We love everything about Thanksgiving—the tradition, the foods, the falling leaves, and the overall jovial atmosphere shared with friends and family—yes, all of it! What we’re not so much into? The same boring décor year after year.
This Thanksgiving, develop your unique decorating aesthetic with 10 vintage pieces that evoke abundance and style. Nothing creates a storied, layered, collected-over-time look better than vintage décor can. Plus, vintage style suggests the spirit of Thanksgiving in ways that promote rich tradition: Each vase, serving tray, and decorative item in this post has a handed-down allure you and your guests will love. And, who knows? Maybe you’ll be the one who’s creating some new traditions this year. Gobble, gobble.
hand-woven table runner
This handsome, hand-woven table runner features a colorway that doesn’t scream Thanksgiving, but offers a nice alternative to boring yellows and browns you normally see this holiday. 1970s. $65
horn of plenty vase
This white, frosted-glass Westmoreland vase is the perfect addition to your Thanksgiving table. A deep well and fairly substantial pedestal accommodates big blooms. 1950s. USA. $35
brass-and-wood candleholder set
What’s a Turkey Day table without some candlelight? This tall trio of wood and turned-brass candleholders looks super-retro—and you can easily use them year-round. India. $45 for set of three
chalkware cornucopia bookends
Update a mantel or bookshelves with Thanksgiving-themed décor: These pink chalkware bookends have been lightly detailed with watercolor paints and also feature cork lined bottoms. Up your holiday #shelfie game! Made by Coventry Ware. 1940s. USA. $40 for the pair
vintage meat tray
Celebrating Friendsgiving this year? Bunk tradition with this little number in silver-plated copper—it accommodates a smaller bird, a nice roasted chicken, or roast beef. Features a well in the shape of a tree that catches juices—a boon for easy gravy making. 1960s. Sheffield Silver Co. Brooklyn, NY. $40
Scissor-style serving tongs are perfect for grabbing salads, vegetables, and buffet offerings. These heavy versions feature sterling-silver handles decorated in a floral motif. The spoon and fork ends are composed of stainless steel. 1950s. Germany. $55
danish-modern gravy boats
Quintessential Thanksgiving = A stainless-steel gravy boat. It’s been an essential piece of our holiday table for years and years. These boats were each made in Denmark, two attributed to Raimond, one attributed to Leonard, and the smallest is unmarked. Each has a deep well, and a (very necessary) built in saucer to catch spillover. 1960s. Denmark. $15 each
footed formica cake stand
Super-handsome, modern and versatile, this footed tray is composed of faux-wood grain Formica trimmed in silverplate resting atop a silver-plated pedestal (footed) base. Ample surface area accommodates an array of cakes, foods, and condiments. Create an abundant Thanksgiving atmosphere! 1950s. USA. $85
art pottery bowl
Decorate the table with this handmade art-pottery stunner. Though designed to hold plants, it makes for an unexpected, highly decorative vessel for the Thanksgiving table or buffet. Hold nuts, fruit, and more in this footed bowl. 1960s. USA. $55
mid-century table linens
Party of four? Check! Wow Friendsgiving guests with brand-new, authentic 1950s table linens. Napkins are color-coded for easy recognition and the matching, square-shaped tablecloth (in putty) perfect for an intimate, apartment-sized kitchen table. (Original, and very formal, gift card included!) Makes a great host/hostess gift, too. 1950s. USA. $65
And Happy Hunting, Everybody!