Thursday, November 26, 2020

Let's Talk Turkey ~ Thanksgiving 2020

Thanksgiving 2020
Good Morning!
Let's Talk Turkey

Are you ready to celebrate?

November is coming to a close, 
but before we make the leap into the Christmas
season, lets give the turkey its day in the limelight.

While I'm one to enthusiastically embrace and celebrate all holidays, Thanksgiving has always held a special place in my heart. 
The season of gratitude, the warm, rich colors of autumn,
pumpkins, and of course turkeys, native birds of the Americas ~
all reasons to embrace this American holiday.

Traditionally we have Thanksgiving with 
good friends, including those we know who would
 otherwise be alone for Thanksgiving.

This year it will just be a table for two.

I purchased a pair of these beautiful plates in July 
while shopping MacKenzie-Childs' Online Barn Sale.
Called Pheasant Run, the rich colors, autumn motifs,
and touch of Court Check called out to me.

I chose placemats made of silk autumn leaves and layered the plate
stack with Williams Sonoma's autumn plaid charger, a fall plaid napkin, the Pheasant Run dinner plate, and a simple black salad plate.
Faux bamboo flatware added another layer of texture. 

I topped the stack with a vibrant rusty orange napkin 
and a Kay Siebert feathered turkey napkin ring 
which offered the perfect touch of whimsey.

Our wedding registry crystal still pleases after 45 years.
The Denby amber cased glass was made in Sweden.

I picked up a pair of these unusual glass hurricanes 
last winter when a local shop was going out of business.

There are real bird feathers within the glass, and I knew
these would add an interesting touch to our fall and winter tables.

I was greeted with happy mail early in the week.
Mary @ Home is Where the Boat Is recently hosted a giveaway.
I was one of three lucky winners of a beautiful turkey plate.
Queen's Made in England produces this charming piece. 
Named Majestic Beauty, the pattern is adapted from an original
copper engraving that appears to be a scene 
straight off the English countryside.

It joins one other turkey plate I found thrifting years ago.
This plate in brown transfer ware is unmarked, but
also a handsome Tom Turkey.

I used the Tom Turkey plates to set a
morning brunch tray for each of us.
We'll save the dining room table 
for our evening meal.

I'm taking my morning cup of tea in this beauty.
Maruta  Ware made in Japan, c1940-1950,
also a thrifty find years ago.

If you have followed our Thanksgiving meals through the years,
you might recall that we Pardon the Turkey here.
Our evening menu will be 
ribeye steaks, baked potatoes, and spinach salad.

Normally I make a pumpkin pie and a pecan pie at Thanksgiving,
but I recently acquired a beautiful vintage MacKenzie-Childs
Wittika Peanuts cake stand, so I decided to make a cake.
Glazed pound cake, made from a family recipe 
passed down from my grandmother.  

My previous post here features a table set with Wittika Peanuts,
a retired pattern produced in the late 1990s using techniques of traditional German Slipware.  The cake stand has tiny charms of brass carousel animals hung from lamp-worked glass baubles.

I have a few other pieces of 
red ware pottery collected over the years, 
All was made by potters in the US.

The beautiful pitcher, also part of the Wittika Peanuts
series is a perfect container for autumn blooms.

 I wish each of you a wonderful 
Thanksgiving Day 2020.



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. Happy TG to you and Monnie and sadie..Every season..every occasion..lovely collections!

  2. Have a wonderful day dear Sarah surrounded by so many delightful things related to turkeys! Being a non-meat eater I don't partake of the bird. . . . .but I'm going to enjoy everything else!
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you all.
    Stay well.
    Mary x

  3. Have a wonderful day dear Sarah surrounded by so many delightful things related to turkeys! Being a non-meat eater I don't partake of the bird. . . . .but I'm going to enjoy everything else!
    HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you all.
    Stay well.
    Mary x

  4. What a beautiful post, sweet Sarah. I hope that you and Monny have a lovely Thanksgiving!xx

  5. Wow - you have been lucky to find so many Wittika pieces lately!! They are perfect for fall! Hope you had a nice day!

  6. Thanksgiving looks wonderful at your house. I love those MC plates. Everything looks beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving, Sarah! xo Diana

  7. I love seeing all your gorgeous pieces of transferware and MC. You always have such lovely and festive tablesettings. Have a wonderful rest of the Thanksgiving weekend!

