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.
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.
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.
I draped a round patio table with a white tablecloth and some burlap yardage and then began layering on my decorations and dinnerware.
My mom’s turkey plates top some copper chargers. The blue-gray napkins pull from the colors in the turkey’s feathers.
I used mismatched, tarnished silverware and some dessert glasses I found at a thrift store.
This trio of antique brass candlesticks was also a thrift store find.
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.
I thought the little squirrel fit right in with the outdoor setting. We often spy squirrels and deer in the backyard.
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.
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.
I hung a fall grapevine wreath, embellished with mums and pheasant feathers, on a nearby tree.
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.