Are you getting excited for Thanksgiving?

Usually, we gather with friends and family we rarely see and enjoy those foods we only eat at Thanksgiving.

If I’m hosting the meal, I put almost as much effort into creating a beautiful Thanksgiving Tablescape as I do the meal.

 

Woodland #Thanksgiving Tablescape :: Wood Duck and Natural Elements :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

I have to admit, for me it isn’t all about the food.  Though I have shared a few recipes that would be a great addition to your Thanksgiving menu.  My Far East Celery is crunchy and light and makes a perfect accompaniment to turkey and stuffing.  Or a true fall dish that you can enjoy as a salad or dessert, Crunchy Grape Salad.

For me… it’s about setting a beautiful table.

 

Woodland #Thanksgiving Tablescape :: Wood Duck and Natural Elements :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

Unless it snows this year, I’m going to be on the road for this annual celebration, so I thought it would be fun to put together my version of a Thanksgiving tablescape for four.  If you want to see what I created for my actual Thanksgiving dinner last year, you can see it here.

 

Wood Duck Thanksgiving Tablescape :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

My friend has a beautiful wood duck that has been taxidermied.  As I was working through what I would do for a centerpiece, it dawned on me that pheasants are often used for Thanksgiving tablescapes, why not a duck?  Why not.

 

Natural Thanksgiving Tablescape with a Wood Duck Centerpiece :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

So down came the duck.  The two fat plumes around the duck are part of his normal display, along with some driftwood and leaves and pine cones.  To create the centerpiece I added pampas grass plumes and grasses, oak leaves I picked up on my walk, a few trimmings of cedar, and fresh bittersweet we discovered on a drive, and pine cones.   I’m pretty pleased the way it came together.

 

Acorns & Bittersweet in a Natural Styled Thanksgiving Tablescape :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

Maybe you remember my early fall tablescape with sunflower napkins, bistro chair napkin rings, and placemats I’d received for my birthday?  You might also recall that the rust-colored plates came from the Dollar Tree.  I purchased them to create that fall table setting and gift the friend I’m living with for her birthday; which she loves, and has enjoyed for all those wonderful fall comfort meals she cooks.

 

Rust & Brown & Gold Woodland Thanksgiving Tablescape :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

These same placemats came out again for this Thanksgiving tablescape to make the Dollar Tree plates look as if they are sitting on chargers.   The golden water goblets add to the color of the season, and for fun my friend purchased the clear champagne glasses to add to each table setting.  You just might see those make a second appearance for Christmas with a little embellishment.  [wink]

 

Napkin Ring :: Thanksgiving Tablescape AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

The napkins were wrapped with simple napkins rings I made from burlap to which I added the acorn ribbon ties that my friend created.  I think they are so cute.  And that reminds me, where are all the acorns?  I guess we decided too late to look for them this year.  A bit of bittersweet and a small silk leaf complete the burlap napkin ring.

 

Wood Duck Woodland Thanksgiving Tablescape :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

The colors of the wood duck are so beautiful.   He really makes for an eye-catching centerpiece along with all the beautiful fall colors in berry and foliage.

 

Thanksgiving Tablescape :: Wood Duck Centerpiece :: AnExtraordinaryDay.net

 

So what do you think of my Thanksgiving tablescape?  Wouldn’t you like to come and enjoy a meal with me around this table?

 

Now for my caveat.  

Thanksgiving really is all about taking time to give thanks.

Not creating a stunning tablescape.

We don’t need a big meal to do that either.  In fact, many people go without or eat alone and still are grateful for their meager portion.  Maybe even more so than those with a bountiful table.  I know that my desire to set a beautiful table comes from my creative bent.  And I believe that to exercise our creativity is to worship God.

Setting a beautiful table may not be practical for those hosting large gatherings.  My friend will host her husband’s large family this year…create beautiful centerpieces….but use disposable dinnerware because it simply is easier for her.  What matters most is that she is extending hospitality and loving on family….many who do not follow the Giver of all Perfect Gifts….and helping them to see Jesus in her and her thankful heart.

This Thanksgiving…

Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.
Psalm 118:1 NIV

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May you and yours have a most joyful and blessed Thanksgiving!

Diane

 

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Comments

  1. Beautiful!

  2. Your wood duck centerpiece is gorgeous. Love all the natural elements. Happy Thanksgiving.

  3. I love it, Happy Thanksgiving. xo

  4. Very pretty table! I really like the shot you took while hanging from the chandelier! 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving! ~Zuni

    • Haha!! Those chandelier shots are really tricky!! 🙂 Thanks Zuni for your kind words.

      May you and yours have a most joyful and blessed Thanksgiving!!

  5. I really love this! Might have to try it next year! Happy Thanksgiving! Too bad an elephant head does not fit in the theme. LOL! (blog post)

    • Oh I hope you do. It really looks much better “in life” than it does in my photos. 🙂
      An elephant head! LOL!! I bet that would take the whole table. 😉

      Happy Thanksgiving!!

