Last year my sister Lisa and her husband Jim hosted Thanksgiving at their Virginia home.
Lisa is an excellent cook… having worked as a caterer and a chef, she is a foodie extraordinaire! EVERYTHING she makes is the best I have ever eaten. So when she offered to make a Thanksgiving meal I was so excited!
As serious as Lisa is about the food she prepares…
she  has a wonderful relaxed philosophy about entertaining… and her Thanksgiving table reflected her warm, fun and welcoming atttitude… it is ALWAYS fun at Lisa’s!

There is nothing too formal or uptight about the way Lisa sets a table and her Thanksgiving table was no exception.  I always feel like I am sitting at a table in Tuscany or Provence… she has an easy-going way of decorating!
Lisa used a white tablecloth for the foundation of her table. She then layered a burlap runner and a long burlap ribbon down the center of her table. I love the organic mood it sets!
Stacks and stacks of dishes are really not her style… but she does love to serve dinner on white plates like I do.  Notice her mix of square and round alternating dishes. 
Lisa’s house reflects these beautiful warm colors!
Gifts were tucked under some dinner plates. One gift for each family.  She gave us a fascinating book about US Medal Of Honor winners. This book tells such stories of valor, bravery and love of country.
It is a cherished part of our library at StoneGable!
Oak leave from the back yard were used as place cards along with tiny glittery acorns. Such a simple touch… but one with big late fall impact!

Lisa casually filled water glasses with richly designed french inspired napkins. I am presuming these are from Williams-Sonoma. She loves french linens! Another thing we have in common.
A big glass candle holder, reminiscent of a pumpkin, holds a large white pillar candle. Around the base of the candle is a fall potpourri of pods and dried fruit and other fluff.
Down the center of the table are glass vases filled with golden berries on twiggy branches. Lisa and I both have a penchant for “sticks and twigs”!
This year Lisa will be up my way for Thanksgiving… and she will be bringing the fun!!!


  1. says

    What a truly gorgeous table setting! I’ll be glad when my mother and mother in law turn over the Thanksgiving tradition to me! However, I get to relax and enjoy their wonderful food but I so want to do a pretty table like this and prepare the food! I’m doing a mini version of it next week when all of my children will be back home for several days! I can’t wait! Thanks for sharing this with us! It sure seems like it was a very special memory!

  2. says

    Lisa’s table looks beautiful and I recognize soe Pier One plates:) I wish she would share her recipes at OTMM!!!! I know your Thanksgiving will be wonderful. We are going to Tracy and Dave’s this year!!!!! XOXO

  3. says

    Yvonne, Gorgeous and inviting! You would not even want to leave the table, just linger and talk…Are you having Thanksgiving this year?

    Love the gift idea, very nice!

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  4. says

    Thank you for showing your sister’s Thanksgiving table. One of my favourites is the glass candle holder reminiscent of a pumpkin and also the glass holders filled with berries on twigs. What flair she has! I also love the autumn colour theme!

  5. says

    So beautiful, Yvonne! My sista just asked me if I knew any good websites for Thanksgiving so I just forwarded her your link. Also,don’t know if you saw the note I wrote you about mentioning your blog on paperwhites. Hope it was ok with you.

  6. says

    Ohhh, I love the family gift tucked under the place setting, what a wonderful tradition to have. Not to mention having a sister that is a “foodie extraordinaire” to cook for you! I know everyone always has fabulous meals at your house too! Happy Thanksgiving,

  7. says

    Your sister, Lisa, set a gorgeous Thanksgiving Tablescape!!!
    I adore the book wrapped and tucked under each family plate. What a precious reminder of a day spent with family for years to come!
    The natural elements, Autumnal hues, candles and shining crystal combined with the love of family gathered around…one perfect tablescape, indeed!

  8. says

    That is gorgeous! Like the others said, talent must run in the family. I love the casual feel of her table, not too fussy, but plenty of detail!
    Don’t forget to link it up at Let’s Dish!

  9. says

    Lisa has an incredible sense of style! It must run in you guys’ DNA!!! The pictures are so pretty…they look like a Pottery Barn ad! Just gorgeous!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, Yvonne!

  10. says

    Yvonne,So glad you shared your sister’s table with us. So pretty with lovely touches that must have warmed you. I really like the idea of the gift of the book. Must tuck that away for a future time. Happy Thanksgiving! Pam

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