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Our Thanksgiving Table

Part of the fun of living in our crazy, intercultural, interracial world is the holidays. We are blending my traditions as an American, my husband’s as a Bahamian, and then some French stuff too because we live here right now. It’s a tad crazy, but I wouldn’t change it for the world! In fact, at our Thanksgiving celebrations, the Americans are actually outnumbered! Last year, it was only me and my sons reppin’ the States. At least we have a little back up this year.

As untraditional as it is, I love it. It hopefully teaches our kids to love, understand, and embrace other cultures. That just because we do things a certain way doesn’t mean it’s the only way things can be done. That different isn’t bad; it is in fact very beautiful. It’s a good, worthy lesson to learn. The French bring their wine and laugh at my ginormous glasses (everything is bigger in America.) The Swedes bring their gifts, hugs, and food and we love them for it. And the Bahamian… well, he just shows up. Love the man, but cooking is not his cup ‘o tea.

The French love to celebrate our Thanksgiving. They think it’s interesting and unique. So I want to make sure that I give them the whole shabang this year. Big turkey, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, pumpkins and of course, a beautiful table setting! Half of the battle is creating a Thanksgiving atmosphere!

Thanksgiving table

Thankfully, JCPenney has everything I need. For the flatware I wanted something that could be used for more than just Thanksgiving. Sure, it’d be lovely to be able to have flatware for every occasion, but ain’t nobody got time for dat. Or funds for that. Or storage for that.

Check these babies out though. Aren’t they just perfection?

flatware for Thanksgiving from JCPenney

Not only are they amazing, they started at $120 and were marked down to $59.99. Then we used the JCP app and got another 20% off so they ended up being about $47! Not too shabby, right? No, not too shabby at all. In fact, that’s down right incredible.

Thanksgiving table

They are a beautiful crisp white and pull the whole table together. I love that they work so well with Thanksgiving colors and can be pulled out again for Christmas. This works for us. I love JCPenney’s theme of ‘fitting’ families – and they’ve been consistent from the beginning. They want you to look and feel stylish without breaking the bank and having you feel like you need every new trend.  We already had the dark glasses and flowers, but to add a little Thanksgiving flair to the table, we got these cute little leaves which started at $10 and were marked down to $3.99!

leaves on a THanksgiving table

Now just with those two simple items it feels like the table is already beautiful for Thanksgiving. However, candles are so pretty and really add so much. We liked this ribbon wick candle because it’s pretty and different and creates a very different kind of glow. If you know me at all after reading this blog for any amount of time, you know I like different!

thanksgiving table

I’m all set! Now just to plan the menu, buy the groceries, delegate a few dishes, and cook all the rest of the food. No biggie! At least the Thanksgiving table will look nice! JCPenney wants your table to look beautiful too! By leaving a comment on this post you’ll have a chance to win $100 JCPenney Gift Card! All you have to do is leave a comment below answering this question:

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85 Responses to Our Thanksgiving Table

  1. carrie November 15, 2014 at 7:06 am #

    I have white dinner dishes and try to add a spritz of something fresh and colorful like a fresh centerpiece and pretty tablecloth

  2. Courtney @ titus2minutes November 15, 2014 at 7:16 am #

    We always have Thanksgiving at my Grandma’s house! She always decorates very elaborately. I look forward to someday having Thanksgiving in my own home when my husband and I have kids eventually.

  3. Taylor November 15, 2014 at 7:23 am #

    This is the first thanksgiving I will get to host so I am so excited to decorate!! We are shorter on funds this year so I love hearing of great deals! Love jcp!

  4. Taylor November 15, 2014 at 7:29 am #


  5. Emily R. November 15, 2014 at 8:38 am #

    I like to keep it simple, we usually buffet-style it with whatever plates we have. I would love a more coordinated, holiday look!

  6. Melisa Alzammar November 15, 2014 at 9:27 am #

    This year we are going to be camping for thanksgiving so I won’t have a big table to set this year. But I’m still going to bring some small decorations with us to decorate the table in the RV.

  7. Krista November 15, 2014 at 10:15 am #

    What a gorgeous, simple Thanksgiving table! It’s really beautiful, Natalia. We live quite far from family, so it’s just my husband and our two teenage sons for Thanksgiving and while I do go all out on the meal, we don’t really have tableware for special occasions. I do use one particular cobalt blue bowl for cranberry sauce every year as the color just looks so amazing against the crimson berries.

  8. Colleen November 15, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    This year I think I am going to make special place settings for all my guests, and not sure that dishes I will be using, I don’t have any nice dishes, this would be a great way to get some :)! Thanks for this great giveaway!

  9. Sheila November 15, 2014 at 11:16 am #

    Very nice Natalia!

    I also love to use plain white dinnerware & then add colored linens & seasonal accents to complete a table.

    For Thanksgiving this year I will be using a pale yellow tablecloth topped with two burlap table runners. I found some harvest colored striped napkins & some small white pumpkins with burlap bows to set on the plates. Your little leaf dishes are adorable! I plan to scatter some loose fabric/silk leaves on my tabletop. I have lots of crystal but I love your colored water goblets so something similar is now on my wish list 🙂 I adore candles & my hubby believes I could open my own candle shop but your ribbon wick candle is so pretty & unique…add another item to my wish list!

