Tuesday, November 7, 2023

A Modern Take on a Traditional Pattern for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a holiday where the table really takes center place. Tradition often guides the selection of table linens, dishes and glassware as well as the recipes that are made and loved year after year. I'd like to show you a way of using traditional tableware as a starting point for a lovely table with modern touches that is both welcoming and festive.

  
I'm happy to be joining a group of stylists who have wonderful ideas to set special Thanksgiving tables! Our blog hop was organized by Rita of Panoply and you'll find links to all the creative tables at the end of this post.

   
I started with china, crystal and silverware that we received as wedding gifts. The patterns are timeless. The china has a rim of mottled blue edged with a band of golden leaves. The silverware has graceful lines with few embellishments. The crystal, shown in photos below, is cut with similarly graceful lines and rimmed in gold. The plates are set upon gold chargers that have swirls of color that mimic brush strokes and raised beads along the edge.


The runner that spans the length of the table is new; it's a textile interpretation of wallpaper designed by William Morris in the 1890's, a perfect choice for a table based in tradition.

   
Napkins in shades of blue are doubled, and clasped with gold napkin rings in a leaf design. I bought these when Greg and I hosted our very first dinner. Unfortunately I've only got six left.

   
Joining the crystal are glass goblets in a green that reminds me of the leaves in my garden — and repeats the greens in the runner.


On the runner I gathered a collection of pumpkins in velvet, joined by tiny glittered pumpkins that brought bright color to the center for a modern touch. Also in seasonal colors are faux berries in the centerpiece and in warm amber votives that I used on the table last week in Setting the Table with Art.

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I added an antique salt cellar with lion heads and feet that's fitted with its original cobalt blue glass insert. For a while I collected salt cellars that add bygone elegance to the table (and show off the pretty colors of artisanal salts). Finding very small spoons that will stay within the salt cellars without tipping over has proven to be an unexpected challenge. I could of course just lay the spoons on the side, but what's the fun in that?

   
In the fall and winter I find candlelight (and candle holders) irresistible. We'll have an afternoon dinner, so it may be dark enough to be able to enjoy the candles. In any case I've used two pairs of contemporary crystal candlesticks and one pair that's ceramic. Staggering candle holders down the table is a very modern way to style them, compared to using traditional candelabra with multiple arms. The ceramic candlesticks are new production using the historical mold that was originally designed in 1920 by Rookwood Pottery. They were a wonderful gift from my sister!


I love the deep oranges, reds and rusts against the cool blues and greens. I think that contrast helps to make the tablescape dynamic.

   
On the buffet pumpkins, berries and flowers in fall colors are arranged on a silver tray, shown in more detail in An Autumn Tray. Be sure to visit that post to see the special additions!
 
   
The profusion of fall's icons down the center speaks to the abundance of the harvest.


I was blessed by beautiful morning sunlight for the photos, something I don't always get in my east-facing dining room.

   
There's a lot going on in the center, but most items are low so as not to impede easy conversation across the table. The candle holders are tall but don't block the view.

   


I'm sure you will be intrigued by the tablescapes listed below and will find the perfect inspiration for your Thanksgiving table!


                Panoply - Harvest of Thanks
                Everyday Living - Gathering With Grateful Hearts
                Hyacinths for the Soul - A Tribute to Tom Turkey
                Home is Where the Boat Is - Giving Thanks Table with Indian Corn Arrangement
                My Thrift Store Addiction - Friendsgiving Charcuterie and Wine Buffet
                Me and My Captain - Thankful, Grateful
                The Painted Apron - Eat, Drink & Be Thankful
                Life and Linda - Autumn Leaves & Pumpkins Please
                The Cat's Whiskerz - Giving Thanks Wherever You Are
                Belle Bleu Interiors - Gather with a Grateful Heart
                From My Carolina Home - Turkey Time Tablescape
                Karins Kottage - Harvest Elegance: Crafting a Thanksgiving Tablescape
                Dinner at Eight - A Modern Take on a Traditional Pattern for Thanksgiving  you are here!
                Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Oh, So Thankful
                Red Cottage Chronicles - Almost Effortless Thanksgiving Tablescape
                The Bookish Dilettante - Thanksgiving Tablescape with Vintage Linens
                The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Simple Fruit and Greenery Tablescape
 
 
Thanks so much for joining me today! I hope you've been inspired to set a traditional table with modern touches.
 


Happy Thanksgiving!

 
 
Table details
Plates | Mikasa 'Imperial Lapis'
Crystal wineglasses | Waterford Marquis 'Hanover Gold'    
Silverware | Reed & Barton 'Eighteenth Century'
Table runner | Williams-Sonoma 'Golden Lilly'
Candlesticks | Rookwood 'Glen Canyon'


Shared with   
Karins Kottage     
Hearth and Soul     
County Road    
Home Matters     
    
 
 

36 comments:

  1. Beautifully coordinated, the elements all work together for a feeling of abundance. Love those green glasses. I am a fan of artisanal salts as well.

