Our Thanksgiving table has a winter theme this year. A couple of white bottle brush trees in milk glass vases join a twig cone tree for a no-fuss centerpiece. Votives warm things up, and a shiney crowned bird adds a little theater. (It's a new purchase from the shop Rue De Lillie that I posted about recently here.)
I have chosen white embossed plates, the Rose Point pattern by Steubenville, with antique transferware salad plates on top. The brown transferware dishes were manufactured before an identifying mark was the standard for china, so without a back stamp I don't know the pattern. I just know I love them. I'm using mixed vintage silverplate flatware. I like a substantial napkin for a feast, and these super soft striped cotton ones from Pottery Barn fit the bill. They also balance out the more delicate linens on the table. (The men like them, and they're perfect for kids.)
Once I choose the place settings, the rest is easy. I don't over think the serving dishes. Most of what I have works together. But I did select these vintage pieces that I found thinfting this year.
I have my two favorite tablecloths here. One under the laid table, and another folded, standing by. Even if the second one never gets used for dessert it looks sensational and adds to the leafy themes happening on the tabletop, and I like the suggestion of a crossover between the fall and winter seasons.
I pulled this tablecloth straight from the dryer and smoothed it out on the table without ironing. It had been covering the dining room table for a while recently and needed freshening. But I had also actually accidentally splattered green ink from a felt pen on it yesterday when I was trying to shake the ink down into the tip. It was a real YIKES moment. I whipped it off within seconds, sprayed it with Resolve, and soaked it immediately and overnight in Oxyclean and COLD water. Success!
I like the suggestion of snowflakes on this pretty napkin covering a cake stand.
A quite old mix and match of ironstone china. . .
I appreciate the literal stock taking that begins at this time of year. The counting of plates and settings. . . . The taking out of the heirlooms. . . . But Thanksgiving is also a natural time of reflection. Of evaluating our position in life. Of gathering family and friends, and taking note of where each one is on a special day. I hope it's a rich Thanksgiving for you!
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