Thanksgiving is upon us, and I like to set the table ahead of time. It lets me know if I need to do any chores, like polish the silverware. Usually I do need to do that. This is the time to get out all the good stuff, the china you don’t use much, the special heirloom silverware, all the special cut glass dishes for serving, and not mind that some things need to be hand washed. It is only a few times a year, and I don’t mind doing that.
Last year I saw these wonderful turkey salad plates in a catalog, and after the holiday scored them on clearance. I was so excited, but had to wait until now to use them. I got them out early in November and have been using them for breakfast and lunch all month. Aren’t they marvelous?
I started with my damask placemats in off white to show off the rust color chargers. Then, white-on-white china plates are added and the turkey salad plates on top. This holiday meal calls for grandmother’s silverplate, rarely used.
I put the Nutmeg Spice color napkins in the Happy Thanksgiving napkin rings, and set them on an angle at the top of the place setting.
Wine glasses are added.
The centerpiece began with the Autumn Jubilee table runner, with my mother’s tall pilgrim couple placed back to back in the middle. I put two candles between them. I usually like to keep the centerpiece low, but I do love these pilgrims and haven’t used them on the holiday table in some time. I think we can look around them since they are in the middle.
Autumn leaf garlands were put around the bottom, and turkeys are put on the ends.
Each end has different turkeys.
Small pumpkins and the turkey salt and pepper shakers are put in the scene.
Another view of the table. The turkey on the bottom right end of the picture is a gravy server. I have wonderful memories of my mother absconding with it the year I bought it. She was having Thanksgiving that year and said she’d wash it first before returning it. I didn’t get it back. Even though it made an appearance at every Thanksgiving, it always managed to go home with her, in spite of my best efforts to keep it. Now it lives with me, and holds lovely memories of holidays past.
I’ll add the individual salt and peppers to the place settings after breakfast, as half of them are on that table right now.
Even though the table is set for Thanksgiving, we won’t be using it until the weekend. We usually spend Thanksgiving day by ourselves to watch parades and football games, and just enjoy the day without any stress. I’ll be having a dinner party on Saturday, inviting a few friends over to an Italian dinner. I’m making lasagne. Everyone is usually tired of turkey by then, but we still like to be grateful for friends too before the weekend is over. It will be cool enough to have a fire in the fireplace for dinner.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!
Are you hosting a dinner, staying in, or going somewhere else for Thanksgiving?