Thanksgiving Table with Mismatched Dishes

Mix and match dishes for an elegant Thanksgiving table. A decoupaged pumpkin centerpiece makes a beautiful focal point. The pleated runner, velvet ribbon and DIY candle makes the table extra special!
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If you're looking for Thanksgiving ideas and inspiration, you've come to the right place! I've joined my friend Jen of Tatertots and Jello and several others to bring you some amazing ideas to make your Thanksgiving celebration extra special! You'll find all the links below.

My Thanksgiving table this year is filled with DIYs that you can copy! Look for the blue links below, which will indicate a tutorial.

Decorating a table with mismatched dishes

Mixing and matching table items is a great way to set an interesting table! You'll notice a mix of dishes, glasses and even chargers on my Thanksgiving table. 

I have had a love of vintage dishes for a long time, and can't resist picking them up at the thrift stores when I find them. Specifically, white ironstone and blue and white transferware. This year I wanted to add a few brown transferware pieces, because I am loving brown this year! My casual Fall kitchen table turned out so beautiful this year and I attribute that to the rich browns and coppers that I used. In all my hunting, and all the thrift stores I visited, I couldn't find a single piece of brown transferware.

Consider using paper plates

I had a vision for my Thanksgiving table this year and it involved layering blue and white, and brown and white transferware. So what did I do? I ended up buying a set of paper plates and napkins in the brown and white Woodland pattern by Spode. You can find the dinner plates here and the napkins here. They are so beautiful and just what I was looking for.

I layered the paper plates with my vintage blue Currier and Ives dishes on top of chargers. The paper plates will be practical for either appetizers, salad or even dessert on Thanksgiving day!

I borrowed the linen plaid napkins from my kitchen table because they worked so beautifully here. The napkins at the head and foot of the table were loosely tied with brown velvet ribbon.

Whether you have a collection of vintage dishes or use new, try mixing up the colors and patterns on your Thanksgiving table this year! Keep reading to see how I used the paper napkins in an unexpected way.

Hutch decor

I carried the blue, brown and white theme to the dishes in my primitive pine hutch. Call me crazy but it is fun to rearrange the dishes in my hutches (I have two in my dining room) for different occasions and seasons! Do you enjoy playing with dishes?

I do own a single piece of brown transferware, it's the small plate inside my hutch. But do you notice a few additional pieces?

Decoupage transferware dupe

I faked the look of vintage brown transferware by decoupaging the Spode napkins onto an ironstone pitcher and a platter! It was easy, and even though the bottle of Mod Podge says it's permanent, it is easy to remove with soap and water from washable surfaces. I especially love how the pitcher looks with the faux transferware handle! Check out this short DIY video tutorial on my Instagram page, along with some tips, if you're interested in creating a similar look.

Pumpkin centerpiece

Let's head back to the table and take a closer look at the pumpkin centerpiece. I'll be sharing the tutorial next week to decoupage a store-bought pumpkin, and turn it into a centerpiece, but for now let's just enjoy how pretty this looks.

I used inexpensive florals from Michaels, as well as blackberry stems I already had to create this full look. If you'd like more details, be sure you're signed up for my newsletter, so you don't miss any future projects!

Another DIY on my table is that darling squirrel candle, and while it may look like decoupage, it's not! I used an inexpensive Walmart battery-operated candle and a napkin to create this candle. If you'd like a tutorial, you can visit my post about creating custom candles with napkins.

Layering a table is a great way to add interest and depth. I used my homemade drop cloth runner as a base, and topped it with the DIY pleated Thanksgiving table runner I made last year. The sentiment is bold and invites guests to gather.

I find paper crafts to be surprisingly resilient. I loosely rolled this runner and stored it on a shelf in my office and it looks brand new!

You might enjoy these Fall paper crafts:

I hope I've given you some ideas for mixing and matching your dishes and other elements on your Thanksgiving table!

Keep reading for more ideas to create a beautiful and memorable Thanksgiving!

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More Thanksgiving Table Ideas and Inspiration

Thanksgiving ideas and inspiration

Be sure to visit all the wonderful links below, I'm so excited for all the inspiration you're sure to find!

Thanksgiving Table Setting With Magnolia Leaf Centerpiece | Zevy Joy

Fall DIY Decor Project Ideas | Today's Creative Life

Late Fall Moody Tablescape | Craftberry Bush

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2023 | Rooms For Rent

How to Style and Set a Thanksgiving Table | The Tattered Pew

Effortless Thanksgiving Table Setting: Quick Tips for Last-Minute Hosts | She Gave It A Go

How to Make a Simple Pumpkin Floral Arrangement for Thanksgiving | Midwest Life and Style

How to create an organic modern Thanksgiving table setting | My Sweet Savannah

Thanksgiving Table with Mismatched Dishes | DIY Beautify

Fall Thanksgiving Table | Hallstrom Home

How to Decorate a Thanksgiving Table for a Crowd | Pasha is Home

Tips for an Easy Thanksgiving Tablescape | The Handmade Home

How to Create a Thanksgiving Centerpiece with Thrifted Finds | Lolly Jane

How to Decorate a Round Table for Thanksgiving | Modern Glam Home

Thanksgiving No-Carve Floral Pumpkin Centerpiece | Tatertots and Jello

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  1. Love it all but the handmade dropcloth runner is stunning!

    1. Thank you so much! Happy Thanksgiving to you both 🤎

  2. I love the idea of decoupaging seasonal decor!

  3. Your mismatched dishes make for such an eclectic and beautiful table setting!

  4. Every single element is so pretty! And you runner is genius. Pinned! Thanks for joining us!


  5. Everything is so beautiful, Cindy, I literally don't know what to pin first! I love that you have so many fabulous DIY ideas on your table and that you take the time to craft pieces that are extra special too. Brown and white transferware is not easy to find down here and I love that you've inspired us to create our own. It's all gorgeous! Hugs, CoCo

  6. Your table is so gorgeous, Cindy. I love the pretty mis-matched look!

  7. I love everything about this table. Its so pretty, not fussy at all, and I have similar items so I can recreate it. Thanks for the inspo!

    1. That makes me so happy, thanks Gina! Happy Thanksgiving 🤎🦃


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