Tuesday, November 9, 2021

Leopards and Checks - An Early Thanksgiving Table Setting Blog Hop

Once again I am joining Rita from Panoply for a seasonal blog hop:

A Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop

My table setting is not traditional in anyway!

The centerpiece is a Mackenzie-Childs tea pot filled with coordinating flowers, pumpkins, berries and feathers

Some say leopards and checks are "neutrals" - but when put together they make a great impact:

Black and gold vintage glasses are off to the left for individual servings of shrimp cocktail:

MacKenzie-Childs goblets are off to the right:

Because I only have 2 leopard dinner plates and 2 salad plates, I mixed and matched them, alternating the patterns with Courtly Check dishes:

I did the same with Black-Tie flatware and gold flatware:

White napkins were placed under the dinner plate and draped over the edge:

Cute little velvet pumpkins sat on each salad plate as a 'favor' for my guests:

The buffet is trimmed with a few pieces that coordinate with the table setting:

I hope Thanksgiving Day is as sunny as the day I set my table (we have been known to have snow in years past!)

Once the salad plates are removed......

I will plate sliced turkey breast, garlic mashed potatoes, squash, cranberry sauce and broccoli:

How are you spending Thanksgiving this year - We will be waiting for Grandson #4 to be born!

Please visit my blogging friends to see their lovely tables!

Everyday Living - We Gather Together
Home is Where the Boat Is - The Softer Side of Thanksgiving
Panoply - Thankful
Tablescapes at Table Twenty-One - Home for the Thanksgiving Holiday 2021
Pandora's Box - Leopards and Checks YOU ARE HERE
My Thrift Store Addiction - Vintage Thanksgiving Breakfast Table
The Little Yellow Corner Store - Celebrating Thanksgiving a Little Differently
Me and My Captain - Football AND Thanksgiving
Life and Linda - Thanksgiving with Elegance
The Painted Apron - Pumpkins and Pickups
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Thanksgiving 2021 - A Bit Boho
Living With Thanksgiving - Blessings at Thanksgiving
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Heart Full of Thanksgiving
The Bookish Dilettante - We Gather Together

Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. That setting is spectacular...how could one not smile & be...happy...as well as Thankful... Luv'd it!! Peace. franki

  2. Hi Patti! Those leopard pumpkins are darling and pair so nicely with your Mac-C pieces to create an elegantly whimsical table setting! Happy Thanksgiving!

  3. I love the leopard mix. Have a great week, Patti.

  4. This is fabulous Patti, the leopard and checks play well together and how cleverly you mixed and matched them, so much fun! I must say I was relieved when I saw you did something informal, because I did too and have been worried about it all morning as I visit so many gorgeous traditional tables on our hop!! Grandson #4, how exciting, keep us posted!

  5. Lovely Patti and I am envious of your M-C collection. You have so many pretty and functional pieces. I have long admired animal prints of many shapes and colors, particularly leopard prints. If one looks at my closet, one would think they were on safari. LOL. Can't get rid of them and I believe they are here forever. They never go out of style.
    Love these blog hops and the inspiration they provide. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Kari @ Me and my Captain

  6. I would never have thought to marry these two patterns, but IT WORKS!!! Wow! This is a table that would bring a LOT of joy on Thanksgiving or ANY cold winter's day! I hope Thanksgiving is NOT a cold one for you, though, and that you get the sunshine you desire. November is just TOO early for snow in my book, although we've had it a few times in recent years. Ugh! Even had to postpone Thanksgiving by 2 weeks once! Best wishes for a happy and safe Thanksgiving as you click off the moments waiting for your newest family member to make his debut into this world! You will all have something extra special to be thankful for!!!

  7. Lovely combination Patti. I love your Black Tie flatware. I have been eyeing those. The leopard is calling my name. I never tire of leopard prints. The pumpkins are adorable. Love that you have shared Mackenzie Childs in a lovely Thanksgiving tablescape. How exciting to wait for #4 to arrive. A pleasure joining you Patti. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  8. Patti, I love a mix and you did it perfectly. The leopard looks fabulous with the Courtly Check. How fun that you have a sweet pumpkin as a takeaway gift to make guests feel special. You have a lovely collection of MC. How exciting to welcome grandson number 4 during the this season. Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. Patti, never, never would I have thought to use leopard and checks for a Thanksgiving table. It is stunning! I love your adventurous spirit and mix of of plates and glasses. Plus, it all works perfectly with the room's décor!