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 14, 2023 at 10:20 PM

      Thank you, Carole! I love to set fall tables because abundance goes hand in hand with the themes of harvest and thanksgiving. I think it's fun to use different salts on a table and my guests seem to enjoy seeing and using them.

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  2. I am loving your color combination. So elegant and lovely. All the details are so pretty! So fun to blog hop with you today! Hugs, Karin

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 14, 2023 at 10:27 PM

      Thank you, Karin! I love to use color on my tables, and I often find myself coming back to blue. I so enjoy these blog hops!

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  3. Sandra, I love your contrasting pops of color and pretty velvet pumpkins and it's a pleasure to join you! Blessings, Cecilia

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 14, 2023 at 10:34 PM

      Thanks, Cecilia! I have become smitten with blue and orange combos -- I think they're so invigorating.

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  4. Your table is gorgeous and elegant. The William Morris table runner is so pretty, and it's a classic pattern. I also love the ceramic candleholders. When I first saw them they reminded me of Newcomb pottery. I like the green glassware, but I truly have a thing for salt cellars. Nice touch! Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 14, 2023 at 10:41 PM

      Thanks so much, Ricki! I've always thought the details make the table, but it comes together readily when you start with something as pretty as this runner. Happy Thanksgiving

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  5. Sandra, I always enjoy a visit to your traditional dining room. I love the elegance of your table with your wedding china, crystal, and silver. The table runner is perfect with its its classic pattern. The two pairs of crystal candlesticks are beautifully paired with the ceramic ones. We can never have too much candlelight. It is always a pleasure to sit at one your lovely curated tables. Wishing you a blessed Thanksgiving season!

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 14, 2023 at 10:43 PM

      Thank so much, Pam! I'm always happy when I can use the tableware we selected when we were married. It has graced many, many tables over the years! And it's fun to add more recent finds to it.

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  6. Beautiful Sandra! I love the blue and green paired with the bright colors for contrast! The wallpaper designed table runner is so pretty and I like the way you did the candlesticks, and your new ceramic ones are so attractive. I also love the colorful berries and velvet pumpkins. The salt cellar is so special. I love that you always carry your theme over to the buffet, and this time you were able to use your beautiful Autumn on a Tray! I wish you and your family a very blessed Thanksgiving enjoying this wonderful table!
    Jenna

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 14, 2023 at 11:03 PM

      Jenna, thank you so much for your lovely comments. I love to set fall tables, especially for Thanksgiving, because I get to use all those rich colors. And add lots of details! I was so pleased the ceramic candlesticks were the same style as the runner. Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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  7. Sandra, your table is so lovely. Your china is exquisite. How special to have it as wedding gifts. Love the textures and colors. The blues are so striking. Great mind think alike. Velvet pumpkins are always so elegant. Gota love that William Morris table runner. Candlelight is so romantic and a must for those dark winter days coming. A pleasure hopping along with you.

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 15, 2023 at 7:58 PM

      Thanks so much, Linda! We were very lucky to receive the china place settings for our wedding and have added to the set over the years. I really enjoy using it for dinner parties. Of course I chose blue! I started collecting crystal candlesticks when there was a fabulous store at an outlet mall not far from us and love setting the table with them. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  8. Ever the traditionalist you did not disappoint Sandra.I always look forward to your tables because I am a traditionalist in my own right. I may sway this way or that but always end up right back in my familiar and comfy territory. Your candlesticks are perfect together and with daylight savings time upon us, there is something special about soft candlelight and dinner. Your colors are wonderful through the pumpkins, berries and wallpaper design table runner. The salt cellar is lovely and I hear you on finding the correct little spoons. I also like to use a knife rest in crystal but haven't gotten them out for quite some time now. Happy Thanksgiving and Blessings to you and yours.

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 16, 2023 at 7:44 PM

      Thank you, Kari! I think all the details that you find in salt cellars, S&P shakers, candlesticks and things like that add so much to the experience of dining. I love using them and I love finding them wherever I can. I'm glad to see that some contemporary designers are beginning to offer similar types of things.

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  9. Sandra, what a refreshing take on Thanksgiving. I love your modern interpretation. What immediately caught my eye is your table runner and the complementary orange pumpkins that run down your centerpiece on your table. Stunning! You are so right when you said the orange colors play off on the blues and greens. I absolutely love your table runner. It really sets the whole modern theme and adds to such a classic plate stack. Such a lovely wedding gift and certainly the dinnerware is timeless. Your use of green stemware adds even more interest. Such lovely colors and patterns. Such an elegant tablescape for this blessing holiday. Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 16, 2023 at 8:25 PM

      Thanks so much! I have been on quite a blue streak lately and was excited to use it for Thanksgiving. Orange is a natural in the fall and I can't resist using it in various shades, whether for pumpkins, leaves or berries!

