Tuesday, November 3, 2020

Thanksgiving Blessings

Thanksgiving is approaching soon. I don't know about you but the days are racing by quickly. Welcome to a Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree@Celebrate and Decorate. There are eighteen bloggers participating in this hop showcasing Thanksgiving tables. The variety of styles and inspiration is always amazing. 
Many thanks to Chloe for organizing this hop.
Links for each blogger's tablescape are provided at the end of this post. Please visit and leave a comment so they know you have viewed their table.

Today, I've set an alfresco table for Thanksgiving in my garden area amid the fallen leaves.
 There are so many reasons to love this season. Thanksgiving is always in season. What are you thankful for today?

For my centerpiece, I chose a copper container. The rich metallic tones of copper seem right for the cooler days of fall. The vintage patina of the copper container accents the golden roses and orange and gold tones of fall chrysanthemums. The fallen leaves are nature's sign fall has arrived. The trees in my yard consist mainly of hardwoods like oak, hickory, and pine. 

The English game plates I am using were bought in New England at an antique show in Brimfield, Massachusetts years ago. I have used them for Thanksgiving starting with my very first blog post in 2009. 

Each plate has a different game bird. I am not sure if this is a grouse or partridge.

I am sure this is a mallard duck. I was drawn to these plates because of their beautiful delicate gold border and pretty colors. Each plate has a touch of blue sky. 

I've always used a solid tablecloth but this year I decided to use a plaid cloth and set an alfresco tablescape. I was pleased to order it online from Bed Bath and Beyond. Our weather is usually very mild for Thanksgiving.

The pheasant and the mallard are my favorites because of the brighter prettier colors.

This game bird is a sandpiper type bird maybe a long-billed curlew or a whimbrel. If anyone knows please pipe in.

Vintage brown and rust napkins were layered with gold napkin rings. Gold chargers and flatware have shiny texture next to the soft lovingly worn texture of the vintage napkins. Amber goblets are Fostoria I believe.

Oscar Wilde once said, "Mere color can speak to the soul a thousand ways."

This plate is Churchill Royal Wessex. I was fortunate to win this plate from a giveaway from our own tablescape blog hop teammate, Mary @Home is Where the Boat is. My heart is warmed by all the blogger friends I have made over the years. 

This is my first blog post, Thanksgiving table in 2009!
I am counting my blessings every day. This past year has been taxing and challenging but I count each day a beautiful gift from God. Wishing you a very blessed Thanksgiving. 

Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:13

Click on the links below to view all the tables.

Living Thankfully,


  1. Beautiful Bonnie! I love plaid for Thanksgiving and as a foundation for your alfresco table! Your copper vessel makes the perfect centerpiece filled with your beautiful mums and roses. I love your assorted game plates and am happy to see you’re enjoying your Churchill Royal Wessex “Tom”! As always it’s a pleasure to join you at table and hop with you again. Happy Thanksgiving ♥

    1. Mary, thank you. It was fun to be outside setting this table. In fact, I could not stay inside the weather was so beautiful.
      Thanks for your kind comment.I enjoy these hops as well.


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  2. Good Morning Bonnie,
    This gorgeous copper vessel filled with the bounty of Fall flowers is a real showstopper. I love the earthy goodness of this post combined with your game bird plates. Every detail of your al fresco table rejoices the season of Harvest and expresses gratitude.
    I am thankful for the heavens and the earth, my family, sweet friends and truly the blogging community. What a special gift friends like you are.
    Happy Thanksgivng!

    1. Jemma, what a lovely compliment. Your comment has encouraged me this morning. I appreciate your upbeat and thankful attitude so much.
      It would have been a great blessing to me if you had moved here. I appreciate your blogging friendship very much.

  3. Bonnie, your alfresco table is beautiful. The copper container with the roses and mums is the perfect centerpiece. The antique game plates, Fostoria stemware, vintage napkins, and gold flatware combine beautifully for your Thanksgiving table. It is always a pleasure to join you at the table. Wishing you a lovely autumn day!

    1. Thanks Pam, the copper container was a recent find at a local consignment shop. I am sure I will use it in a variety of ways. Fortunately, our Publix had a good supply of flowers for my centerpiece. I have to go with what they have and then begin to envision a table.

