Easy Thanksgiving Table Setting With Vintage Items

by Dagmar Bleasdale on November 16, 2013

vintage Thanksgiving table setting

It’s our first Thanksgiving in the Blue Cottage!

And I wanted to figure out a nice Thanksgiving table setting that wouldn’t cost much. This is what I came up with:

easy Thanksgiving table setting idea

I wanted to only use items we already own, and I pulled it off.

Easy DIY Thanksgiving table setting idea

Thanksgiving Tables Setting With Vintage Items

I scored a lot of 14 vintage pressed glass the other day at Barns at Sundial Farm, perfect for wine and water glasses.

Those silver candle sticks? Bought the pair for $5 during the recent town tag sale, such a score.

Easy DIY Thanksgiving table setting ideaThe wire bread basket was a tag sale find. I bought the tablecloth at Kohl’s years ago, and I uncovered the twig placemats in a box I haven’t seen in years because it was in my mother-in-law’s attic.

Easy DIY Thanksgiving table setting idea with vintage itemsThe white Mikasa plates are part of our wedding china, and I picked up 8 of those vintage transferware plates at the Women’s Club tag sale. The brown color is perfect for Thanksgiving.

Easy DIY Thanksgiving table setting ideaI forget where I bought 4 of these vintage Oneida knives, but I just love them. They add so much more charm than contemporary silverware.

I paired them with vintage cotton napkins I bought along with the glasses last weekend — perfect timing, because I don’t usually have ironed napkins lying around.

Do you like my little touch of green from our yard?

Easy DIY Thanksgiving table setting idea

I wanted to create a simple place card and decided to use some cardstock tags, off-white ribbon, and a little wooden clips that I use to package my soy candles. I’m sure you could do something similar with supplies you already have.

Easy DIY Thanksgiving table setting ideaNotice this vintage cast iron fireplace mantel I just had to have that I leaned against our stone fireplace for now? It did find a place in our new home.

Easy DIY Thanksgiving table setting ideaOur Thanksgiving table wouldn’t be complete without Bleasdale wine from Australia. Unfortunately, we’re not related, but we do have family in Australia.

Don went to visit them last year and can’t wait to get back there. The odd thing is the “Bremen” connection, because I grew up in Bremen, Germany.

Bleasdale wine from AustraliaI uncovered the birds nest in the same box as the placemats, and I bought those ceramic bird salt and pepper shakers at Pier1. I go there once a year after Christmas to pick up amazing deals for pennies.

Easy DIY Thanksgiving table setting idea

ceramic birds salt and pepper shaker

Easy DIY Thanksgiving table setting ideaI’m pretty happy with my low-cost, vintage Thanksgiving table setting.

Are you decorating for Thanksgiving?

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

simple nature decor November 8, 2015 at 9:36 AM

I love the vintage setting! thanks for sharing this on Dream Create and Inspire.


Heather Grow November 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

I love that you are so resourceful to use what you already have. You did a great job mixing vintage and new. I’m visiting from Weekend Retreat.


Dagmar Bleasdale November 21, 2014 at 6:16 PM

Hi Heather, thanks for coming by!


Jackie November 19, 2013 at 11:52 PM

I love that you did this great tablescape with items you already own! It’s a fun challenge to pull that off without buying anything new. I think you just inspired my next blog post! Happy Thanksgiving!


Dagmar Bleasdale November 20, 2013 at 12:21 AM

Wonderful, can’t wait to see your post! Let me know when it’s up!


Mel {MamaBuzz} November 18, 2013 at 1:32 PM

Your table is so pretty;I just love those little birds. And the greenery from your yard really adds a very festive touch. Love.


Dagmar Bleasdale November 19, 2013 at 2:59 AM

Thanks Mel, for stopping by and your sweet words!


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