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  10. Sandra, your table is full of elegance and classic touches. Well done! I love the rich colors, the beautiful linens, and the lovely plate stack with the green stemware. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 16, 2023 at 8:33 PM

      Thank you, Sarah! I especially like setting holiday tables because it's the perfect reason to take the extra steps to design a memorable experience. Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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  11. Sandra, I always love coming to your dining room to see your tablescapes. The room itself is such a beautiful color of blue, and the white trim really makes the entire room pop. Your wedding china is a timelessly beautiful choice. That William Morris table runner is so classy looking, and I love the Rookwood design on those reproduced candlesticks! I can imagine the nice glow of the candles burning over the late afternoon dinner. The centerpiece assembly is very seasonally inspiring. Thank you for being a part of this tablescape hop and bringing your classic style and talent for our readers. Happy Thanksgiving season!

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 16, 2023 at 8:43 PM

      Rita, thank you for your lovely comments. Though I enjoyed and commented on everyone's table in the hop, I'm a bit late thanking those who've commented on mine. I tend to collect blue table items (no surprise there!) starting with the china we selected. I'm so glad I chose a pattern that I've been able to use ever since. Once I had the table runner I knew I had complimentary things to use. Thanks again for inviting me to the hop and have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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  12. Sandra, Every time I visit and see that handsome wall color, I have the urge to paint a room blue! Your table is gorgeous as well as classic and perfect for any men dining at the table, as it’s not too fussy or feminine. I’m intrigued by ceramic candlesticks using the historical mold, what a great way to enjoy new, while celebrating the old. As always, it’s a treat to have a virtual seat at your table. Wishing you a wonderful season of Thanksgiving! ๐Ÿฆƒ

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 16, 2023 at 9:31 PM

      Thanks so much, Mary, for your lovely comments! I had not thought about the masculine tones of my table but I'm glad that all who come to it will feel welcome. Rookwood Pottery was founded in 1880 and employed wonderful artists and craftsmen who created all types of pottery, including vases, candlesticks and wall tiles. I've always loved their designs and I'm glad that they are producing them again. Have a happy Thanksgiving!

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  13. Sandra, your Thanksgiving table is a feast for the eyes. The table runner is stunning and looks so lovely paired with the candlesticks, pumpkins, and berries. Each place setting is so elegant and welcoming. Your entire table is absolutely gorgeous. I always love seeing your beautiful dining room. That blue wall color is so stunning. I hope that you have a blessed and happy Thanksgiving. Shannon@Belle Bleu Interiors

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 16, 2023 at 9:36 PM

      Thank you, Shannon! Once I saw the table runner, I knew I had to bring it home and immediately started thinking of what might go with it. Of course, being blue helped! I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Happy Thanksgiving

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  14. Sandra, your table is beautiful! I loved that you used your wedding china, crystal, and flatware for that traditional look with that gorgeous table runner that makes me want to find the original wallpaper and wallpaper a room lol. I love all the wonderful colors in the pumpkins and berries down the center and the candles and candleholders are lovely. It was a pleasure hopping with you and wishing you and your family a warm, wonderful Thanksgiving!

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 16, 2023 at 9:45 PM

      Thank you, Kim! You're in luck! There's several companies that are selling wallpaper based on the original designs. Just google "William Morris wallpaper" (no affiliation on my part). I think it would be wonderful! I love using our wedding gifts and think it's a shame that so many young couples don't want pretty tableware that will be theirs to share for a long time. Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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  15. Sandra, you have set such a pretty table here. Your wedding china is beautiful and timeless. (Something, I regret- I chose a trendy casual setting that went out of style and I gave it away years ago). The gorgeous runner with all your crystal and candlesticks looks fabulous! I hope you have a very happy Thanksgiving ๐Ÿฆƒ๐Ÿฝ๐Ÿงก

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 16, 2023 at 9:50 PM

      Thanks, Ann! I've always been glad that we chose china that we really liked, influenced by my mother using "the good stuff" for every special dinner she hosted, and by my husband's grandmother who very much followed Southern traditions regarding setting tables. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  16. Sandra, your colours are so warm and inviting. There is nothing quite as calming as dinner with candles aglow! I especially love the crystal candle sticks. Classic! Your runner is really eye catching and works perfectly as a backdrop to your beautiful china and stemware! Happy Thanksgiving :)

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 16, 2023 at 10:11 PM

      Thank you, Maureen! Candlelight does impart a special atmosphere for dinner so I'm always happy to add it to holiday tables. I just knew I had to use the table runner for this! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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  17. Sandra, your table is beautiful. We loved it so much at The Crazy Little Love Birds link party #13. I'm happy to announce that your post will be featured at the party tomorrow. The party starts at 9 a.m. MST this Friday. I hope you will join us again! :)
    -Stephanie
    https://crazylittlelovebirds.blogspot.com/

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 16, 2023 at 10:29 PM

      Thanks, Stephanie, you've made my day! I 'm so glad you enjoyed my table.

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  18. Very beautiful design! Thank you for sharing at Tell It To Me Tuesday, I hope to see you again this week!

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    1. Sandra @ Dinner at EightNovember 21, 2023 at 3:09 PM

      Thank you! I was very pleased with the way it all came together.

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