  4. Oh Bonnie, your table is lovely! That copper container centerpiece is a stunner! And, I absolutely love the antique plates. I've been on the hunt for vintage Thanksgiving style plates and brown transferware for 3 years and have come up empty. Yours should become a family heirloom. Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday!

    1. Thank you Debbee, I have eight plates and a large platter. I do love this game set. The funny thing is when I bought them I was involved with five other ladies selling in an antique shop so they were to be sold. I am so glad I kept this set.

  5. Bonnie, your table of thanksgiving is absolutely beautiful! That centerpiece in the copper container is breathtaking and those pretty vintage plates are perfect. I love the plaid tablecloth. It adds another wonderful layer of color and pattern. Sweet friend, I hope your November is filled with peace and blessings.

    1. Thank you Shannon! I am grateful for peace and blessings and that is such a nice greeting wish for me.
      I appreciate your sweet comments on my table.
      Blog hoping with our group is fun.

  6. Your flowers in the copper container are gorgeous Bonnie! And an Alfresco table is perfect for a deep South Thanksgiving when we are often blessed with mild sunny weather! Love the plaid cloth and your beautiful plates {love that they all have a touch of blue sky!} The Oscar Wilde quote is wonderful! We hope to be on the coast for Thanksgiving this year, grateful that our house was spared from damage during this brutal hurricane season. I hope your Thanksgiving is full of blessings!

    1. Jenna, I am grateful your house was spared. There has been so much devastation.You have much to be thankful for as we all do.
      I appreciate your kind remarks very much.
      Have a delightful Thanksgiving with your family.

  7. Bonnie, your table is lovely and your centerpiece is outstanding. I do love your beautiful game plates, just so pretty. It is hard to match the charm and beauty of antique china.

    I remember November being warm enough in Virginia to have an Alfresco dinner. That is not the case in West Virginia. So, do enjoy yourself and those who may be with you. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving, one of joy and blessings.

    1. Thank you dear Sandra for your blog visit and comments.
      I definitely have enjoyed the charm and beauty of my antique english game plates. On the back of the plate they just say Made in England. I think they are early 1900's. I am grateful I kept them. They were for sale for a time.

  8. Bonnie, alfresco dining is always my first choice if possible! Of course, I like the plaid tablecloth. I use a touch of plaid or tartan in most of my tables. That and Courtly Checks! 🤗
    Your game plates are lovely. I have but a few Tom Tturkey plates, but may pull them out for a setting for two. I suspect that it will just be the two of us this year.

    1. Sarah, thank you dear for your kind comments. I got a chuckle about your Courtly Checks.
      You should join this tablescape hop group! We would love to have you.
      Wishing you a beautiful Thanksgiving.

  9. Beautiful place settings and centerpiece Bonnie. The copper with all of the warm toned flowers is rich and inviting.
    I'm thankful for my health, husband, family, this great country, and the community of bloggers!
    Have a happy Thanksgiving

    1. Rachelle, Thank you for your comments about my post and for telling you what you are thankful for.
      Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving.
      I am glad you joined us for the blog hop.It is nice to meet you.

  10. Bonnie, I love seeing my friends in the Deep South be able to enjoy alfresco dining once again with more moderate temps. Those plates are stunning. That blue sky in the background of each specimen really makes each one stand out. And how fun to be able to add the one from Mary's giveaway. Your flowers are perfect in the copper, and the pattern play of the plaid makes it all very vibrant.
    I agree with you in that while the year seems to have gone by quickly (is that just a sign of our own season in our lives?), but the pandemic has been exhausting. It makes me sad to think family gatherings - as few as ours are personally - will be impacted this year. I'll try not to dwell on it, and remain thankful for all the blessings I know I have. I count your friendship among them!

    1. Rita, I count your friendship among my blessings also. It is sad family gatherings have been impacted. When I did my table I did not think I would have any family at all.I did bring the dishes inside at my kitchen table. Now, our plans are to go a few days before Thanksgiving to our daughters house in the northern part of the state.
      I think you are right the time going by quickly probably is a sign of the season of life we are in.The Pandemic has indeed been exhausting.

  11. BeautBeautiful table Bonnie. I love the copper container with your gorgeous florals. Dining alfresco is such a blessing. How special you won the plates from Mary. They are lovely. Such warm colors to celebrate Thanksgiving. Many blessing to you and your family.