    Hope your dinner is delicious – it certainly is gonna be served on a fabulous looking table!


    P.S. I will snap a pic of my table & post it on your FB page after Thanksgiving 🙂

  10. Amy S. November 16, 2014 at 1:31 am #

    Love your table design! I do a similar set up with white dishes, copper chargers and then some fall colored serving bowls.

  11. Ingrid November 16, 2014 at 9:38 am #

    Love your table! What a fun giveaway too!

  12. Debra Schramm November 16, 2014 at 1:45 pm #

    Actually going out to eat this year but if I were setting a Thanksgiving table I’d use my new Fiestaware.

  13. Megan T. November 17, 2014 at 10:24 am #

    A new festive table cloth and my favorite paisley patterned dishes. I love making place cards for my guests also!

  14. Carolyn Riedel November 17, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    I bring the outdoors in…magnolia leaves, pine cones, etc.

  15. Natalie November 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm #


  16. Natalie November 17, 2014 at 5:55 pm #

    We put out a beautiful silk table runner and then use silver chargers. We put a lot of candles and leaves on the table.

  17. Tonya T. November 17, 2014 at 5:56 pm #

    I love having my whole family over and there’s usually so much food, I don’t have much room for any decorations!

  18. heather November 17, 2014 at 6:30 pm #

    We set the table with nice dishes and a big center piece.

  19. Nicole Dz November 18, 2014 at 12:04 am #

    We let the kids set the table, we love that each one of them adds something different and unique to the table. We just make it fun.

  20. Nicole Dz November 18, 2014 at 12:05 am #

    Shared on twitter:

  21. Bri D. November 18, 2014 at 10:06 am #

    We never host Thanksgiving, so I have never had to set my table for Thanksgiving! My mother-in-law always does a great job with hers though.

  22. DonnaS November 19, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    We set the table super casually. It’s only my little family of four so we don’t do anything special, but those dishes are so pretty, I would love to have some.

  23. Josie November 19, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    We either go to my aunt’s house (a mishmash of old dishes and decor) or my in-laws, where the table is bright and colorful with Fiesta ware!

  24. pamc November 19, 2014 at 1:57 pm #

    We use paper, but I would love to go to white dishes.

  25. Lynne November 19, 2014 at 7:00 pm #

    We always have a centerpiece of Indian corn and mini pumpkins on a little lazy susan in the middle of our table. We use heavy stoneware plates that have a wheat design in the center and then we use heavy brown stone mugs for our drinks.

  26. Lynne November 19, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    Here is the URL to my tweet

  27. Jessie C. November 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm #

    I set my table with centerpiece with candles, bold colored like orange and yellow napkin in between white dinner plates.
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  28. Jessie C. November 19, 2014 at 8:48 pm #


  29. Mami2jcn November 20, 2014 at 5:56 am #

    This year the kids are making little Native American and Pilgrim people out of paper towel rolls and construction paper to decorate our table. I think the grandparents will say it’s very cute.

  30. Mami2jcn November 20, 2014 at 5:59 am #


  31. Julie Wood November 20, 2014 at 6:36 am #

    I usually use my nice Orange tablecloth and put out my green plates with my green napkins and regular silverware with my orange goblets. For my centerpiece I put out my Cornucopia.

  32. Julie Wood November 20, 2014 at 6:37 am #

    Tweet Entry

  33. Kelly D November 20, 2014 at 9:16 am #

    We use festive red plates and cloth napkins for Thanksgiving, as well as a pretty table runner and leaf themed napkin rings.

  34. Kelly D November 20, 2014 at 9:16 am #


  35. Melissa M November 20, 2014 at 9:25 am #

    We decorate it with a flower arrangement.

  36. Melissa M November 20, 2014 at 9:27 am #

  37. Mary M. November 20, 2014 at 9:46 am #

    Real flowers are always a must for our holiday tables. We have a huge family so the dishes are always a variety of sets (paper plates for the kiddos) and some cute decorations that vary from table to table (about 5 tables total)

  38. kayla sutton November 20, 2014 at 12:35 pm #

    I have a red tablecloth and white dishes that I use. For my centerpiece we have a give thanks sign with pumpkins=)

  39. rachel November 20, 2014 at 12:36 pm #

    We use my mom’s special turkey plates and let that set the theme. Lots of fall leaves and acorns and pinecones!

  40. kayla sutton November 20, 2014 at 12:41 pm #

    Tweeted =) Our Thanksgiving Table: #Sweepstakes Entry— Kayla Marie Sutton (@sut10fam5) November 20, 2014

  41. Madeline November 20, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

    I use linens that my mom gave me years ago, and usually our good white dishes.

  42. Madeline November 20, 2014 at 7:10 pm #

    Tweet link:

  43. Vincent November 21, 2014 at 12:58 am #

    We use Fall colors for the tablecloth, placemats & cloth napkins, and white plates. For the centerpiece either flowers or some colorful glass pumpkins.

