After writing about traditions, it occurred to me that it might be time to introduce the next generation to some of the preparation.    What fun it was to spend the afternoon with a 9 and 7 year old making dressing and setting the table.  Oh, and let us not forget the jello salad which the girls informed me they can’t eat because it has artificial flavoring and food coloring.   The lessons we do learn from the youngsters!

The pumpkins are once again the focal point of the table, this time arranged on an April Cornell tablecloth folded to look like a runner.

The dishes are Della Robia and only come out at Thanksgiving.  You’d think they would have disappeared in the kitchen remodeling, but they were the first dishes I ever bought and have sentimental value.  Who knows, one of the young ones may want them some day!

There weren’t enough placements so the girls had the idea to use the orange napkins in their stead and alternate two different napkins on the plates.

They decided to place the silver in the napkins and tie it with the same ribbon used with the pumpkins. The wheat stems were from a Thanksgiving past, but hey, they work just fine here.

What I like best is the birthday candles in the little turkeys which are supposed to have slender tapers.  Ingenious, huhn?

The turkey is repeated in the placecards from Crate & Barrel. These were this year’s new touch.

Good job, girls.  All of us will enjoy the tablescape even more because you did it.

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12 thoughts on “Passing the Torch

  1. OH, this just warmed my heart. My Aunt was single her whole life and put on the Christmas Eve dinner all by herself every year until she was in her 80s. When we girl cousins got old enough we were allowed to come up to her 2 bedroom apartment in the city and help (only one was allowed at a time). It was such a special treat to help set up the 3-4 tables for 35 people in such a small place. She had a huge collection of beautiful things. I will never forget the priviledge it was. I am so glad you are giving these girls that priviledge. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  2. What wonderful memories you have given those lovely girls. This will truly be a memory that all will cherish and the foundation on which they will base their thanksgivings. I love your dishes, Della Robia, even the name is wonderful. The girls did a fabulous job with your table. It’s absolutely lovely.

  3. The best part was the actually ‘doing’ of it with the girls. How fun. They are lucky to have such a fun, creative LuLu. Happy Thanksgiving!
    P.S. Never mind the jello—-at our house we can’t eat the turkey, stuffing, and gravy!

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