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16 November, 2011

Pumpkins, Bittersweet and Mercury Glass...My Thanksgiving Tablescape

026 I have been playing with ideas for my Thanksgiving tablescape for a few weeks now and I think I have finally found a combination of elements that I really like…white pumpkins with bittersweet and mercury glass. Let me show you!

002 Miss Kitty will be assisting me today since Baby Kitty is taking advantage of the pretty weather to have a golfing vacation at Amelia Island. He will be back in plenty of time to enjoy the holiday with us!

008At the heart of the centerpiece…three white pumpkins surrounded by a variety of natural gourds and small pumpkins…all in shades of green, white and yellow.

020 You might recognize the pumpkins...faux pumpkins from Walmart that I painted ivory. I love the stem!

036 I wanted the center pumpkin to have more importance, so I wrapped it with bittersweet and elevated it. I just used an overturned tea cup topped by a saucer as a little stand.

005 I scattered votives among the gourds and pumpkins to add a little glow to the centerpiece. Even in the daytime, I think candles add so much ambiance to a meal.

011 I am using my Chris Madden Felice plates again this year…a Goodwill find of four place settings for $10…one of my favorite bargains!

023The silverware is my mom’s…in the Silver Flutes pattern by Towle. I love its wonderful patina! The acorn pattern napkins were a sale find at Williams Sonoma. I topped each plate with a little dumpling squash that complements the colors in the napkins.

013 I am using my Irish lead crystal goblets along with some Goodwill wine glasses that were about $1.00 each. I like to mix things up a bit! Can you tell?

021 On the table is my drop cloth tablecloth. I just used a drop cloth from Home Depot, washed and bleached it several times, pressed it and put it on the table. Easy...because it’s already hemmed. I topped it with my ruffled burlap table runner (Directions for making it can be found here.) I think they add a rustic element and I love the contrast in textures!

028 At each end of the mercury glass candlesticks from last year. I like the look of them…just enough elegance without being stuffy.

039 On the buffet is the vignette I showed you earlier this fall…centered around an arrangement in my grandmother’s dough bowl. I decided to use traditional orange pumpkins instead of cream for a little pop of color.

040On the hutch I have just added a few pumpkins and some bittersweet to my blue and white collection. The colors on the table are neutral, so I thought that I would keep things as they are here. I like the contrast of the colors…a little unexpected in the fall. I have also added my Red Cliff ironstone tureen and tea service and some more mercury glass candlesticks.

044It will be small this year…a cozy family dinner since we will have already had the big dinner with our extended family. There will also be a high chair pulled up to the table…and next year the baby will be in a high chair, too! I think this is my favorite holiday…family gathered around the table making memories and enjoying each other’s company. I have a lot to be thankful for…among that my sweet blogger friends! So I would like to take this opportunity to wish a wonderful Thanksgiving full of love, laughter and much happiness to each of you!  Happy Thanksgiving, my friends!

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my Thanksgiving tablescape!  Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Fall into Fall
Jill at French Cupboard for Voila!French Inspiration on Thursdays
Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Diann at The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Fabulous Fall Fun
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday
Jen at Tatertots & Jello for the Weekend Wrap-up Party
Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
Barb at The Everyday Home for the "Better Late than Never" Fall Party  
See you next time! A la prochaine!


  1. For being chatty - this gorgeous table left me speechless.

    I LOVED it - the white pumpkins I think are the most beautiful in my opinion. You have so very classy items.


    Happy Thanksgiving.


  2. Gorgeous table, Debbie! Beautiful, warm and inviting. I love the candlesticks and the pumpkins.

  3. Your table is absolutely gorgeous. I really need to turn my attention to my Thanksgiving table. I know exactly what I want to do, however, I don't own half of what I need! Lol. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign. I can't wait for the block party either. It will be awesome!

  4. Very pretty. I love the mercury glass with the white pumpkins and touches of orange and gold!

  5. Pretty tablescape! I love the look of the white pumpkins with all the other elements.


  6. Debbie, this looks great. I have the same napkins. Don't you love them. I got mine at the outlet and wish I had bought two sets of them. May have to go back.

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  7. Gorgeous table setting...I'll be right over.

  8. Gorgeous! Love your centerpiece. Fabulous napkins.
    Your hutch looks beautiful with all the blue/white and the little pops of orange.
    Have a great week, Debbie!

