unique pumpkins, pears, and pretty lights add a festive centerpiece. I adore your turkey crackers with cheese. Have a great week!


  10. lulu says:

    I want you kid table!!! We have far more than my dining table can seat and I’m fretting over how to deal with the kids. You’ve found the perfect solution and made it such fun that no kid will mind being set apart. The big people table is great as well.

    • Thanks Linda, I got the table at Wal Mart [online, free shipping] last year, about $60. it is plastic and folds up for storage. I cover the top with with freezer paper, works great! My challenge for Christmas is we will have 10 children under 6, so the table will be too small! I have no idea what I’m going to do!! Happy Thanksgiving, I know you will come up with a clever solution!

  11. Applause, applause for creating personalized tables for the tots. I truly think everyone can rest a whole lot easier for everyone involved. I also really love that you bring family history to the adult table with the goblets. As our parents continue to age, it becomes very important that we focus on and incorporate special pieces.

  12. Sarah says:

    I’m so impressed that you are all ready. I’m still busy at work on my tables and centerpieces. Beautiful adult table, and the children’s table is adorable. I know your family is going to have a special Thanksgiving at your home.
    Gobble, Gobble ~ Sarah

  13. Sandra Garth says:

    Looks like you are all set for the big day. I wouldn’t mind sitting at the kiddee table it is too cute!

    • Thanks so much Sandra! These tables were actually from last year and the kids did sit there for about 30 seconds, ha! This year we are going to my nephews, yippee! All I have to do is bring a ham and drink some wine!

  14. Gorgeous tablescape! Loving those white dishes 😉 and the way you wove in the burlap. Its just makes it amazing with all the great textures and colors you added.

  15. Jenna what a beautiful table, the twinkly lights against all the different textures make it so special. I’d feel lucky to be a guest here –and that kid’s table is the cutest too!

  16. Wow! A gorgeous display. Sheer beauty. I do love the children’s table. Adorable.

  17. Kim Goddard says:

    Beautiful table Jenna and the mixing and matching is perfect! Love love love all those pumpkins and the lights are magical! And what kid would not want to sit at that cute table? I’m so happy for you that the family is able to gather and celebrate Thanksgiving and hope you have a wonderful time!

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