One Last Time

If you are familiar with my tablescapes, you know I like to get a lot of mileage out of centerpieces.  Planning ahead takes a few steps out of preparing a table which is especially helpful for multiple dinner gatherings.

For the last at home dinner before Christmas, a different set of dishes is the major change.  This time they will be the traditional Spode.  They remind me of my mother who started the collection and added to it over the years.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAEven the placemats are in the Spode design.  Not only that, the holly sprigs duplicate the leaves of the trees in the centerpiece.

The holiday flatware is a given as it works with all things Christmasy.

A quick trip to Joann’s provided fabric for some quickly cut and serged napkins that are tucked into Santa napkin rings.  These, too, evoke a memory as they were a gift from a long time friend.

The Spode glasses were perfect, but at the last minute I switched the water glasses for green thumbprint ones.  I wonder if the hubby remembers giving those to me before we were married.

That’s it for one last preChristmas dinner, and I hope you have seen how easy it is to have one centerpiece last through the season and work well with different accessories.  It’s just one of the little ways to avoid stress during a time so many of us find hectic.

Oh, someone asked if the trees got in the way during dinner.  The answer is a simple no because they were moved to the sideboard giving way to the candles and bells that were among them.  Easy enough!

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Tablescape Thursday

So Long Summer!

Labor Day has come to be celebrated by most Americans as the symbolic end of the summer. In high society, Labor Day is (or was) considered the last day of the year when it is fashionable for women to wear white.[7]

In U.S. sports, Labor Day marks the beginning of the NFL and college football seasons. NCAA teams usually play their first games the week before Labor Day, with the NFL traditionally playing their first game the Thursday following Labor Day. The Southern 500 NASCAR auto race was held that day from 1950 to 1983 in Darlington, South Carolina. At Indianapolis, theNational Hot Rod Association hold their finals to the U.S. Nationals drag race.

In the U.S. most school districts that started summer vacation in early to mid-June will resume school near this day (while schools that had summer begin near Memorial Day will have already been in session for about 3 weeks).

Sadly, in Maine Labor Day does mark the end of summer, an all too short season here.  With that in mind, folks make every effort to enjoy what may be the last of summer activity.

 Some will take a final sail on a schooner

or kayak to a favorite spot.

 Some will explore one of the many coastal islands

looking for a special treasure.  

Some will gather with friends for a picnic,

camp in a tranquil spot

while others hike an island or mountain trail.

Some will wait in line for a lobster roll as they travel through Wiscassett. 

Some may just take time to smell the flowers.

Fireworks may light the night sky causing crowds to oooh and ahhh.

 As for me, I’m wearing my white jeans one more time and making sure the black ones are ready for tomorrow.  No matter where you are, here’s hoping you are enjoying your day.  

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Thinking Ahead

Tis the Saturday before Thanksgiving which means it’s time to start getting organized so that it’s possible to enjoy that day with family and friends without being stressed or overloaded with things to do.  Here are just a few things I will be thinking about.

Finding the Southern Living cookbook that has the recipe for the jello salad that only 2 of us really care about.  Hmmm, wonder if I really need a recipe after all these years!

Making a shopping list and checking it twice to be sure all the needed ingredients are listed so that the mister doesn’t have to run to the grocery a dozen times Thanksgiving morning.  Even then, he might have to make a last minute run.

Pulling out the Thanksgiving table stuff in preparation for setting the table, always my favorite thing  and easily done ahead.

Arranging the pumpkins in a slightly different way and, hopefully, adding some new twist to the traditional table.

Keeping everything simple which will translate into a more enjoyable day.

What are you doing to prepare for Thanksgiving?

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