Thanksgiving Décor Using Corn Motif Memorabilia
For a fun and festive theme for Thanksgiving decorating, consider featuring corn. To some, this veggie brings up images of Pilgrims, peace and plenty. These ideas for decorating with corn motif memorabilia will get you started.
Thanksgiving Decorating with Vintage Linens
Vintage table linens in autumn colors or patterns are a good first step for this holiday decorating theme. A crisp, cotton solid gold or green tablecloth from the 1940s or 50s would create a non-detracting backdrop for corn motif table items. Thanksgiving or fall designs on cloths are also available, such as corn, pumpkins, nuts, foliage, or even primitive kitchen utensils, often as a colorful border. Vintage cloth napkins with corn patterns, or in solid colors would work well also.
Thanksgiving Table Decorating with Corn Theme Vintage Postcards and Die cuts
You can create charming nostalgic place cards for your holiday table from copies of vintage postcards. Thanksgiving designs from the early 1900s are readily available. You could make a matching set of cards or make each from a different antique postcard. For example, a turn of the century card offering “Best Wishes for Thanksgiving Day”, and picturing a giant ear of corn. Or another, from the same time period, with an image of a strutting turkey alongside a wagon full of corn, proclaiming “Thanksgiving Greetings”.
Cardboard die cut decorations were popular in earlier times and made in an array of detailed holiday designs. You might choose a vintage Thanksgiving centerpiece featuring colorful corn sheaves and pumpkins. Or another of a Pilgrim couple carrying corn and other bounty.
Thanksgiving Decorating with Vintage Cornhusk Dolls
A fun addition to your holiday table would be a collection of vintage cornhusk dolls. These can be made of authentic corn husk or be a ceramic imitation. You might find and display an older mother with baby figure, decorated with colored husk clothing and real corn silk hair. Or Pilgrim and Indian lad figure dolls carrying tools. A unique addition would be a ceramic napkin holder shaped and patterned like a cornhusk doll, or a figural spoon rest of the same subject.
Thanksgiving Decorating with Corn Pattern Vintage Dinnerware
Some ceramics companies produced corn design dinnerware and dining accessories in past times, and you can use a mixture to decorate your table. Shawnee Pottery of Ohio, in particular, made many dishes, vases, and novelty wares in several corn patterns from the 1930s – 50s. For instance, you might use Shawnee Corn King or Corn Queen yellow and green patterned casseroles, bowls, or plates, each decorated to look like corn. Other companies produced corn patterns as well, such as large USA marked soup tureens or brown and yellow figural corn pitchers and matching mugs. Vintage corn design salt and peppershakers can be found as yellow and green plastic cob shaped, hand painted Japanese ceramic cobs, or even 1950s veggie people with tomato and corn heads and painted clothing.
Corn “boats” would add a special touch to each place setting. These individual serving dishes, made to hold an ear of corn on the cob, are shaped like or decorated with corn images, and may be found made of clear pressed glass, yellow and green ceramic, white glass with colored corn designs etc. Some vintage corn holder dish sets included cob holder handles, small butter knives and brushes, all shaped like the vegetable or having figural handles. If you are serving fresh corn at your holiday meal these will be ideal. Or you might fill them with multi-colored Indian corn for a festive look.