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

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. Your table is as elegant as you are!
    I would be interested in that turkey recipe if you are willing to part with it!



  2. Knowing you, Sarah, it probably takes a while to plan and execute another one of these gorgeous table settings. Somehow, I have confidence you will pull it off once again. Happy Thanksgiving! Veronique (French Girl in Seattle)

  3. Hi Sarah! You are just amazing in your decorating. Love your turkeys! You're all ready for Thanksgiving.
    be a swetie,
    Shelia ;)

  4. Your post is written so beautifully, Sarah, and is only matched by these wonderful tablescapes! I haven't set my table as I don't have a separate dining room so I will be sharing pictures after the holiday.

    Hope you are having a great week!


  5. Sarah,
    I love the vignette photo you put together! So pretty.
    Your collection of turkeys is so fun! I don't think I have very many. Yes it is a season of thankfulness..we should all be so grateful for our blessings. I am so thankful for all my blogging friends I have met over the years. I feel like I have sat down at the table with so many! Beautiful tables are photos Sarah! Happy Thankfulness Day!
    Miss Bloomers

  6. That dinner looks delicious! And such a pretty table!

  7. I love your glass turkey. I got mine out the other day, but they are clear. What a lovely color yours is and it goes so well with the soft colors of the table. I love tables for two. It shows that you care!

  8. Everything looks YUMMY, especially those cookies! Sweet table setting, love all your turkeys.
    Hope you are having a GREAT week!

  9. so many pretties. Love those amber turkeys.

    - The Tablescaper

  10. Love your table -- and those amber turkeys -- I have clear ones but your amber really looks more like Thanksgiving!

  11. Perfect table for just two....which is what me and the Boss will be next week...I like to think of us like Ina and Jeffrey Garten on the holidays when we don't spend it with the's hard when your family only consists of four members and we are a thousand miles apart...But Christmas will be spent together so it will be a very happy holiday!!

  12. Your setting is very pretty Sarah! Love the amber turkey:@)

  13. Sarah,
    Elegantly set, dear friend! I adore your amber turkeys and acorn napkins!!! Would love to have your recipe for turkey stuffed with spinach dressing when time allows. We will host Thanksgiving On Crooked Creek in 2013!!! Have a blessed rest of your week as you make those preparations for Thanksgiving!!!

  14. Your table is so beautiful. I love the flatware handles and the turkey is fab! Thanks for visiting the French Hen's Nest. We are your newest members.

  15. Happy Thanksgiving to you..:) You always share such whimsical treasures..Lovely!

  16. So, so perfect for Thanksgiving, Sarah! I love all the details you let us see close-up -- the gingerbread turkey cookies are darling! I also love those acorn embellished napkins.

  17. Egads! Those napkin rings!!! I love them!!! I'm sitting here frantically running through my mind trying to figure out how to replicate them! They look beautiful, especially with the flatware you chose. Pretty picture of them in the sugar scuttle! Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving, dear Sarah!

  18. It's all gorgeous, but my favorites are your silverware and the silver scuttle. Beautiful!!

  19. Love all the special details on your beautiful table setting. The browns, creams and ambers are perfect for the season and looks like the Chef has whipped up something special to match.

  20. Such a magnificent eye for design, color, and texture. Your mosaics tell the story of o gracious hostess, always willing to add the extra...special...touches. Have a glorious Thanksgiving next week, dear Sarah! Cherry Kay

  21. Love your table, So welcoming. Love your acorn napkins! Happy Thanksgiving! Jules ~

  22. What a pretty table for two, Sarah! I love those turkeys, the pretty napkins and the flatware...perfect for Fall.

  23. What I love is how inviting your table is, warm and friendly, a wonderful place to give thanks. My amber turkey is filled with cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving day.

  24. Lovely! My husband and I are on our own for Thanksgiving this year so this gives me some great inspiration for making our table beautiful. Love those amber turkeys. Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. We are so blessed and have much to be thankful for. I love the colors and beautiful decorations of the season. Enjoy the days ahead, my friend!

  26. I love the amber turkeys and your silverware. It all looks fabulicious!


  27. A beautiful table Sarah. Each photograph captures the details of your tablescape. What a great collection of turkeys, my favorite being the amber glass. The meal looks amazing, my compliments to the chef!
    A lovely post for the season.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    The French Hutch

  28. What a beautiful post! It all is so lovely, starting from your fabulous header(I love that black bird!) to that gorgeous flatware and matching napkin rings with the silver monogram.....SWOON!!!
    Wishing you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving.

  29. So pretty Sarah. I have that same amber rooster and I love it. Wishing you a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  30. You always have a creative tablescape! The photos are beautiful and my favorite is the amber glass pumpkin! The silverware and napkin rings are so elegant and perfect for this table.
    Have a great Thanksgiving and glad you reposted this tablescape for i always enjoy visiting your blog!