  8. So much Thanksgiving beauty here Sarah! I can’t take my eyes off your gorgeous MKC Wittika Peanuts cake stand and delicious cake! Your flowers in the perfect pitcher, handsome Tom in your redware pottery...swoon! So glad your Tom turkey plate has a mate now and it arrived safely! May it serve you and the Chef for many Thanksgivings to come. ♥

  9. Is fabulousity a word? I'm thrilled you added the gorgeous Wittika Peanuts pieces to your collection. Have a wonderful rest of the Thanksgiving weekend!

  10. A lovely nod to Tom Turkey Sarah! So many special pieces and they work so well with your Pheasant Run (now I'm wishing I'd put those in my cart for the barn sale.) Your cake, yum, looks delicious especially served up on the cake stand. Thanksgiving has always been special to me as well, loved it as a child. Have a wonderful weekend..........

  11. All so beautiful Sarah! Love those new plates and the turkey platter! We only had the two of us for dinner so I didn’t do anything special for a table. Love the red-ware too!

  12. Happy Thanksgiving Sarah, what beautiful words, photos, and thoughts you've shared! How wonderful to be the lucky winner of a special turkey plate from Mary! We all have so many things to be Thankful for, it is lovely to see you celebrating and setting festive tables even if it's just for two! Gorgeous vignettes!

  13. Your Thanksgiving sounds lovely and you made it very special with so many charming pottery pieces. I love your cake stand, pitcher, and tray all unique pieces. Your turkey collection and pretty flowers plus your delicious looking cake are so appealing. The MKC child pheasant run plates were perfect for you and you styled them beautifully. Your brunch for two was also styled nicely using the Queens Made in England plate from Mary.
    Have a great weekend.

  14. Sarah, you always wow me with your collections and how you so skillfully style them. Your Wittika Peanuts and Pheasant Run are stars. Love the Kim Seybert rings and those hurricanes you find. Your registry stemware is perfect. You may have pardoned the bird for your meal, but you sure know how to represent Tom Turkey on the table! I love seeing your collections.

  15. Such a beautiful table setting . The Pheasant run di nner plates are lovely. i missed out buying them. Love the turkey napkin rings. Beautiful flowers with your lovely collections is always a showpiece. i hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful. Christmas is on it's way.

  16. What a gorgeous post! I just packed away all my turkeys and turkey dishes and even though I love Christmas decorating, it still made me a little sad to see them go. Love all the beautiful turkeys you shared!

  17. Oh my word, Sarah, how did I miss this fabulous post? WOW!!!!! Your collection of amazing Thanksgiving/Fall/Turkey things = AWESOME!!! You stopped my breathing with that awesome teacup!

    Well done, ma'am. I am glad you fussed this year. I think we need that in this weird isolated year we have had. I will remember this inspiration for next year. Hopefully I can host again. Though my daughter (one with my grand) enjoyed having her own so much for the first time I am not sure I ever will again.

    Maybe I will start hosting my hubs family. I used to host two - one for his family, then one for my huge family. I did that for a few years and burnt out.

    Anyway, so sorry I am late wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, but please allow me to wish you happy holidays. Hard to believe it's upon us!

    It is predicted for 100% chance of snow today, so I know I will be in good spirits.


  18. Oh wow, this is an amazing post dear Sarah ! I'm sorry I haven't come earlier to see this beauty. My fav season is Fall. I love Xmas, don't get me wrong, but Fall decorating and Thanksgiving are No.1 for me.
    The turkey platter is great, as are those plates too. The cake stand is awesome with that pretty cake and what can I say about your collection of turkeys !
    I'm going to pin it.
    Merry Christmas and many blessings.


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