Monday, November 25, 2013

Thanksgiving Hunt Tablescape

I have wanted to make a Hunt tablescape ever since I saw Susan's  Spode Woodland Hunt Tablescape at Between Naps on the Porch.  You can see her beautiful tablescape here,  It is listed under Thanksgiving Tablescapes  I thought this was the prettiest table setting I had ever seen.  I loved the elegance of the beautiful Spode plates, the salt cellars, and the sparkling stemware, it was all so beautiful to me. I was inspired by Susan's tablescape to make my own interpretation of a hunt table.  I have been collecting pheasants and woodland creatures to put this tablescape together now for several years. Almost every item in this tablescape was found at thrift stores.

I started by making a fall candle centerpiece. The centerpiece shown below is from a couple of years ago.

You start by deciding on your candles and what containers to use.

Layer vase filler on the bottom for the candle to rest on. I like to use black vase filler.

I had twigs from an old twiggy wall hanging that I cut it apart.  I soaked the twigs overnight to make them bendable (it would have been much easier to use grapevines).

I arranged the twigs around the inside of a container and added enough vase filler to keep a level area for the candle.

I added some acorns and fall leaves and voila fall candle centerpiece!

The hunt scape itself started with a piece of driftwood on a tablecloth that I had made from a piece of material my neighbor was going to throw away.

I placed a pheasant in the curve of the driftwood.

I added a couple of pheasant feathers, some winter foliage, more twigs, and tiny woodland creatures around the base of the driftwood.

I set my hunt table with Noritake's Keltcraft Pursuit pattern plates on my Walmart charger plates.

I added ruby red wineglasses, salad bowls, and parfait glasses.

Keltcraft pursuit plates - Goodwill Auction
Flatware - Goodwill
Napkins - Goodwill
Ruby red wines glasses - Goodwill Auction
Napkin rings - VOA
Pheasants, woodland creatures, & driftwood - Thrift stores.
Containers for candle centerpieces - Marc's
Metal pine cone candle holders - Goodwill
Candles - Marc's

Thrift on ladies - you will be amazed at what you will find.

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Tablescape Thursday


  1. Candy, this is absolutely beautiful! I love the pheasant and all those adorable woodland creatures! The Noritake china is wonderful! I don't think I've ever seen that pattern before. I love it! I think I'd be tempted to leave this centerpiece out all winter and just keep dining here...too wonderful to take down any time soon. I especially love that you kept a vision for this table for several years and just kept adding pieces to your collection as you moved closer to your dream of creating this beautiful table setting. I envy the lucky folks who'll be dining here for Thanksgiving!

  2. You have so many pretty accessories. I love the way you pulled them all together. A lovely table setting. We are not having thanksgiving at our house afterall - I'm recovering from a horrible cold and our oldest daughter came and picked up the turkey tonight so we'll eat at her house. So now special table setting for me again this year - maybe next.

  3. Such attention to detail, Candy! From the dishes to the flatware and the glasses, every piece complements the other so very nicely! I love all your sweet woodland critters, they are adorable and create a cozy, natural and storybook feel to your table, giving it a wonderfully whimsical atmosphere! And, the beautiful tablecloth is lovely both in pattern and colour!

    A very happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!


  4. You must have had so much fun. I did, while going through the pictures.
    I felt like a child again and that's a sign of a winner - those creations that give us back the warmth, safety and enjoyment of childhood.
    Happy Thanksgiving, Dear Candy (though the grown-up here is thinking it was a sin to ruin all with eating ahahahahah but knowing how much you enjoyed it. So Happy for you!)

  5. I love the woodland tablescape with all the little creatures peeking out!
    Hope you had a blessed day.