The ingredients are purchased, the stuffing is sitting, the turkey is basting – Thanksgiving is this close and the Gwynn house is #ready. Thanksgiving has always been J’s favorite holiday, so he goes ham and we go all out to host a lil’ feast for the fam. 🙂 His stuffing is ~the best~ and literally a multi-day affair, but his mashed potatoes are also the best I’ve ever had, ever…so it’s a toss up what I’m most excited to sneak tastes of off the counter. 😉 My mom will be making her orange cranberry sauce which is also the greatest I’ve tasted. It’s the most wonderful time of the year and I’m here for it. Since J handles most of the cooking (bless him), I wanted to contribute something special: our Thanksgiving tablescape. I’ve always loveloveloved when folks prep the table ahead of time and set the scene – it gives you even more to look forward to and get in the right headspace before the big day. With a few new pieces from the Mackenzie Childs Courtly Check collection, I wanted to mix and match the new with the old for a table that felt sentimental for everyone around it.
The most special thing to me about this Thanksgiving tablescape is how we incorporated meaning in small details. The Pfaltzgraff plates are part of a set I inherited from my Babci (my dad’s mom) who passed away in 2004. We break them out for holidays but also random Spaghetti Sundays with the family, and it’s always felt like a nice nod to her – I always wish she could’ve met Liv.
I’ve loveloveloved the look of the Mackenzie Childs Courtly Check collection since I first discovered it, but it was never realistic for me to buy the whole line – it’s on the pricier side, and we’ve had dishware for years, beyond also having Babci’s Pfaltzgraff set. I couldn’t justify the investment. But what I could justify was adding one or two pieces a season or for special occasions and slowly but surely growing a little collection over the year. When we first bought our house, I bought the Courtly Check tea kettle. For fall this year, I got the Courtly Check cauldron. The enamel pie plate was my addition for the holiday season, since I’m challenging myself to bake some kinda pie FROM SCRATCH. Then the folks at Mackenzie Childs were so kind to send a few Courtly Check pieces to add to our collection, and I can’t wait to fill them with this week’s feast. I think it’s extra special AND realistic to mix the old with the new and incorporate some traditional family pieces with newer, trendier classics.
Another special touch: the gold leaves tucked into the napkin rings and the sparkly gold gauze. They were actually leftover decor from our wedding that we had tucked away for re-purposing at some point – and here we are!
The faux floral hurricanes were under $10 a piece at Walmart, I kid you not; I just added a pillar candle into each to warm the table up. I placed a black and white check runner underneath the gold gauze to complement the Mackenzie Childs Courtly Check pieces; my goal is to get the turkey onto the platter in the center, so let’s all say a prayer to the sweet Lord baby Jesus we can make it happen. 😉 Beyond that, we’ve got this water pitcher, this pie plate, this medium-sized bowl and this extra large bowl to play with, so everything will be passed around with lovelovelove.
ALSO, our wine glasses were housewarming gifts from my parents – they’re the best!
Our Thanksgiving tablescape feels equal parts eclectic and classic with warm tones and cozy elements that just feel like family. 🙂
Do you collect any Mackenzie Childs Courtly Check pieces or other sentimental heirlooms?
What are you doing for your Thanksgiving tablescape this year?
P.S. Everything from our dining room is linked in the room reveal here: Modern Farmhouse Dining Room