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Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Thanksgiving Table








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!  

Jacqueline



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24 comments:

Deb said...

It's all so beautiful. I love brown transfer-ware, Have a lovely Thanksgiving. Deb

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline. Your tablesetting is just beautiful. I love the shiny little bird against the old fashioned look of your place settings. All so pretty, and I really can't believe that you put the cloth on the table without ironing it. (Just a little joke as I know how much pleasure you get out of ironing).Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and Happy Thursday..Judy

Kathy Moreland said...

Fabulous!!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Beautiful dishes, flatware, and linens. It all looks so soft and homey. Beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, I like the wintery theme of your table. The pretty white embossed plates paired with the brown transferware is exquisite.

Bella said...

Hi J,
A table as lovely as your thoughts :-) Love those snowflake napkins and your tweet new king bird. I will be adding resolve to my laundry cabinet, good save!!
Happy Thanksgiving!
Hugs,
B

Things and Thoughts said...

I like everything! And I like more, this kind of "pureness" of all these materials and shades.
Have a happy week end Jacqueline!

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...

Your table setting is so beautiful Jacqueline. I hope you have a lovely thanksgiving. We don't have that here but it sounds really nice. x

Candy S said...

Beautiful! Your color pallet fits the holiday perfectly. Whites, creams, and the brown transferware, perfection. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.... Candy

lynn said...

just so beautiful! have a lovely thankgiving, jacqueline!

chateau chic said...

Jacqueline, your table looks exquisite!!! Loving your beautiful collection of brown and white transfer ware!
It would be a treat to sit at your perfectly styled table for Thanksgiving.
Mary Alice

Betty W said...

Your table is going to look beautiful.

Celestina Marie said...

Jacqueline your touches will make Thanksgiving so special. Love the sweet bird wearing the crown.
Have a nice weekend and Happy Thanksgiving.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Bente said...

So beautiful. Also love your post from RA shop. Wish I was there.

Have a great weekend

Hugs

Art and Sand said...

Your beautiful possessions never cease to awe me. I think today my favorite is the beautiful flatware.

Pamela Gordon said...

So so pretty! I love all the sweet details, the pretty linens, lovely china etc. It'll soon be here and gone.

SizzleandZoom said...

These are lovely heart-warming images for Thanksgiving but my favorite today is of the adorable tiny bird with the crown that you found at Rue De Lille. I have to visit.

Barbara said...

I have been absent from tablescaping for quite a while but I thought of your pretty things and knew you would have some Thanksgiving inspiration. You so beautifully mix your lovely vintage treasures. Your style is so quietly beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving.

Custom Comforts said...

Lovely linens. They look perfect with your brown transferware.
Cindy

Marilyn said...

Your table is going to be beautiful. I also love brown transferware.

Jeanie said...

Simply elegant. I am a sucker for transferware - yours is beautiful!

Sandi~A Cottage Muse said...

It would be such a treat to sit at your lovely table...I'd had to cover the beautiful plates with food! (That's a great diet idea!)

Pat Cantwell said...

Jacqueline,
I adore the mixture and blending of heirloom china and linens with the new Pottery Barn napkins!!! Your tablescape is exquisite!!!
Have a blessed and Happy Thanksgiving, dear friend!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Sherry Thecharmofhome said...

I love that gravy boat! It has a great shape. Your table is just beautiful. I will have to try Resolve. Have a beautiful Thanksgiving!
Sherry

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