    1. Thank you so much, Linda for your sweet comment. It is fun to blog hop again.

  12. This is beautiful, Bonnie. I love the china. And the flowers -- gorgeous in that copper. Isn't copper the best fall thing? The colors are so rich and warm! Lovely in every way.

  13. Thank you dear Jeanie, You are a loyal blogging friend.

  14. Oh Bonnie, I love that copper container! I never thought I would care for copper until a few years ago I incorporated some copper into a tablescape and have loved it every since. The floral arrangement is absolutely beautiful. You always present such a pretty table and I so enjoy it when I see a blog post pop up for you. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

    1. Thank you Cindy, I have felt a fondness for copper in recent years also. It blends with fall colors so well.
      I like seeing a post pop up from you as well.

  15. I love the game plates! What a find! And that centerpiece is spectacular!! I love the plaid tablecloth too! All so beautiful!

    1. Thank you Kristin for your comments and visit. Yes, that game set was a find. I am appreciating it more and more each yewar.

  16. Oh Bonnie, the plaid is outstanding for your tablecloth with those pretty plates!! Your centerpiece is so vivid and bright with such perfect flowers and colors for Thanksgiving. How lucky to have that copper piece for your container, and also to have such a lovely outdoor setting. 🍁 💛 🍁

    1. Thank you dear Kitty, for your sweet comments. You are encouraging and a loyal blogging friend. I'm so glad I met you in person.
      Wishing you a very blessed Thanksgiving. It will be here before we know it.

  17. Love the flowers and Cooper! Such beautiful colors. The entire table is beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much, Linda. I appreciate your kind comments.

  18. That combination of the copper centerpiece with the plaid is so perfect for fall! Your table is beautiful and so wonderful to set a table outdoors! Great to hop with you again!

    1. Thank you Shelley, I appreciate your visit and it is fun to blog hop with you again also.

  19. Bonnie, you are super lucky to be dining outside. The table is a stunning piece of art with the bright plaid tablecloth and the bold floral centerpiece. The contrasting napkins really make it pop. Such a gorgeous use color in an outside setting. It is great to appreciate nature so late in the year. Enjoy every minute.

    1. Thank you Marsha. I appreciate your kind remarks. You are very encouraging. Fun to blog hop with you again.

  20. Bonnie, your tablescape is just lovely and the centerpiece is amazing! I love the classic fall colors you used. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving season!

    1. Thank you Michelle for your kind comments. I wish you a blessed Thanksgiving also.
      It is fun to blog hop with you again.

  21. What a lovely setting for your table in the beauty of nature. Those plates are a true treasure. I have heard about the sale in Brimfield, it is famous! Your centerpiece is the star of your table, the abundant and beautiful blooms are so lovely! Thanks for joining us once again!

  22. Thanks you,Chloe. I would love to go to Brimfield again. It was fabulous but I was much younger then and it wore me out! LOTS of walking.
    Thanks again for all you do for the hops. They are appreciated.

  23. Bonnie my sweet friend, forgive me for being a little slow in responding to your lovely table set in the beautiful outdoors. I find I want to be outside more and more these days which is most likely due to my many bedridden days. But back to your pretty copper centerpiece with lovely Fall flowers and perfect plaid tablecloth. Gorgeous, just gorgeous. Love the beautiful plates and how special that you used them in your first Thanksgiving blog post. I have so much to be thankful for and God has blessed me with so many wonderful blogging friends and you are special to me for many reasons. thank you for your beautiful table scapes and your prayers and encouragement. Always fun to blog hop with you. happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  24. Oh Bonnie, your Thanksgiving Table is stunning set among the garden trees and shrubs. I love the plaid cloth as your backdrop for the beautiful set of English game plates. Your centerpiece is so gorgeous and perfect in the warm tone of the copper. How amazing are those colors and the touch of blue sky so perfect for our autumn days this year. Lovely detail to your table with the gold in the goblets and chargers and the lovely color of the napkins. Perfect scripture! Have a lovely weekend dear Bonnie....
    So sorry I'm so late.........

  25. Bonnie, your outdoor Thanksgiving tablescape is just beautiful! I love the plaid tablecloth. The centerpiece is lush and gorgeous in the copper container. How nice it must be to dine outdoors on Thanksgiving! It's mild right now in Connecticut, but I don't expect it to last until the end of the month. Congrats on blogging for over 10 years! It was fun hopping with you again. Happy THanksgiving!

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