Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Thanksgiving Table


I know this is an early Thanksgiving table but there is a reason! We are going to a friend’s house for Thanksgiving dinner but we wanted to have our own leftovers! So we started yesterday with our preparations! Jack chopped and I baked.


One pumpkin bread and 4 date nut breads later…..L1050004

My baking was done! In the name of “at least trying to watch what we eat”. I did not make dessert.

I think Thanksgiving dinner is about my favorite. I don’t cook a turkey anymore. We cook chicken instead which we brine. However, creamed onions are a must along with stuffing made with smoked oysters. Homemade cranberry sauce and rutabagas and mashed potatoes complete the dinner. And, of course, there is gravy. My mother always had a relish try. Celery stuffed with Roka cheese spread was one of my favorites. When I was growing up there was always homemade pickled watermelon rind.

The cabinet just outside the kitchen is decorated.


So, let’s take a look at the table.













Dishes from Williams Sonoma

Candlesticks Caprice by Cambridge

Tablecloth WS

Stemware, vintage but unknown

Flatware, Exquisite by Rogers (more on Saturday)

Creamer and sugar, Fenton

Relish tray, vintage from my grandmother


I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Be sure to stop by and see all the pretty tables and dishes!


Olive Cooper said...

Love the china. I made home-made cranberry sauce today. We are having a church supper tonite. NOW YOU HAVE ME WANTING CREAMED ONIONS!

Anonymous said...

beautiful table, very elegant!!!
Nice and taste work, bravoo!!!


Marydon said...

Oh, Carol, your table is just breathtaking.

Have a beautiful & blessed Thanksgiving holiday.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Bill said...

Beautiful table, Carol! Love the dishes, the etched stemware, the flatware and you KNOW my eyes went straight to those beautiful Caprice candleholders -- they look gorgeous on your table. Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

j.hogan16 said...

Carol, what a smashing Thanksgiving table! I think that your WS plates are just a perfect selection for the season and utilizing the clear caprice tri-candle stick as your center piece is really unique.

Enjoy your evening,
John & Dean

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Carol, I absolutely adore your dishes! They are wonderful, and I like what you are serving. We are eating out with friends, too, but my favorite thing about Thanksgiving is the cornbread dressing. I adore it.


Sheila :-)

podso said...

Such beauty at your table! Love the brown colors.

Cathy said...

What a beautiful table, Carol. I love your china, especially your lovely covered soup bowls.

Kathleen said...

The table looks lovely! We go somewhere for Tgiving, but with turkeys being so cheap, dh bought one so we can have our own dinner like you. My mom ALWAYS had to have the creamed onions. No one else ate them, but we always made them for her. And always the celery stuffed with cheese! :)
The snowflakes are beautiful. I have had an emb machine for over 5 yrs and I just took it out of the box! I have to learn how to use it. It is prob very out of date already!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Your menu sounds fab -- I love rutabaga and rarely get it. Your table is lovely -- the tablecloth is such a perfect background for that pretty china. Don't you love using heirlooms like your relish dish?

Jackie said...

Lovely tablescape, enjoy the day and meal!! I couldn't do all that baking, I would want to eat it warm out of the oven!! Lovely china and I don't know anything about Caprice but the candle holder is wonderful.

We don't celebrate it here in the UK unless you are Americans, must find out if Bob another radio ham is, probably with his family although his wife is English.

Happy Thanksgiving Day, Jackie in Surrey, UK.

Sweetladyelaine said...

Your table is beautiful! Have a great Thanksgiving!

Barbara said...

Oh, I love your china! It is so beautiful. Lovely table. Happy Thanksgiving!

Lee said...

Of course you have the most beautiful table set! I have not had date nut bread in a long time and I am going to pull out my grandmother recipe for it! thanks for all the inspiration!

Thoughtfully blended hearts said...

I do love your gorgeous table!!! The dishes are beautiful...I have to ask about that pretty hobnail milk it Fenton or something else...I love it...

Debbie said...

Oh my goodness, these are my FAVORITE dishes that I've seen this week. I love that pattern, and I really love those small tureens.

This is a fabulous table. I love it!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an absolutely perfect table setting you have created just in time for the holidays. I just love all of the different textures. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Mimi said...

Carol, your table is gorgeous...brown and white china is one of my the mini tureens.

xinex said...

What a beautiful table, Carol! I love your transferware...Christine

Alycia Nichols said...

Your dishes are SO incredibly beautiful! I really like the design!!! Gorgeous! With all that baking and cooking, it's a wonder we're ever able to set a table, isn't it? Lots of work, but a labor of love. I hope you and your husband have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration with your friends.

Mary said...

LOVE your dishes~ what a lovely table! Your menu sounds wonderful~ Hope you & your family have a Happy Thanksgiving :-)

Entertaining Women said...

The William-Sonoma transferware is gorgeous, and I love the individual covered tureens. You jut reminded me that I have a loaf of pumpkin bread that I need to cut into tomorrow morning for breakfast. I like to toast it under the broiler...yum! Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Vee said...

Such a beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape. I love the browns even to the candles...had never thought of that before. Perhaps I'll stop by the candle shop in Oxford and pick some up. Thanks for the idea! I still haven't figured out where you are... ;>


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