Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Thanksgiving Brings Back Memories

My daughters have decided to host Thanksgiving and Christmas this year so my little dining table is set for an early Thanksgiving dinner for just the two of us!

Rita, from Panoply, is hosting our Thanksgiving Tablescape Hop and has gathered together quite a few talented bloggers - make sure you visit the sites posted at the end of this post!

I chose an animal print theme to go along with the Cheetah rug I purchased last spring.

MacKenzie-Childs Cheetah Rug

The plaid fabric napkins are rolled into rooster napkin rings:

The Black Tie Flatware is for special occasions!

MacKenzie-Childs Black Tie 5-Piece Place Setting

These little Iris depression glasses were my Nana's and bring back so many memories from my childhood.  I loved going to her home and I drank many glasses of apple juice from these glasses.  Now my grandsons, niece and nephews get to use them on holidays and they "toast" with the adults, just like my brother and I did as children!  Sweet memories!  


These stemmed glasses are perfect for water or wine:

The centerpiece was leftover from my Halloween/Fall decor - some pumpkins, berries and feathers in a leopard compote: 

The dishes were purchased two years ago at Hobby Lobby:

I have collected Mackenzie-Childs ceramics for many years and have some lovely patterns in dishes and accessories, but this was my first Courtly Check CERAMIC piece and I still adore it:

Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Please visit all of these other talented bloggers to see their lovely Thanksgiving tables - there's a lot of inspiration here:

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

Scan for all of my links:

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. Patti, I love your tablescape! Your MKC pieces are always enjoyable for me. Your first fluted bowl is stunning. I like pairing it with the HL cheetah dishes. I have enjoyed my set of Cheetah dishes very much.
    Your rug is delightful.
    I was touched by your sweet memories of your vintage glasses. I love vintage items. They always add a charming element to any table.
    Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Looks lovely and fun. Love the Cheetah pattern. What a sweet memory of your Nana's glasses and your childhood. xoxo Kris

  3. I am crazy for anything with animal prints so I am drooling over this fun table Patti! At first I thought the leopard plates were MKC, I can't believe you found them at Hobby Lobby!! I love that you included your special memory Nana glasses in your sweet table for 2 tablescape~ Have fun being a guest instead of the hostess this year!

  4. Patti, your tablescape is so fun and creative! Love the cheetah and MKC accents! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  5. What a stunning setting, Patti! I love the animal print theme!

  6. Patti, your table is lovely with the animal print and MKC pieces. How special to have your nana’s Iris depression vintage glasses. The cheetah rug makes such a large impact. I do love animal prints. The fluted bowl is so pretty. So nice you don’t have to cook on the upcoming holidays. You can sit, relax and enjoy a bountiful meal with your family. Kudos to your daughters for stepping up. Happy Thanksgiving.

  7. I love the leopard print Patti! But, I am always delighted to see the MKC pieces. The flatware is adorable! So lovely that you get to share in the memories of your Nana's stemware with the younger generation. And, how blessed are you that your daughters are hosting the holidays this year!

  8. Patti, I am always amazed with your stunning use of your McK-Childs pieces. I love the unique combination of leopard print with it. Bold, whimsy and a classic. I love all of your pieces including the lovely flatware. It all can be used for all occasions. Your sweet story of the lovely depression glass warmed my heart. All of those lovely memories. It is what it is all about. Happy Thanksgiving.

  9. Patti, the cheetah and leopard is a fun twist on the traditional, while the compote full of fall bounty grounds it all. I love the tuxedo flatware. The memory of the first piece of Courtly Check has to be a fond one from adulthood, just as the iris glasses are from childhood. Thanksgiving is definitely a time of reflection of our lives and families. I love the fact that our daughters are now beginning to carry on the family traditions. Happy Thanksgiving, and here's to new traditions!

  10. The animal touches bring a bit of the exotic to a Thanksgiving table that will bring lots of compliments! The centerpiece is a lush focal point for all the colors and patterns. Have a wonderful holiday with your daughters.

  11. I love your table with the animal print elements! I really should've bought a few of the pieces, especially since proceeds from the sales went to a good cause. Your centerpiece in the compote is fabulous! You hit this one out of the park, My Sweet Friend! :D Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Kari, love that you are using your Nana's glasses. Thanksgiving is always loaded with Family memories and celebrations from years past. Love the animal print dishes and flatware. They go so well with your rug. Happy Thanksgiving

  13. Patti, I have been a longtime fan of animal prints. Your MKC pieces are amazing and they work well with the HL plates. I love your Nana’s iris depression glasses that hold sweet memories! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  14. Patti I LOVE animal prints, particularly cheetah or leopard and my wardrobe shows it. I enjoyed your table so much and your MC is so pretty. I have told you before how envious I am of all your pieces. Enjoy your family large Thanksgiving but also take notice of your more intimate and special small table setting. Great hopping with you.

  15. Love your walk on the wild side for Thanksgiving! Your animal prints work so well with your MKC Courtly Check and I Iove that Black Tie flatware. As always it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

  16. I loved reading about your memories, Patti, of sipping apple juice from those special glasses. The animal print dishes look so great with your rug! Seeing your first piece of MKC was also a treat.

  17. Patti, I always love seeing all of your pretty MC pieces. Your table looks beautiful! I love roosters and those rooster napkin rings make me smile. I loved reading about your family memories. I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

  18. Oh, how beautiful! I love the iris depression glasses and also the other stemware. They are so pretty! I also enjoy using anything that makes me think of my loved ones. Precious memories, indeed! May God bless you this autumn season!

  19. What a unique way to set the table for two for Thanksgiving! Great mix with your MC bowls and beautiful pink depression goblets. Great fun to blog hop with you.

  20. Wow, your table is a real statement! The mix of the leopard and the MC checks is bold and beautiful. I remember toasting at Thanksgiving with some apple juice as well, fun memories and nice traditions! Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving!๐Ÿงก๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿ—

  21. Thanksgiving is the time to celebrate the blessings of those who love us, and family that has passed on. Thank you for sharing your memories around your grandmother's depression glasses. How sweet it is to carry on the tradition!

    Happy Thanksgiving,