Casual Thanksgiving Tablescape, Mississippi Pottery, and Weekend Musings

Before I begin this post, I have just realized that it is Thanksgiving week and want to mention just a few of the many things that I am thankful for. First, I am thankful to have a nice dining room and dishes to set a pretty table and to have food for that table. I try to donate both goods and funds during each holiday season to help those who don’t have enough to eat. Second, I am thankful for a sweet husband who puts up with my dishaholic ways and only occasionally mumbles, “You need to be on  hoarding show,” under his breath. Third, I am thankful for my wonderful son and daughter-in-law and their heart for ministry. Fourth, I am thankful that David and I have two healthy parents each, and we never take it for granted at our age when most of our peers have none left. Finally, I am thankful that David was willing to take some days off this week to work on some much needed home improvements, and I hope to have post on them later.


Have you wondered what happened to me? I was preparing to go out of town for a few days, out of town, then recovering from going out of town. More on that later; first, I decided to do a casual Thanksgiving tablescape.

Most years, although not necessarily every single year, we visit my husband’s parents for Thanksgiving. I have not heard yet if the family is going there this year or not. So I am assuming that we will as usual; therefore, I have done a casual Thanksgiving table for just us until I know our definite plans. I started with the same Dollar General harvest-colored runner (you can tell I like that runner!) and the set of three vanilla pillars from the last tablescape.

I used casual beige placemats from Wal-Mart topped with my square taupe plates, also from Wal-Mart. For two of the place settings, I used the fall leaf plates (Wal-Mart). For the other two place settings, I chose the Give Thanks plates (Cracker Barrel).

I kept the San Remo flatware out since I was going for a more casual look. I also added the casual fall leaf glasses from Dollar Tree to the green Dollar Tree goblets.

Do you like these turkey napkin rings? I have actually had these for so long that I can’t remember where or when I got them. The beautiful napkins in the fall colors were some of the first that I purchased from The Napkin Lady.

Then I went through the S & P tubs to find my Thanksgiving themed sets. My aunt gave me these turkeys a few years back. She had decorated our Thanksgiving tables with them, and gave me the pair after dinner was over. You have seen the pumpkins before.

The turkey and pumpkin is one of the sets that I don’t remember where or when I got them.  The hen and tom turkey set is an old one. You can tell by the muted colors, the cork bottoms, and the Japan mark on the bottom. I don’t know how to tell exactly how old it is, though. But it is a pretty set, and I like it on the Thanksgiving table.

Then I decided to put some recent pottery acquisitions on the table to round out the tablescape. First I added this lovely turquoise platter. It is marked Vessels Pottery in Brandon and was a gift from Casey, a former student of mine. She really did not need to give me anything for subbing for her, but it was so sweet of her to do so.

I recently told you about a mini-reunion with three old friends. They actually brought Lynn and me hostess gifts (entirely unneccessary, ya’ll!). This is a piece from Kudzu Pottery in Fulton, which I had actually never heard of. But I love it and foresee a lot of uses for it!

I have written before of my Gail Pittman collection, and was extremely surprised a few months ago to find this tray on eBay. I was the only bidder, although the opening bid was still a little higher than I wanted to pay. But I know how rare the Flame pieces are, so I bit the bullet and bid anyway. I am glad now that I have it!

Looking around for a few other pottery pieces, I realized that all of them were made in Mississippi. Just this weekend I received these unusual crosses made by Red Leaf Pottery in Arcola. You really can’t tell from this picture, but they are made to fit perfectly in your hand. However, as my husband pointed out, they are actually not made for a left-handed person. I am hoping to figure out a way to hang these and add to my cross wall in the computer room where I hang the special crosses that we’ve been given. These were gifts from the leader of the retreat we were on this weekend.

This weekend was wonderful. We left early Thursday morning for a church retreat at my son’s camp. We had a great weekend, and I am glad to say that everything went off without a hitch. Of course, we were so busy that we did not have much chance to visit with the kids, plus they left Friday afternoon for the weekend.

However, they had returned home before we left Sunday, so we did get to see them for a little while. I could not believe how much laundry we returned with! We were gone for three nights, and there are only two of us. But I spent all day yesterday doing laundry and most of today. Are we the cleanest people or the dirtiest? I just can’t figure it out!

Then I also had to go to the antique mall today and catch up from not being there since last week. Our sales are slow and a little disappointing, but we are hoping they will pick up in the next couple of weeks as more people get out to Christmas shop. Ironically, our highest-selling item seems to be purses. She and I were really just cleaning out our closets with the purses and not planning on buying them strictly for resale.

To sum up my weekend musings, sales are slow, dirty clothes are king, but God is good, all the time. All the time, God is good!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday (vignettes, tabletops, tablescapes), Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life (decorating, gardening, recipes, collecting),  Sunny Simple Life (decorating, projects), Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday (tablescapes) and Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage (crafts, home decor, thrifty finds),  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday (deocrating, garden, projects),  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase (any project or idea made by you this week), The Charm of Home for Home Swee Home (home & garden), Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish (tablescapes), Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill (home decor, projects, recipes), Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense (recipes, projects, decorating),  The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday (tablescapes),The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday (thrifty decorating, tablescapes),Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now (recipes, crafts, home décor), Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much (projects, decorating, recipes),  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter (recipes, crafts, home décor), Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage (decorating, crafts), Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound (anything pink),You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E (recipes, crafts, home décor), Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor (projects, decor, recipes), Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style (recipes, crafts, home décor), Potpourri Friday at 2805 (decorating, recipes, crafts),  Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House (decor, projects), Flaunt your Fall at Chic on a Shoestring (decor, projects, recipes),  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia (projects, decorating, recipes),  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life (home decor, projects), Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters (centerpieces),Open House Party at No Minimalist Here (crafts, home décor), Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage (memories, projects), Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable(projects, home décor, recipes),Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner (projects, home décor, recipes), Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design (home décor, projects)

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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14 Responses to Casual Thanksgiving Tablescape, Mississippi Pottery, and Weekend Musings

  1. Very nicely done, Bev! I like all the pottery pieces as accents. Funny about the purses being the big sellers. Ladies DO love their purses, don’t they? 🙂

  2. Wow.. Love the table you’ve set. the two different salad plates add so much interest. I was so lucky when I got to visit Gail’s studio/shop in Jackson when I was there last. She has some very lovely pieces. Congrats on snagging the tray. xo marlis

  3. lulu says:

    You got the runner at Dollar Tree? It looks like a Provencal linen. With those colors you are going to have lots of inspiration.

  4. Pam says:

    Glad you are enjoying a trip out of town for it is nice to get away! The laundry is not a subject I like for it seems always to mulitply. The table is just the right casual feel. I love your four plates with the two different designs so pretty. Hope your family is blessed this Thanksgiving!

    Thanks, Pam

  5. LaVoice says:

    Just keep things simple and bring on the good food. Blessings to you on this special day.

  6. a beautiful way to celebrate!Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things hop xo

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