Thursday, November 22, 2012

Thanksgiving Tablescape

This year, Thanksgiving was an intimate family dinner, with just my husband and two sons.  The youngest one had to dash off to work in the evening, so we dined early.  We prayed and broke bread over our kitchen table . . . 


The new dishes are transferware - Delamere Woodland Brown, by Spode.  Transferware was developed in England in the 18th century.  A pattern is transferred from a copper plate to a special paper, and then onto pottery.  Thousands of beautiful transferware patterns exist, and many are quite rare.


I've had a soft spot for woodland creatures since the first time I watched Bambi.  When I saw this flatware at Between Naps on the Porch, it was love at first sight.  Do we ever really grow up . . . ?


Pheasants . . . geese . . . deer . . . quail . . . hare . . .


Spode designed the flatware as a perfect compliment to the dishes . . .


A few pheasant feathers on the centerpiece to continue the theme . . .


These linen placemats, made by Sferra, were a wonderful discovery.  I loved the curry color and the generous hemstitched border. 


Marlis is entirely responsible for my having fallen in love with these napkins.  Here is the tablescape in her blog where I spotted them for the first time.  She never ceases to be a source of inspiration to me.  It's so nice that decorating rules have eased the restriction of combining checks with floral patterns.


A bird's eyeview of the table . . . I'm thankful for tall sons . . .


I used amber water goblets and my mother's crystal wine glasses.  I like how the diamond edge on the dishes is echoed in the pattern etched on the wine glasses.


Are white roses ever wrong . . . ?


I set the table early, but took more pictures as the light changed in the room . . .


I don't know that a lotus pod belongs in this traditional floral arrangement, but I liked the brown . . .


I am so thankful for our many blessings.  May God continue to watch over us all!  Happy Thanksgiving!

Dinnerware - Spode, Delamere Woodland Brown
Flatware - Woodland by Spode
Amber water goblets - French Countryside by Mikasa
Wine glasses - My mother's crystal (made in Hungary)
Linen Placemats - Made in Italy by Sferra, Curry (color), Horchow
Napkins - Pier1
Mercury Glass Pumpkin - Costco
Wreath - Crate and Barrel - Many, many years ago

10 comments:

Nicki said...

Just gorgeous - absolutely love that dinnerware and the napkins are perfection. You do it so well! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your wonderful family.

My 365 Project said...

Everything looks beautiful!

Alycia Nichols said...

There is never a time in my book when white roses are wrong! They add so much beauty to everything!!! This table is absolutely beautiful! I love the combination of checks and floral with the Spode pattern. (I could kick myself for returning my Spode in that very color a few years ago when I thought I had too many dishes!) The combination of checks & florals has always had an appeal to me, and it has gone WAY beyond the "shabby chic" look in which it was first introduced. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE that flatware!!!!! I have never seen anything like it! (I don't remember seeing all the different woodland animals on Marlis's post. I'll have to go back and revisit that.) This is very well done, and I hope you & your family of tall sons had a wonderful Thanksgiving together!

Kathleen said...

I love your new dishes, and your table is beautiful! Marlis is a dear!
Thanks for linking to and linking back to Let's Dish!

Leslie's Garden said...

This is such a lovely table! I love the dishes! I think that will have to go on my wish list, the brown transferware. I really like it with the checked napkins, too! I'll have to remember that for future tables, because I think it adds a fun element. Personally, I think lotus pods are ALWAYS super in an arrangement! They are elegant and rustic at the same time!

Barb said...

It all looks beautiful. I especially love the flatware and love the way the napkins accent everything.

pat said...

Your tables are works of art, Maria! This is such a beautiful table. Gorgeous!!

Designs By Pinky said...

Your table is stunning! I love everything: the dishers are fabulous, the glassware, the flatware is TDF, and your floral arrangement is beautiful. VERY well done. XO, Pinky

Denise Marie said...

Such a terrific job w/woodland & the floral pc. I had to start woodland this yr because of the beagle & bunny plates. Lol

Marigene said...

What a lovely table. I really like the china, great pattern and color.