October 30, 2017

A Thanksgiving Table With Rustic Elegance

The Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop continues! 

If you have not seen the newest links please take a minute to stop by. So many gorgeous tables by the most creative tablescapers. All links at the bottom of this post. 

Welcome to my home today. I love to create pretty tables for family and guests whether it be in the dining room, in the kitchen, or on the back porch. Join me for a tour of my table creation. 

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Today I am joining a very creative group of ladies who also love creating pretty tables. (The links to their blogs follow my post.) Our fearless group leader is Chloe from Celebrate and Decorate blog, so be sure to visit and thank her. 

Our theme today is "Thanksgiving." 

I just know that you will see an idea or two... or maybe more, that you can use in creating something special in your home.... or wherever you celebrate Thanksgiving. :-) 

I know it seems like August was just a couple of weeks ago and that it seems early to be talking about Thanksgiving...but it will be here before you know it! 

Let's begin at the beginning...

...A Thanksgiving table.

When I create a table...I first decide if I want to use a nice linen tablecloth or a table runner & placemat combo.

For this Thanksgiving table I went a table runner. Well...sort of a tablerunner. 

My table runner is actually a scarf/wrap. Yes it is.

I just had an idea to try a scarf...and I believe it worked! And here is one more tidbit. THIS scarf cost $1.00 at Mighty Dollar. Yes it did. What fun it is to play with unexpected finds!

Grey is not exactly a fall color, but I wanted to use my Oriental Trading silver glass candlesticks

So...I just threw the scarf onto the dining room table and away I went. I was fully prepared for this to "not work," but gee, it totally works in my view. 

Next...I began adding the natural elements for that rustic fall look I wanted. Pinecones. Acorns. Leaves. 

I have been collecting velvet pumpkins for a few years...so I added them for a bit of dressy elegance.  

And for another couple of shots of orange I used russet placemats and berry wreaths around the pillar candles. 

I pulled out my Mikasa Italian Countryside plates...which brought a soft white to the color scheme. Then I was on a roll...white linen napkins, white candles, and an ironstone tureen. Bingo. 

I went overboard snapping pictures...because I am a shutterbug. I will let the pictures do most of the talking at this point. 

The photos were taken at different times of the day...so the lighting is a bit different in some. 

I love the elegance of silver...but I wanted my table to be somewhat rustic for the Thanksgiving theme. 

Rustic Elegance...in an old English cottage or country manor. Yes... that is my style. 

That was the decorating style in I used in our "big" house. :-) Country English style...what's not to like! Comfortable elegance suits my traditional decorating style. 

I staggered my candlesticks so that I could use four of them and have enough space for the other decor. 

I have to tell you that these silver mercury glass candle holders are quite nice...and not as pricey as some other sources. 

I don't guess I need to mention that I love to use color in my home. :-)

Here is a closer look at the mercury glass candle sticks. 

The berry wreathes on each candle came from hobblylobby.com last year. 

I picked up my velvet pumpkins at different places...some came from TJ Maxx.

I wish you could join me at my table to "break bread" together. 

I pulled out my favorite stainless... Oneida's Sheraton. I love the simple, almost Federal style. 

My silver tends to say in the drawer these days...as pretty stainless is so easy for family gatherings. 

Disclosure: I am an Oriental Trading Brand Ambassador...which means that I am provided products in exchange for blog posts. All creations and ideas are my own. I just knew that these candlesticks would be perfect for my Thanksgiving table.

Thank you for taking a few minutes out of your day to visit me! 

I hope you have time to "hop" over the other blogs this week. I will keep the links up to date over the week...so just come back here every day to link with the other ladies!

Thanks for Visiting!
Gobble. Gobble. 

My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.


  1. I love your genius use of the scarf as a table runner! The paisley pattern and soft grays provide such a nice contrast to the rich velvet orange of your pumpkins. I love your bountiful centerpiece and textures paired your mercury glass candlesticks too!

  2. Shelia, you epitomize fine English Country style and I love it. This table setting is rich in detail, yet frugal in how you got there. Love the scarf, the berry garland candle wreaths, and the mercury candle sticks in and among the pumpkins. Who would have thought OTC had come this far in its offerings? Your flatware is beautiful in its simplicity, and the Mikasa Italian Countryside is classic. It's a pleasure to be with you on this week of beautiful tables.

  3. Your scarf/table runner was an amazing find and for $1.00 is even better! I love the mercury glass candlesticks, too. Of course, your tureen is stunning and how you styled the runner was creative with pine cones, acorns and bittersweet and scattered velvet and real miniature pumpkins. Your Mikasa plates pull the white in the tureen that makes your table unified and rustically elegant. Great photos!
    It is going to be a fun week.

