Thanksgiving Dining on Tartan

Do clearance items sometimes get you moving towards a decorating theme?

I bought this tablecloth on clearance a while back.  With tones of brown and a deep maroon, it will work for many occasions.  I decided to set a simple Thanksgiving table of mostly brown and white with highlights of orange and maroon, brought together over the Tartan print.

Tartan Tablescape

Fun Son and his cutie stopped by for Saturday’s TV football game festivities (including loud controlled yelling at certain teams).  We enjoyed Jenna’s Loaded Pumpkin Slow Cooker Chili for lunch (yummy and easy) and later had dinner in the dining room.

Since our feet will be under someone else’s table for Thanksgiving dinner, this is as close as it gets to having a family Thanksgiving meal here in The Land of Making Do.

Thanksgiving Table

I enjoy cooking the entire Thanksgiving spread, but I’ll admit it’s also nice to have a break from the responsibility this year.  How about you?

For last weekend, I collected a few pumpkins from around the house.

Pumpkin Collection

The Pinterest-inspired canning lid pumpkins were a big hit a couple of years ago.  To see how they’re made, here’s a good tutorial for you.

I used the white dish filled with pine cones and teensy pumpkins previously in my Hoot Owls at Dusk Tablescape and in Free and Easy Photo Editing.

Pine Cones and Pumpkins

It’s nice to go shopping within the walls of your home rather than buying all new stuff for every little thing.  I’m sure you do the same.

Tabletop View

The stems are from Dollar Tree – my new favorite place to find glassware for cheap.  I skipped using place mats over the tablecloth.  The chargers are enough of a break between the cloth and plates.

Place Setting

I went with dinner and salad plates with similar brown rims.  The turkey bowls (T. J. Maxx again) are a fun addition for Thanksgiving – and an inexpensive touch when you don’t have a special Thanksgiving set of china.

Turkey Bowls

No, I didn’t get them because they have a crown on the back, but it didn’t hurt the attraction (wink).

Label on Bowl

The bronze flatware adds a different style altogether, but the teak wood handles seem right with the chargers and pine cones.

Bronze Flatware

The only maroon-toned items brought to the table are a footed glass set that PAM passed along to me.

Thanksgiving Dining

I turned each one upside-down to hold a leaf plate, providing a resting place for the DIY Cabinet Knob Cloche.

Footed Glass Under Dome

The wooden fruit painted with Annie Sloan Chalk Paint fit perfectly under each cloche.  Sheer coincidence.

Wooden ASCP Fruit

Soon, I’ll share some recipes from the meal.  🙂

If you’re hosting the Thanksgiving meal at your home, have you planned your table decor yet?  Your menu?

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  1. Jemma says

    So enjoyed your maroon tartan inspired tablecloth table setting ! I too have been inspired by clearance items for decorating, in fact I have two mirrors from Hobby Lobby that have provide me with years of inspiration.The details on your table are stunning and that pumpkin made from jar rings-love it!

  2. says

    Love it Kim! I’m actually in the same boat- going to be with the family and not hosting. That’s a great tablecloth and I love that flatware. Your new cloche fit right in here- and I remember the pumpkin made with the mason jar rings- very cute! I like your turkey dishes. I just invested in my first turkey dishes and I hope to add more pieces to go with them. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving with your family and thank you for your kind comment on my post! Hugs, Liz
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    • says

      Thanks, Barb. Well, if there’s a benefit for having a broken wrist, that would be it! I hope you’re healing nicely. Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. says

    Thanks for the shout out Kim, I hope you liked the chili~ Your polka dot plates are such a fun surprise element at your Thanksgiving table! I would have never thought to pair them with your turkey bowls, but I think its very successful! Your “new” cloches look great too!
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    • says

      Thank you! We really did like the chili, Jenna. It didn’t last long, though. Next time, I’m making a double batch! (I’m used to making a huge pot and putting lots in the freezer for later.)

  4. FABBY says

    Love the tartan table topper and all your dishes, specially the touch of the dot ones…love it!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. teresa says

    Very cozy; i can never get enough of tartan. the Turkey bowls are fabulous, but i’m also interested in the smaller plate underneath. Is it Southern Pottery’s?

    • says

      Thanks, Teresa. There’s nothing written on the back of the plates except dishwasher and microwave safe. Ha! I got them at T. J. Maxx last summer, and they actually have a bird in the center. My post became very long, so I eliminated the picture and explanation when trying to reduce the post size. The bowl completely hid the bird, though, didn’t it?

  6. says

    If you pack that flatware up and send it to me, I will be forever grateful!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂 Man, that’s pretty! So regal!

    Yes, I like to shop the house for things rather than running out to buy stuff for every event. It just seems like I have so much stuff, and if creativity really courses through my veins as I purport it to, I should be able to make do with what I have and still have something fabulous. Only when it’s something extra special and I have exhausted all other possibilities do I buy new stuff these days. No space for new!

    This is a lovely table, and I really like how you used so many natural elements to decorate. Nobody can deny that free is good!!!
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    • says

      Being the tablescape queen that you are, I can’t imagine anything you wouldn’t already have hiding in your home somewhere. 🙂