Home for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2021

Thanksgiving will once again this year be a sparsely attended event at our home. While I’m a firm believer in “the more, the merrier”, I know that’s not possible and can appreciate and embrace a smaller group. So “bountiful simplicity” will be the name of the game for 2021.

This tablescape concept began with the purchase of the white pumpkin-embossed runner from Home Goods I bought a few weeks ago. The pickings are slim this year, so I felt fortunate to find something I liked. The centerpiece is created with a long, narrow wooden “trough” from Nell Hill’s filled with a variety of pumpkins, gourds, fruits, faux acorns, greenery, and leaves topped off with a pair of antlers. A six-pack of 24″ metal case candles in clear glass holders runs along both sides. With such a low centerpiece, I felt it necessary to add height but still be mindful of being able to see across the table.

I was SO excited to find these great leather look chargers at Hobby Lobby this season!!! I used them once already this season for “Hey, Pumpkin!“, and they will come in handy for lots of future fall and winter tablescapes. The mustard yellow dinner plates, oak leaf/acorn plates, and plaid salad plates are all from Pier 1, purchased over the last 10+ years. The delicate cream soup bowl with saucer (having homemade mushroom soup for a starter!) is from Nell Hill’s in Kansas City, MO. Hampton Silversmith “Patriot” flatware, napkins from LinenTablecloth.com, and amber bubble glass stemware from TJ Maxx round out the place settings. Lithe seed pearl wreaths add texture, color, form, and a little fun.

I was determined this year to reuse, recycle and reduce waste when it came to decorating. While I bought LOTS of pumpkins and gourds at the start of the fall season, I’ve made sure to use them in various ways inside and out. A quick dip in a weak Clorox bath when I first brought them home has kept them going strong. See how I first used these pumpkins as the backdrop for my 2021 Halloween entry, “The Spider & the Fly“. Deep six the spiders and flies, do a little artful rearranging, add some wheat sheaves, and it’s all ready for Thanksgiving! (PSA: If you know someone nearby who has a farm, ask them if they’d like to have your pumpkins after the season to feed their livestock. If not, consider chopping them up and scattering them in an uninhabited wooded area for wildlife such as foxes, deer, squirrels, and other animals who often find it difficult to source food in the winter. Full circle use!)

The small china cabinet is all decked out with its usual aluminum wine and champagne coolers that are further embellished with berry branches, pumpkins, and a big moss ball.

If you would care to check out other Thanksgiving-inspired tablescapes on this blog:

I’m pleased as apple cider punch to be joining a talented group of ladies from across the globe in Blog Land for a Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop! I hope you will click on their links to check out their Thanksgiving tables! (NOTE: Set to go live Tuesday, November 9 at 7 a.m. EST, although some posts may be up now.)

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!

35 thoughts on “Home for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2021

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  2. As always, your table scape is lovely! “Bountiful Simplicity” is perfect for your smaller crowd, and those 24″ candles are great. If you can share your source please 🙂 Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  7. Alicia, Your tablescape is stunning! I love the allee of tall candles down your table. They caught my eye immediately. I am not familiar with metal case candles and will have to look that up. Your dough bowl full of fall elements of gourds, pumpkins, leaves, greenery, acorns, and antlers adds pleasing colors and texture. Your china cabinet adorned with fresh pumpkins accents your table perfectly. I am impressed with how you styled the top of the cabinet, too. That is a great idea to add height and interest for decoration as well as store those bigger pieces at the same time. I might have to steal that idea.
    Your plate stack is beautiful and pulls all your table elements together perfectly.
    Nice to have you join the hop.

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  8. Your tables are always so inviting – I know I would enjoy sitting here chatting with you! Your white candles are amazing and they are the first thing that caught me eye! I also like the simple wreaths around your bowls! Enjoy your Thanksgiving!

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  9. Oh my, you did it again, Alycia, with another stunning centerpiece with those tall candles and your low trough. The layer of plates and soup bowls on the leather chargers is so pretty! You’ve used all your pumpkins and gourds in such a beautiful way.

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  10. Alycia, this is gorgeous! Those candles really add an elegant wow factor to your fall long and low centerpiece trough of pumpkins, fruit and fall things. The plate stacks adorned with the little wreaths look so pretty and I love your bountiful side board! What a great idea to cut up the pumpkins and put them out for the animals. I did not give my pumpkins a bleach treatment and sadly we lost most all of them to rot…I won’t be lazy about that next year! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving enjoying this beautiful table!
    Jenna

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  11. Your table is lovely and I have to agree with the other comments on the 24 inch tapers! They caught my eye immediately. I LOVE THEM!!!!!! They are going on my wish list for sure. Your sideboard is right out of a magazine…or certainly could be, and thanks for the tip of the light Clorox bath idea…. to preserve these pumpkins and gourds.
    It is such fun to hop with you….and others. Such inspiration!
    Kari @ Me and my Captain

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  12. I can think of no better place than home for Thanksgiving. Alycia, your table is gorgeous! The 24” inch tapers pack a huge punch of elegance. The centerpiece is perfect, I adore antlers for autumn. The plate stack completes your lovely table. I am so happy to be hopping with you and wish you a most blessed Thanksgiving!

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  13. This is beautiful! I love the very dramatic tall candles and the center arrangement. Those deer racks add just the right touch! Pretty dishes and I love the way you loaded up the china hutch with all the pumpkins and gourds!

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  15. You’ve captured our attention big time with the tall candles, they are showstoppers along with the low trough. Each dish in the stack complements the other perfectly and I love the softer fall shades. What’s also pretty are the little wreaths. Your tables are always inspiring along with how you extend the decor to the rest of the home. Wishing you a Happy and Peaceful Thanksgiving!

