Thursday, November 29, 2018

Setting the Table for a November Birthday

Do you find yourself in a situation like mine, where there are a number of special birthdays clustered around the fall and winter holidays? We celebrate birthdays from the last of days of November until the first week of January. For each of them I try to set a table that says 'here's a special day' but downplays -- or better yet doesn't include -- holiday trimmings.


Thursday, November 15, 2018

Elegance and Candlelight for Thanksgiving

If your house is like ours, Thanksgiving dinner is not quite like any other dinner. Family and friends are contacted in October (or September if an overnight -- or weekend -- stay is included!) for a festive gathering. The menu is set years in advance and food shopping and preparation is a group effort.

Thanksgiving has been my favorite holiday since I can remember, partly because of all the anticipation! I love to set the table with crystal and silver that will gleam in candlelight.

Unlike the menu, the look of our table changes each year. I love to add special touches that underline the joy of family and friends joining us to be mindful of all the good things in our lives.

I've used the dinnerware we received as wedding gifts, some from the very folks who will be gathering this holiday.

I was excited to use a patterned linen tablecloth and napkins I bought several months ago. I have always had a soft spot for beautiful table linens! These impart a cozy, bountiful feel for the table.

Glass pumpkins and oversized acorns continue the feeling of bounty in the center, supported here and there with magnolia leaves from the front yard.

Votive candleholders in warm amber and tiny glittered pumpkins add sparkle to the center. To catch the light I also used glass table scatter in tones of green, gold, orange and brown.

Glittery bronze balls that are actually ornaments add interest.

I set the table on a sunny morning and was enchanted with the play of light.

I like to decorate the buffet to coordinate with the table. Here I've used elements from the centerpiece and faux chrysanthemums that you may remember from Blue and Copper for Effortless Style.

Setting an elegant table can be easily done -- after all it's no more difficult to place a cherished bone china plate on the table than it is to use one that doesn't mean anything to you.

The silver tea and coffee set was one of the first antiques that G and I bought together after we were married.

Finally I could light the candles!

There is something special about a dinner lit by candles.





Thank you for joining us this Thanksgiving!

Table Resources
China | Mikasa 'Imperial Lapis'
Stemware | Marquis by Waterford 'Hanover Gold'
Flatware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'

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Thursday, November 1, 2018

Autumn Vignettes

I know that many of you regularly create lovely vignettes throughout your homes to celebrate the seasons, holidays or special occasions. I don't usually, generally being content to savor the way mantles or tabletops look for longer periods. But I came down with bronchitis this weekend -- so I gave up on my planned tablescape and created two autumn themed vignettes instead. Easier and quicker since I had already retrieved the box of pumpkins from downstairs.

In the foyer I placed the script runner with embroidered flowers that I recently used in this tablescape on the chest from France. I like that the embroidery repeats colors found in the tapestry hanging behind the chest.

A Tang-style ceramic horse also has the deep colors of autumn.

Ivory and white faux flowers are joined by two orange-brushed Birds of Paradise in an arrangement that often sits here in the cooler months.
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Pumpkins are joined by hefty acorns.

I then added pumpkins and magnolia leaves to the mantle. I've loved the look of the stacked stone since we built the house. But the mantle is tough to style. It sits about head-high and the stone is uneven. Several items have tumbled off through the years, including a Christmas stocking holder onto the head of then 6-year-old Miss J.

The chrysanthemums from Blue and Copper for Effortless Style bracket the simple vignette. The leaning picture of an egret has watched over the family room for a number of years.

xx


A touch of autumn brought inside for November.


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