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.



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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.

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Centerpiece WEdnesday @ The Style Sisters

Monday, November 5, 2012

Celebrate!


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.

Details 

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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