November is here and it is time to decorate our homes for Thanksgiving. I have collected turkey platters for a long time and I so much enjoyed using them along with other turkey-themed things for my Thanksgiving decorations.
Decorating for Thanksgiving with Vintage
Decorating the Chest for Thanksgiving
When I decorate our living room for the season, I start with the mantel since it’s the focal point of the room and then move on to the chest, a second focal point.
You’ll notice that all of my Thanksgiving decor is accented with Bittersweet. My cousin and her daughter cut a huge box of Bittersweet and delivered it to my door.
I was so excited to get this Bittersweet and it adds color and texture to all of my Thanksgiving vignettes.
Bittersweet is an invasive species. If you decorate with it, do not throw it in your compost pile or chuck it into the woods when you are finished with it. Throw it in the trash.
I have collected vintage turkey platters for a long time and used this beautiful platter with a gold rim in the center of my display.
I filled a crock that I recently scored at Goodwill for $2 with pheasant feathers. I used long male tail feathers, along with long hen tail feathers, and a few feathers that remind me of a tiger’s stripes.
The Thanksgiving postcard was mailed on November 27, 1911.
To the right of the turkey platter, I used a wheat sheaf and a vintage turkey-lidded dish.
When my mom owned her Outer Banks beach cottage, we used to enjoy going to the beach in the off-season. Both the turkey and wheat sheaf are finds from the OBX.
Vintage Thanksgiving Postcards
I decorated the table between the wing-back chairs with vintage Thanksgiving postcards.
This postcard was sent to my Great-Great Aunt Lulie in 1911.
Willie received this one in 1909.
Lulie sent this one to Willie in 1908. Lulie lived in Norfolk and Willie in Vinton.
Willie received this one from an aunt living in Washington DC in 1917.
I purchased this postcard in the Shenandoah Valley long before my grandmother gave me her postcard collection. This one was sent in 1917 from Croson, South Dakota to Westfield, Wisconsin.
Vintage Quiver and Arrows
Thanksgiving makes me think of Pilgrims and Indians.
Indians make me think about hunting with a bow and arrow which led to using my dad’s boyhood quiver and arrows for decor.
I had to figure out a way to prop up the quiver and arrows and found that an antique iron placed in front and in back of the quiver worked like a charm.
I also have my dad’s bow. I used it for decor a long time ago in a Vintage Cowboy and Indian Mantel that I created.
Music Stand Thanksgiving Decor
I decorated the music stand to the left of the mantel with a turkey and one of my grandmother’s cornucopias.
The turkey isn’t vintage but has a vintage feel.
I found it when my mom and I were shopping one year in downtown Staunton the day after Thanksgiving.
I noticed here that my cornucopia has a bare spot where the green floral foam can be seen. I’ll have to hide this spot with more Spanish moss.
Thanksgiving Decor on the Marble Topped Table
My grandmother’s marble-topped table is another favorite spot for a seasonal display.
The decor in this area started with another vintage turkey platter from my collection.
I left my grandmother’s green vase filled with River Oats and my aunt’s gold and bronze Magnolia leaves from my fall decor in place.
Mama bought my Byers Choice pilgrims for me a long time ago.
I hope you enjoyed seeing my mostly vintage Thanksgiving decor. I am so happy that I didn’t skip over decorating for Thanksgiving this year.
My dining room is still set with my Pinterest Challenge Thanksgiving table and having these two adjoining rooms decorated for Thanksgiving and given me so much pleasure this Thanksgiving season.
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