Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Post Thanksgiving Dinner

Most of you will no doubt be sharing tables this week that are set for the upcoming holidays. But I'd like to share one more fall inspired setting. My husband and I were invited to a delightful post Thanksgiving dinner last Friday evening. The table setting was simple, but elegant. I might add that this table was pulled together in a very short time, after our hostess returned home from a day at work. I think it is stunning!

Unfortunately I had left my camera at home, so these photos were taken with an iphone. Thus they are a bit grainy and not the best, but hopefully you can see the charm of this beautifully set table.

The center piece was a large antique Canton Famille Rose porcelain bowl filled with fresh fruit and branches from a Coral Bark Japanese maple. The golden leaves added a delicate balance to the lush colors of the fruit. The antique bowl was an unexpected find at the early morning Marchee aux Puces de Vanes in Paris years ago. My friend and I were quite a sight as we pampered this treasure on the return flight home.

A trio of exquisite Saint Louis crystal candle sticks flanked one side of the bowl of fruit, while on the other side was a antique Canton Famille Rose porcelain vase filled with roses from our hostess' garden: Rio Sambas and Playboys.

The texture and color of the placemats was a perfect balance with this elegant china and echoed the organic feel of the centerpiece. Linen napkins within antique sterling French napkin rings added the finishing touch.

The china is Carlyle by Royal Dalton. The deep wide border in dark teal blue is accented with blue flowers and leaves of gold. It is truly beautiful china. The sterling flatware is Strasbourg by Gorham.

A delicious dinner of game hens, fresh cranberry sauce, dressing and gravy, sautéed spinach, and sweet potatoes was served on this beautiful table setting. Dessert of pumpkin pie followed.

You can click on the following links to see the posts of our Thanksgiving table and dinner.

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  1. Sarah, your table is so regal and lovely. What a delight it would be to dine at such a gorgeous table!

    Hugs, Barb ♥

  2. I have that china & love it! What an exquisite table.
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  3. Sarah, your friend's table is truly exquisite. She did a marvelous job on this, and I love the antique Canton Famille Rose bowl. That's one of my favorite patterns in china. And you're right, the delicate clorls of the fruit and leaves look wonderful with it.

    I like St. Louis crystal. It's so elegant. I can't recall if you said her sticks or her goblets were that, but both are pretty.

    And I love her plates in Carlyle and her flatware. One of my favorite people had that pattern. It's one of the fun patterns because it has all sorts of fun pieces you can find.

    Enjoyed it all, Sarah. Thank your friend for sharing her home with us.


    Sheila :-)

  4. I agree your friends table IS stunning and even more so that she pulled it together after a long day at work, the menu sounds delicious too. Kathy.

  5. Oh this is beautiful! What a wonderful greeting after a long day at work -- so pretty.

  6. what a lovely tablescape, very inviting and I just love those plates, so striking, love the color

  7. Good morning Sarah,
    Your friend's table is simple but stunning because of all of her beautiful, well chosen antiques and china.
    The menu sounds wonderful too.
    Aren't you loving the Winterthur tour at Stone Gable?

  8. How wonderful to be able to eat in a beautiful table setting and tableware such as this. I have to enlarge the picture to see more details on that lovely bowl...Christine

  9. What a lovely idea to have a post- Thanksgiving dinner and your hostess must be an amazing person to set such a lovely table after a hard day at work! Her silverware is really beautiful.

    Those iphones take pretty good pictures too!

    Best wishes, Natasha.

  10. What a beautiful table. I can't believe that your friend pulled all that together after working all day, plus cooked too!

  11. What a beautiful fall/ post Thanksgiving tablescape! Love the addition of the leaves...adds so much to the table! Thanks for sharing, and your sweet comments.
    Dee Dee

  12. Oh yes, Sarah. This table is exquisite. I love the golden leaves mingled with the fresh fruit and the roses.

    Thank you and your friend for sharing.

  13. Sarah,

    Your friend's table is beautiful. Now we will be waiting to see your Christmas table.


  14. Beautiful Sarah, you and your friend must have wonderful memories of shopping together in Paris, then using the bowl. All of it sounds delightful, the food too.

  15. looks like you had a wonderful time, beautiful table, good food and friends~

  16. That is a beautiful table..even the more so since she worked all day!
    The china is just gorgeous!
    Enjoy this Advent season...so much preparing, but we can['t lose sight of the reason we celebrate!

  17. the Carlyle china by Royal Dalton is gorgeous!! the entire table is so beautiful. thank you for sharing.

  18. Sarah, your hostess treated you royally. What a pretty table. That china is gorgeous, and what a simple but elegant centerpiece. I am so behind on my blog visiting. Between TG and the funeral, I have missed a lot of posts. Thank you so much for your kind note. laurie

  19. Gorgeous tablescape. It makes me want to come over for dinner!


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