Tablescapes, Seaside Thanksgiving

Welcome to the Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop!

A collection of tables by talented tablescapers to inspire and delight!

Our family tradition for decades has been gathering with HH’s sister and her family

There are 24 of us now, total chaos and fun!  As the children have grown and married, things have gotten complicated…

Now we all gather every other year…and this is the non gather year…

 

 

Just our little family of 9, and we are a house divided..

My son and his boys want to go to the beach, but my daughter and her family need to stay in the city

So this mother’s heart is torn…

 

 

Where should we be, in the city or by the sea?

 

 

Did you know that the Pilgrims and Indians ate a lot of different fish for the first Thanksgiving?

 

 

Maybe this table isn’t so non traditional after all!

 

 

Here’s another fun fact, Sarah Josepha Hale, author of “Mary Had a Little Lamb,” campaigned for 20 years

to make Thanksgiving a national holiday, and finally in 1863, she convinced President Lincoln to do so,

to help bring the country together after the Civil War

 

 

She is also credited for making cranberry sauce, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin pie

part of our traditional foods, while the original meal consisted of  fish, wild fowl, deer, and flint corn,

known as Indian corn

source

 

 

Indian corn has a very low water content which protects it from harsh New England freezing temperatures,

one of the only vegetables they were able to grow in those times.  It is called flint corn because it’s so hard.

Today the main uses of Indian corn are for hominy and ornamental corn for decoration

 

 

Food was eaten with only spoons, fingers and knives

 

 

More alcohol is consumed on Thanksgiving than any other holiday 🍾

 

 

Be sure to provide plenty of glasses and coffee cups!

 

 

So, what do you think,

 

 

Non-traditional…

 

 

Or traditional

 

 

 

Coastal Style

 

 

Or city style

 

 

It really doesn’t matter where you’re gathered

And often times family members must be scattered

What matters most is what you roast

Be it deer, fish, fowl, in the city or on the coast!

 

Please visit all these fabulous Thanksgiving tables this week!

we are all so thankful to Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate for being our fearless leader!

Tuesday
My Kentucky Living • Savvy Apron • Rattlebridge Farm • Living with Thanksgiving

 

Wednesday
 Belle Blue Interiors –  From My Carolina Home –  Bluesky at Home – The Painted Apron – Corner of Plaid and Paisley – The Red Painted Cottage

 

Thursday
A casa di Bianca • Dining Delight • Sweet Sensations • Our Crafty Mom • Panoply

 

Friday
My French Twist • Hey Fitzy • B Lovely Events • Me and My Captain • Life and Linda

Thanks so much for joining us today!

 

Psst, if you’d like to see more of the “city”  table and ideas for a children’s table click here

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64 Responses to “Tablescapes, Seaside Thanksgiving”
  1. Jenna, city or sea you are the perfect hostess! I enjoyed reading the interesting facts about Thanksgiving! I never knew it was a lady who campaigned for Thanksgiving! Of course, I love your table by the sea with your gorgeous views! The mix of pumpkins and beach colors blend seamlessly!! You are definitely Alabama’s Martha Stewart! Wherever your sweet family meets, I am sure it will be a beautiful celebration!

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  2. Jodi says:

    Good stuff!!!! Roast on!! 😉

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  3. Jenna, I love your twist on this Thanksgiving tablescaping party! The history – kudos to Sarah Joseph Hale and Pres Lincoln – certainly brings the whole thing into perspective. It doesn’t really matter where or how many can gather to celebrate, but having our hearts in place with family (even if apart), is what matters most. I like both your sea and city tables, and I even like the kids’ table. I had no idea Thanksgiving is the holiday where most alcohol is consumed – related to all the football, I wonder?

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  4. Wendy says:

    Jenna, your seaside table is so pretty! Traditional tables are lovely but I’m a fan of non traditional. You did a great job. I’ve had a few holidays without all my adult children there, and it is very bittersweet. But this thanksgiving raise your glass to their independence and also to the beautiful seaside respite you have built!

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  5. What interesting facts! I did know about the fish in early times, but the 20 year campaign was new to me, thanks for the research! Your tables are both lovely! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  6. Jenna, I loved hearing about the history of how our Thanksgiving holiday began. Never knew Sarah Hale campaigned for that. I am sorry to say I didn’t know who the author of Mary Had a Little Lamb was!
    Both city and seaside tables are creative and pretty. I adore the little kids table!
    I didn’t know much about indian corn either. You have taught us today!
    I know your food will be wonderful since you are a fabulous chef! Loved your post.

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  7. Belle Bleu Interiors says:

    Jenna, both of your tables are beautiful. I love all of the historical facts that you provided about our Thanksgiving Holiday. Your seaside table is just beautiful against the the backdrop of the lovely water. I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  8. Sharon Mann says:

    Have a lovely holiday coast or city!

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  9. Carol says:

    Jenna, I love the story of the author of Mary had a little lamb. And your cute poem is really special. I have to admit that I’m partial to your beach theme Thanksgiving table. Love the mixture of shells with pumpkins. Embracing where you are is the right way to go.

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  10. thefrenchhutch says:

    Whatever your torn heart decides, city or beach, I know you will have a beautiful table full of delicious food. if I were in your situation Jenna and the city wins out it would be traditional, if the beach wins out it would fish. I always go with tradition. My menu may change ever so slightly but basically stays the same. When it’s an off year and it’s just my husband and me we make reservations and dine out.

