Tuesday, November 8, 2022

Patterns in Blue for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving will be here before you know it — the holiday when we give thanks for all the good things in life. And the best way to celebrate is around a table, sharing traditions, good food and good spirits with family and friends!

 
I truly enjoy setting tables, but especially those for holidays! Although we will be traveling to our daughter's for Thanksgiving, I've still set a Thanksgiving table that we will use the following week.  So the table I've designed is not quite formal, but still elegant. It's based on patterns in blue spiced with copper accents.

Today I'm thrilled to be joining seventeen friends who are sharing their Thanksgiving tables. Organized by Rita of Panoply, the participants' links are provided at the end of this post. You are sure to be inspired by their creativity for setting your own table! 


I started with a damask table runner with a traditional design in shades of blue on white, that I first used on a table for la Fête nationale. I like using table runners to provide pattern and/or color while allowing the beautiful tones of the wood table to shine.

  
The place settings begin with copper charges that my daughter gave me. I love their hammered finish! Embossed white salad plates sit between vintage dinner and bread plates with a pronounced design in navy on a different white base. The silverware we received as wedding gifts is timeless and makes an appearance at most dinners in the dining room.
 
  
On the table runner are two arrangements of pumpkins and acorns on either side of  a vase of faux flowers.


Vintage cobalt blue cut-to-clear crystal is paired with older etched elegant glassware in topaz. 
 
(In cut-to-clear crystal, a layer of colored crystal overlays the clear blank. Cuts are made to the outer layer that extend through the colored overlay into the clear crystal with striking results. I described the difference between depression glass and elegant glass in Mums Lead the Way to Fall.)

  
More shades of blue are found in the navy napkins with stylized florals, and 

  
in the solid cornflower blue linen napkins, which have a lovely texture. The patterned napkins are at four of the place settings; the solid ones are at each end. Both types are held by copper napkin rings that have a matte finish.


Echoing the copper dishware are pumpkins, acorns and berries in shades of orange and gold.


The "vase" is a hammered copper pitcher. I love the swoop of the handle!


Amber votives seem to glow in the sunlight.

  
The morning light was perfect for photos in my dining room.


The overhead angle shows the patterns and shades of blue.


I added pheasant feathers and stems of cotton to the flowers for height and drama.

  
The buffet was treated to a display of pumpkins and acorns to coordinate with the table. Copper pillar candles sit on tall crystal candlesticks.

   
A figural turkey plate was added. Although I have a selection of china I use for fall and Thanksgiving dinners, this is my only turkey plate. Hmmmm . . .


I love the combination of blue and copper or amber!

  
Since they are complementary colors, they are natural partners, pairing copper's warmth with cool blues.
 


 
Candlelight softens the colors.
 
  

Thank you for spending time with me today! You will enjoy exploring wonderful ideas for setting Thanksgiving tables with the stylists below.

Living With Thanksgiving - Thankful and Blessed
Everyday Living - Thanksgiving Traditions
Home is Where the Boat Is - Porch Dining with Plaid & Proud Tom Turkey
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Give Thanks
The Painted Apron - Grateful Gathering
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Time to Give Thanks
Dinner at Eight - Patterns in Blue for Thanksgiving  you are here!
The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Northwoods Thanksgiving
 
 
 
 
 
Table details
Dinner plates, bread plates | 'Blue Danube' made in Japan for New York-based Lipper International  1951-2000
Salad plates | Villeroy & Boch 'Manoir'
Silverware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Napkin rings | Crate & Barrel
Topaz wine goblets | Fostoria ‘Versailles’ 1929-1936
Blue hock wine goblets | two by Imperlux  made in East Germany 1949-1990; four unknown German or Czech same period


  
Shared with 
Vintage Charm     
Fabulous Friday     
Love Your Creativity        
      

46 comments:

  1. OOOH, your stemware is stunning and the lovely flatware also caught my eye! I love how copper reflects the light and adds a sparkle to the table. Enjoy the holiday!

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    1. Thank you, Patti! Copper in fall seems to particularly shine!

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  2. Gorgeous, Sandra! It was the light that immediately drew my attention to these wonderful shades of complementary blues with copper on this table. That overhead shot showing the centerpiece with the place settings is killer! Your entire room is swathed in that beautiful blue that inspires me to keep adding blue to my own decor. It's just so inviting. Your stemware is a perfect pick for elevating all that is already quite an elegant tablescape. Enjoy your Thanksgiving at your daughter's!

