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My Vintage Thanksgiving {In the New House!}

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I am SO excited to be in my new home, just in time for the holidays! Being in a new house that’s twice the size of my old one is so exciting. I have always prayed and wished to entertain my extended friends and family.

Vintage Thanksgiving Dining Inspiration

In my old, tiny home, I could only have about 4 extra people in my house at any one time. Any more than that, and it got to be cramped and uncomfortable. I have a pretty large extended family, so that meant all get-togethers were NOT at my house.

Well, not any more. Yay!

new mid century house

This year, we plan on hosting Thankgiving AND Christmas right here in my pretty mid century home. I’ve been planning and prepping for Thanksgiving. This is the first time I have ever had a formal dining room, so my dining table decor has been pretty bare bones. I have spent the past few weeks going to estate sales, vintage resale stores, thrift stores and shopping online thrift sales to gather things for this very purpose. I want everything in my home to reflect the age and style of the house…because I absolutely love it!

vintage mantle

Our den has a humongous fireplace that takes up an entire wall, so one of the first things I did was decorate the mantle for Thanksgiving/fall.

vintage Thanksgiving mantel vertical

I bought the vintage mirror from a trading post and have collected the Viking glass vases from thrift stores and vintage retail shops.

vintage mantel thanksgiving theme

The brown piece of glassware with the orange spots is actually an ashtray that I picked up at a garage sale! Most pieces of mid century ash trays are like a work of art, and I love this piece, so it deserved a place to shine.

windex window cleaner

Speaking of shine, my vintage mirror was pretty smudged from what I can only assume as little kid fingers, so I used my trusty Windex® Original Glass Cleaner to clean and shine it right up.

Windex on vintage mirror

Works like a charm, every time.

vintage thanksgiving dining table idea

I recently got this amazing table runner at an estate sale that is perfect for Thanksgiving! All the dishes and glassware you see here are all thrifted or free vintage items. The orange glass under the white divided dish was my grandparents’ ash tray (yes, I have an obsession with ash trays!) that I flipped over and set the dish on. It added some nice height and mid century flair to it. You like?

real leaf coasters

The cups (also mid century and also thrifted) are sitting on a real leaf coaster. My kids collected leaves and branches out of the yard for me, and I think it’s the perfect addition to my vintage spread.

paper towel roll napkin rings

I wrapped my vintage silverware in a paper napkin and secured it with a napkin ring made out of cut sections of a paper towel roll. Real vintage napkin rings are next on my list to find.

vintage centerpiece made from picked leaves branches

I also know this is not fancy, but it means a lot to me! The kids picked leaves and branches from the back yard and gifted them to me, so I felt like it was the perfect addition to our Thanksgiving centerpiece! Mid century modern was all about bringing the outside in, and this is the perfect example of that. All I did was layer and stuff the leaves in this mid century (thrifted) vase and add the branches after to give the table some height.

windex at walmart

If you have a lot of Thanksgiving glassware and mirrors like me, you can of course find a bottle of trusty Windex® Original Glass Cleaner at Walmart! And right now, you can print a coupon to save $1.00 on any TWO (2) Windex® products and $1.00 on any TWO (2) Scrubbing Bubbles® Bathroom Cleaning Products!

Tell me, what are your plans for this Thanksgiving? If you have a post or picture of your Thanksgiving decor and/or plans, share it with me below. I would love to see your creation!

Hey! Meet Vanessa

A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!


A foodie, crafty, homeschooling mom of 3, who loves her Happy Planner and all things Mid Century Modern!

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  1. This is awesome, Vanessa! I love every bit of this—so great! Those cups remind me of the little restaurants my family went to in the 80s. Love it!

    1. Thank you!!! Those cups definitely remind me of restaurants too. So funny! LOL! 🙂

  2. Great to use items like ashtrays for alternative purposes.

    Greetings from England – I found you on the new Vintage Show & Tell linky party.

    Best wishes for life in your new home.

    1. Hi Alison! Thanks for stopping by! I really love the mid century ashtrays, even though I don’t smoke. They really are works of art! I hope to collect enough to make a gallery wall. I have seen a few people do that and it’s gorgeous! Thanks for the best wishes!

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