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