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  16. Yet again you have bowled me over here. I didn’t even know that they made 24 inch candles. These just take your table over the top! What a brilliant idea to create candlelight and ambience while not blocking across the table views. In looking at the stack of plates here, I am asking myself why I don’t have more floral plates. Why do I just have solids and geometric patterns? This is not a rhetorical question. Why?! This is gorgeous!

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  17. Alicia, I absolutely love your gorgeous bounty of natural elements in the table length centerpiece and on the sideboard —- a feast for the eyes! What great styling to use the tall white tapers. I’ll bet they’ll look stunning lit. And what a pretty dish stack. Gosh, I miss Pier 1! They carried such great tableware. We will also be a smaller group than usual, but counting our blessing to be together. Happy Thanksgiving my friend.

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  18. Alycia, I love the drama that your tall candles bring to the table! Your centerpiece is beautiful and I love your harvest of pumpkins and gourds on your sideboard. (We throw our pumpkins out in a field for the wildlife too. 🙂 Love your plate stack and pretty details on your bowls. I have Nell Hill’s envy and always wanted to take a road trip…with a UHaul! Like Bonnie, I love how you’ve styled the top of your cabinet for storage and style! It’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you again! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  19. Alycia, a very beautiful bountiful table. The leather look chargers are a wonderful addition. Loving the tall candles. Your plate stack is lovely with mixed patterns. Your pumpkins and gourds caught my eye. Those soup bowl with saucer s caught my eye. I have never visited a Nells Hill store. You cabinet look so festive all decked out your haul. A beautiful table to enjoy Thanksgiving and more. A pleasure joining you.

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  20. Oh what fun to have a Thanksgiving blog hop. I’ll be checking those out soon. Your table is exceptional as usual. We will only have 9 counting our two grands this year. That’s more than last year. 🙂
    Those chargers are great.

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  21. I love the abundance of natural elements you used! It truly feels bountiful, and I’m sure all the creatures will be glad when they get their chance at it. On the table front, the mustard yellow color appearing in all its guises in the dishware and linens is a pretty color. And those candles! Such fun drama! I’m sure I’d burn the house down, lol!!! As a table linens fanatic, my favorite component is the table runner — it looks sumptuous. Happy Thanksgiving

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  22. WOW! I love how dramatic your table is with the tall tapers and the antlers. Plus, I love the other vignettes in your dining room: the pumpkins on your server add so much with their varied colors, and I love how the small china cabinet is styled on top with the berry branches. Super tip about what to do with pumpkins. 😀

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Ricki Jill

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  24. Alycia, your table is stunning. I have never seen such tall candles before. They are beautiful and make such a lovely statement without taking away from the collection of pumpkins, fruit, antlers and acorns as your runner on the table. Your choice of mustard yellow and amber stemware adds such warmth to your table. It is so inviting and welcoming. The lovely display of pumpkins on the buffet enhances the Fall theme even more. It is great hopping with you. Happy Thanksgiving.

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  25. Oh wow, I love those tall candles! What an elegant vibe they bring to your tablescape! Like you, I love using antlers this time of year. It is so interesting, when deer don’t really begin to shed those antlers until early winter but some of us are just drawn to them and their unique shapes and using them in our fall decorating. The pair you have are so lovely, I want to find some additional antlers to use for fall and Christmas. The combination of plates is fabulous! Those plaid ones are great paired with those with the fall leaves. Homemade mushroom soup sounds just perfect! Bring it on! I hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  26. Those candles are amazing! They are so striking! Your tables is beautiful! I love the antlers and how they arch over the lush collection of your centerpiece. I love using antlers this time of year, also, which is so interesting since deer don’t usually shed them until winter. The pair you have are beautiful! I just love the combination of dishes you used in your plate stack. The leaf plates combined with the patterns are just gorgeous! Bring on the homemade mushroom soup! I am ready! Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

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  27. Your centerpiece is absolutely stunning, and those candles are so striking! Your china cabinet looks so pretty for the autumn season. This is such a beautiful room to enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner. Wishing you a blessed and happy Thanksgiving!

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  28. I love the description of bountiful simplicity. It will be just the two of us, so keeping things very simple. Your table is lovely. I like the plate stack with the leather placemat. Pulling in the antlers and berries gives some fun texture. Great job! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  29. Alycia, your table is beautiful! I love those plaid salad plates and the acorn dinner plates, I sure miss Pier 1. Your centerpiece is a show stopper. Kudos for storing the longest candles I have ever seen!! I absolutely love all the pumpkins and gourds on your side board!! Fabulous! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving 🧡

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  31. Alycia, that low table centerpiece with 24″ tapers is absolutely stunning! Please tell me more about 24″ metal-cased candles?! Are they battery-operated? Just gorgeous! Your attention to details (and your inventory of details is mind-blowing) is just wonderful, from the plate stack, the centerpiece, the sideboard, and the top of the china hutch. That collection of wine and champagne coolers is fabulous, and looks very handsome on the hutch. Thank you so much for delivering your talents with the group. It’s a pleasure having your company on this hop!

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  32. Alycia, my mom always used to say “go big or go home”, and that’s what I thought when I saw your table! Those tall candlesticks are so dramatic, and I’ve never seen such large antlers either! Together they make a bold (and fabulous!) statement on your tablescape. I also love the bounty of pumpkins and gourds on your sideboard. The plaid and acorn/oak leaf plates look great together. Very well done! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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