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    1. Thanks so much, Rita! I have recently become really enamored of the combo copper with blue. I have varying shades of blue throughout my house, but hadn't used copper much at all. Thank you again for organizing this wonderful group!

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  3. Your dining room is so pretty, and I love the color of your walls! :D They look nice with your linens, and all your oranges truly pop against the blues. I love your copper accents: the pitcher is the perfect vessel for your arrangement, which is also pretty with the cotton and feathers! Your details on your table are all lovely. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you, Ricki! I have to say blue is my favorite color!

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  4. Wow! I love your copper pieces. Pitcher, napkin rings and hammered chargers are stunning. I may have to have some copper chargers. I love it with your blue and white dishes and lovely crystal goblets. Your paisley runner in blue is the perfect pattern to coordinate.
    Sandra, your table is elegant and is beautiful in your lovely room. You have excellent taste.
    Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your daughter.

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    1. Thanks so much, Bonnie, for your generous comments! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  5. Sandra, your centerpiece is wonderful and I especially liked the feathers. It gives it great presence. I'm a big collector of crystal and I found your choices especially lovely. the blue in your goblets is wonderful and pairs so well with the rest of the table setting. Your collection of pumpkins looks great on the sideboard. Happy Thanksgiving!
    Lynne

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    1. Thank you, Lynne! I am particularly drawn to lovely stemware and find the older/vintage/antique pieces so much prettier than most of today's offerings.

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  6. So beautiful Sandra! The copper looks gorgeous in your blue dining room and those cut to clear crystal goblets are a show stopper! Lovely centerpiece with flowers cotton and feathers and your pumpkin arrangements on the runner and sideboard are perfect. Love that turkey plate, it looks great displayed like that! I don't have one turkey plate, how did that ever happen! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks so much, Jenna! I love having turkey for Thanksgiving meals, but I confess I don't find turkeys themselves cute or beautiful. I guess that's why I never indulged in turkey plates LOL. This one though, is pretty.

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  7. Hello Sandra, it looks like you and I were on the same page, copper, blue and orange. Love the overhead shot . Your room looks so lovely with the blue. Your table runner is so pretty with the pumpkins and acorns. The copper chargers really frame the blue and white dinnerware. Candle light is always soothing and adds ambiance. Always a pleasure to join you. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! We do think alike! But then who could resist pairing the two? I love candle light but I'm not so good at taking photos with it. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  8. Sandra, Your table is stunning! I love the copper accents of the charger, napkin rings and pitcher, along with the pop of orange from your pumpkins and pillars to pair with the beautiful blues. The beautiful blue color of walls of your dining room really make your table shine. Gorgeous light playing across your table and walls too. Thank you for the explanation of cut-to-clear crystal too! As always it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving ♥

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    1. Thank you, Mary, for your gracious comments! Pairing autumn's copper with blue was meant to be in the dining room! Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  9. Sandra I am a lover of copper anything...I even have a set of copper cookware that I have NEVER used (because I love it displayed on a vintage, floor, pot holder stand like the one from Downton Abby) I, of course, have the copper mules and pitchers and platters... BUT I do not have the hammered copper chargers like your lovely ones, but I will have to check into them for sure. Your blue walls are stunning and your blue and copper table is cozy and warm. Happy Thanksgiving

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    1. Thanks, Kari! I've only become fascinated with copper in the last few years. Your copper cookware display must be gorgeous! Next on my list are the mules . . .

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  10. Hi Sandra, I love your copper pitcher and chargers set against your blue patterns--gorgeous! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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    1. Thanks, Cecilia! I think copper with blue is irresistible!

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  11. Sandra, your dining room is so beautiful! Your table is just as beautiful with the pretty blue and white china and table runner with coordinating napkins. The copper elements make such a striking combination with the blue. It is always a joy to join you on these hops. I hope that you have a happy Thanksgiving. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! My dining room has been various shades of blue and I think this hue is my favorite so far. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  12. Sandra, the blue and white with the copper is gorgeous - and I love how the cooler colors play off the warm copper! And I love the overhead shot and how your table compliments your buffet and your lovely dining room. Even though you will be having Thanksgiving at your daughter's, your table is a lovely tribute to the holiday. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks so much, Kim, for your lovely comments! The warmth of copper really draws me in, especially when autumn temps drop. I hope you have a happy Thanksgiving!

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  13. Sandra, I love all of the copper elements on your table. Copper brings the warmth of autumn and looks amazing when paired with blue and white dishware. The stemware is stunning and your centerpiece is perfect. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving at your daughter’s home!

