Our family does not go all out for Thanksgiving. We normally just get together for dinner at my parents’ house for a traditional scaled-down feast.

So it’s become a tradition at our house to enjoy brunch or lunch outdoors on Thanksgiving or in the days leading up to the holiday.

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I’m happy to be sharing this year’s outdoor tablesetting as part of the All Things Home Fall Tablescape Tour, featuring 20 bloggers and our Thanksgiving table decorations.

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This year, I set a simple table for two in a wooded part of our backyard, using dinnerware and decorations I already had on hand, plus a few things borrowed from friends and family.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Decorations

I draped a round patio table with a white tablecloth and some burlap yardage and then began layering on my decorations and dinnerware.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Decorations

My mom’s turkey plates top some copper chargers. The blue-gray napkins pull from the colors in the turkey’s feathers.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Decorations

I used mismatched, tarnished silverware and some dessert glasses I found at a thrift store.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Decorations

This trio of antique brass candlesticks was also a thrift store find.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Decorations

I mixed velvet pumpkins with real ones in shades of white and orange because I already had them on hand from my fall mantel and fall front porch.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Decorations

To give the table some height, I perched a ceramic white squirrel atop a pedestal and surrounded it with pumpkins and boxwood harvested during our recent trip to the North Carolina mountains.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Decorations

I thought the little squirrel fit right in with the outdoor setting. We often spy squirrels and deer in the backyard.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Decorations

A Thanksgiving table isn’t complete without a cornucopia (horn of plenty.) My cornucopia is one of my vintage pottery treasures, passed down to me from my mom.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Decorations

Again, in keeping with the casual feel of this tablescape, where nothing is polished and nothing matches, I used two different chairs. One is a metal garden chair and the other is an old wooden chair that is timeworn and weatherbeaten, but beautiful nonetheless.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Decorations

I hung a fall grapevine wreath, embellished with mums and pheasant feathers, on a nearby tree.

Outdoor Thanksgiving Table Decorations

I love my little outdoor tableau. It’s the perfect spot for a cozy Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch or an outdoor meal on any fine November day.

No matter what kind of Thanksgiving feast you’re hosting, you’ll find lots of inspiration in the Fall Tablescape Tour. Be sure to visit all the tour participants.

Monday, Nov 11th

Marty’s Musings
Sophia’s
Celebrating Everyday Life with Jennifer Carroll
On Sutton Place
Making Lemonade

Tuesday, Nov 12th

Worthing Court
Home Is Where the Boat Is
Backporch Musings
Stone Gable
Kirb Appeal

Wednesday, November 13

The Everyday Home
At The Picket Fence
Between Naps On The Porch
Craftberry Bush
Cedar Hill Farmhouse

Thursday, November 14

The Lilypad Cottage
Atta Girl Says
All Things Heart And Home
Top This Top That
Town And Country Living



Comments

  1. Very pretty! Don’t eat out there today, though…..it’s gonna be a cold one!

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      Thanks, Kirby. And I plan to stay inside by the fire as much as possible with forays outside only to let the dog do her business.

      Unfortunately, as I sit here in my office at the moment, it feels about as cold as outside. Must crank up the heat.

  2. amy, that’s so beautiful. Have you lost all your leaves already? we probably will after this cold spell.

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      We have lost a lot of them, Laura, but there are still more coming down. Of course, the day before I shot this, most of the leaves were cleaned up. We had a nice carpet of them a few days ago…

  3. Beautiful Amy….and food always seem to taste better outdoors!!

  4. Beautiful outdoor Thanksgiving table, Amy.

  5. Ahh this makes me miss NC! Looks beautiful!
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  6. I just love the setting for your casual meal, Amy. Your table is sooo pretty! I love the gray, blue and burlap all mixed together. I’m drooling over your mom’s plates! I’ve been kicking myself for not buying some of the ones that we saw at Replacements.

  7. I love that I know how truly cold it was when you shot these pictures! You always do such a great job of staging and helping us imagine what you’re going to be doing. And you’re becoming like me. You can’t completely remember where you found things! I remember if I bought something at a store but in my yard sale and thrift store journeys there’s absolutely no telling! Your table is beautiful, my friend!

  8. Oh my, what a fabulous setting. I love it and your table looks so beautiful. I adore the wreath on the tree too, how gorgeous is that. Everything is stunning. Hugs, Marty

  9. Beautiful Amy! Like Marty, I know how cold it was that day…Brrr! I just love the ceramic squirrel…he’s adorable! And those napkin ring/place cards… love those too :) Glad to have been on the tour with you :)

  10. Amy, what a beautiful intimate setting. So rustic and elegant!! Love the bistro set and your vignette. Pinned!!

    Cynthia

  11. This is so sweet! I love the charming serenity of it! The squirrel is darling, I love cornucopias and those velvet pumpkins along with the real ones are fantastic! I was shopping online for turkey plates the other day and spotted the same ones that you have. Now that I’ve seen them in use, I may have to go back for them! Beautiful all around – let’s eat! Hugs, Leena

    • Atta Girl Amy
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      Thanks so much, Leena. Those plates are very versatile. Did you notice that several other bloggers in the tablescape tour used them as well. Pat from Back Porch Musings and Mary from Home is Where the Boat is. And we all chose to highlight different colors from the plates. I enjoyed seeing how they used them. It gave me ideas for next year.

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