Tuesday, November 8, 2022

A Northwoods Thanksgiving

Welcome to my neck of the woods in Wisconsin.  It is that time of the year when the garden is cleaned up, the veggies are canned, the last of the summer flowers displayed their fading beauty and the Halloween decor finished its final frightful purpose for the enjoyment of family and friends in the neighborhood.  The Thanksgiving holiday is right around the corner and it officially kicks off the entire Christmas holiday season and the many celebrations yet to come.  

On Monday, October 17, 2022, our area had its first (very early) snowfall of the season and I believe there will be plenty of snow to arrive long before winter officially begins.  It is time to prepare and cozy up the house for those chilly snowy evenings.  This brings me to mention that in this posting, we are celebrating the warmth and kinship of the Thanksgiving holiday with other passionate tablescapers in the Thanksgiving Day Blog Hop hosted by our kind and thoughtful friend and fellow designer, Rita from Panoply on Tuesday, November 8, 2022.  Be sure to visit each of the links below to share in the celebration.

What pops into your mind when you think of Thanksgiving preparations?  To name a few, may I list the blessing of visiting family and friends, delicious food in abundance and a comfortable, intimate and thoughtfully decorated surroundings to relax, feel at ease and enjoy each other's friendship.  The best way to achieve a cozy, but laid back holiday setting is by putting together the perfect Northwoods inspired black and red buffalo checkered tablescape for that casual feeling of peacefulness and contentment.  

A resting faux wood deer on pine branches as a centerpiece for the table adds a bit of rustic charm and elements of nature.

Plenty of greenery, pinecones (large and small) and deer antlers lends to the beauty of the great outdoors and refers to the time of year in Wisconsin for hunting that begins just before the holiday.

Even the bottle of wine needs to be dressed and made cozy with fur pom poms.

Some black metal pinecone napkin rings gather together double napkins.

Each placesetting is adorned with a small twig pumpkin and antique gold bells on the corner of each placemat that adds rustic detail to each plate.

You can't think of the Northwoods without thinking of pinecones and deer.

Even the sideboard includes an up north woodland theme with a black and red buffalo checkered runner and pinecone filled mini cast iron skillets with a red pillar candle.  

The cute little black cast iron skillets were purchased during a Christmas sale many years ago and were a part of a kit to bake one giant chocolate chip cookie in the skillet.  I purchased four since the price was reduced and they were used for a table of four in my Camping tablescape years ago.  They were also used in my posting, Hot Chocolate on the Front Porch too.   If you missed the fun posting on camping, including a campfire cake, visit this link:  Cozy Camping-Indoors.  And as part of the porch decor to serve up some rich and creamy hot chocolate in the posting, Hot Chocolate on the Front Porch just visit this link:  Hot Chocolate on the Front Porch.  

As you enjoy the tranquil surroundings of the Northwoods, you may find a visit or two from some of the animals that call it home, such as some cute bears.   I can't resist this sweet, moist and rich chocolate bear cupcakes.  Simple to make and such a pleasure to eat with a cup of hot coffee on a cold day.  

If you are coming over from The Bookish Dilettante blog, I am sure you found it to be fabulous posting.  You have now reached the end of the list of links and you can agree that all of the designers who worked hard to put together some incredible Thanksgiving tablescapes for everyone to enjoy has truly lived up to that task.  I hope you enjoyed all of the links below and were able to come away with many fabulous ideas for the upcoming holiday.  If you are visiting The Little Yellow Corner Store first, please be sure to check out all of the following links to be inspired and wowed by all of the Thanksgiving holiday creativity.  Be sure to visit us again.  And have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday!

Living With Thanksgiving - Thankful and Blessed
Everyday Living - Thanksgiving Traditions
Home is Where the Boat Is - Porch Dining with Plaid & Proud Tom Turkey
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Give Thanks
The Painted Apron - Grateful Gathering
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Time to Give Thanks
Red Cottage Chronicles - A Cozy Cottage Thanksgiving Tablescape
The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Northwoods Thanksgiving


  1. You cupcakes made me smile - how adorable and perfect for your theme! I love the warmth of your tablesetting - the centerpiece is so fitting for your theme. All you need is a dusting of snow! Last year I also make a campfire cake - it was a big hit! Enjoy your thanksgiving!

  2. Your northwoods table setting is so festive and those bear cupcakes are absolutely adorable! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. Oh my, Marsha, with having already received your first snow of the season, I can certainly see the motive in your choice of elements for this blended holiday table. While Thanksgiving is all that you mention, the cozy factor delivered here could leave me wanting to just stay through Christmas! I love the treats shared for cozying up. I hope your Thanksgiving will be spent with family and new memories made. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. I feel like I'm in the north woods here! Your table is so cute, and one thing I'm definitely taking away is using little cast iron skillets in a wintry vignette: BRILLIANT! Such a darling idea that I will borrow! I also love your bear cupcakes: They are the cutest! The flannel, pinecones, and candles make everything so cozy. I can't believe y'all have already had snow...in October! We rarely have any snow here in Central Alabama. Happy Thanksgiving!

  5. hi Marsha, your red and black buffalo check is so cozy and perfect for your Northwoods theme! The elegant carved wood deer nestled among the greens and pinecones is so pretty, and I love all your extra special touches with the bells on the placemats, the little cast iron skillets, the unique iron chargers and the cute matching wine bag! The bear cupcakes couldn't be cuter!!! You are set for a cozy Thanksgiving with a table that will take you through the December holidays too!

  6. It looks like things are all decked out for the upcoming holidays! But what I love most are your baking designs. The campfire cake and bear cupcakes look like something you'd see on one of those baking competitions on the Food Network. Happy Thanksgiving! -Andrea

  7. Marsha, I love your buffalo check table. The deer makes for a stunning centerpiece. You already have snow, wow. A lovely table that create a cozy mood. The campfire cake is darling. Love the cute little bears, I shall make some for the grands. Flannel, the pine ones definitely speak North woods. A pleasure joint you. Stay warm and cozy.

  8. Marsha, Those cupcakes are darling! Your northwoods inspired setting is so cozy and festive! You have covered every detail. Even your porch is all decorated and cozy!
    Many blessings to you and your family for a joyous Thanksgiving!

  9. Marsha, your table spells COZY to me!! I love the buffalo check and the warmth it gives off. Your campfire cake and bear cupcakes are absolutely adorable!! What a fun way to celebrate the chilly temperatures we get for Thanksgiving! I hope you enjoy your time with family and friends! Always a pleasure to hop with you. Happy Thanksgiving ๐Ÿงก๐Ÿ—