Sunday, November 27, 2016

Thanksgiving 2016


Due to conflicting schedules and obligations, we had a small Thanksgiving dinner for four. Nonetheless the holiday is a celebration and the tablescape reflects its importance. Modern elements play counterpoint to elegant vintage ware.


Our wedding china which I loved then, and still love, takes center stage, with our sterling silverware collected over the years as supporting players.


An 1850's silverplate dome engraved with intricate leaves joins vintage candlesticks and the delightful glass pumpkins I've been collecting recently.

 

 
 

Lovely vintage glassware in hard to find blues echo the color of the china.





Just in case you've forgotten what holiday this is. . .


The buffet continues the Thanksgiving design.



A fabulous antique Japanese obi serves as the base.





I hope your Thanksgiving was full of family and friends.  And good food!



Resources

Dinnerware | Mikasa 'Imperial Lapis'
Silverware | Reed and Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Stemware | Fostoria 'Navarre' 1973-1982 (clear dates from 1936-1982, pink 1973-1978)
Glass bowl | Cambridge 'Caprice'  1936-1953
Salt and pepper set, turkey plate | Fitz & Floyd
Covered pumpkin bowls | Fitz & Floyd, Williams Sonoma, Pier 1 Imports

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Monday, November 21, 2016

Woodland in Georgia

I was unable to prepare a table last week as I had planned to do. Which turned out to be serendipitous since I found these wonderful Spode Woodland plates at the Lakewood 400 Antiques Market today! I couldn't wait to get home and create a tablescape using them.

Fall has truly come to North Georgia at last. Flaming reds and vibrant golds deck the trees against brilliant blue skies. In celebration, I decided to do another autumn table that could easily become this year's Thanksgiving table.


The warmth of the exposed wood table underlies the place settings. A taupe and cream cloth runs down the center of the table, anchoring the serving pieces. In lieu of a centerpiece, an English Victorian silver plate dome dating from the 1850's rests on a contemporary walnut board, awaiting the unveiling of tonight's main course.

   


A covered vegetable bowl received as a wedding gift joins a sparkling crystal bowl bought a few years ago at Waterford's outlet store.



The starring role is held by the Woodland game bird plates in four designs: Red Grouse, Wood Duck, Pheasant and Quail. The charming bird patterns are framed by the British Flowers border which dates back to 1831.  Red Grouse is shown above, the others are below.


 

The dinner plates are stacked upon textured glass chargers, and bracketed by green and clear crystal stemware, napkins of alternating burnt orange and olive green, and sterling flatware that we have been collecting since our wedding.


Running the length of the table are sparkling silver and crystal pieces and enchanting glass pumpkins and acorns in rich autumn colors.

 
 


My favorite bobwhite salt and pepper shakers have joined the game birds. Not to be forgotten, a turkey and pumpkin set are at the other end of the table.



I prefer a beautiful centerpiece and interesting accents on the dining room table, with serving dishes set up in the breakfast room. The husband prefers to serve dinners from the table rather than having a buffet. I think tonight's arrangement was a successful compromise.


 


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Resources

Chargers | Villeroy & Boch
Plates | Woodland 'Spode'
Flatware | Reed and Barton '18th Century'
Clear stemware, crystal bowl | Waterford Marquis
Walnut board | Williams Sonoma
Napkins, acorns | Pier 1 Imports
Napkin Rings | Crate and Barrel

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Russet and Olive

Tired of take-out suppers, we decided on a late Sunday lunch with friends. With the time change and darkness coming sooner, it ended up being more of an early dinner!


I built the table around these watercolor leaf plates that I was smitten with a few months ago and shared in my Casual Fall Setting.





The colors of the tablecloth amplified the russets and olives in the plates, and added golden highlights. Although the paisley design of the the cloth is not iconic for autumn, its colors reflect the scene outside, since leaves are finally changing colors in North Georgia.


The leaves in the centerpiece spill onto the salad plates and are echoed in the napkin rings. Nandina leaves bring a touch of red.





This lovely silverplated bowl has a striking base. It contrasts nicely with both the contemporary salad plates and more traditional dinner plates. The reflective surface scatters light in the center of the table and mirrors the underlying cloth. Three small pumpkins are nestled in the bowl, with magnolia, Japanese maple and nandina leaves from the garden tucked here and there.

 

The olive hues of the wine glasses and napkins bring out the greens in the tablecloth. I particularly like how the ceramic candlesticks repeat both the color and the organic shapes of the natural leaves. The candles, plates and pumpkins replay the off-white background color of the tablecloth.

 



Thank you for coming to dinner at eight!


Resources

Dinner plates | Pier 1 Imports 'Spice Route'
Salad plates | Create & Barrel 'Autumn Foliage'
Flatware | Oneida 'Juilliard'
Napkins | Pier 1 Imports
Napkin rings | Crate & Barrel
Candlesticks | Abrigada Decma Creamware II

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