  9. I wouldn't even need the food. I'd love to just sit at that table and have some tea. It is so beautiful. Hugs, Deb

  10. Hi Debbie! Oh, your table is so beautiful and your hutch is gorgeous , your sideboard gorgeous also. You always make everything so pretty. Hope your little fuzzy face has a nice vacation!
    Be a sweetie,

  11. Perfection Debbie!
    Pottery Barn could not have done it better!
    I kept thinking where did she find such perfect white pumpkins and now I know! Love the punch of color from the napkins and the orange added to the blue dishes!
    You have it all here and I am so impressed!
    Plus I want those Chris Madden plates sooo bad but at the price you paid!
    If you come up with any great toddler proofing ideas please let me know~
    Hugs friend,

  12. Debbie, your Thanksgiving Table is gorgeous. I love the dishes and the WS acorn napkins. I know you and your family are going to have a memorable meal at this beautiful table. Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Sarah

  13. Wonderful job Debbie!
    I love those plates too! Those napkins really give it the perfect flair and I like the gourds on the plates! I love your display hutch, I wish I had one! I like your ceterpiece arrangement- you did a great job and the bittersweet looks great on the pumpkin!

  14. Debbie, Your Thanksgiving Tablescape is what I think of for Thanksgiving. I love the burlap and white pumpkins. Beautiful place settings with the touch of orange on the mini pumpkins. The napkins add a touch of color and a great pattern with the acorns. I love the mercury glass, and I'll be using it for Christmas. Great buffet vignette and I love the hutch with the pop of orange against the blue. I also noticed the Quimper!
    Happy Thanksgiving Debbie, to your and yours.

    The French Hutch

  15. Debbie this is lovely. I like the white with the natural elements and touches of soft colors on the table. Your hutch pops with that orange against the blue. Gorgeous as always. I need to work on my table setting for Thanksgiving! hugs, Linda

  16. Debbie, your table, buffet and hutch are all gorgeous. You do have such a fabulous way with your vignettes. Love the pretty white on the table and then the touch of orange on the hutch. Perfect. Love you tons and hope you and all of your family have a very special and wonderful Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

  17. I love your tablescape! Those plates are gorgeous- what a deal! I love that you left your blue & white on the hutch and just added a pop of autumn on there- my kind of decorating! ;)

  18. This looks like a magazine layout. so pretty! Love the dropcloth and burlap together, it's just perfect, xo

  19. Beautiful Table - you always have the best ideas! I love the dropcloth tablecloth and burlap runner. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday too because it is about food and family!

  20. Beautiful table setting, I really like all your natural elements. The cup and saucer idea for a pedestal was pretty genius...might have to try that one!

    All the best,

  21. Debbie,

    Too funny about Baby Kitty's golf trip!I just love the table setting. The white pumokins are gorgeous.

  22. What a gorgeous tablescape! It's lovely, lovely. Thank you for sharing with us -- pure inspiration! :)

  23. Deb!! this is so pretty and festive!! I love all of your choices and as always you have it all put together perfectly. I am in love with those napkins, what a perfect touch with the little pumpkin on each plate!! Your family will feel so special because of all your efforts for them, Happy Wednesday,
    xo Kathysue

  24. This is just beautiful, Debbie. I love all of the natural elements...your drop cloth and burlap and gourds and pumpkins!! And what a deal you found on those dishes! I love them!

    Wishing you and yours a wonderful Thanksgiving!


  25. So very lovely, as always! And what a deal you found on those dishes, kudos to you.

    By the way, I love your blue and white collection in your hutch. I'm partial to blue and white too, and like the way you put yours together.


  26. It's beautiful Debbie; I so admire your style :)

  27. Gorgeous! I was going to ask you about the tablecloth......

    The power of a drop cloth. Amazing!!!


  28. Your table and home are both divine. looks like you are all ready for the feast to come next week. Have a great one and I wish I was there t enjoy it. Richard from My Old Historic House.

  29. Debbie your table is beautiful, I love the white pumpkins, the runner the place settings everything is just pretty and elegant. The pop of orange looks really great too.

  30. Wow, Debbie! i think I've found my inspiration for my Thanksgiving table. Love the way everything came together on your table, as well as the hutch colors. And the dough bowl! Linda

  31. Gorgeous Thanksgiving table, Debbie! I have a couple of those Walmart pumpkins. They look wonderful painted!

    I finished my table this morning. Sort of non traditional.

  32. Beautiful Table! Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  33. You think am drooling? waaahh! Am DYING! §:-)

    You really drag me to drool mood while I browse your posts.

    Very pretty in every inch.

    Happy TTT.

    Greetings from chilly Stockholm,

    Join the Swedish giveaway till Sunday.

  34. I was quite impressed! I wouldn't have guessed the pumpkins were faux at all. This should be in a magazine spread. THAT pretty!

  35. Beautifully done! Love everything from the drop cloth tablecloth, burlap runner to the mercury candlesticks.

  36. It looks lovely! You have done a great job of pulling it all together-a bit of shine on the table always makes me smile. Great job and what a fun table to sit at! xo Diana

  37. Glad I read your words and not just look at the pretty pictures (lol)... my first thought was "where'd she get those pumpkins with the fancy stems?" thanks for addressing that one right off the bat.

    Beautiful tablescape, as usual. I'm going to dress my dining room table even though we'll be having Thanksgiving "Dylla family style" at my in-laws with 40-other Dyllas, eating picnic style out under the pecan trees (weather permitting) or in the garage if the weather is rainy-windy-too cold...

    thanks for all your inspirational decor posts. I love you thrifty style!

