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Tuesday, November 9, 2021

 ...for a Thanksgiving tablescape blog hop!

Happy Tuesday, My Lovelies!  It's time for another themed tablescape blog hop hosted by the lovely Rita @ Panoply.  

Everything Rita does is so pretty and special.

This year I decided to decorate informally: no silver or crystal on the table at all!  Come on in, Lovelies, and let's look at our table.

I like setting formal tables, and I probably will for Christmas or New Year's Eve, but we decided to have a little more laid-back Thanksgiving celebration this year.  We will be eating our luncheon (our main Thanksgiving meal) at a different venue, and I don't think we'll be that hungry for dinner.  
I'm planning a simple dinner to enjoy in our dining room Thanksgiving evening.

I combined a tablecloth with a crewelwork table runner.  The runner is autumn themed with fall leaves, flowers, and acorns. 

One of my friends HATES my pressed glass French bistro wine glasses.  She always makes fun of them, but they're like Weebles: they're hard to tip over because they're short and heavy. 

I fluffed the centerpiece we used for a bridal afternoon tea last month.  I took out the begonias, left the ferns, and added "Chilly Chily" ornamental peppers and croton for autumn color.

I selected MacKenzie-Childs plates with autumn colors, and added spicy-colored salad plates.

Our Welsh dresser has a teacup planter with a fern and dried autumn leaves in an amber colored vase.

There's another teacup in the living centerpiece.
I also added a glass pumpkin and glass acorns.
The napkin rings are leather.

The squirrel and stump are salt and pepper shakers.

Close-up of the crewelwork acorns

There is absolutely nothing new on our table other than the plants.  If you have any specific questions about anything, please ask in the comment section below.

Below are links to the other blogs participating in the Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop.  Please visit them!

Everyday Living - We Gather Together
Home is Where the Boat Is - The Softer Side of Thanksgiving
Panoply - Thankful
Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One - Home for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2021
Pandora's Box - Leopards and Checks
My Thrift Store Addiction - Vintage Thanksgiving Breakfast Table
The Little Yellow Corner Store - Celebrating Thanksgiving a Little Differently
Me and My Captain - Football AND Thanksgiving
Life and Linda - Thanksgiving with Elegance
The Painted Apron - Pumpkins and Pickups
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Thanksgiving 2021 - A Bit Boho
Living With Thanksgiving - Blessings at Thanksgiving
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Heart Full of Thanksgiving
The Bookish Dilettante - We Gather Together
Zucchini Sisters - Vintage Thanksgiving Table Setting

We gather together to ask the Lord’s blessing;
He chastens and hastens his will to make known;
The wicked oppressing now cease from distressing.
Sing praises to his name; he forgets not his own.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Hi there! I really like that teacup basket centerpiece! What a unique design! The combination of living plants added to it make it come alive with color and additional texture! I'm also in love with your napkin rings! I've not seen those anywhere, and I'm a big fan of the leather look! Those would be great on an equestrian-themed table, too! It is so wise to have your main Thanksgiving meal earlier in the day! We used to do it that way when my Mom was living. It made sense because of so many reasons, but especially because it gave license to sneak a turkey sandwich and another piece of pie later!

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  2. Your table is perfect for an informal Thanksgiving meal Ricki Jill! I love the pretty Autumn theme table runner and your glass acorns look so pretty scattered around your wonderful centerpiece. The plate stacks topped with Autumn leaf leather bound napkins look so perfect for Thanksgiving! I love the Autumn leaves on your dresser, such a great pop of color. I know you will have a wonderful time with your family around you!

  3. OH GOODNESS.. this is lovely. I love your little squirrel and stump!!

  4. Very pretty. I like the adding of real plants. Very nice. xoxo Kris

  5. Beautiful table Ricki, Love your added plants and that teacup planter is darling.
    Your plate stack is lovely and topped with a pretty fall napkin. Hoe cute the salt and pepper shakers are. Your hutch is so charming filled with MC. Your men u sounds delicious. Wishing you a beautiful and blessed Thanksgiving.

  6. Ricki Jill, your table is lovely. We try to have our meal early in the day as we love to snack on leftovers for the evening "supper".
    How clever you are to re-purpose your 'flower' is perfect with the pops of red and yellow chilies. Happy Thanksgiving
    Kari @ Me and my Captain

  7. Your table is so inviting - I love to see how you use you M-C dishes for every season! Adorable salt and pepper shakers - too cute. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  8. Ricki Jill, what a warm and welcoming table! Your live plant centerpiece is unique and sweet. Love all the special little details throughout, with the beautiful plate stack.

