Thursday, November 19, 2020

A Thanksgiving Table for Four

Thanksgiving has always been my favorite holiday. To me there's nothing better than gathering with family and friends, sharing stories and laughter, and celebrating with wonderful food created with well-loved recipes.


This year it will be different. There will only be three, perhaps four, of us. But there will still be much to be thankful for. And much to celebrate!
 
 
I've set the table in the dining room, using lovely china, gorgeous crystal and gleaming silver.


I designed the table in a top/down approach, starting with ceramic pumpkin soup bowls. I have six in total, each of which is slightly different, collected over a couple of years from several manufacturers.  





Down the center of the table runs a bronzed magnolia leaf garland that has a metallic sheen brushed on part of each leaf. I have had this garland for a long time and realized I hadn't used in in quite a while. I've added amber votives and more of the acorns I shared in my post on fall vignettes.


My daughter gave me this wonderful salt and pepper shaker set. It has the seal of approval from our black lab, Jake, although I've never gotten him to agree to carry anything for me!


On the opposite corner sits another set of salt and pepper shakers that repeats the autumn theme. For more formal dinners such as this I like to provide multiple shakers for family and guests. 


Continuing the pumpkin theme from several vignettes in our house, I've included several glass pumpkins in the centerpiece. They'll prettily reflect the light from the candles and are low enough to easily converse across. Napkin rings of gold-colored leaves reflect the view through the windows and work well with the garland.


I chose a large-patterned tablecloth in a chalky grayish brown for the base. I think it enhances the brown design on the rim of the plates. The soup bowls are temporarily concealing the scenes in the center of the salad and dinner plates. The salad plates were featured in A November Birthday and the dinner plates in Autumn Colors. The neutral plates (or at least what we see of them!) allows the focus to be on the colorful pumpkins and acorns.


The buffet shares the same pumpkin/acorn theme as the table. For thanksgiving, the pumpkins under the dome will be replaced by a pumpkin pie.


The only thing 'new' for this table are the vintage candle holders set at each end of the garland. 'New' because they were recently acquired from a friend who is an antiques dealer. I love their organic Art Nouveau style, although they probably aren't nearly that old. As my husband points out, they could use a good polish!


I'm still excited to set my tables with the crystal and silverware we received as wedding gifts. Not only are they beautiful, but they remind me of those who gave them to us.


This is the first set of photos I've taken with the new camera. I think I've got a few tricks to master!




Thank you so much for sharing my Thanksgiving table. I really appreciate that you visit my posts and leave your comments.


I hope that all is well with you and that you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!


Table resources
Plates | Spode 'Woodland'
Crystal stemware | Waterford Marquis 'Hanover Gold'
Silverware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Labrador salt/pepper shakers | Ballard Designs
Acorn salt/pepper shakers | Pottery Barn

 
   
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27 comments:

  1. Sandra this is beautiful! I love everything you've done here, and your guests are going to love it too! It's so fun to remember the friends who gave you your lovely crystal, and I think you're doing great with the new camera! ;) I might steal your golden garland idea - it's so gorgeous! Hope you have a great week!

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    1. Thank you, Barbara! I'd be honored to see a golden garland on one of your tables! And you're too kind about the camera -- I should have practiced before I did the table, lol.

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  2. Exquisite table!Love those gorgeous pumpkins!Everything is so beautiful...Stunning vintage candle holders!Hugs!

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    1. Thanks so much, Maristella, I've gone a little crazy with the pumpkins this year! The candle holders are so awesome! Take care

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  3. Beautiful table. I love what you have done here :)

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    1. Thanks for such a sweet comment, Claire! Thanks for visiting

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  4. Such a beautiful table set up ! We'd love for you to share your post with us at Meraki Link Party at https://doodlebuddies.net/2020/11/23/meraki-link-party-15/
    The party is from Monday thru till Thursday - every week.
    Naush

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    1. Thank you! I'll pay a visit to the party soon

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  5. Your table is gorgeous Sandra! I love the magnolia centerpiece and I love the different pumpkin soup bowls. I always think a table is much more interesting if everything isn't perfectly matched. It will be a strange Thanksgiving at our house too. But like you...I have so much to be thankful for. I hope you have a wonderful holiday! Stay safe!

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    1. Thanks so much, Denise! I like mixing in different items as long as the base is consistent. Have a peaceful, lovely Thanksgiving however you celebrate!

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  6. Your table and dining room look lovely Sandra, I hope you have a joyful day!!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you Jenna! We will celebrate the many things we are thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving

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  7. Your Thanksgiving table setting is beautiful! My favorite is your vintage candle holder set ~ gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you, Allyson! I was blown away by the candle holders - I'd never seen any like them before. Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. I love all those pumpkins, so fun. I especially love the soft greyish-brown one that perfectly accents the acorns!
    Lovely!

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    1. Thanks so much! I've gone a bit pumpkin-crazy but I love the result. Thanks for visiting!

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  9. So pretty! I love those plates! Thank you for sharing with us at Embracing Home and Family!

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    1. Thank you, Jenn! I'm smitten with the plates too!

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  10. Beautiful table! I love your centerpiece garland and the silver candelabra. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks, Joy! I've not seen any candelabra as unique as these. The garland has graced many a fall table, and an occasional Christmas one too!

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  11. Your table setting is beautiful. We too will be having dinner for four this year, and you have provided so much inspiration on how to make it special.

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    1. Thank you, Leslie! I love sharing ideas for pretty tables and I'm glad some of mine resonated with you!

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  12. The table setting is just lovely. You and your guest will so enjoy the time together around this pretty table. Thanks for linking up every week and sharing. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thanks, Donna! I really think that setting a welcoming table sets the groundwork for a day/evening well spent!

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  13. Love your beautiful fall treasures and tablescape! I am happy to feature you at TFT this week:
    https://followtheyellowbrickhome.com/thanksgiving-inspiration-at-thursday-favorite-things/
    Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, Amber! And thank you for including my post among your features. Have a great weekend

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  14. Beautiful table Sandra. I love using pumpkin soup tureens. Yours are darling. The centerpiece is lovely with acorns.Such a pretty plate stack. Even your buffet is dressed beautifully. I am happy to feature your beautiful table at Love Your Creativity. Happy Thanksgiving.

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