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Decorating for Thanksgiving with Vintage

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 

For Thanksgiving decorating, I kept my fall mantel decor the same and also the pillows on the chairs.  I switched the decor on all of the flat surfaces from fall to Thanksgiving.

A living room is decorated for Thanksgiving with mostly vintage decor.

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.

Thanksgiving Decor with Vintage - A living room is decorated for Thanksgiving with mostly vintage decor.

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. 

Thanksgiving Decor with Vintage - An antique chest is decorated with a vintage turkey platter, crock filled with pheasant feathers, a vintage Thanksgiving postcard, a wheat sheaf, and a vintage turkey lidded dish.

I was so excited to get this Bittersweet and it adds color and texture to all of my Thanksgiving vignettes.

Thanksgiving Decor with Vintage - An antique chest is decorated with a vintage turkey platter, crock filled with pheasant feathers, a vintage Thanksgiving postcard, a wheat sheaf, and a vintage turkey lidded dish.

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. 

Thanksgiving vignette with a crock filled with pheasant feathers, a Thanksgiving postcard, and a vintage turkey platter.

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.

Thanksgiving vignette with a crock filled with pheasant feathers, a Thanksgiving postcard, and Bittersweet.

The Thanksgiving postcard was mailed on November 27, 1911.

Thanksgiving vignette with a vintage turkey platter and candy dish , a wheat sheaf, and Bittersweet.

To the right of the turkey platter, I used a wheat sheaf and a vintage turkey-lidded dish.  

Thanksgiving vignette with a vintage turkey candy dish , a wheat sheaf, and Bittersweet.

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

A living room is decorated for Thanksgiving with mostly vintage decor.

I decorated the table between the wing-back chairs with vintage Thanksgiving postcards.

A collection of vintage Thanksgiving postcards dating from 1909 to 1917.

This postcard was sent to my Great-Great Aunt Lulie in 1911.

1910 Thanksgiving postcard

This one was sent to Great-Great Aunt Willie in 1910.

1909 Thanksgiving postcard

Willie received this one in 1909.

1908 Thanksgiving postcard

Lulie sent this one to Willie in 1908.  Lulie lived in Norfolk and Willie in Vinton.

1917 Thanksgiving postcard

Willie received this one from an aunt living in Washington DC in 1917.  

1917 Thanksgiving postcard

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. 

A 1960's stereo is decorated for Thanksgiving with a vintage quiver and arrows.

Indians make me think about hunting with a bow and arrow which led to using my dad’s boyhood quiver and arrows for decor.

A 1960's stereo is decorated for Thanksgiving with a vintage quiver and arrows.

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.

A 1960's stereo is decorated for Thanksgiving with a vintage quiver and arrows.

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

Decorating for Thanksgiving with Vintage - A living room is decorated for Thanksgiving with mostly vintage decor.

The turkey isn’t vintage but has a vintage feel. 

Thanksgiving decor using a turkey figure and a cornucopia filled with bittersweet, japanese lantern, eucalyptus, pumpkins, lotus pods, and pine cones.

I found it when my mom and I were shopping one year in downtown Staunton the day after Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving decor using a turkey figure and a cornucopia filled with bittersweet, japanese lantern, eucalyptus, pumpkins, lotus pods, and pine cones.

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.

Thanksgiving decor using a vintage turkey platter, Byers' Choice pilgrims, and vintage turkey candles.
Vintage turkey platter with a vintage turkey candle

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.

Thanksgiving decor using a vintage turkey platter, Byers' Choice pilgrims, and vintage turkey candles.

To the right of the turkey platter, I used two vintage turkey candles from my collection and a Byers’ Choice male and female pilgrim.

Mama bought my Byers Choice pilgrims for me a long time ago. 

Thanksgiving decor using Byers' Choice pilgrims and vintage turkey candles.

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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Decorating for Thanksgiving with Vintage

33 Comments

  1. Paula, I love your home and decor. It just has an utterly comfy and vintage feel to it. Each time you describe items kept through the family I love hearing about them. I honestly think Virginia is the most Southern state there is in terms of the family values and its cherished items. Your posts consistently point to it!

  2. Paula I just love it all! You always amaze me with your treasures and stories. I see that you came by your bittersweet much easier than I did this year!

    Great Thanksgiving postcards and lovely vignettes!

    1. Thank you, Amber! I am so glad that I did not skip over Thanksgiving this year. It was so nice of my cousin to gather Bittersweet for me and I loved using it for my deor.

      Paula

    1. Thank you, Carole! I am always on the lookout for vintage turkeys but I don’t see them too often when I’m browsing in antique shops. I’m really glad that I didn’t skip decorating for Thanksgiving this year.

      Paula

  3. Paula, your post are amazing. It brings to mind of being in Virginia again, in a vicarious way. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. Your home always looks so beautiful decorated for the seasons, Paula. I love all of the vintage touches. Especially the feathers. So fun!

  5. Oh my goodness, I am in love with all your vintage pieces. The postcard collection is priceless! So special!!!

  6. Paula, you always have so many treasures to share and those post cards. How amazing to have such treasures.

    Love your dads arrows too. I hd a hard time deciding what to Pin, it’s a Pin fest!

  7. Paula, this room is a fall delight. So warm and cozy … and traditional. I love it. Your family’s postcard are treasures … as are all the wonderful pieces you have passed down from family and vintage hunting with your mom. It’s just a beautiful room … I’m sure Sherman enjoys it too! xo

  8. Love it – you have such a way decorating and especially with vintage items. You have so many great memories with them too.

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