Thanksgiving has just been the two of us for many years now, and we like it this way. We greet the morning with hot coffee and a special breakfast to watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade. Special finger food snacks during the football games, then a holiday meal in the early evening. Setting a pretty table for two helps make the this holiday time special.
I like to challenge myself to use what I already have in new ways, and did again this year. I began with a deep burgundy tablecloth. These turkey plates were a great find a few years ago. This year, I put them on my gold square plates and set those on copper color chargers.
I almost didn’t get the turkey place card holders out of the box. But then I thought, why not? That little extra will make the table just a bit more special for the holiday meal. As you can see, his place card says My Sweet Babboo. Mine says Lead Turkey Cook.
I got out the gold flatware, it goes so well with the warm tones on the table.
The napkin rings are used only in November, and say Happy Thanksgiving with a turkey and a bountiful harvest. They hold gold napkins.
Pumpkin bowls are added, perhaps to hold my new recipe for butternut squash soup. Individual salt and pepper shakers and cut glass water glasses are added to the settings.
Arranging the centerpiece began with my largest ceramic turkey flanked by the very special pilgrim figurines I inherited. They are tall and heavy, and wonderful. My Sweet Babboo held a quilt behind the table for this photo do you could see the arrangement nicely.
I added smaller turkeys and silk autumn leaves to the base.
A closer look at the lady pilgrim, her dress and bowl of vegetables has so much detail.
The pilgrim man holds a pumpkin, again with lovely details in the clothing.
It wouldn’t be a Thanksgiving table without this guy. I bought this turkey gravy server at a darling little store many years ago, and it has a fun story. My birthday is in late November, and my mother and I took a birthday day trip with some friends to shop in a town nearby with a charming outdoor mall of boutiques. It was memorable as we had a limousine to ferry us around that day while we chatted and laughed, and had champagne on the drive home. The special thing about this turkey is my mother stole it after I purchased it, LOL!!! She was hosting Thanksgiving that year, and begged me to let her take it home so we could use it on the holiday table that year. She loved it, and somehow it always ended up at her house after the holiday, no matter who hosted the meal. Even now, years after she passed away, I think of those fun times every year as I get it out of its box.
Also on the table is this pretty turkey bowl I got on our trip to the Tablescapers Dream Store last year.
So there we are. We’ve actually been enjoying this table for a few days now, using it for dinners, having breakfast on the turkey plates and soup in the pumpkin bowls. After all, they only come out this time of year, so using them for lots of meals is fun.
If you’d like a wonderful movie to watch on Thanksgiving weekend, and you have Netflix, see Wish Man. It is a wonderful true story.
Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving! Do you have a memorable story of a Thanksgiving meal or special piece? Do share!