How to Create a Thanksgiving Vignette

We’re sharing how to create a Thanksgiving vignette as we team up with fellow creatives for the Autumn on a Tray Blog Tour hosted by Katherine of Katherine’s Corner.

If you’re coming over from Rachelle’s blog, My Hubbard Home, welcome we’re happy to have you here!

One of the questions I’m asked a lot is how to decorate a kitchen island. Our kitchen island is primarily used for meal prep, so we basically keep the décor to one corner while our stand mixer holds court on the other.

I know some of you probably have a bigger island like my parents have though so I thought I would share how to create a Thanksgiving vignette for a large kitchen island.

This same idea could also be used for a buffet, breakfast bar, or if you live in a house with an open floor plan and want to create “seasonal moments” around the house too though.

Brown and White Transferware Pitcher-Autumn Tray Blog Hop-The Crowned Goat

Here’s a step-by-step guide on how to create a quick and easy Thanksgiving vignette…

How to Create a Thanksgiving Vignette Supplies:

  • Large, Tray, Basket or Platter
  • Turkey Soup Tureen (or something else with height)
  • Small Books or Boards
  • Small Cake Stand
  • Decorative Thanksgiving Accents (we used pumpkins, corn and raffia)
  • Wreath
  • Wreath Holder
  • Flower Bunches (we used 2)
  • Books
  • Burlap Feed Sack (you could also use burlap material from the craft supply store)

How to Create a Thanksgiving Vignette Steps:

Gather your supplies and make sure your tray (we used a basket made from water hyacinth) is clean, dry, and free from dirt and debris.

Place a small stack of books or wooden boards in the far-right corner of your tray.  You’ll definitely want the books to be really stable so they can safely hold your tureen or decorative Thanksgiving accent.

Then place your wreath stand between the books and the far left corner. I gave my Mom her wreath stand back before I agreed to do the Autumn on a Tray Blog Hop so we’ll have to pretend just a bit.

Once your book or board stack is stable, add your turkey soup tureen or another seasonal decorative item that has height.

Next, add your small cake stand to the Thanksgiving vignette. It should be parallel to the wreath stand.

Place flowers around the edge of your tray.

You might need to bundle a few together or allow the book stack to help keep them in place. I even had to bend a few of my stems.

Once you have all the flowers in place, lay a piece of burlap or a burlap feed sack over the stems to cover them.  Be sure to tuck in the edges too!

Add raffia, pumpkins, and corn (or other seasonal decorative accents you have on hand) to the top of your small cake stand.

Finally, carefully hang your wreath.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Vignette with Turkey Tureen-The Crowned Goat

Other Ideas to Consider…

I know not everyone has a turkey soup tureen at their disposal, so I wanted to show you how simple it was to use this same idea with other pieces.

This is what the Thanksgiving vignette would like if you switched the turkey out for a brown and transferware pitcher.

How to Create a Thanksgiving Vignette with Brown and White Transferware-The Crowned Goat

And this is what it would look like using a stack of heirloom pumpkins

How to Create a Thanksgiving Vignette with Pumpkins-The Crowned Goat

Sometimes it takes trying a few different ideas until you get a look you love so don’t be afraid to experiment.

The biggest thing to keep in mind is to vary the height of the elements you have on your tray, layer in a bit of texture then add something that highlights nature.

Up next on the Autumn on a Tray Blog Tour is The Painted Apron. Jenna is sharing how to create 5 different looks using 1 tray!

Once you’re finished there, be sure to check out what the rest of these fabulous ladies are sharing…

Katherines Corner * Celebrate and Decorate * Designs and Events * Debbie Styles Life *

My Hubbard Home * My Home of All Seasons * Dinner at Eight * Crafts A La Mode * Shoestring Elegance *

Let us know your favorite way to decorate a tray or your kitchen island for the holiday season! Until next time, I’ll see you on Instagram, Facebook and Pinterest.

Other Fall Inspired Posts to Enjoy:

Many blessings,


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  1. So incredibly pretty Coco! I love your subtle colors. They make your vignette so elegant. Styled with your wreath it is off the chart gorgeous! Have a wonderful weekend and thanks so much for the inspiration!

    1. I really appreciate all your sweet and thoughtful words, Denise, thank you so much! Every time I think I’m finished with pale pinks and creams I totally fall in love all over again 🙌 Hope your weekend is a special one. It’s been fun hopping with you, CoCo

  2. It’s stunning! I love the tips too. Pinned and thank you for joining me for the autumn on a tray blog tour. Hugs!

    1. Thank you so much for putting this all together, Katherine, and for inviting me to be a part of things. It’s been fun to see how everyone decorates for Thanksgiving and the autumn season. Hope your weekend is a fun one, CoCo

      1. CoCo this is so pretty especially with the wreath you made.

        Love it, Pinned!

