Monday, November 28, 2016

Thanksgiving Dinner 2016

Thanksgiving Dinner 2016

I trust each of you enjoyed a bountiful Thanksgiving.

As one can see from the serving buffet,

"the chef" prepared an amazing meal for our 

2016 Thanksgiving Dinner.

As is tradition in our home, 

we pardoned the turkey again this year.

Beef Tenderloin was the main dish,  

accompanied with many delicious sides.

~ Smoked Quail ~ Schnitzel Beans ~ Carrots w/ Fennel ~ 

~ Grilled Sweet Potatoes ~ Wild Rice w/ Brussel Sprouts ~

~ Fresh Baked Dinner Rolls ~

For Dessert ~ Apple and Pumpkin Pies

There were seven 

of us around the table.

A Cinderella pumpkin atop 

a grapevine and bittersweet wreath

served as the centerpiece.

Bethany Lowe placecards offered a

perfect excuse to use the silver placecard holders I

found at the Paris flea market several years ago.

Each a different woodland animal, 

these pieces of the past remind me of the autumn season.

I layered the 

table with neutral linens.

Vintage English bread boards were used

as chargers for each place setting.

Antique silver napkin rings collected from French markets held

 beautiful embroidered npkins from Williams Sonoma.

Once again I chose to use the beautiful dinner plates 

that were a gift from the sweet, generous 

Previous tables set with this gorgeous china

can be found here and here.

Crystal ~ Denby

Flatware ~ Christophe

Steak Knives ~ Laguiole

"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into 

enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos into order, 

confusion into clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a 

home, a stranger into a friend."             ~~ Melody Beattie

I'm grateful for each of you,

my readers.



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. Stylish, elegant and understated, your Thanksgiving table has your name all over it, dear Sarah, not just on the very pretty place card.
    Thank you for sharing your bountiful Thanksgiving with us on Mosaic Monday this week.

  2. It looks like you had a very nice Thanksgiving Sarah! And I can speak to how great the Schnitzel Beans are! As a matter of fact, I think I'll add them to Sunday's menu soon:@)

  3. Delicious looking food and beautiful table settings, but our family of eight outdid you on the pies! We had four: sweet potato, pecan, cherry, and coconut. May Thanksgiving blessings continue all year!
    Have a great week!

  4. What a special day - your table setting was to perfection! Your guests must have enjoyed all of the meal, your menu sounded delicious - - now on to Christmas :-)

  5. Your table was beautiful...and I'm sure the entire day was perfect.And that menu sounds like it was delicious....

  6. And we are grateful for you!
    Lovely lovely table..oh your chef..that beef looks perfect.Although I love to bake and cook ..meats are not my forté..but my son-in-law seems to be like your chef.He knows just by touching it!
    Your table..napkins..everything..again just so right.
    I have recently been introduced to the works of Bethany Lowe..♥♥♥
    A nice blogger I "know" Jeanie..has many many Halloween figurines by BL..Charming.
    Your chargers..are beautiful w/ the plates:)

  7. Love the soft colors of your pretty, and the sides sound amazing.

  8. Lovely table setting. Your chef did a super job.

  9. Wow...the food looks amazing, Sarah...but this designer's eye could not look away from your gorgeous buffet and those windows!! Now that's what makes me drool!! Glad it was a wonderful day!

  10. Your table is so lovely. You layered things beautifully. I like those place card holders. Good for you for going with your own meat choice! :)
    Hope you have a great week.

  11. I am grateful for you dear Sarah!! Everything looked positively delish! So you don't have turkey either??? I thought we were the only ones who never have turkey for Thanksgiving!!! We had filet!! Your table is breathtaking!!!

  12. The vintage English bread boards used as chargers is the prettiest idea *ever* I love the table, especially the embroidered napkins!

  13. What a lovely table, and a delicious looking meal! We have so much to be thankful for, don't we? Happy Mosaic Monday!

  14. Oh my my, Sarah! Simply stunning, from the meal (!!) To the table elements. Your guests had to be drooling get over it all. I just love this. So happy for you to have celebrated in such style. You are pure class. XO

  15. How lovely! And what a beautiful way to make each person feel special with a different woodland animal on each place card! Gorgeous table! Hugs!

