Here it is November, and my favorite holiday is coming up. I love Thanksgiving more than any other day of the year. I’ll get up early, make coffee, put the egg casserole in the cold oven and start it baking. Then DH and I enjoy breakfast while watching the parades, and start in on football after that. At the right time, the turkey goes in the oven to fill the house with that aroma of Thanksgiving, turkey and dressing. Bubbling gravy on the stove, warm yeast rolls in the little oven, a side dish of spinach or broccoli, and cold jellied cranberry sauce in my grandmother’s cut glass dish complete the meal. Generally we eat at half time of the afternoon game. Of course, a beautiful tablescape is essential for this holiday.
I began my tablescape this year with the Autumn Leaves and Pumpkins quilted runner from last year’s Autumn Jubilee as the base of the tablescape, taking advantage of the vibrant colors. I put it on top of the ecru tablecloth.
The centerpiece was built with the tallest elements first, my pilgrim couple. Inherited from my mother, these statues are tall and heavy, and the most precious of my Thanksgiving decor items. The pilgrims go in different places in our home each year, and this year I decided to put them on the table, flanked by tall rust candles in my Fostoria depression glass holders.
There is so much detail in the faces, hands, clothing, and the items they hold.
This year I left the gathering baskets on their backs empty, but those could hold small bunches of flowers.
Garlands of fall leaves were added next. See the detail in her dress and apron, and the pumpkin and tree branch at his feet?
Then, turkeys from my collection of more than 20 ceramic turkeys were added to one end…
and the other end.
This centerpiece display was taller than I usually like, so larger turkeys from my collection went in the very center, creating a lower spot for diners to see the guests on the other side of the table.
This one is really a cookie jar, and last year sat on the kitchen counter.
Small ceramic pumpkins and smaller ceramic turkeys fill in the open spots, and candle rings were added to the candles.
A new acquisition for this year, I found some turkey place card holders, how fun is this!! I’ll create some place cards with our guests names for them. This year we are having a dinner on Friday instead of the holiday itself.
The nutmeg spice napkins are held with turkey napkin rings that say Happy Thanksgiving, also inherited from my mother.
When my friend, Teresa, told me she had a set of gold flatware, I talked her into letting me borrow it. The warmth of the gold works wonderfully with the plates and copper color chargers.
White china plates go on the chargers, with my fabulous turkey salad plates. These were a Pottery Barn score, I just fell in love with these plates.
I use them for breakfast and lunch during the month of November too. Plates this fun have to be used as much as possible during the one month of the year they come out. The gold rims and the metallic gold in the design pick up the warmth of the gold flatware nicely.
Two gold rimmed wine glasses from a thrift store score last summer are set at the end places, then the other places got pretty cut stems, also thrift store scores. Individual salt and pepper shakers, and crystal knife rests complete the place settings.
These colors make my heart sing at this time of year, mirroring the colors in the trees outside.
I just realized that I didn’t put the bread plates on the place settings, so I’ll add those later. No, I don’t mind one whit about having to wash a lot of dishes, there are only a few times a year that I get to go all out!
I hope it will be cold enough to enjoy a fire in the stone fireplace during the meal. There is room on the four corners of the table on the sides for dishes of food.
One more look at the completed table. What are your plans (or what did you do) for Thanksgiving this year? If you don’t have Thanksgiving in your country, do you have a celebration of Autumn?
Now for more fun and great ideas, I am part of a Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate. Visit all these fun blogs for more wonderful tablescape ideas.