Primitive Thanksgiving Table

This year when I set out to decorate the Thanksgiving table it had to be warm and simple, yet cozy.   My family doesn’t care for a lot of extras on the table.  With that in mind, I decorated a primitive Thanksgiving table using elements from nature and items already on hand.

Primitive is a decorating style I find myself more drawn to as I get older.  The rich colors, the soft glow of oil lamps and candles dripping wax surrounded by vintage/antique pieces seem to calm the mind.

Thankfully, it was a beautiful day outside when I went to clip red, yellow and orange fall branches.  Branches were used in matching stone pitchers on each end of the tablescape.  I will need to replace them before turkey day, as they have since wilted.  Luckily, there’s plenty to glean from.


Don’t mind my messy hair, this is decorating mode!

The stone pitchers are a deep chocolate brown and a soft khaki, two toned.  I was excited to find these at an auction years ago.  Instead of using a table runner down the center of the table, I used some old fabric gifted to me.  It’s earth tones and deep red stripes seem to scream, “Primitive!”


The center of the table is probably my favorite part, an old red and orange oil lamp.  The tablecloth is a rich brown, paired with red and yellow plaid placemats, I think they complement each other really well.

The tumblers are our everyday drinking glasses, from a thrift store.  These are Libbey drinkware.

Watch the Video:  Primitive Thanksgiving Table Setting

And wrapping up, the white with gold rim plates are Rosenthal/Germany.  Let me know in the comments how you’re decorating the table for Thanksgiving!

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Cottage Fall Decor

A Season of Thanksgiving


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