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    1. Thank you, Pam! I was very pleased with how the table turned out, but then, you can't go wrong with blue! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  14. Oh Sandra - I'm in LOVE!! The blue & white with the copper! Your napkin rings! The candles on the buffet picking up your colors! It's all fabulous - what an excellent combination! I'm going to run home and try out my blue with my copper - only 4 1/2 hours to go ... ! :) THANKS and Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks so much, Barbara! I'm pleased you enjoyed this so much! Copper and blue together are perfect -- though I might try to find another perfect fit with copper, hmmmm. . . Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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  15. Sandra, your blue and copper table is beautiful!! And looks fabulous set against your blue wall, so your whole dinning room looks stunning and ready for a warm gathering of friends and family for the holidays. I love the place settings complimented with the runner and napkins, all a great mix of classic blue and white patterns that compliment each other. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving 🧡🍗

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    1. Thank you, Ann! I obviously love blue and I love that you can use shades of it in endless combinations! Happy Thanksgiving

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  16. Sandra this is beautiful! I love the blue and white theme! My grandmother used to have dishes like those and I love them, brings back memories! I'd love for you to come link up at my weekly link party! https://www.ourtinynest.com/2022/11/09/weekly-wednesday-link-party-321/

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    1. Thanks, Nicolle! I'm so glad you enjoyed the table! I'll have to stop by the party

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  17. Sandra, what a lovely table in a very elegant room. It is like looking at a photo from a home and garden magazine. The perfect combination of copper and blue is a stunning table choice. And the morning light on your table adds so much warmth and sparkle from your copper and looks so inviting. I enjoy your use of various blue and white patterns in your runner and napkins that complement each other and works with the copper chargers and napkin rings. The floral centerpiece and pumpkins pulls it all together. The turkey plate on your buffet makes for a lovely decor piece with all of your pumpkins. Your guests will feel so at home and special at this table. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Thank you so much for your lovely comments! As far as the photo goes, I had a lot of help from the morning sunshine. I've been going more and more crazy over copper pieces and love using them in the fall. Since I'm also smitten with blue in all its shades, the combo came naturally to me. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  18. Sandra, you have set a very elegant, timeless tablescape. I love the blue and copper paired together. Also the way you have combined the different patterns really makes an impact. The runner is gorgeous and I would be tempted to leave it on my table all the time! The antique plates are lovely. I almost wish they weren't antique as I would love to find some like them! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thank you, Maureen for your sweet comments! I love using table linens and envisioning what I can pair with them. The vintage Blue Danube plates can be found readily at "antique" malls, consignment stores, ebay and Replacements. They were produced over a period of time so their prices are very reasonable.

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  19. Sandra, this may be a duplicate comment as the first one didn't seem to save! But, your table really is classically elegant. Love the way you have mixed and matched the different patterns in the runner, napkins and plates. The hammered copper chargers are gorgeous. I almost wish the blue patterned plates weren't antique, as I would love to find some similar!

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    1. Thanks again, Maureen! Not all blues are ideal partners, but most can be mixed pleasingly. The copper chargers are even prettier in person!

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  20. Sandra, I know how much you love tablescapes, and your talent for pulling them together. I just learned something about the cut-to-clear crystal. My aunt had this same pattern in a cranberry. I always admired its beauty. I do have some etched glasses that I was given many years ago and love how elegant they are! Mixing the colors together really wows me!
    Happy Thanksgiving hugs,






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    1. Thanks, Rachelle! I can get lost in the world of vintage and antique crystal. Some of the piece types are pretty but would look out of place on our modern tables. But the stemware! The colors and designs are beautiful. And they bring unique style to our tables. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  21. That copper paired with the blue is just stunning, Sandra!!! You have tied everything together so nicely and it all feels very cohesive. That pitcher is amazing as well! Thanks so much for sharing at Home Imagined this week!

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    1. Thank you! When you love all the individual things you've chosen for a table, it comes together as if it was meant to.

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  22. I love that you broke tradition and went with more than just orange for your holiday table. The blue is stunning mixed with the other fall colors. This post will be a feature this week. Thanks for sharing it. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thanks so much, Donna, for your comments and for the feature! I love orange in the fall, but sometimes it needs a bit of moderation.

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  23. Your tablescape is beautiful! All the copper touches paired with the blue make everything look outstanding. Thanks for sharing at the Home Matters Party.

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    1. Thank you, Allyson! I'm glad that you enjoyed it.

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