Thursday, November 21, 2019

Grateful Harvest

Autumn is a season of harvests and of celebrations. And at the end of November here in the States we gather with family and friends for a holiday centered on gratitude. Thanksgiving is a special holiday, my favorite holiday! I focus on setting a table that is both welcoming and festive, comfortable tinged with sophistication.


Greg recently returned from Israel where he had been on business, bringing with him this gorgeous table runner. It was hand-woven in Jerusalem's Armenian Quarter and has a luxurious weight. I laid it directly on the table so that it would really stand out against the beautiful wood tones.


The depth of color in the runner was a perfect counterpoint for the dishes I chose. The chargers are burnished gold, with a beaded edge that adds a different type of texture.


Next come white dinner plates rimmed in gold. They're topped with fall-themed salad plates that have deep vibrant color and are aptly named "Harvest".


There are four designs on the plates that I purchased last year in the post-holiday sales.


They remind me of Old Master still-life paintings!


Four framed panels in blue, green and red are set on a primarily green background with tiny vines and flowers. Sparkling gold threads are woven throughout. Green and gold became the colors I would repeat in other elements on the table.


I used cut crystal stemware rimmed with gold, paired with one of my favorite antique mall finds. High and low pairings are one of the most effective ways to bring interest and individuality to tablescapes.


Figural salt and pepper shakers are a fun way to set a table apart and they tend to be inexpensive. These are the only "Thanksgiving" elements on the table and change it subtly from a fall table to a Thanksgiving table.


This pretty set on the opposite corner matches the salad plates. I also used them for Autumn Arrives with Color.


I loved how the sun played on the table and around the room.


Along the runner I placed a number of pumpkins in several colors. It was as though the pumpkins in the plates had become three-dimensional! I also added faux berries in an orangey-red.


My wedding sterling sits atop casual cloth napkins in a green deeper than the runner.


I've updated the vignette on the buffet with a colorful turkey plate.





Greg's unexpected gift has provided a beautiful base to build a grateful harvest table!


Thank you for visiting!



Table resources
Salad plates | Williams-Sonoma 'Harvest Pumpkin'
Crystal stemware | Waterford Marquis 'Hanover Gold'
Flatware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Figural salt & pepper set | Fitz & Floyd




24 comments:

  1. What a beautiful table!!! That runner is just GORGEOUS!! Your husband has excellent taste! Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!!

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    1. Thank you, Tess! I have to agree he has wonderful taste. So glad you stopped by!

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  2. Sandra,
    What a beautiful tablescape!! Thanks so much for stopping by!
    Happy Thanksgiving!!
    Hugs,
    Debbie

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    1. Thanks, Debbie! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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  3. What a lovely gift - and a beautiful table Sandra! Those plates are amazing too - I know your guests will feel pampered! :) Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! He finds the most amazing things on his overseas trips. I fell hard for the plates when I first saw them.

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  4. Sandra, the table runner is exquisite and a wonderful gift from your hubby! I also have the WS harvest salad plates and I love their dramatic touch on a table. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks, Pam! I wish you could see the runner in person -- my pics don't do it justice. I am amazed how much depth the plates have! I'm coming over to your blog to check yours out.

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  5. Oh, that table runner is stunning, Sandra! I've been looking for something like it for your Advent table at church, but haven't been able to find anything. That will work for both holidays this season!

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    1. Thank you, Julie. I wish you could see it in person -- it's even more stunning! Sorry I'm late responding; we had internet issues when we were in New Mexico.

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  6. You have used such rich and beautiful colors! Love this tablescape!

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    1. Thanks so much, Amber! I'm so taken by these deep colors. Sorry I'm late responding; we had internet issues when we were in New Mexico.

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  7. An a absolutely exquisite table, and your new runner is the "piece de resistance"! What a wonderful present!
    Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

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    1. Thanks so much, Rosie! I was truly surprised by the gorgeous gift and couldn't wait to use it! Thanks for visiting

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  8. That is a gorgeous runner, and I love how your table elements compliment each other. It's beautiful! Thank you for sharing. I'm visiting from the Embracing Home and Family linkup today. Have a great weekend Sandra!

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    1. Thank you, Marielle! It's so fun to design a table with something new and as intricate as this runner is. Can't wait to set another table with it! I'm glad you stopped by

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  9. That table runner is STUNNING and those black pumpkin plates are amazing also. Great finds for your Thanksgiving tablescape!

    Thanks for linking up with us on our Embracing Home and Family link up party!

    -Cherelle

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    1. Thanks, Cherelle, I'm so glad you liked them! I've been happy to join the party each week.

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  10. Beautiful table Sandra. I adore the black pumpkin plates. They really pop! Wishing you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving. I am happy to feature your beautiful table on Sunday at Love Your Creativity.

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    1. Linda, thanks so much for featuring my table today! I'm honored to be included in such an inspiring group! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. A beautiful table in every detail, starting from the gorgeous plates, runner, and great accessories. I love that turkey plate in the stand with the tea set ! I agree with you, I adore Fall decor, tables and Thanksgiving better than anything else.
    Happy Thanksgiving dear friend.
    Fabby

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    1. Thank you, Fabby! I love how all the decor comes together just right. The detail on the turkey plate is amazing, isn't it? Fall is such a beautiful time of year. Happy Thanksgiving! Take care

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