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Thanksgiving Vignette In the Breakfast Room

Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Enter into His gates with thanksgiving,
    and into His courts with praise;
    be thankful to Him, and bless His name.
Psalm 100:4

Happy Tuesday *and* Election Day, My Lovelies!  American Friends, I hope that y'all will exercise your God-given right to vote today in between enjoying all the lovely Thanksgiving Tablescapes.  I'd like to thank my Sweet Friend Rita @ the Panoply blog for hosting these blog hops.  I am very grateful to you, Rita, for all your planning and organizational skills.  These blog hops are so much fun!

I have so much to be thankful for.  This is my last week of radiation!  My last main treatment was yesterday, and I just have four "supplementals" each day from today through Friday, and then I'm DONE!  It has been a long year: I was first diagnosed with breast cancer this time last year, and my first chemotherapy session was on December 27th.  

In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
1 Thessalonians 5:18

I am a little tired from the radiation treatments, and unfortunately my tablescape reflects that.  But you know what?  I love it, and it brings me joy.  You can see in this recent post how I replaced real pumpkins for fake Hot Skwash velvet pumpkins on our breakfast room table.  I was planning on putting them away, but our daughter said that she loves them, and she thought I should put all of our Hot Skwash on the table.  She gathered a few of them that had been scattered around the house and brought them into the kitchen for the vignette.

Let's take a look at our breakfast room table from above:

Initially I was going with something simple on the table because although I am hosting Thanksgiving this year, we are actually eating our main meal at the country club.  I'm being kind to myself!  This table was easy, yet the bright colors are impactful.

I started with this table runner because it has some of the colors as our Hot Skwash.

Then I placed the Hot Skwash in a vintage Annie Glass boat.

I added a few red accessories because red and green are complementary colors and perfect for Christmas.  Because it will take me longer to decorate for Christmas this year (because let's face it: I'm doing everything a bit more slowly these days), we're starting our Christmas decorating next week.  I thought this tablescape would last through Thanksgiving and blend nicely with our Christmas decor.

I like having all the velvet pumpkins together in one place.  They represent some of my favorite colors! 

I wanted to add red flowers, so I added red roses, and

a red cyclamen plant.
I will need to replace the roses closer to Thanksgiving, but the cyclamen will be fine and will bloom for the rest of the season.

Oh, give thanks unto the Lord, for He is good,
    for His mercy endures forever!
Psalm 107:1


Everything on my table is from MacKenzie-Childs except: 
Mexican table runner:  Pier 1
Hot Skwash and cyclamen plant: Leaf 'n Petal, Cahaba Heights
Red mercury glass votives:  Blue Willow, Cahaba Heights
Red roses and Root candles and tea lights:  The Fresh Market
Green glass boat:  Annie Glass

I am thankful for so much!  I'd like for you to share with me what you're thankful for this Thanksgiving Season.

Please visit the other lovely ladies' blogs below and see how they've styled their homes for Thanksgiving.  If you're going in order, The Little Yellow Corner Store is next!

Living With Thanksgiving - Thankful and Blessed
Everyday Living - Thanksgiving Traditions
Home is Where the Boat Is - Porch Dining with Plaid & Proud Tom Turkey
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Give Thanks
The Painted Apron - Grateful Gathering
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Time to Give Thanks
Red Cottage Chronicles - A Cozy Cottage Thanksgiving Tablescape
The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Northwoods Thanksgiving

Also, if you enjoy AH-mazing recipe books, come back to my blog tomorrow for a review of:

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. I am so glad you hear you are almost done with your treatments! I have been thinking and praying for you everyday, and I can see by your tablescape there is much joy in your heart! I love the colors and your unique interpretation of the Thanksgiving holiday, and how you made it your own with your love of bright colors and MacKenzie-Childs! Your velvet pumpkins are gorgeous, and they look sooo pretty in the Annie Glass bowl. Note to self: beware of the temptations at Leaf n Petal!!! I love your table, it is a direct reflection of your uplifting positive attitude! I will see you soon my sweet friend~

  2. Ricki Jill, I am thankful for your trip around the sun this past year since your diagnosis. I have been reflecting on that news having come this time last year. You have survived something no one wants to go through. Your table explodes with colors of happiness with all those Hot Skwash pumpkins, and celebrates the spirit that lives so vibrantly! I bought a cyclamen last winter for a tablescape and later planted it in my landscape. It has emerged again now! So many of my landscape plants are confused, thinking it's spring with this extended (and beautiful!) fall we've had.
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving gathering, and being kind to yourself with your main meal at the country club is a very good way of expressing gratitude! Thank you for sharing your experience and thanks through your table vignette.