  16. Sarah, I am grateful for you! Your friends must feel so special dining with you and the Chef. I must try the Schnitzel Beans.

  17. What a beautiful Thanksgiving table & what a lovely meal your sweetie created! I'm always soooo impressed with his cooking skills. I'm glad I still have my grapevine wreath...I intend to take off the faded autumn leaves & repurpose it as a centerpiece next year. Thanks for the idea!

  18. Your meal sounds wonderful and your table setting is just beautiful!

  19. Sarah, I simply treasure the quote about gratitude. I have to find out who the writer is when I leave this page. I like the Bethany Lowe place cards, too. Those are charming. As is the layered linen, so perfect for a Pilgrim Thanksgiving. Your silver woodland animal place card holders are fabulous!

  20. Sarah, your Thanksgiving table reflects your elegant taste, so lovely. Oh my, the menu sounds so good and looks delicious set out on your buffet. I'm sure your guests felt very special to sit at your table. Lovely fall vignettes and quotes, I feel fortunate to call you a dear friend! My compliments to your chef.

  21. Your Thanksgiving celebration looks like it was filled with lovely food, an elegant table setting and good company. What could be better!

  22. Oh Sarah, I love your natural linens layered on the table. The china is beautiful along with the floral napkins. Your buffet table looks delicious. We tried smoking a prime rib this year and only prepared a small turkey breast to go along side for the traditionalists. It was perfect. Love your beef tenderloin alternative to the bird! I hope you are enjoying this beautiful fall weather. We are just now seeing the colors really turn here and it's beautiful! I miss the hill country!

  23. Sarah, I'm drooling over your Thanksgiving feast menu and your vintage English bread boards! So clever to use them as chargers! I love your pretty embroidered napkins and antique silver napkin rings too. ♥

  24. Your chef outdid himself this year! The beautiful table is a feast for the eyes, too. So glad you had a lovely meal and holiday.

  25. Your Thanksgiving feast looks fantastic! Your table looked perfect- just enough to be festive!

  26. Thanksgiving was well celebrated with this delicious meal. The table is lovely with the English bread boards as chargers. A very clever idea. The lucky turkey was very thankful. smile.
    Happy blue Monday.

  27. Sarah,
    Your Thanksgiving meal looks delicious! I am thankful for you, too, dear friend. Hope you have a very happy holiday season this year.


  28. Gorgeous table! I'm particularly envious of your antique bread boards, so clever to use them as chargers.
    Happy Holidays!

  29. A beautiful and elegant table worth of your delicious menu. I am reading this while eating breakfast, yet now craving beef tenderloin! :)

  30. I am grateful for you as well Sarah! Your table is beautiful and the buffet does look yummy. Beef tenderloin is not the typical Thanksgiving dish, but I could go for it. :) I love the little place card holders! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  31. Everything looks so lovely and yummy, I especially like the table with the centerpiece. Glad you had such a wonderful Thanksgiving day.

  32. Dearest Sarah,
    Your Chef did spoil all his guests on Thanksgiving day!
    Beautifully set table and how pretty the combination of Christofle Talisman in red goes with the red stamina wood of Forge de Laguiole! A Feast for the Eye as well.
    Sending you blessings and I'm grateful for having met you here on Blogger!

  33. Sarah, it looks like you had a wonderful Thanksgiving! The food looks delicious, and your tablescape looks gorgeous! I hope that you have a blessed day and a wonderful weekend!!!

  34. Gorgeous table! I love the linens, plates, and that cute centerpiece. Antique napkin rings are something I need to start collecting. Love them!

  35. Lovely table and it looks delicious. Thanks for linking to Monday Social. I'm glad you had a blessed Thanksgiving.

  36. What a lovely tablescape and yummy meal. Thank you for sharing at Dishing it and Digging it link party. We love having you.

  37. What a remarkable table you set, Sarah! Your linens, flatware, and china are both unique and beautiful. And the meal looks just scrumptious. I think I'd happily trade in my turkey for a beef tenderloin :) Thanks for linking up with Vintage Charm--


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