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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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


  1. Beautiful table set for a Thanksgiving feast. The sparkling silver pieces are so grand, mixed in with crystal. Truly an elegant table. Thanks so much for sharing this beauty at DI&DI. Happy Thanksgiving.

  2. Thank you! I was pleased with the mix. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  3. The Woodland Spode Game Birds salad plates will grace my Thanksgiving table, too this year. I used them to honor my husband, an avid bird hunter. They will rest atop the Spode Delamere dinner plate. Are you familiar with the Delamere pattern? It features the lovely border found on the Woodland pieces but with a plain white center field. Gee, if we we neighbors, we could throw a great big wild game dinner! Your table is lovely. If God looked kindly on coveting, I would covet your wonderful silver dome. Therefore, I'm just thrilled for you to have such a marvelous piece. Using on the wood tray is a great design choice. Thanks for inviting us for a peek. Cherry Kay

    1. I really appreciate your comments, being new to the blogger world. I had seen pictures of the plates before, but I was really blown away when I saw them in person. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you, Carole. Hope your Thanksgiving is wonderful.

  5. The Woodland pattern is high on my list of cravings. I applaud you for finding them and using them right away. Your table is beautiful.

    1. Thank you. They were a spur of the moment purchase from a harried vintage china dealer!

  6. Beautiful table. North GA, even in drought conditions and on fire, has had some beautiful fall color this week!

    1. Thank you. I have been surprised how pretty the colors have been under these conditions! But I do wish we could get some rain!


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