Sunday, November 28, 2010

Thanksgiving 2010

I have so many things for which I am thankful.  I humbly feel that my life has been blessed in more ways that I could ever count. 

While I like to use my 'special' things as often as I get a chance, this year as had 9 family members which includes my sweet and special 21 months old granddaughter.   I wanted to pull out as many stops as possible without making everyone too uncomfortable!!

How could anyone be uncomfortable with a high chair in the mix.

The china is Syracus Nimbus Platinum that I have been collecting for years.  I love the simplicity, the ivory color and the silver colored rim.  I used to think  I had to stay away from gold rimmed china because of using sterling flatware.

The napkin rings and chargers were at Walmart last year after the holiday and were on sale.  I opted for these instead of silver chargers for the afternoon dinner so it would be a little less formal.

The sterling is the Francis 1 pattern from Reed and Barton I splurged on when they had their 100 anniversary of the pattern in 2006 and I continue to add to it when I can.

The stemware was given to me by my wonderful Mother-in-Law and is Fostoria's Mulberry pattern.  It's not as ornate as many vintage Fostoria patterns and I just love it.  It's the pattern she picked when she married.  I believe this pattern is cut rather than etched.

I also used some of the Fostoria Meadow Rose serving pieces that she has given me over the years as Meadow Rose was her Mother's pattern.

The tablecloth and napkins came from Kohls a few years.  They have carried this pattern for a couple of years, which is good, because thankfully, I have been able to add to it.

I don't usually use place cards, but I couldn't resist the little turkey holders from Marshall's.

And of course, I am centerpiece challenged so there is not really a centerpiece -- more room for food.

It was a wonderfully traditional dinner, even it it was on Saturday rather than Thursday. 

Thanks for visiting.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Another November Setting

Although this isn't for Thanksgiving it is for November so I thought I'd join Susan and Between Naps on the Porch for her 117th Tablescape Thursday.  She is having a terrific giveaway from Mikasa to be sure to check it out.

I liked the vintage tablecloth and the Sango china so much I just made a few little changes and kept using the basic set up for the last week.

I love this amber etched glassware from Pier One -- but it is extremely fragile and I've broken most of them!

Can remember where I got these napkins, or the napkin rings.  I'm always looking for a setting for these napkins, but I only have four of them.

The colors in this tablecloth are so nice and so different that most of my other cloths.

And we're down from 6 to four for this setting.

Next is Thanksgiving (which we are having on Saturday the 27th.  So I have some time to work on the table and the food.  And I spent yesterday cleaning the silver so I'll be all ready.

Thanks for visiting.

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Ah November already

Here we are hitting the Holiday Season in full force.  I have flipped the house from Halloween to Thanksgiving.  I got inspired to set the table for six today to practice for "the dinner".  Guess I should plan dinner (I'm thinking meatloaf)-- or not!

I used a vintage tablecloth (inspired by The Little Round Table);
the little leave things are supposed to be place card holders that you stick in a pumpkin;
the dishes are Chateau pattern from Sango;
just plain wine and water glasses; and,
Francis 1 which will get a lot of use in the next weeks.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

A Halloween Birthday

It seems like forever since I've joined Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for her Tablescape Thursday.  There are some of the most terrific settings listed.  I never cease to be amazed and surprised.

 It was a Halloween Birthday.   Was kind of funny, once I got the table set I thought about the fact that is wasn't very festive - black and orange,  but it WAS Halloween after all!  Nothing too fancy, but lots of fun.

Yes, the tablecloth is supposed to be 102" long but I think it shrunk!!  Don't tell anyone.

Dishes are my everyday Pfaltzgraph, flatware is Reed & Barton's Francis 1, tablecloth and napkins are probably from Ross or Marshall, I can't remember.  Glasses are old.  Large gord candles are from Pottery Barn several years ago.