  4. I love using scarves and throws as tablecloths and runners, but I have never gotten such a bargain! I love all of the natural elements of your gathered centerpiece and your velvet pumpkins are so luscious! Your style is so classic and always inspiring! I am thankful to have you as part of this tablescaping blog tribe!

  5. Beautiful Sheila, your mix of elements and textures is just lovely, elegant for the occasion yet rustic for a Thanksgiving feel~Scarves do make wonderful runners, and I love all the tones of orange throughout~

  6. Just beautiful. I love your plates. I have the same ones..

  7. Sheila, I am all for using scarfs on the table! Never would have guessed yours cost only a $1! I really enjoy those mercury glass candle holders and how they reflect all the beautiful colors surrounding them. I love the classic fold of the white napkins on the white plates! Such a warm and welcoming table to sit and enjoy a fabulous Thanksgiving feast!

  8. Love it! You have given me a great idea on how to decorate my own table. I have a variation of everything you have used, i.e., white dishes, mercury glass candle sticks, white soup tureen, etc. I have used large scarves in the past as table runners but have never thought to look for them in the dollar store. Thanks for sharing your beautiful ideas on your blog,I thoroughly enjoy each and every one of them.

  9. Your table is gorgeous and I love that you used traditional Thanksgiving colors. I am all about using a scarf for a table. It seems like you can find scarfs that are prettier than the runners in the stores. You have a gift of decorating beautiful tables. Your pictures are beautiful also.

  10. Sheila, aren't scarves wonderful for the table...more to choose from and less expensive than runners? Yours was a great find and makes a fabulous statement! Our style is so similar... English country has a distinctive welcome and warmth! I love the excellent use of color on your table. The ironstone tureen surrounded with velvet pumpkins, pine cones, and acorns is rustic elegance for sure! The candlestands are the perfect addition. Any guest will be thrilled to sit at your lovely table!

  11. Sheila, the pretty scarf serves as the perfect anchor for your gorgeous centerpiece with such wonderful saturated fall color. I love the Mikasa Italian Countryside china. It has always been a favorite of mine. Your table is just gorgeous! It is always fun blog hopping with you!

  12. Hi Sheila,
    Thank you for sharing your beautiful table as part of this fun thanksgiving blog hop! Hope you have a fabulous holiday season!

  13. All sorts of beautiful ideas for a holiday table. Love the idea of using a scarf...have to check them out at the local dollar stores.

  14. Love the scarf. The white just pops with the warm color. I adore the cute pumpkins. Happy Holidays.

    1. Hi Sheila, I didn't see a comment from you regarding the blog hop. I hope all is well.

  15. Oh, those orange velvet pumpkins! Just love them and how fabulously they accent your lovely tablescape! You've provided such wonderful inspiration especially in using dishware as your centerpiece - we all have pieces like that - and then embellishing it with candles and plenty of pumpkins. Great deal on that scarf-turned-table-runner and I think the colours are perfect!

  16. I like your comfortable elegance style as your table is beautiful. I think anyone would enjoy breaking bread at your table. Thanks for adding such warmth to the blog hop!

  17. You are a genius to use a scarf as a runner—and what a beautiful one. English country style is so classic, and your table exudes elegance with rustic English country. I live the grey with the vibrant orange. Your mercury glass candlesticks are lovely, too. I always live playing with you.

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  19. Sheila, I love the use of mercury glass in your table setting. And the velvet pumpkins are really pretty. A beautiful tablescape all around.

  20. Me too I often use scarves as table runner, it's easy and fun! Love your tablescape, centerpiece is gorgeous and little velvet pumpkins too!

  21. Love the fabric pumpkins and the silver candle holders! Such a chicken look!

  22. Your Table Setting is beautiful. I would love it if you could share this post on Full Plate Thursday, we now have special features for Table Settings. Thanks for sharing and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  23. This is one of my favorites of yours, Sheila. I just love the placement and the colors...beautiful!

  24. Sheila, Your table screams Thanksgiving in a great way! I love everything you used, including that awesome scarf. Seeing the soup tureen made we cringe with regret that I couldn't keep the beautiful one I once had. Downsizing has it's plus and minuses. I always love seeing your tables capes.

  25. I always enjoy your designs Sheila. Thanks so much for sharing another elegant tablescape with us at #overthemoon. I've pinned and shared on Facebook.

  26. I’m very impressed with how beautifully arranged the setting for the table. It’s very detailed and I can tell that you put in much effort to come up with this amazing creation. It also gave me lots of inspiration to work on the decorations for my sister’s bridal shower. The shower will be this weekend at the wonderful event venue Atlanta.


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