Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Give Thanks - Thanksgiving 2009

We celebrate Thanksgiving with thankful hearts 

for the bountiful blessings of our life.

Our table is set awaiting 

the arrival of our guests.

Salad plates in 

Olde Avesbury by Royal Crown Derby.

Dinner plates in 

Palerimo Brown by Richard Ginori.

Italian Pewter chargers by Cosi Tabellini and 

Talisman enameled silver flatware by Christophe.

Crystal stems in 

rich amber by Denby.

Antique sterling French napkin rings 

collected through the years.

Some are monogramed 

in beautiful scripts.

The heirloom napkins were a gift from my mother-in-law. 

 Each have been monogramed by hand and 

were stitched by my husband's grandmother.

The table cloth is by Yves Delorme 

in shades of green and subdued teal blue.

My Tuesday Morning acorns have 

been pulled into service as place card holders. 

 Fallen leaves from a Red Oak are inscribed 

with each guest's name using a silver paint pen.

Small initialed treat boxes 

are favors to be taken home.

Inside are 

honey glazed Texas pecans.

The center piece is a single pillar within 

a crystal hurricane lantern, a recent thrift find. 

It is flanked on either side by small white pumpkins, 

and all sits on a pewter tray.

Dinner will be served from the nearby 

sideboard in white French porcelain dishes. 

The antique silver and mother of pearl serving pieces 

are all individual pieces that I've purchased piece by piece.

A simple glazed container holds a bouquet of tulips, 

gerber daisies, hypericum berries, and golden thryallis.

Red ware pottery, acorns,

squirrels, horn votives,

candles, an amber glass 

turkey container,

vintage candy containers,

pumpkins, gourds, and more turkeys 

set the mood for Thanksgiving.

After dinner. . .

dessert will be served 

in the adjoining sun room.

A lemon cyprus topiary and 

pumpkin shaped gourds are the centerpiece.

Coffee and dessert will be 

served on Richard Ginori china.

Come back tomorrow to see what the chef prepared for our dinner. I'll be joining Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday. But for now, click here to go over to Susan's @ Between Naps on the Porch for a peek at her delightful whimsical Christmas setting.

Enjoy Your Day!

Thanksgiving Blessings to All!

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Sarah, I love it! This is my idea of the perfect table... Royal Crown Derby, Richard Ginori (I have some pieces in his Italian Fruit pattern... remind me to tell you about it), Christofe (oh my!), stems by Denby, antique napkin rings, those cooler than cool acrons (I want some!), and then a dessert service in Richard Ginori! Sharah, you are a girl after my own heart!

    But I think the thing that really blew me away were the beautiful heirloom napkins hand embroidered by your husband's GRANDFATHER. How wonderful is that! They are maginficent. Stunning.

    I'm so glad you posted tonight because if I don't go to bed, I won't be able to get up for Thanksgiving in the morning, and I don't want to miss brunch at 95 Cordova! We had to take the early shift because I was so late making reservations. It actually suits me fine because we will be there before the madding crowd.

    Happy Thanksgiving, Sarah!


    Sheila :-)

  2. Sarah - this is just spectacular. I love the napkin rings, the acorns with the nametags ... it's all so beautiful! Perfect for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing, and have a great day! Happy Holidays!

  3. Hi Sarah, What a perfect table for Thanksgiving.... I love it all... Love Love Love the Turkey Platter...Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family...

  4. Hi Sarah...

    My friend, your Thanksgiving table is stunning! I think one of my favorite things about it is...the beautiful salad plates! I've never seen that pattern before and it's lovely! I love how you used the pretty acorns and maple leafs as place cards...beautiful! sweet to give each of your guests an "initialed" treat box! Your home is decorated so beautifully...I'm sure that your guests will have a magnificent time!

    Sending you and your family and friends my very best wishes for a wonderful Thanksgiving!

    Chari @Happy To Design

  5. A beautiful table once again, Mr B just passed by and said "Wow"!
    Happy Thanksgiving my friends.

  6. Sarah, this table is AWESOME! Such beautiful plates & I ♥ your use of the initialed boxes for take home treats. Please share where you found them? The boxes, not the treats. LOL

    That cedar topiary is wonderful, too. I almost bought a rosemary tree yesterday.
    Now I'm kicking myself for not getting it. I may go back.

    I like the idea of moving your guests into the sunroom for dessert, too. It always feels good to get up & move around a bit in between. Good thinking!

    May you have a Blessed & Happy Thanksgiving with family & friends.


  7. Oh my, your table is gorgeous. I love all of your beautiful china, stemware and your centerpiece is lovely with all the small pumpkins. How thoughtful to have the small boxes of pecans at each placesetting. Your sideboard and desert table are so pretty too. What a beautiful and welcoming place you have made for your guest. I hope you and all your family have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

  8. Sarah,

    Your table is exquisite. I love all your dishes.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  9. it all looks wonderful, i know you will have a fabulous holiday, ENJOY!

  10. Such BEAUTIFUL taste you have, Sarah..Love those plates, and the silver and linen napkins are ravishing. Isn't it wonderful to have those napkins that are so beautifully hand worked, and from the family too. Such respect I have for the hand work of our ancestors.
    Have a beautiful day, and bless your cook! Lucky you..Hugs, Cerelle

  11. Oh my, your table and other settings are just gorgeous! Your attention to detail makes your tables just beautiful! Love your dishes...thank you so much for sharing!

  12. Sarah, I can't imagine anything more perfect. My heart filled when you shared those much-treasured napkins.

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  13. Sarah! What a lovely table you've set. Your dishes are so pretty. You have the most beautiful things and I do hope you had a blessed Thanksgiving.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  14. Sarah, your table is fabulous, so warm and welcoming. I love the salad plates, very unique.

  15. Sarah,
    This table is just stunning! I love your china, all the attention to detail and those silver napkin rings are just gorgeous~ I also just adore that vintage Turkey box, so cool! Thanks for sharing, this was awesome! Cindy

  16. Just grand-e-o-so... I love your colors, everything was just beautiful and isn't pewter fun?
    It's so pilgramy. Boy am I ever making up words today. Loved the tablescape!!

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  18. Sarah you always have the perfect china and accessories for every occasion. I love the hand done napkins, what a treaures you have there.

  19. Hi Sarah!

    oh my, your table is stunning! I love, love, love those salad plates! and the napkin rings are so elegant!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

  20. What a pretty table setting. I am way behind in visiting everyone's posts. Everyone is decorating for Christmas now and I am still visiting posts from Thanksgiving. :)
    Thanks for stopping by.


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