Everyday Tables

These days there are few family gatherings at our house as daughters have moved on and have their own family and traditions. When it comes to Thanksgiving, however, all of us do gather here as it is the one holiday the hubby and I still claim. Wishing to continue what has become tradition, most things do not change, not the menu or the table setting.

It wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Della Robbia dishes and dryer hose pumpkins. As you might guess from the colors, the dishes are very dated, but they are perfect for turkey and dressing. Though rarely used, I can’t bear to get rid of them or the pumpkins. Don’t tell the girls or the grandchildren, but I hope one of them will keep these pieces for use on his/her own table when the time comes.

Over the years, the Thanksgiving table has taken on a number of looks.

No matter how they are arranged, the dryer hose pumpkins are always the focal point.

When you are using the same things year after year, it’s a challenge to come up with a new twist. Sometimes tieing a napkin a different way or finding an inexpensive flatware for additional touches of color is about as creative as it gets.

No matter how the table is done, what is important is the the time we spend together enjoying each others company and sharing groans after having eaten way too much.

For the upcoming gathering, the table is still a work in progress. What I do know is that the brownnosed swan neck gourd and the pumpkins and gourds that were lugged from Maine are going to be in the mix. Too, my thought is to use this beautiful handwoven cloth from Morocco to add a little sparkle.

Enough said. Now it’s time to play around with all the stuff and see what happens. How about you? Have you got your table all ready for the big day?


Tablescape Thursday

10 thoughts on “Everyday Tables

  1. No matter what…. when family gathers around the table… it will be perfect!

  2. It will be nice if someone from the family claims the traditional Thanksgiving day dishes. I’m impressed again by those dryer vent pumpkins. 🙂 T-day will not be at our bungalow but we will have a traditional T-day meal here on Saturday. I won’t set the table till then since with overnight guests we will use that same table for breakfasts, etc.

  3. I always remember you Della Robia and think it is perfect for Thanksgiving. I know you are looking forward to your beautiful family sitting around your table. Happy Thanksgiving!

  4. I associate Della Robia with you and remember your Thanksgiving tables over the years using it as well as the dryer hose pumpkins. And as we discussed my MIL had Della Robia also and I remember many meals at her table.
    I like your different looks and enjoyed the recap. It looks fresh and fun with the checked napkin tied with raffia embellished with wheat and the different check runner along with colorful flatware.
    The Moroccan runner highlights your gourds from Maine. I look forward to seeing what you come up with this year,

    1. As always, the table will be the same with a couple of differences. It’s not easy coming up with new looks for the same ole things. Enjoy Thanksgiving. I am grateful for your loyal presence.

  5. Beautiful table setting, Lulu. I can just see all the scrumptious dishes and the beautifully roasted turkey on the table, surrounded by your lovely family. Your pictures inspire me to want to decorate our Thanksgiving table, even if just for my husband and me. 🙂

    1. How nice to hear from you. It has been a long time.

      1. Good to hear from you too. Yes, it has been a long time… I’ve been living the “rat race” life and unfortunately it took away most of my meaningful time. I finally quit the rat race and reclaimed my life. 🙂

      2. That sounds like a place to start!

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