Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Thankful for Friendships

Recently my life hasn't allowed the luxury of time to create new posts for HFTS, and I've received many thoughtful notes from friends checking on me. I greatly appreciate everyone's concern and the friendships I share with all of you here in the Land of Blog. I truly appreciate each of you! What an amazing community of generous, caring, and thoughtful friends. I'm indeed thankful for your friendship!

Today I'm recycling a post I created for

2009 Thanksgiving Tablescape.

I hope to have new posts to share very soon.

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 

Palermo 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.

To see what the chef prepared for this dinner,

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Enjoy Your Day!

Thanksgiving Blessings to All!

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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. Thankful to see you back! And beautiful table - especially the monograms! Special family keepsakes handstitched.
    xo Cathy

  2. I'm glad you recycled this as I didn't see it last time! It's beautiful!


  3. I'm so glad you reposted as I did not see it the first time. Those plates steal the show. They are magnificent.

    - The Tablescaper

  4. Beautiful tablescape, Sarah! I love your dishes, haven't seen them in Blogland so far!! xo

  5. I think it is fun to see old tablescapes. Some are before I started blogging and some it is just fun to see again! As I was looking through my blog book, I loved seeing my white one from last year and I hardly had any follower then, so I think I may have to repost it for fun! You always have such fun vignettes around the house in addition to your beautiful tables.

  6. I'm so glad to see that you are Ok. I have been thinking of you.

    Take care.

    Best wishes,

  7. Loved this post the first time around but that didn't stop me from enjoying it all over again.
    Glad to see you back in our world after all that gallivanting.
    You must be breathless still!

  8. This is beautiful Sarah. I do not recall seeing it the first time around, so I am happy I did now. What pretty dishes. I hope all is OK with you. See you soon.

  9. So pretty Sarah, love your topiary centerpiece! Hope everything is going well for you...

  10. Sarah, it's always a real treat when you post! Nice to hear from you!

  11. Sarah, I'm so enjoying your 2009 Thanksgiving tablescape, especially since I missed it in 2009. I'm ooh-in and ahh-ing over your pewter pieces, and the monogrammed napkins. So pretty.

  12. Glad to see you back. My blogging is so sporadic that I didn't suspect anything might be amiss with you - just not blogging for a time. Hope you and yours are well.
    Always enjoy your posts. Hope to see more soon.

  13. I do hope all is well..I know you are busy from your trip too:)

  14. Beautiful tablescape as always, Sarah! Hope all of your distractions from blogging continue to be good ones!...hugs...Debbie

  15. Sarah, this is just beautiful! Love the salad plates and your napkin rings. I've never seen that's gorgeous! I also love your centerpiece! I've been eyeing hurricanes this year. I think I have a small one tucked away somewhere. Everything is so warm, cozy and inviting--would love to dine here!

  16. You certainly set a fantastic table! Everything looks wonderful, beautifully displayed. I love your turkey platter..awesome. I have joined your followers list and invite you to join my followers list; as well,I hope you will grab a blog button. Hugs, Gayle

  17. Oh, my gosh but those salad plates are beautiful!!!! I love plates with birds of just about any sort, and those are A-1!!! I'm so glad you re-posted this table because I did not "know" you back in 2009. I'm sorry to hear life is still dealing you Jokers. Here's hoping the Queen of Hearts has mercy on you and takes over the game real soon! :-) Take good care.

  18. Sarah, this is beautiful, and how wonderful that you have those gorgeous napkins, monogramed by your grandmother-in-law. What a treasure. I love that Redware pottery platter, and what a cute idea the little initialed boxes of pecans are for a take-home gift. laurie

  19. Hi Sarah!

    You and I have both been very busy this autumn!

    When I return from one trip it is time to go on another ..but I am not complaining as I love to travel.

    This was a very beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape. The napkins are such exquisite heirlooms!

  20. Hi Sarah,
    So nice to see this lovely post. Those dishes are amazing. My life is also not allowing me the luxury of posting. I'm just maxed out! Good idea to repost a tablescape from the past. Never tire of seeing your lovely posts.

  21. Beautiful table, Sarah...the salad plates are really gorgeous!

  22. I am just in love with the large squirrel you have along with the other interesting things you have graced your table with,,,thanks for sharing, love it...

  23. Sarah,
    I, too, have missed you in our Land of Blog! Life moves so quickly by and sometimes priorities takeover our Blog time! So grateful to hear from you. This tablescape is gorgeous! I, also, enjoy serving dessert in another area of our home! Have a blessed Thanksgiving week, dear friend! See you again, soon!

  24. How beautiful! An American Thanksgiving Table of the loveliest kind.

  25. What a beautiful recycled post...those dishes are amazing. Your table is worth repeating many gorgeous and all your accents and details are so pretty and fun!
    Happy Thanksgiving my friend!!
    Miss Bloomers

  26. Aww....such a lovely blog, a new and lovely blog for me to follow.

  27. Dear Sarah,
    I think everybody is thankful for your friendship, too. For that it is not necessary to make many posts in each month. Your tablesetting is again so outstanding. I love every detail. Have a great time.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  28. So glad for your friendship also. such a blessing. Love seeing this table.. so many pretty things to look at! xo marlis

  29. Sarah, I am glad you recyled this post. What beautiful tables!
    All the details are so lovely and done with great thought.
    Hope you will soon be posting again. I love your blog, and you are so right, friendships are so important in life and just wonderful to have. Could not do without mine.
    Many hugs, Evi

  30. Hi Sarah...

    So nice to see you for Sunday Favorites this week, dear lady! This was truly a very special post to revisit! All of your Thanksgiving decor that year is so beautiful! Ohhh my...your table was beautiful! I really do love the china salad plates that you chose. A gorgeous pattern with such rich, warm colors..perfect for Thanksgiving and that autumn season! I love how you used the little acorns and autumn leaves for the name placecards! What a great idea! Everything is beautiful, Sarah...thank you again for sharing it with us for Sunday Favorites!

    I couldn't agree more...the dear friendships and commraderie here in Blogland is truly special! I have sooo enjoyed your delightful blog, dear lady and our friendship too!

    Warmest autumn wishes,

  31. Sarah, what an absolutely gorgeous tablescape! I am happily following from Lana Austin: Motif. I hope you will follow me, too! God bless you!

  32. Sarah,
    This is a beautiful table! I love the napkins and the chargers are wonderful too. It all just makes a lovely place to dine! Thank you for linking up with Home Sweet home!

  33. This is beautiful!! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday!


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