I am back today with a last minute rustic Thanksgiving tablescape. I had never experienced an American Thanksgiving before I moved to this country 14 years ago. I am French Canadian and the ‘Action de grâce’ (Thanksgiving) was just another day off from school in October where I grew up in Québec. I have to admit that it took me a long time to really understand and appreciate Thanksgiving. This year, I think it hit me hard. It took a broken foot, battling pneumonia, burying a family member and almost losing a second, and financial hardship (all in the past four months) for me to totally FEEL the meaning of Thanksgiving. I am counting my blessings and I am not taking anything for granted. Even in these tumultuous and confusing political times, I am proud to call this beautiful country my home.
For the past 14 years, I have been celebrating Thanksgiving in New York City with my in-laws and our plans have changed at the last minute this year. I never had the chance to put a Thanksgiving tablescape together and I thought that maybe this one would inspire some last minute hostesses like myself. It’s been snowing hard here in Vermont and I was not feeling the orange color scheme for our Thanksgiving table. I decided to go with a rustic theme that would reflect a bit more our snowy landscape. I started by laying the foundation with some cedar branches from our land. I also used four smaller branches as plate chargers. I went with our white ironstone china plates and bowls and our everyday silverware and mix them up with hand blown glasses that we brought back from Mexico years ago.I love the combination of white dishes, blue and green heirloom pumpkins and cedar branches.I sprinkled some nuts around the table for texture and added our very rustic family heirloom candle holders.For placeholders, I simply put small wood slices with sprigs of cedar on top of vintage linens.The focal point of the table is a white chicken (let’s just pretend it is a white turkey!) that I placed in the middle of the table.I had so much fun putting this table together and I hope that even if you are running like a turkey with its head cut off this week, you can still take a few minutes and put together a simple and inexpensive Thanksgiving tablescape.I would like to wish you all a Happy Thanksgiving! I am very grateful to each one of you who take the time to read this blog.
Greetings from Kingsbury Brook Farm!
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