Getting Ready


OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAFor the hubby and me, Thanksgiving is our favorite holiday.  Maybe that’s because it’s the only one where the family still gathers at our house, and each year we hope that all of our small brood will be at the table.

img_8283Most things stay the same from the table setting to the menu. Out come the dryer hose pumpkins that have been a centerpiece mainstay for oh so many years.  

img_8280The trick is to create a little different look each time they appear.  At some point, I may have to start repeating!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

No question the Della Robbia ironstone will come out of the cabinet for its annual appearance.  It is the first set of dishes I bought so they have real sentimental value, and given that only one piece has been broken they are indestructible.  For sure the color way is reminiscent of the 70’s, but for Thanksgiving it is perfect.

Like with the pumpkins, the challenge is to change things up each year, and that is getting harder.  It’s likely that that no one notices whether anything is different,  but for me its’s  what makes setting the table fun.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMost years a little something new is added.  It may be a placemat

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAor glasses or napkin rings.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome months ago I purchased this inexpensive flatware thinking the colors and shape were fun.  It never occurred to me that it would be a great match for the Thanksgiving dishes, but here it is. Carson of Downton Abbey probably wouldn’t approve of the arrangement, but it adds a bit of jauntiness.

The something new this year are the place holders that I recently found in a cute shop in Franklin, Tennessee.  You can bet they will be part of tables to come.


With the table ready, I’d best get thinking about a grocery store list!

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Tablescape Thursday

15 thoughts on “Getting Ready

  1. entertainingwomen November 20, 2016 — 9:42 pm

    The point counterpoint of your contemporary dining table/room, your traditional china, and yes those amazing dryer vent pumpkins makes for an amazing and gorgeous Thanksgiving setting! Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

    1. It’s always a pleasure to have you visit.

  2. I so remember your dryer vent pumpkins…love them!….what a statement they make as they cascade down the table with your beautiful dishes. Love those new place card holders…they are the cutest…and yes, I approve of the “jauntiness” of the silverware placement! May you and your family have a most wonderful Thanksgiving, enjoying your many blessings.

    1. The same wishes for you and yours.

  3. so festive – you’ve outdone yourself

  4. Altho I have no blog of my own, I never miss reading your posts. I love your overall style, your posts when you are in Maine ,your excursions and everything you write abt. Your tablescapes are always imaginative and beautiful. I so enjoy it all! Happy Thanksgiving! Mary in Colorado

  5. …all looks soo beautiful—-have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!!

    1. Thank you and my same wishes for you.

  6. Looks like the perfect size crowd to enjoy Thanksgiving with. Lovely table!

    1. Adults at this table, kids at another is the way it happens.

  7. Linda, I am so glad you will have your small brood with you. Your table is perfect and I like the pilgrims, a perfect addition!

  8. Absolutely beautiful…love the place holders! We have so much to be thankful for…enjoy this special day with your family. Hugs to all!!!!!

  9. What an inviting table. Just the right amount of homeyness and theme. And I would bet that everyone loves the fact that few things change with the table setting…my family always notices if I switch up some sort of tradition that I thought was old and tired. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family and thanks for the lovely posts all year long.

  10. Love your little pilgrims are so cute Linda! Your table looks perfect, and after the cooking classes you’ve recently had everyone will have high expectations! Happy Thanksgiving!

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