Mom’s Thanksgiving Table

By Kate Riley November 12, 2012

Happy Monday to you all out there!  We’re still hanging out in Las Vegas with my folks and my sister and her husband sharing some fun times – there have been some Elvis sightings including this dude at the airport!  

We prepared a mini Thanksgiving feast since we won’t be together on Thanksgiving Day, and I set a festive table in my Mom’s dining room.  It’s a combination of plates and napkins she has had for years and some leaf clippings from her yard.  I love all the warm tones together and the mustard yellow accents.  Here are a few scenes from my Mom’s dining room!

thanksgiving table with mustard accents


leaves in urns


thanksgiving table setting

branches with leaves in containers

yellow leaves on thanksgiving table

We used her linen napkins as placemats and her white plate set that she picked up at Pier One a few years ago.  Mustard napkins and leaves in yellow rustic ceramic containers bring color, and for fun I added some decorative wood balls that look like shaved pinecones. 

thanksgiving place setting


I just love Thanksgiving, the food, the family get togethers, and this year we get two!  After dinner we played this Apples to Apples game for a few hours and it’s a total crack up – especially if your family is made up of a crazy cast of characters like ours…

apples to apples game


I’ll be home tomorrow and back to work – wishing you all an enjoyable day off!




  1. Mama’s table looks lovely. Is there a source for those awesome pinecone-ball-things? I love them!

    • Hi LA, those round wood balls that look like shaved pinecones are from HomeGoods!

  2. Beautiful table. We play Apples to Apples and we have some crazy characters here. Love your “Elvis” shot. Coat looks very nice!

  3. Very pretty…..where is her table and chairs from??? I’ve been looking for something similiar.

    • Hi Vali, her set is by Drexel Heritage, it’s the Tuscany collection – she bought it ten years ago, not sure if they carry it anymore!

  4. Kate,

    this unrelated to your mom’s table, which btw is great. Recently you wrote a post, where you had rugs – several of them side by side, small pictures with prices and source links. I liked one of them and for the life of me can’t find the post as my bookmark has disappeared (those computer elves!!!). Any idea which post it was?


  5. Apples to Apples is one of my favorites. What other game is entertaining for such a wide range of ages?
    This is random, but I came across a post of yours from a few years back, where you visited a thrift store, snapped photos of furniture and described how you would bring them new life…if you had time and a magic wand to do it all. Anyway, those posts were some of my favorites. Every time I go into a thrift store, in my head I think, “How would Kate fix this?” and you’ve helped me to see things with new eyes.

    Anyway…I’ve always loved your thrift store rescue posts. If you ever have the crazy urge to do more of them, please do, they are ever so fun to ponder.

  6. Such a pretty table. I bet your parents’ home is lovely! Sounds like a fun get-together…maybe we’ll have to do a game after dinner this year. I think it will be just my in-laws over for dinner.

  7. Have a wonderful time with your family………..mine will be all together for Christmas this year hooray,, I just may look into getting that game, always fun to try a new one…..thanks for the idea !!!

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

    ps the table looks wonderful…………….

  8. I’m still not receiving your blog. I must type in Centsational Girl to access it, and it’s always for the previous day. Any ideas?

  9. So, obviously, Like Mother Like Daughter! Your mom is apparently a woman of excellent taste and style–that table looks wonderful. I was just about to ask what the decorative balls on each plate were when I read a little more carefully and saw that you’d already answered that question. Perfect look for fall!

    Hope you had a wonderful weekend!

  10. Lovely simple set-up Kate! I love how you used the leaves, for me, really made this set-up work so well. But I know, it’s the people who shared this meal together is really what pulls this all together!

  11. Positively wonderful colors. Reminds me to step out of my comfort zone of the typical “thanksgiving colors” and try something new! I think I will step outside tomorrow and try to gather some branches!

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