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.

As always, thank you for stopping by to visit. Please leave a comment so I know you were here.

Thank you Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch for hosting Tablescape Thursday each week. Click here to see more table setting that others have shared this week.