        1. I really appreciate it, Cindy, thank you so much! Hugs, CoCo

  3. Oh, Jenna, I love your sweet soft colors. I would’ve never have thought to put them together for this but just love that you did! How exciting to be working together on something. Pinning now and heading off to the next blogger have a wonderful weekend. Happy autumn!

    1. I really appreciate it, Theresa, thank you so much! It’s been tons of fun to see how everyone is celebrating the season. I swear it goes by too quickly every year! Hope you have the best weekend, CoCo PS: No worries about the name at all 🙂

  4. Oh Coco, your Autumn tray is gorgeous! I love the soft palette of pinks and ivory, and it’s very beautiful with the brown transferware pitcher especially! I love the wreath too, and the version of the tray with the pumpkins~ so so pretty!! How smart to arrange the flowers around the tray’s rim and cover the stems with burlap…Lots of great ideas here, thank you!

    1. Thank you so much, Jenna, I really appreciate it! I loved all your creative ideas today too. They were fabulous! Hope you’re having a great weekend, CoCo

  5. Wonderful post again, do love to see your email pop in. We don’t do thanksgiving here in the UK, we do ahve a harvest festival but its not as ‘glamorous’, if thats the right word :).
    Thankyou so much for popping on my blog and leaving a comment, I so appreciate it.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving when it arrives.xx

    1. Such sweet and kind words, Janette, thank you so much! A harvest festival definitely sounds like fun. There is a TON of prep work that goes into the Thanksgiving holiday, I’m glad we get to enjoy it for the entire weekend. After the past two years of dealing with the pandemic, we could all use a few extra hugs 🙂 Hope your weekend is a special one, CoCo

  6. Wow, CoCo, I love them all. You have such a gift for working in soft colors that whisper sweetly to me. It’s always a treat to visit your blog.
    I think I need a brown transferware pitcher like the one on the second tray 🙂

    1. I appreciate that so much, Rachelle, thank you! I’ve been trying to collect brown and white transferware pieces whenever I see them because they’re so hard to come by now. I found that one in an an antique store while we were on vacation and immediately fell in love 😍 Sending you hugs for a happy week, CoCo

  7. Beautiful autumn vignette ideas, love the soft shades. I will be sure to check out the other ladies post too! Thank you for sharing!

    1. Thank you, Elizabeth! It took me forever to find my personal style but once I fell in love with soft and muted neutrals the search was over 🙂 Hope your weekend was a happy one, CoCo

  8. Such a pretty take on the theme! I can definitely see this for lots of holidays — I’m especially thinking Valentine’s Day. Thanks for sharing your ideas!

    1. Thanks so much, Sandra, I really appreciate it! Valentines Day would definitely be pretty. Hope you have a great holiday season, CoCo

  9. Hi Coco. I love your Thanksgiving vignette and how you gave us an step-by-step guide and the colors, too! Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. Thank you bunches, Christine! I hope your weekend was filled with all good things too, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Cindy, I really appreciate it! Hugs, CoCo

  10. I love your pretty basket tray, Coco, and love how you gave step by step directions for putting a similar look together. Enjoyed meeting you as part of the blog hop!

    1. Thank you so much, Debbie! It was fun to see how everyone had their own take on decorating Autumn inspired trays. It’s such a creative group. I had a great time meeting you as well. Hope you have the best week, CoCo

    1. Thanks so much, Josiah, I really appreciate it! Hope you have the best week, CoCo

  11. So pretty! Thanks for all the great ideas. I love changing things up for the holidays and seasons…am going to try some of your tips. Thought I think Thanksgiving will be just the two of us again this year ( sister and brother in law both tested positive this week….) we have SO much to be thankful for and will enjoy the day.

    1. You are very welcome, Ann! I’m so sorry to hear about your brother-in-law and sister having Covid. I swear every time I feel like things are going back to normal, Covid starts creeping into the mix again. I definitely hope they feel better soon and have a successful recovery. Hugs for a happy week, CoCo

  12. Coco, You have done such a lovely job of showing a step by step way to build a beautiful vignette! Sometimes we forget that others don’t know the tricks like how to elevate one item with the books. I love the soft look of your display! Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving!

    1. Thank you so much, Chloe! It’s been fun to add soft pops of color throughout the house this Fall. As you know most everything in Florida is green year-round so we definitely have to make our own magic. Sending you and your family lots of hugs for a blessed Thanksgiving too, CoCo

  13. All of these options are beautiful! You make it look so easy. Thanks for sharing the step by step process.

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