Thanksgiving Tablescape: Mix the Old with the New

Do you realize that a HomeGoods opened near me?!!  So many cool things that I can use for my Thanksgiving table…. but what about the antique dishes that I only use once a year? Who says that I can’t mix the old with the new?  Not me…. Off to the store I go! cloth napkins

Even though the color of the leaves have all turned brown, the memories of beautiful fall colors fueled my inspiration, I purchased this oversized flour sack tablecloth with lots of texture, two colors of linen napkins in these vibrant colors, some inexpensive, blingy, charger plates and some colorful orange soup bowls.  Hey, if I’m mixing eras, why not textures and styles too?

I began with the flour sack cloth which draped nicely and formed soft folds. Like this:

tablescape cloth

I grabbed the antique dishes from storage using the dinner dishes and shallow soup dishes.  These dishes can’t be put in the dishwasher or microwave, so choosing to use only a few pieces also makes cleanup easier.

Tablescape plates

Let the layering begin. Charger first, then top with the dinner dish, shallow bowl and bright orange soup bowl.

dish stack

Wine glasses, napkins folded to look like roses, and candle holders complete the look.  For extra pop, I used cranberries in the candle holders for that extra harvest look.

tablescape candle

Add a centerpiece (you can make your own like I did or grab one from the market) and voila!  Table is set….(give that person that always wants to “help” silverware duty before you serve).

Centerpiece

So don’t be afraid to personalize your table. It’s just fine to mix the old with the new. This will make your table feel warm and inviting – like your family.table finished 2

Happy Thanksgiving!

Susan Garrett

Susan Garrett

Blogger at Susan Spouts
Susan is a food blogger, recipe creator and pescetarian. A pesce-what?!! A vegetarian who eats fish! She loves creating so when she isn’t in the kitchen, she's making floral horse blankets for the winners of major stakes races. Never boring, Susan believes that variety is the spice of life so join her in the kitchen for different, healthy, simple recipes to add to your week’s rotation!
Susan Garrett


Susan is a food blogger, recipe creator and pescetarian. A pesce-what?!! A vegetarian who eats fish! She loves creating so when she isn’t in the kitchen, she's making floral horse blankets for the winners of major stakes races. Never boring, Susan believes that variety is the spice of life so join her in the kitchen for different, healthy, simple recipes to add to your week’s rotation!


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