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Saturday, November 23, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving


and... I'm back...

Time has been doing weird things lately... I've been trying to explain it you for the last 30 minutes but just can't seem to express the randomness of time flying by, feeling normal or standing still.

I got the table done last weekend but didn't get the pictures done until a week later.

Instead of individual place settings, I just sort of gathered everything on the table mostly because I wanted to show off the new turkey plates.  Wondering now if I should have used a plain tablecloth... hmmm..

If you ever need anyone to second guess your decisions, I'm available. Although I'm usually pretty busy second guessing myself so often I may not have time to help you.

Here they are!!! The fabulous turkey plates by Spode.  I look forward to adding to this Woodland set but for now I'm happy to have these.

Now I just have to find a bit more room... somewhere... no problem. There are only four plates to store.
Well, actually I should say four more plates to store along with the four new yellow plates and the 4 new (to me) leaf plates. I think you get the picture.

I've had this turkey lantern for quite a while and I just love it. On Thanksgiving day he will probably have to move to another part of the house to make room for the all the yummy food!!

 I just love these napkin rings and how they look all stacked up together.

The leaf glasses and the critter candles make yet another appearance but I think they're ready to hibernate for the winter.

A turkey plate close-up.

Another shot of the turkey lantern and the plates. Wish I would have smoothed the table cloth before I took the picture. I really like this shot!




I hope you have a good Thanksgiving, whatever you end up doing. I saw this blessing on Pinterest recently;
"God bless the food before us, the friends besides us and the love between us".

I'll be linking up at Cuisine Kathleen, Between Naps on the Porch and The Tablescaper.

UPDATE!

I had to take the table apart a bit to wash everything for Thanksgiving day and I decided to also move the table cloth to the table at which we'd actually be eating.  While the antique table my friends are loading me is beautiful it's completely impractical for dining it's a drop leaf table and there's no room for anyone's legs.

I took a few more pictures after I washed all the pieces I'd need and rearranged things a bit.

As it turns out I really prefer the plain wood table to the busy tablecloth for this fall setting. I didn't want to put the turkey plates back in the basket since they were all washed and sticking them back in the foam and excelsior didn't seem like a good idea. I piled the napkins in their rings onto the basket to make it a bit more interesting.

One of the pumpkin tureens held the gravy and while I washed the leaf plates we ended up just serving ourselves buffet style from the kitchen so didn't need as many serving pieces.

Here's where we ate our yummy dinner.  To make more room we removed the chargers from the table and it all worked out perfectly. The cranberry and gravy were on the big table next to us but easily within reach.

Thanksgiving was a huge success and as usual we had a great time making it. For the second year, the stuffing didn't make it into the oven until the turkey was out and resting but we really enjoyed everything. Dinner was totally delicious and dessert even more so. I made pumpkin cheesecake bars but my friends peanut butter chocolate pie was truly the grande finale!


16 comments:

  1. I love the Spode turkey plates. We all seem to find room when there are plates involved. '-)
    Pretty table and the blessing is dear. I'm going to make a note of it. Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Sarah

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    1. Thank you Sarah - I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, too!

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  2. Oh, love that turkey and the plates. The whole table just screams, "Thanksgiving is here". I hope you have a wonderful one. It looks like you are ready!

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    1. Thank you Diane - I hope you have a great Thanksgiving, too.

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  3. Just love your turkey plates and your turkey lantern is just great! Visiting from Let's Dish.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks for visiting Pam! I hope you had a great Thanksgiving.

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  4. I love that Spode. I am sure you will find room. We all seem to squeeze them in wherever we can. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. I'm hoping to get more of the Woodland pattern, the turkey and some of the other animals. You're right,, we always manage to find a place for our treasures. Thanks for stopping by :)

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  5. Stopping by from Let's Dish...I love those handsome turkey plates! Wishing you a happy thanksgiving from Canada :)

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    1. Thank you Dawna - I'm thinking having Thanksgiving in early October is very wise. I'd be happy if to celebrate ours even a week earlier just to give us a bit more of a break before jumping into Christmas preparations.

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  6. Love your new Spode turkey plates...wishing you and yours a Happy Thanksgiving.

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    1. Hi Marigene - thank you for stopping by. I hope you had a great Thanksgiving, too!

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  7. Okay, I've come to the right blog. I love the fact that you didn't use a "plain" tablecloth. I am the queen of using pattern, as in dinnerware, with pattern, as in tablecloth. I think my last few posts I've actually used a solid cloth but in past posts I've put lots of floral on floral, etc. I think your tablescape is so striking because you used that cloth. Love it!

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    1. I love color and pattern as well... wait until you see my Christmas tables! Thank you for stopping by :)

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  8. Beautiful table! Love your turkey! Thanks for linking. To Let's Dish!

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