Our Thanksgiving Table and Mantel

Can you believe Thanksgiving is next week?  The weather has been so weird here in Kansas that it’s hard to tell what time of year it is!

My parents are driving up from Georgia to spend the whole week with us and I’m really excited for them to get here.  Most of the house is a mess right now (I’d better get cleaning!), but the dining room is Thanksgiving ready!

I think I’ll use my gold chargers, simple white plates and vintage gold flatware for Thanksgiving dinner, but I didn’t get it out for this shoot.  I’m super excited about the centerpiece though!  This past weekend I found a large antique bread bowl at a vintage market.  As soon as I saw it I know how I would use it.  I placed it in the middle of my dining table, placed a few sprigs of silver dollar eucalyptus on it, then loaded it up with the pumpkins I had leftover from decorating for Halloween.  I also included some mini Indian corn, pomegranates and a few gold tea light holders.  Julia Engel of Gal Meets Glam shared her Thanksgiving table a few days ago and it’s gorgeous, so she inspired me a little for mine.  I couldn’t use a runner like she did because Jack would pull that right off, and I added a few more elements to make it uniquely mine.  It’s always fun to see how others decorate for the holidays, don’t you think? 

As for the mantel, I moved all of the candlesticks up there that I used to have on the dining table.  These are a mixture of glass CB2 candle holders, vintage brass candles holders, and even some vintage lucite and brass pieces.  I’m always a fan of mixing finishes and eras, and my candle holders are no exception.  I added some eucalyptus to an old Crate and Barrel hurricane to even out the other side.  Finally, I hung some Target “Give Thanks” garland under the mantel.  It’s made of leather and gold metal and I think it’s a nice finishing touch.

A few years ago I shared my Thanksgiving preparation tips and I’ll certainly be referencing it to help get me ready for cooking the big meal.  The photos aren’t great (I’ve learned so much since I started blogging!), but if you’re looking for a few simple then feel free to check it out!

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Katie Vail
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