Thanksgiving Centerpiece – Nature Meets Vintage

Can you believe that I’m already thinking about Thanksgiving?  In just 24 days it will be here!  Thanksgiving has always been one of my favorite holidays.  I love being with family, love the decor, and of course, love the food!

Although we won’t actually enjoy Thanksgiving at our home, I’ve made a centerpiece to celebrate November, the season of Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece - Nature Meets Vintage - virginiasweetpea.com


My Thanksgiving centerpiece features a vintage pilgrim candle holder that I found at Blue Sky Cottage where I have a booth.  I first saw this piece in early September and finally caved and purchased in in October.  No regrets on that purchase, I love it.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Vintage Pilgrims


All of the elements that I used to decorate my table were found on a walk with my dog.  By the time I arrived home, my arms were loaded with berries, bark, and foliage.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece


Isn’t the beauty of nature incredible?  I love the colors and texture of the items that I found.

Thanksgiving Centerpiece using Vintage Pilgrim Pottery and Florals from Nature


The back side of the pilgrims is just as pretty as the front.  I love how they are holding hands!

Use Berries, Pods, and Bark for Your Thanksgiving Centerpiece


Bittersweet, bark, and the bloom of some unidentified tree flank either side of the pilgrims.

Bittersweet and Bark Bittersweet and Yellow Fall Blooming Tree Blossoms


I picked out my wedding china when I was in high school.  It was love at first sight when I saw Lenox Autumn in the china section at Leggett Department Store.  A shopping trip when I was in high school included both clothes shopping and a trip to the china department.  My mom and I love dishes!

Lennox Autumn China on a Thanksgiving Table


My wedding silver isn’t real silver.  I chose Golden Ribbon Edge, a stainless pattern by Gorham.

My granddad had the pie safe made using cherry harvested from his family farm.  Some of my vintage turkeys are displayed on top along with a filled cornucopia.

Bring Nature to the Table - Use Berries and Florals Found Locally on Your Thanksgiving Table


I can’t remember a Thanksgiving without an elegantly set table that included a beautiful centerpiece.  My grandmother was a Garden Club member and her centerpieces were something else.  My mom followed in her footsteps and creates a beautiful table each year.Fall Berries from Nature Used in a Thanksgiving Centerpiece


My mom will host Thanksgiving this year and we both are really looking forward to it because my niece and her mom will join us.  They haven’t been able to do so for several years and it will be great to spend the day with them.

Next year we just may have Thanksgiving at the lake.  It might be fun to start a new tradition.


I’d love for you to pin my centerpiece for others to enjoy!

Thanksgiving Table - Make a beautiful centerpiece using natural elements. virginiasweetpea.com


I’m sharing my table along with 18 other bloggers.  I’m excited to see how others decorate their table for Thanksgiving.  Scroll down and you’ll find the links to the other 18 tables to enjoy!


Thanksgiving Tablescapes and Centerpieces

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  1. Your table is so inviting and I love the stories that go along with it. I remember going to the department store as a girl and spending time in the china department with my mom too. Sweet memories!

  2. I am pretty sure I have never seen a pilgrim candle holder. Love it. It is very much YOU, so you were smart to cave. One thing I love about your centerpiece is that the berries are not red.

  3. Paula, Your table is so beautifully set! The pilgrim couple candleholder is so pretty and unique, what a great piece! I can understand why you caved and made the purchase! 🙂 And I love the added natural pieces! …thanks for popping into to see me and for the kind comment left! Hope you’re having a great week! ~Rhonda

  4. I love all the pretty berries, Paula! Two years ago I found some of the blue privet berries which I was able to use in a wreath they are a wonderful addition. But, most of all I love the stories you share and your new pilgrims. Beautiful!
    (Is the yellow bloom, Witch Hazel?)

  5. Paula,
    I adore your Thanksgiving centerpiece, dear one!!!
    I sense an air of romantic in your voice!!!
    The china is gorgeous and I loved hearing about your selection!!!
    Blessings as you gather around your Thanksgiving Table!!!

    1. Thank you, Janet. I’ve really enjoyed this tablescape during November. Before long it will be time to do a Christmas centerpiece.


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  7. I love your table. Autumn has always been one of my favorite patterns. Perfect for Thanksgiving and any time of the year.

  8. What a lovely table! I love the Lenox china – classic! It’s wonderful how you brought in the natural elements to make such a lovely table. Thanks for sharing! Blessings, Janet

    1. Thank you, Janet! I picked my china pattern out when I was a high school student in the 1980’s. I’ve never regretted my decision. Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving a sweet comment.

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