  3. I am happy that you are near the end of your treatments - what a year! Your centerpiece is always eye catching and i adore all the little pumpkins in the glass bowl.....Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  4. Ricki Jill, I am so glad you are almost finished with your treatments. You have been such an example for all of us. Having just had a terrible mess from a tornado and then your shocking news has been a lot.
    I love your colorful collection of the real velvet pumpkins! And the vintage Annie Glass container. They go wonderfully with your MKC pieces. You have a unique artistic decorating style.
    I would be in trouble if I lived near Leaf and Petal. They have lovely things.
    Enjoy Thanksgiving. I continue to pray for you.

  5. So very happy for you regarding your treatments Ricki Jill.. Kudos to you Ricki dear. Your breakfast room is lovely with your assorted velvet Hot Skwash pumpkins in your vintage Annie Glass boat. How wonderful to dine at the country club. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  6. Your table explodes with wonderful, happy color. It's wonderful that your treatments are almost finished and you can enjoy the season with your Family. Be kind to yourself. I hope the coming months hold good things and renewed health for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

  7. Ricky, I'm so glad to hear your treatments are almost finished. Your tablescape looks so joyful and I love the vibrant colors! Blessings to you!

  8. Ricki Jill, I’m happy to hear you’re almost done with your treatments! It’s important to be kind to yourself and practice self-care. Your colorful table and vignette will span the seasons beautifully. I should start my Christmas decorating next week too as it seems to take me longer every year but I’m not quite ready to trade my pumpkins in for jingle bells. ๐Ÿ˜Š So happy to join you at the table and hop with you again. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving ♥

  9. Ricky Jill you know my thoughts and feelings regarding cancer... whether it be breast cancer or pancreatic cancer the chemo/radiation treatments are almost worse than the cancer. But God is good ...."and will not let you be tempted above that ye are able...." 1 Corinthians 10:13. I still find my energy fading about mid day but I try to take advantage of the early morning hours and if something does not get done or even added to a table scape...I don't worry about it. I love that your daughter gathered up the pumpkins and you used them all in your lovely Anna Glass boat. Your table is bright and happy. God Bless you and your family as you prepare for the upcoming holiday season.

  10. What a relief to know that you are almost finished, Ricki Jill. Your verses interspersed are so inspirational and your colorful table reflects the joy that you are feeling. I’m so thankful how we connected and have prayed for each other since then. God bless you.

  11. I'm glad your daughter convinced you to add that marvelous mix of velvet pumpkins to that lovely dish. The colors are vibrant and seem to pulsate with happiness. The zing of the table runner echoes their spirit, and the punch of red from the flowers is striking. Take care of yourself -- and let others take care of you. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  12. Ricky Jill, I am so glad that you are almost finished with your treatments. Your strength is an inspiration to us all. I adore color, and your tablesetting makes my heart sing. You have so many pretty MC pieces and that table runner is gorgeous. The red roses and velvet pumpkins make such a beautiful finishing touch. It is always a joy to join you on these hops. I hope that you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

  13. Ricki Jill, I am so happy for you to almost be finished with your treatments. Praise God for His goodness and grace. I love your table and the explosion of color. I am very much a person that enjoys living in color. The Annie Glass bowl is perfect for your velvet Hot Skwash pumpkins. I have a few of those myself. I love the addition of red roses. I am thankful the year of a cancer diagnosis and treatments are over for you. Enjoy eating at the Club and being kind to yourself. Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. I am so happy that you are at the end of your treatments! ๐Ÿฅฐ Whst a great way to celebrate with bold bright colors on your table. This makes me so happy for your news and the bright happy colors. May your celebrations always be bright and happy! Hugs, Karin

  15. What a fun mix of velvet pumpkins for your table. I look at your table as a good dose of optimism! So wonderful to hear that you are nearing the end of your treatments. What a year you have had, so thankful you are here with us and will continue to spread joy. Take care, and my prayers will continue to be with you. Have a happy thanksgiving ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ—๐Ÿฆƒ

  16. Ricki Jill, what a cheerful and refreshing tablescape for the holidays. It is perfect. Immediately, I felt joyful and happy when I seen the various color combinations and the contrast with red roses. The whimsical accessories are so fun. I have a dinnerware set very similar to the planter and it brings a playfulness and smile to all who see it. Congratulations on your last treatment and I send my prayers to you for continued good health and happiness. Enjoy your holiday with family and friends and blessings to you all.

  17. Ricki Jill, your table vignette brought a huge smile to my face! I LOVE the colourful rendition, and especially love that it makes you happy. Those deep red roses are calling my name. So pretty. Your table runner is so fun and festive! I am so happy to hear that you are at the end of your treatments. So much to be thankful for! Wishing you the happiest Thanksgiving and prayers for continued good health and well being!

  18. Ricki, my husband has cancer and I know how hard the trial is. You did a tablescape that makes you happy. And that is what really counts. I'm thankful that you are at the end of your treatments and can join in with this table hop. Love those roses and velvet pumpkins for the centerpiece.
    God bless and have a happy Thanksgiving!!!!
    Love, Rachelle

  19. So very happy for you regarding your treatments Ricki Jill. Your breakfast room is lovely, and I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. xo


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