I love Thanksgiving, it is my favorite day of the year! We usually don’t have company on the day, but we enjoy extending the holiday through the weekend before getting to the December frenzy. On Saturday, we are having a small dinner party of six, so of course that means a pretty table. I set it up early so I can enjoy it all week.
Place settings begin with the autumn color placemats I use frequently this time of year. I still love the gold flatware with autumn colors so those are used again too. I decided not to use a tablecloth this year so the warm wood and nice lines of our table would show.
I bring out my Thanksgiving turkey napkin rings and place the napkins at an angle so the greeting can be seen by diners. They hold gold napkins.
The knives are on the crystal knife rests that were a gift from a friend some years ago. On a formal table, they really add a bit of elegance and I don’t get to use them often.
The star of the place setting is the salad plate, a big score online on Thanksgiving day a couple of years ago. I fell in love with the turkey and pumpkin design. It is called Heritage Turkey and is no longer produced.
Individual turkey place card holders hold gold cards with an acorn stamp and a name. I find it makes it easier for guests to find a place to sit, plus I can mix up the couples a bit. The individual salt and pepper shakers sit next to them.
The centerpiece began with the Pine Cone Basket that I made last month during Autumn Jubilee. I moved the flowers to the edge, and settled one of my ceramic turkeys on the top, resting on the foam block. Then I filled in the arrangement as needed. Ecru color placemats provide the base for the centerpiece so the colors shine and the details can be seen.
I used candle rings with crackle glass votive holders and another turkey on each end. A few tiny wood pumpkins complete the centerpiece.
The same elements are on the other side for symmetry.
Wine glasses complete the place settings, with the gold trimmed ones on each end.
If it is cold that day, we’ll have a fire in the fireplace during the meal.
All set and ready for a fun evening of good food with good friends.
Are you ready for Thanksgiving?