Sunday, November 25, 2012

Savoring the Season

Thanksgiving 2012

Still savoring the warm colors of autumn 
for the remainder of November before 
embracing the transition into the Christmas Season.

Our Thanksgiving Table was 
a bounty of delicious, healthy delights.

The centerpiece was a melange of bittersweet,
 oversized ceramic acorns, a variety of real pumpkins, 
and a small turkey tureen all gathered together 
on an antique Chinese kitchen tray.  

Served buffet style, Thanksgiving Dinner was a 
casual evening shared with good friends.

Mild temperatures allowed for dining out on the terrace.  
The tables were simply dressed in autumn colors.

As has become tradition in our home, 
we pardoned the turkey!

Smoked pheasant was the 
main course and star of our table.

But no southern Thanksgiving would 
be complete without a side of cornbread dressing.

Mushroom risotto was a favorite offering.
Click here for the recipe.

 Brussel Sprouts

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Black-eyed Peas

 Roasted Beet and Arugula Salad

Sweet Potato Pone

~ Dessert ~
A Medley of Mini Pies, 
Toffee Bites, and French Chocolate Truffles

Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is
recently featured her beautiful mini pumpkin pies here.
She inspired me to make these 
and others for our Thanksgiving dinner.

Mini Apple Pies topped with a lattice crust 
were inspired from a post at Knit and Bake here.

Mini Pecan Pie Tarts
Recipe available here.

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable
Mini pies are a great idea for serving a large group.
Guests can easily serve themselves and can 
also indulge their taste buds with just a bite of different flavors.


Sunny Simple Sunday @ Sunny Simple Life
On the Menu Monday @ Stone Gable
Mosaic Monday @ Little Red House
Masterpiece Monday @ Boogieboard Cottage
Make It Pretty Monday @ The Dedicated House
Tuesday Treasures My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia
You're Gonna Love it Tuesday @ Kathe with an E
Tabletop Tuesday @ A Stroll Thru Life
Cowgirl Up @ Cedar Hill Ranch
Wow Us Wednesday @ Savvy Southern Style
Let's Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday @ Between Naps on the Porch
Open House Party @ No Minimalist Here
Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable
House and Garden Thursday @ A Delightsome Life
Open house Friday @ Bernideen's Tea Time
Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage
Show and Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home
Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home
Vintage Inspiration @ Common Ground
Foodie Friday @ Rattlebridge Farm

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

A Season of Thanks

~ Autumn ~ 
My  Favorite Season

It's rich tapestry of colors and textures 

warm both my heart and soul.

It's a season of thanksgiving.

With Thanksgiving just a week away

we are busy planning our menu

and organizing details for dinner with good friends.

I've not set our Thanksgiving table as yet,

so this week I'm sharing a 

table for two from a few years ago.

Simple Pleasures

~ A Quiet Evening ~ 

~ Candlelight ~

~ Table for Two ~

~ Amber Turkeys ~

~ Layers of Rich colors ~

~ Autumn Details ~

~ Vintage Accents ~

~ Roast Turkey Breast ~
~Stuffed with Spinach and Pine Nuts ~
~Rice ~ Green Beans ~

~Sweet Endings ~

~ A Heart Full of Gratitude ~

Set a pretty table, even if it's just for two.
Slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures of life.


Centerpiece WEdnesday @ The Style Sisters

Monday, November 5, 2012


We recently had 
the occasion to celebrate.

One of my cousins 
had a milestone birthday.
~ 50 Years ~

I wanted to honor Karyn
with a special luncheon for her and her girlfriends
as we had done ten years prior for her 40th.

It was the perfect occasion 
to use the gorgeous plates that were gifted me by 
Sacred Bird and Butterfly by Mottahedeh
This design is true to the original 
antique Chinese export china used in the 
Nathaniel Russell House in Charleston, SC.

The design is in 
iron red with 22k gold rim.

I chose to pair the plates with a 
woven rattan charger for this table.
The texture seemed to fit with 
the natural linen of the ruffled cloths 
used under each place setting. 

The added textural layers,
 atop the rustic canvas of the drop cloth
recently hemmed as a tablecloth, were each
selected to compliment the natural fall elements on the table.

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To compliment the elegance of the china   .   .   .

Sterling Antique Napkin Rings

Crisp White Linen Napkins

Sir Christopher by Wallace

Napoleonic Bee Stems 
by La Rochere of France

Even the invitations were chosen 
to compliment the design of these special plates.

Small grapevine wreaths 
tied with raffia and a touch of bittersweet 
served as place cards for each guest and then
 taken home as a party favor.

Fall Leaves and Acorns

Baby Boo Pumpkins

Touches of Bittersweet

Were scattered down the center of the table

A nod to autumn, 
the season of Karyn's birth.

Thanks for stopping by to visit today.
And a heartfelt "Thank You!" to my sweet friend,
Cherry Kay @ Entertaining Women.
I adore these plates!
Cherry Kay has also posted a table featuring 
 Sacred Bird and Butterfly 
Click HERE to see a gorgeous tablescape
in Cherry Kay's exquisite dining room.

Tutorials, Tips, and Tidbits @ Stone Gable
My tip for this week: 
Buy inexpensive canvas 
drop cloths to use as a tablecloth.  
Just cut and hem to the size needed.


Sacred Bird and Butterfly, Mottahedeh
Rattan Chargers, Pier I
Sir Christopher, Wallace
Napoleonic Bee Glassware, Rochere France
Drop Cloth, Lowe's
Ruffled Linen Hand Towels, Wisteria
Cotton Duck Chair Covers, Wayfair
(Click HERE for a special friend referral code @ Wayfair)
Grapevine Wreaths, Dollar Store
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