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?