  9. Ricki J, I like this informal table setting for a simple meal. The crewelwork table runner is so pretty and the real plants tie into theme. Everything looks lovely and comfortable.

  10. Ricki Jill, your table says welcome! It is so smart to repurpose the flower arrangement. The crewel table runner is beautiful, did you do the stitching? The plate stack with the MC dinner plates, spicy colored salad plates, and the leaf napkins are perfect. Your dinner menu sounds delicious, I am a big fan of risotto. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

  11. Ricki Jill, your table is charming! It's full of warmth, color, and texture. I love the way you styled the MC plates with the spicy salad plates and those pretty napkins. Your crewel runner is gorgeous. My mother did crewel work. It add such wonderful texture to a textile. Beautiful table for enjoying that delicious sounding menu. Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. I am always drawn to crewelwork, and your runner is so lovely. I'm amazed at how the MKC can blend with most anything - pattern, color, texture. You have a cornucopia of textures on this table and it really keeps my interest! Love the glass acorns. The added croton and peppers has given new life to your bridal shower arrangement - so awesome. I love your menu too. That sounds so much more appealing to me than the traditional. I've only made Thanksgiving dinner once, know how, but hope to break tradition if ever I'm the host again. Your friend who HATES - bless her heart!
    Thank you, Ricki Jill, for joining me/us at the table. Your words of me were so kind and appreciated.

  13. I love your pretty crewelwork table runner Ricki Jill! It sets the tone for the table and can used for the fall season with your acorns and pumpkin and cute squirrel salt & pepper shaker set. I happen to be a fan of your pressed glass French bistro glasses as they’re all purpose and for the reason you stated, ‘Weeble’-like. :) Love the shot of the room with your hutch and all your MKC pieces all gathered together! It’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you again! Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving ♥

  14. Ricki, Your table is so inviting and pretty. I love the full view because I love seeing your lovely french chairs.
    You do mix and match so well and all your MC pieces are so elegant.
    I have a similar vine teapot with moss planter. I had it on my porch and the little wrens were stealing the moss for their nests so I had to move it. I need to redo it and have it inside.
    Also love your table runner. So glad you have joined the hops.

  15. The table is gorgeous. Thank You for sharing.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  16. Your table is so pretty, RJ. I love the table runner and how you repurposed the centerpiece. The napkins are a perfect autumn touch!

  17. Oooh Ricki Jill, I’m loving the crewel work and the adorable teacup planter! How funny about your friend who hates your pressed glass bistro glasses. Everything looks lovely. Your dining room chairs are so dreamy.

  18. I really like what you did. The runner is especially pretty. I think it is fancy. I don't know what is not to like about your wine glasses. I use my French ones everyday for everything except wine, because they are pretty and they don't tip easily. Oh well. People like different things. Happy Thanksgiving early... just in case. xoxo Su

  19. What a beautiful room to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner! Your table looks so pretty and the crewel work runner is such a lovely touch with the autumn centerpiece. I hope that you have a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

  20. This is so lovely! Your autumn hues are so pretty, and I love those napkins! Happy Thanksgiving!

  21. It's a lovely table and your menu. Sweet, simple and light after a big lunch. I hope you get that S'mores weather. What a perfect way to top off the day!

  22. Love the crewelwork runner! The glass pumpkins and acorns bring lots of sparkle to the table. The centerpiece is very autumnal -- with a punch! The chili peppers and croton leaves were an inspired addition. Have a great Thanksgiving!

  23. Ricki Jill, the vibrant colors on your Thanksgiving table are beautiful. The combination of plants in your centerpiece are stunning. I love your napkins too. Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

  24. What a pretty and casual table you have set! With the flood at my house last month we will not be eating Thanksgiving dinner at home this year either. I will certainly miss all of the leftovers! I think there is nothing wrong with a casual table setting, no matter if it is the main Thanksgiving meal or not! Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. Beautiful table but the napkin end should always point to the person seated and not to the middle of the table.

  26. Ricki Jill, I love that you had a light and casual Thanksgiving dinner at home after the big midday meal. Your dining room looks so cozy, and I love the natural centerpiece. The dinner menu sounds delicious, too! I'm sorry it took me so long to comment. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Rebecca (Zucchini Sisters)


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