  10. Patti, you had me at “leopard” lol! Like how you combined two things I love; MC and animal prints. In fact, I have a guest room that used to be my son’s decorated like an African Safari. We used to call him our “wild thing.” Especially like how you styled the centerpiece in the teapot and alternated the plates and flatware.

  11. What a visual feast with your combination of leopard and Courtly Check! Love your teapot as a centerpiece too. I hope Mother Nature cooperates and brings sunshine and warm temps your way on Thanksgiving and as you await your grandson!

  12. Delightful tablescape, Patti. Love, love the leopard with your Courtly Checks. The teapot centerpiece is styled beautifully. I also love your vintage crystal with gold-rims. Adds the perfect touch. Your flatware mix is creative and very effective as well.
    So happy for you to be blessed with a new grandchild soon.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  13. There is no way in the world that this could ever be considered neutral!! This is a lot of pizzaz!!! I love the way you mixed and matched the checks and leopards. Your teapot with the little pumpkin and sunflowers is the perfect centerpiece! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

  14. There is no way in the world that this could ever be considered neutral!! This is a lot of pizzaz!!! I love the way you mixed and matched the checks and leopards. Your teapot with the little pumpkin and sunflowers is the perfect centerpiece! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

  15. Patti, this table is so cute! I wouldn't have ever thought to put leopard print and checks together, but I love it! My favorite is the centerpiece in the teapot. How cool is that! I appreciate your creativity. :D

    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Ricki Jill

  16. The two patterns together look beautiful, Patti. I never would have thought to put them together. Happy Thanksgiving!

  17. Wow! What a stunning tablescape! It's ready for fun and I know your guests will enjoy themselves immensely. Loved the vintage glasses, the dramatic mix of plates, the simply pretty centerpiece!

  18. Patti, this is a fun table! I love animal print mixed with Courtly Check. I often just have two place settings because it's usually just tow of us at the table. Mixing dishes at the table is the norm here. I like to mix it up, and this table is a perfect example of how much fun that can be. Happy Thanksgiving! I know you are each eager to welcome #4.

  19. Hi Patti, I love it! I am all about mixing great patterns and your McKC collection and leopard print truly makes a festive statement. Add in your lovely black and gold vintage, Mid-Century cocktail glasses and it takes it to a party from the past. What a gorgeous touch. Your centerpiece adds elegant drama to your table too. Happy Thanksgiving.

  20. I love this mix of leopard and checks, Patti! How brilliant to not let having only 2 of the plates and to mix them with 2 from another pattern - brilliant, and it looks so sharp. I love seeing bloggers share ideas for others to pick up and be able to use. Your entire room looks so put together with the patterns. I also hope our Thanksgiving weather is good. And grandson #4 is already due? Time really did fly on this one. Thank you for joining the party and sharing your great taste and talent.

  21. Patti, I love how you have paired the Courtly Check pattern with the Leopard plates. It is both beautiful and elegant. Your entire dining room looks beautiful adorned for the Thanksgiving holiday. What a lovely spot to enjoy dinner! Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your grandbaby. Wishing you and your family a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

  22. Patti, I've never seen a leopard print velvet pumpkin before...I love it! I would've never thought to combine checks and animal prints, yet they work so well together. The centerpiece with the sunflowers and feathers is unique and lovely! You've designed such a fun Thanksgiving table setting! It was a pleasure to hop with you. Happy Thanksgiving! -Rebecca of Zucchini Sisters

  23. Patti, I am so happy to discover your delightful blog by joining with you in this hop! I never thought of checks and leopard print as neutrals. That is an interesting idea. I don't think I would have ever thought of using the two patterns together, but wow, what a great combination they are! What a creative eye you have to have used them! I think it was a gift to the resulting beauty of your table that you only had the two leopard dinner and salad plates. The alternating plate stacks are fabulous! Bravo, and happy Thanksgiving!