    Thank, Pam


  31. It ls a nice feeling to write a comment for all the beautiful creations.your table is beautiful with all those cute things,the center piece and the glass turkey just awesome.lovely indeed...L)L)

  32. Oh so pretty :)

    I have not set my table yet either, amazes me that people set and show them ahead :) Mine will get set on the day :)

  33. Your tables are always lovely, Sarah. Nice collection of turkeys.

  34. Beautifully said and appointed Sarah, fall is my favorite season too! I love your amber turkeys I have flatware and napkin ring envy whenever you use them at the table :) Wishing you & Sadie best wishes for a Happy Thanksgiving!

  35. I agree Sarah. I awlays set a pretty table just for the two of us, and when our sons come for dinner. They do notice :-)

    Your tables are always lovely and from the heart. Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving!

  36. Sarah I love a pretty table for two or more or even for one! Love this table and your gorgeous photos! Happy Thanksgiving my friend!
    hugs, Linda

  37. No one sets a more beautiful table than you,Sarah. You have such lovely things and you sure know how to use them.
    Have a blessed Thanksgiving, dear sister friend.
    xo bj

  38. Your post is so thoughtfully presented. How I love this time of year...With so many impacted by Hurricane Sandy I am, especially, mindful of all I have to be thankful for.
    Blessings and Happy Thanksgiving, my friend,

  39. What a pretty table! I live alone, but I really need to take the time to set a nice table...even just for myself! Love those amber turkeys. Thanks so much for following me! I'm already a follower of your lovely blog. Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  40. Beautiful shots, Sarah. Such a pretty table for two!

    I hope you have a wonderful Tgiving and thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  41. Oh, you have set a gorgeous Thanksgiving table. I'll copy you as we will be just two, since there's no celebration of Tksgiving here, but we do, as I am American and my family is not near, mother went away to visit her sis in law 3 hours away, my bro is not here either, so it'll be me and hubby. Beautiful amber turkeys and the dishes have such pretty colors. Love the gorgeous vintage accents and everything is so elegant! Thank you for your kind and generous comments dearest and sweet Sarah, wish we were together for Tksgiving, the four of us, I mean. Have a happy Thanksgiving.

  42. Sarah, that first mosaic is so beautiful. Those napkins with the acorns are so pretty, and yum, that turkey and rice looks delicious. Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration. laurie

  43. Very pretty tablescape. I love the cute turkeys. The dinner looks delicious. Beautiful photos and mosaic. I wish you and your family a very happy Thanksgiving!

  44. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I have a glass turkey tureen like yours that I purchased at Williams and Sonoma a few years back. Valerie

  45. Happy Thanksgiving!!!....I so love your silverware and monogrammed napkin rings...they are so beautiful.
    Many gorgeous Thanksgiving decor inspirations!

  46. You always set the prettiest tables, Sarah! The stuffed turkey looks amazing. Every little detail is so perfect.

    There will just be four of us here this year, no additional guests or family members!

    We are expecting a warm day for a typical Chicago thanksgiving and that is fine with me!

    Enjoy the day.
    (I am thankful for you as my friend :)

  47. Sarah what wonderful tables. I love the big wooden turkey abnd the amber turkey (I have one just like it)! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Joni

  48. Fall is a beautiful time of year, a nesting time. My favorite season is winter - I just love cold weather. Your tablescape is so pretty. A table for two is what hubs and I do all the time. Thank for stopping by and letting me know you liked my Burlap Wreath Drop Cloth curtains. Happy Thanksgiving!

  49. Such a beautiful post really are the queen of tablescapes, making everything look so pretty and inviting.....and the food looks awesome too!

    I really was sad that I didn't have the time, or inclination, to do a traditional Thanksgiving this year.......and now I'm suffering pangs of guilt knowing I'll be gone for Christmas and there'll be no decorating or baking going on around here! Life has become a whirlwind of travel, but that said, I did see awesome Venice and so much more, and have to squeeze it all in somehow while I can!

    Happy days dear - hugs, Mary

  50. Sarah, I just stopped in to say that I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving. We ended up with 26 family members (I didn't set enough places!). laurie

  51. Oh I could eat that turkey every day! PINE NUTS AND SPINACH???YES! I am "addicted" to spinach salad with loads of walnuts!

    Sarah dear, I hope your celebration was lovely! We had our first snowfall of the season RIGHT when dinner was being served so it was a miraculous moment. Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and I have to say that a year ago, I would have never dreamed that I would be doing what I am currently up to. Life can be a fun challenge.

    Have a great weekend! Anita

  52. I so enjoyed my visit to your table from a past year. All the elements are there, and I'm sure this year's table was just as pretty. You're right - it's important to be as thoughtful and imaginative for two as for a crowd.


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