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    • Thank you Emily, I really don’t like the non gathering years, bigger is always better on Thanksgiving, but I am going to think of it as vacation! They all come to our house Christmas Eve no matter what, so the more rest I can get ahead of time the better 🙂

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  11. Jill Kuhn says:

    I like both! I think you make every occasion festive – LOVE your decorating style, Jenna! 💚🦃🦀

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  12. Sandra Garth says:

    Total chaos and fun sound like my kind of gathering! Thanks for the tidbits of history you shared and for styling this beautiful nontraditional tables. Each one of them is worthy of a holiday dinner but I’m leaning toward the coastal one. Have a spectacular holiday!

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  13. Kari says:

    Jenna both tables are lovely and how sweet you are to be so considerate of each child’s feelings. But that is what we mother’s do isn’t it? I live on the coast of Florida so I love the coastal tablescape, but the traditional/city is just as pretty. I enjoyed the story of how it all began and with what foods…thank you for your research. I had heard fish was central to the foods….It is fun blog hopping with you.

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  14. Mary says:

    Jenna, I love your coastal table with your abundance shells and cornucopia of seaside fun.Your city style table is wonderful too but it’s your wee table for your little pilgrims steals my heart! Thanks for the fun facts, I hadn’t heard out the “Mary had a little lamb” connection. I have a feeling ‘the most alcohol consumed holiday’ may be related to football and having all the family gathered together under one roof…I know I have some that could drive me to drink 🙂

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  15. Your coastal Thanksgiving tablescape was lovely, and I enjoyed seeing how you were able to mesh some traditional elements like the creative turkey piece with non-traditional colors. It was nice to see your take on an intimate Thanksgiving tablescape since not everyone is always hosting a big family dinner. Your city style Thanksgiving tablescape had such a beautiful array of colors worked into the design. I adored how you made the kids table so special with the burlap table runner, popcorn cornucopia, and candy eggs. Thank you for being part of my tablescape blogging tribe.

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  16. Donna Bianca says:

    Jenna, I absolutely love your traditional-non-traditional Thanksgiving, and historical notes are very interesting for me! And your children’s table is so sweet!

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  17. Linda says:

    Love the history of it all Jenna., Your tables are so lovely. Sometimes non traditional is great! You have covered it all, including the sweet children’s table. I do not know where you find the time to be so creative. A pleasure to visit and take in the beauty.

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    • Thank you Linda! I was so happy you were able to go to NYC, I was worried about you being able to get away with your parental situation. I know the holidays will be trying, I was so glad you were able to break away and have fun!

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  18. Kitty says:

    Thank you for the history lesson on Sarah Josepha Hale and how Thanksgiving became a national holiday after the Civil War.
    All your tables are so pretty and have such a Jenna-flair to them!

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  19. Lori says:

    I feel bad for you that you might have to make a choice on where to go for Thanksgiving but your “by the sea” tablescape is definitely a winner! It was fun to see such a different take on a table for this traditional holiday- I just never picture being able to have Thanksgiving by the water. Love the coastal elements and colours you’ve combined for it. Fun facts about your American Thanksgiving too!

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  20. debra cantales says:

    Loved reading the old facts Jenna. Your city and seaside tables are fun, as well as the kids table! Have a great week!

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  21. Do like us — one holiday in one spot and a few days later in the other! Spreading. But oh, I do love this seaside setting!

    On another note, made the potato crowns which were excellent but a pain to get out of the muffin pan even though I thought I’d probably over-pammed it. I think you’re right about a silicone thing. They didn’t look quite as good and they should have given my sloppy removal (some were fine; go figure.) But tasty and a hit and I will definitely make them again. Should I have flowered it as well as greased it? Would that have helped?

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  22. Ann Krucek says:

    Your non-traditional little turkey just made me smile!! I think the hardest part about any holiday is how to spend it when your family is so torn in going different ways. We want it to be all together but most of the time that is just not possible. Your sea side Thanksgiving table is wonderful and however you spend your time – this table looks like a fun way to spend the day!! I did not know most of those fun facts you included in this post, I found those interesting! What a great contribution to the blog hop, something completely unexpected!! Love it!

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  23. heyfitzy says:

    You have the best view ever! I am pretty certain I could sit at your table forever and never want to leave! 🙂

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  24. mleewest says:

    Jenna, I love your coastal table. It feels just right to this Louisiana girl. I didn’t know any trivia about the holiday, and I enjoyed the tidbits. As for alcohol consumption, it must be far greater in SEC football territory!

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  25. Emily Miller says:

    Love this coastal take on Thanksgiving! Love the fun turkeys on the table too. They are fabulous! That centerpiece with the balls and the darling bird included is fantastic! I would sit at this table any time!

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  26. More alcohol consumed on Thanksgiving than any other holiday?!??!?!?? Even St. Patrick’s Day and New Year’s Eve, a.k.a. every day at my house?!! 🙂 Way to go with the coastal Thanksgiving look, Jenna! I think a lot of people, especially those newly transplanted to coastal regions, can learn from your display!

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  27. I really like either table setting. We live in Michigan, but for a number of years we wintered in Florida and I remember celebrating Christmas in very unexpected ways. It’s not how we celebrate but who we celebrate with. Even if your kids aren’t all with you, I know you aren’t going to be alone. I really love how you gave all the history details that I really wasn’t aware of. It’s been so good meeting you through this blog hop! FYI, I started my blog because of my love of painting art.

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  28. Miz Helen says:

    Your Seaside Thanksgiving is just perfect for Thanksgiving at the beach. I really enjoy your post with so many interesting facts about Thanksgiving. Thanks so much for sharing your special post with us at Full Plate Thursday. Have a great weekend and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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