  6. Your tablescape is gorgeous and I love the mallard duck! Stopping by from You’re Gonna Love It party.

    • Thank you so very much!
      The duck is actually a Wood Duck…he makes his nest in the cavities of trees around the water and is smaller than a Mallard. Not that it matters…just thought you might like to know since I didn’t explain it in the post.
      Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. I’m amazed at what wonderful things you come up with, when I know most of your belongings must be in storage! This is just beautiful Diane. I’m sure you are blessing your friends every bit as much as you are being blessed by them. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    • You’re right Deborah…we came with our cats and our clothes and laptops and a very few other things as that’s all we had room for.
      Thanks for your kind words…I really appreciate your encouragement. I do hope we can be a blessing…I pray it every day. 🙂
      May your Thanksgiving be truly blessed!

  8. Love your creativity in your tablescape. I also have those dishes from the Dollar Tree plus some beautiful glasses that have leaves on them that I purchased last year. Don’t know about your area but here in southwest Va, we
    didn’t have any acorns this year. The squirrels have been busy “stealing” ( ha ha ) our black walnuts which were
    also not as plentiful as last year. Always enjoy your posts. Hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving and
    Christmas season!! Thanks be to God for His mercy is new every morning!!

    • Awww…Thank YOU!!
      I love that you have the same dishes, Ruth. Who would know they were from the Dollar Tree?! And you have glasses with leaves too. How pretty!
      Well…we think we had some acorns…but it seems that maybe we didn’t have as many because they were gone in a wink….or we are looking at last year’s “lids.”
      I’m so blessed knowing that you enjoy the posts. Thank you for being a faithful reader and taking time to leave your kind words, today.

      May your Thanksgiving be blessed and joyful as well. [hugs]

  9. very pretty but where do you put your food???? our food is our decoration and at our house that is what all are interested in and so much that there is no space for tablescaping!
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
    glenda kremer

    • We often set a buffet when we make pretty tables. Isn’t if fun that everyone does something a little different?
      I had a lovely time away this year….hope you did too!!
      [hugs]

  10. What a beautiful tablescape! I love the colors you used, and that bird is awesome! Thank you so much for linking up at Get Your DIY On! I hope to see you tonight at 7 EST to link up your holiday wreaths and door decor! Have a great week!

    ~Abby =)

  11. You have a very beautiful table! I loved all the natural elements and all the texture. Wonderful job on the napkin rings! You are one creative lady. Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

  12. it is beautiful. I love the acorns and burlap

  13. Why not a duck, beautiful table! So true about giving thanks, beautiful!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY! You are being featured…
    Blessings,
    Cindy

  14. Thank you so much for sharing your gorgeous seasonal table! So lovely with touches from nature! You’ve inspired me to share one of my recent table settings, too:
    http://www.quickstarthomeschool.com/2012/12/hospitality-on-a-shoe-string/
    It’s much simpler than yours, but your design reminded me of a lovely day shared in our home 🙂
    Thanks for your ideas!
    Marie-Claire

  15. Oh my word this is amazing! I just love the duck and plumes for pizazz. Such a beautiful table scape.

  16. Wonderful table! I love all the details!

  17. Lovely table. Mr Wood Duck looks pleased to be the center of attention.

    • Oh yes…we was in all his glory! 😉
      Thanks so much, Susan for popping by with your kind words.
      Hope your week comes to an extraordinary close!

  18. Perfect combination for Thanksgiving! You’re idea for the napkin rings is fantastic!

  19. Beautiful, Diane. The woodland theme is perfect for autumn. Gorgeous wood duck as a centerpiece. Kudos on this wonderful table!

  20. A very ducky table!
    Blessings My Friend,

  21. Pretty little tablescape! I hope you will link it up at the Found & Foraged Linky Party tonight!

  22. Diane, so glad you stopped by to share this! I hope you will stop by the Found & Foraged Linky Party next week too! (Saturday @ 8PM CST) Hope to see you there!

  23. Such a beautiful tablescape. Love the rustic but refined style. Thank you so much for sharing at Share It One More Time. Cathy

  24. Jann Olson says:

    Yes, Thanksgiving is all about counting our blessings and giving thanks. But I agree, using our talents in a pleasing way helps us to glorify God! Your table is perfect and the colors in the duck echo the colors of Fall. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  25. This is so unique and beautiful! Thanks for linking up at Totally Terrific Tuesday! I have a special announcement for tonights party! Hope to see you at 10!
    Pinned and tweeted this 🙂
    Jess

  26. I especially like the embellishments on the napkins – the hanging acorns, so cute! I’m a firm believer in being creative with what you have on hand. We buy way too much stuff!

  27. Just beautiful Diane! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!
    Sherry

  28. Oh, man, that’s FABULOUS! You are becoming better than Martha! Love the duck. Just love it!! And all the details. I want to come over and share Thxgiving w you now!!! (smiles).

  29. I wanna come to your house for Thanksgiving! It’s sooooo pretty! Pinned! Thank you so much for linking up at Found & Foraged! Pinned! Hope to see you again Saturday night at 8PM!

  30. I LOVE the duck! Yeah, it’s different, but it’s good different and still feels like fall and Thanksgiving. Beautiful work. Thanks for linking up to Show Me Saturday!

  31. Diane, your tablescape is stunning–as, of course, is your heart! Thanks so much for sharing this loveliness at Grace at Home. I’m featuring you this week!

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