  44. Vincent November 21, 2014 at 1:01 am #


  45. Ruth S November 22, 2014 at 8:15 pm #

    Just the hubby and me, and he prefers to deer hunt, so I add a fall tablecloth, and cook a mini version using a roast chicken instead of a turkey.

  46. nadine mahoney November 23, 2014 at 6:42 am #

    I, too, have white dishes, which have gone through many a holiday with the addition of seasonal tableware-a great initial investment that never fails!

  47. D Schmidt November 23, 2014 at 5:08 pm #

    My children are very small so I set it in a basic way with nothing breakable. I admit we are probably using paper plates this year just because its crept up too quickly and I am not organized.

  48. D Schmidt November 23, 2014 at 5:09 pm #


  49. Andrea Elkins November 24, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    I love the idea of an all white dish set. I am enjoying how crisp and clean it is!

  50. Megan November 24, 2014 at 11:26 am #

    Usually, there is so much food that there isn’t room for any table decorations! Yours is lovely though, may have to figure out how to get a little bit of eye candy on our table though. 🙂

  51. tina m November 25, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

    i put a red color table cloth and candles.

  52. Anne November 26, 2014 at 10:38 am #

    I like your white dinnerware. Pretty on its own, and a lovely part of the holiday table, too.

    Since Thanksgiving at our house is just the two of us, I don’t go overboard with table settings, but I do like to make it feel special by using nice placemats, napkins, and serving dishes. And a candle or two, just for that special warmth. But the food is really the star of the show.

  53. Anne November 26, 2014 at 10:42 am #

    I tweeted about your Thanksgiving Table blog post and the JCPenney promotion:
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  54. Shannon S November 26, 2014 at 11:12 am #

    We use lots of reds and golds!

  55. maria cantu November 26, 2014 at 4:11 pm #

    We usually do buffet style with disposable dishes.

  56. erica best November 28, 2014 at 2:20 pm #

    we do it simple

  57. erica best November 28, 2014 at 2:21 pm #

  58. Stacey b November 30, 2014 at 9:52 pm #

    I don’t do anything fancy, but I start with a nice floral or candle centerpiece in the center.

  59. Stacey b November 30, 2014 at 9:53 pm #


  60. Stacey b November 30, 2014 at 9:57 pm #

    Unfortunately it’s nothing fancy. I use a nice centerpiece to start, and put my foods and dishes around it.

  61. Stacey b November 30, 2014 at 9:58 pm #

  62. Ashley H December 2, 2014 at 8:54 am #

    It is pretty simple, nothing fancy.

  63. Susan Smith December 2, 2014 at 9:19 am #

    I don’t do anything real fancy, but I start with a nice floral or candle centerpiece in the center and I use a white tablecloth.

  64. Susan Smith December 2, 2014 at 9:21 am #

  65. sandra December 3, 2014 at 8:33 am #

    my sister uses tea light candles

  66. Donna Marchlewski December 4, 2014 at 4:03 pm #

    I use my white dishes with natural twigs and leaves for centerpieces

  67. Janice December 6, 2014 at 3:00 pm #

    there’s too much food so table space is limited (lol). Therefore, not too many decorations

  68. debbie December 7, 2014 at 6:15 am #

    I use my white plates and always cloth napkins. After that, the food takes center stage!

  69. debbie December 7, 2014 at 6:16 am #


  70. Debbie B December 7, 2014 at 12:51 pm #

    nothing fancy – we keep it very simple

  71. Debbie B December 7, 2014 at 1:00 pm #

    i posted a tweet here;

  72. Kerry December 7, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    I always use the china that we got for our wedding – only use it once a year!

  73. Kerry December 7, 2014 at 1:15 pm #


  74. Ellie Wright December 7, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

    I set my Thanksgiving table with my wedding china and a centerpiece made by my kids every year.

  75. angie December 9, 2014 at 10:43 am #

    Because I only have one set of plates, silverware, and glasses, my Thanksgiving table is no different than any other day of the year. It is the food and the family members visiting that make my table special. I hope that is an OK answer. Just being honest!

  76. angie December 9, 2014 at 10:44 am #

    I tweeted here:

  77. Tabathia B December 10, 2014 at 8:09 am #

    I use a cream or red tablecloth, different size plastic pumpkins and candles

    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  78. Tabathia B December 10, 2014 at 8:11 am #


    tbarrettno1 at gmail dot com

  79. Betty C December 11, 2014 at 10:49 am #

    We usually have Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners at my daughter’s home because it’s the largest. She has a special tablecloth she likes to use and brings out the good china. Otherwise, we don’t do anything special to decorate the table.

  80. Betty C December 11, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    Tweet –

  81. Rebecca December 11, 2014 at 1:22 pm #

    I use a pretty green leaf tablecloth.

  82. Kimberley Meier December 27, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    We decorated with candles and had a beautiful centerpiece my mom made using gourds and silk fall leaves, twine and cinnamon sticks.

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