    Holiday Blessings. Dixie

  38. Hi Debbie! Your table set for Thanksgiving is beautiful. I am still jealous of your dish purchase from GW. Thanks for linking to my party and I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  39. This is just lovely! I see my place tag at the chair right in front of the silver champagne bucket. Miss Kitty can sit in my lap. I'll be over at 6! lol Take care.

  40. I could stare at the room all day! I love the white pumpkins mixed in with everything. Yours are so much nicer than the ones I bought from Michaels! Love Miss Kitty too! Thanks for stopping by and commenting on my Vermont trip. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  41. Another gorgeous tablescape! Debbie, your decor is always an inspiration and your attention to detail is just incredible! I love, love your blog and so enjoy dropping in to see you!


  42. I had to giggle over your dropcloth from Home Depot--who would have guessed! Such creativity, looks great!

    Love the white pumpkins AND those acorn napkins are WONDERFUL--I'm off to WS or Ebay to hunt for some!

  43. Sweetie, this is simply elegant. I love the white pumpkins along with the very subtle color scheme. 'Just beautifully charmin'!!!

    Hope you and your clan have a marvelous Thanksgiving.

    God bless and enjoy this wonderful day!!! :o)

  44. Debbie,
    This is stunning!!! I adore how you used a cup & saucer to elevate the pumpkin and encircled it with a bittersweet wreath...creativity at it's finest! The palette is so calming and the accents of orange warm and inviting. Your family will be blessed in your presence. Enjoy the clammer and chatter as you share the love at this Thanksgiving Gathering!

  45. Everything looks great. Looks like everything is all ready. Never thought of using a drop cloth for a tablecloth, but I believe that's easy enough that even I might try it. I'm thinking I'm going to try making a burlap runner (after Christmas), too. I'm hoping it isn't THAT hard. I have got to get some mercury glass candlesticks, too! Seems like I'm the last one to get on board that one. Hope Baby Kitty enjoys his (or is it her?) vacay, and that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  46. Just beautiful! It's elegant and still relaxed. I love the way you mixed it all up!

  47. I absolutely love this look. I'm trying to achieve that in my dining room for fall, and I love the idea of the drop cloth table cloth. It's perfect with the whites and the burlap runner.

  48. Just stunning! I love all of the elements you have used.

    Susan and Bentley

  49. It looks beautiful Debbie! I love the white painted pumpkins! May I ask what color and brand paint did you use? It's a really nice creamy white. Vanna

  50. Beautiful job! Love the white pumpkins and mercury glass. Pinning this for table inspiration!

  51. So so pretty! I love your white pumpkins especially. Would love it if you linked up to my party to show off!

  52. That is a truly wonderful Thanksgiving table - each detail is perfect. You are so creative!!
    I love your creme plates - may ask where you got them?Have a lovely Thanksgiving

  53. Very pretty - thanks for sharing! Take care, Laura

  54. There's not a lot I can say that hasn't already been said...Just so elegant and pretty. The white pumpkins and the bittersweet combination is a wow.

  55. I really love this! It is such the perfect combination of neutrals and colors...very soothing and pretty! I featured it on Saw it {Loved it} Sunday over at my blog:

    Have a wonderful day!


  56. So inspiring. I just bought my first strip of burlap. I may need to try your tutorial!

  57. So beautiful! Love the Chris Madden plates! Thank you for sharing!

  58. Back for another look-see, Debbie. I'm trying to decide what to do for our table, even though it isn't for Thanksgiving Day. We are eating elsewhere on Turkey Day, but will host a dinner here on Friday evening. I just may go buy a drop cloth. ;-)
    Happy Holidays! ~sarah

  59. This is so beautiful, love the mercury glass against the burlap.Those plates are beautiful as well as the napkins.

  60. This is gorgeous Debbie. I think my favorite is the burlap runner and mercury glass together. As much as I spray paint Ive never thought of painting those faux pumpkins white!! What's worse is Ive looked for white pumpkins everywhere! Thanks for turning on the light bulb in my little brain. Carol

  61. Your tablesetting is so beautiful! I adore those plates too!

  62. This is just beautiful! Love all the pumpkins, love all the white, love the napkins, love everything, love to. Seriously awesome, thanks for sharing!

  63. Just beautiful, warm and inviting. Great job!!

  64. So warm and welcoming! Thanks for linking up to The "Autumn Décor" Talent Scouting Party at WhisperWood Cottage!

  65. Wow. That was a great Goodwill find!

    And what a clever way to elevate the center pumpkin with a teacup and saucer. I would never have thought of that. I'm learning so much snooping around your tablescapes.

    Atta Girl Amy

  66. Everything you do is always so pretty and this table is no exception. Thanks for linking up to the Better Late Than Never party!


Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie

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