When it comes to turkey duty, I leave that to more experienced cooks than me.

On Thanksgiving, we normally either go to my parents’ house or to my inlaws’ for the big feast. But that doesn’t mean that we don’t celebrate Thanksgiving at home in our own special way.

This year, I’m planning to serve a casual, but elegant, Thanksgiving breakfast in the natural area in our backyard.

Casual Outdoor Thanksgiving Feast by AttaGirlSays.com

It was such a beautiful day today — and we had that extra hour — that we decided to set the table for a lunch outside. A dry run, of sorts, for Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving feast pumpkin pedestal decorating with natural elements fall leaves

I brought out a tablecloth, my grandmother’s pretty soup tureen, a pedestal and a ceramic pumpkin from my fall tablescape. Then my 6-year-old and I cruised the backyard for natural decorative elements, like dried leaves and sweet gum balls.

Vintage Turkey Thanksgiving Iron On Transfer Napkins

 I made some pretty Thanksgiving turkey napkins using printable iron-on transfer paper, 79-cent Ikea dish towels and a vintage turkey graphic from The Graphics Fairy. I dressed up my pretty white luncheon plates with some hemstitched felt ribbon.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Feast by AttaGirlSays.com

We pulled up a hodgepodge of chairs and dressed them up with tea towels decorated with vintage Thanksgiving graphics from The Graphics Fairy.

Vintage Turkey Thanksgiving iron-on transfer tea towel easy Thanksgiving hostess gift

This pretty little turkey drawing is from a vintage postcard.

Vintage Thanksgiving Postcard Turkey Iron-On Transfer Hand Towel Easy Thanksgiving Hostess Gift

The tea towel on the adirondack chair uses this vintage turkey postcard graphic.

The table set, we enjoyed a simple lunch of brunswick stew, home baked bread and warm cheese dip. (And chicken nuggets for Jackson!)

My husband said he felt like he was dining on the grounds of his “estate.” And it did kinda feel like my own little slice of Downton Abbey.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Feast Brunswick Stew

If you’re looking for an easy and inexpensive hostess gift for Thanksgiving (or anytime, really), these handmade iron-on transfer napkins and tea towels fit really fit the bill.

Atta Girl Says: How to Transfer Vintage Graphics to Fabric

It’s a really easy technique. All you need is printable iron-on transfer paper, a dry, hot iron, some tea towels or napkins and a pretty image to print. (Check out my post about the Burlap Circus Banner I made for more detailed instructions.) In fact, this is the perfect thing to make when you’re running out of time.


  1. Oh Amy this is just beautiful. This weather could just not be any prettier could it. That will be a picture perfect place to have a casual Thanksgiving dinner. Love all the plates and the napkins. Yum to the stew, too. Makes me hungry. :) xxoo

  2. Amy, how sweet is your lunch at the “estate”. You know I have always wanted to do the transfer thing but never have. Definitely might try for some hostess gifts. Where do you buy the transfer paper- joanns or michaels?

  3. Beautiful outdoor setting. The table cover is beautiful!

  4. This is wonderful, Amy! It’s the perfect setting for a wonderful family meal. I love, love, love it!
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  5. That is really cute! We have a fire pit in the backyard but we don’t set a table. We just drool at the fire!
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  6. Love the felt ribbon you weaved around the plates! Meals eaten outside are the best.
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  7. If the weather holds up I would love to set up my
    Thanksgiving table outside. I can just hear the rustling of the leaves under our feet.

  8. I love this! What a beautiful idea! Thanks so much for linking it to my party! Have a great week!
    House on the Way
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  9. Such a pretty display! Thanks so much for linking up with Its Party Time!

    Have a fabulous weekend!
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  10. Love your vignette! So pretty and inviting! Love the transfer towel! Thanks for linking up to It’s a Party linky party! Hope to see you tomorrow at: http://www.settingforfour.com/2012/11/its-party-time-11-11-2012.html
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  2. […] to surfaces. I’ve used the wax paper transfer method, and I’ve also created napkins and tea towels using iron-on transfer paper. But those techniques definitely have their limitations, namely that you can only transfer to […]

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