Monday, November 29, 2021

Gratitude ~ Thanksgiving 2021

Thanksgiving 2021 
Another table for two this year 
with a focus on gratitude.

I happened upon a these pretty 
salad plates at a local consignment store.
Queens Made in England, $6 for the pair.
I thought the pheasant pattern would offer 
the perfect theme for our Thanksgiving Table.

I paired them with Robert Stanley's Home Collection dinner
plates that feature a border of plaid ribbon and pine sprays.

The green rimmed chargers are by Zrike.

I tucked a Crown Linen Designs pine cone linen napkin 
between the charger and dinner for a little added detail.  

Vintage silver flatware is by 
Universal L F. and C

A generous friend on Instagram sent me 
the gorgeous champagnes with the colored glass.  
She found them thrifting in Vail this summer, knows I
embrace the color orange, and sent them my way.
Thank you, @bonniechasedesign of Instagram.

Bonnie also sent me a pair of vintage Fritz and Floyd
pots d'creme, another of her thrifted finds.
I used them as votive holders to add a
touch of candlelight to our table.

A pair of hand crafted metal 
tussie-mussies filled with fall foliage
were added at the side for a touch of whimsy.

I filled an antique oval 
ironstone tureen with flowers.

Then placed the ironstone on an oval brass tray 
that I stacked on top of a large oval black
tole tray with a border of golden leaves.

I added more feathers around the base 
along with some large golden faux acorns.

Dinner was a simple non-traditional meal.
Spinach Salad and Split Pea Soup

I carried the pheasant theme on to the dessert buffet.
The beautiful ironstone tureen is Pheasant by American Atelier.

 I filled an antique English silver piece with yet more feathers.  
The antler handle on this piece stole my heart at first sight.

A delicate antique demi tasse cup and saucer held another votive,
 and the brass leaf dish held Durham's Pumpkin Pie Almonds.

More candlelight from a
Juliska Forest Walk candle.

I made my guy his favorite ~ Libby's Famous Pumpkin Pie.
It's the tried and true recipe found 
on the label of the Libby's can of pumpkin.
Have you tried it?  Delicious!

I had bought a key lime tart earlier 
that we had been enjoying during the week.

Pumpkin pie isn't my favorite, 
so I opted for a slice of this tasty tart.

My niece made us decorated cookies
in acorn and leaf shapes.

The detail and icing designs on these yummy treats
officially make them works of art.

Druham's Pumpkin Pie Almonds 

Trader Joe's Pumpkin Pie Chocolates

Gratitude, the key to a joy filled life.


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. WOW your Thanksgiving table was gorgeous!! I can't believe those vintage plates were only $6 for the pair! And I love the focus on gratitude. It's definitely the key to a joy-filled life. Found you through the Sundays on Silverado link party & so glad I did :) Thanks for sharing your holiday details!

  2. Dearest Sarah,
    That was a lovely gratitude setting for thanksgiving!
    We did not have a traditional thanksgiving meal either; chicken tenderloins, mashed potatoes and Belgian endive salad.
    Neither is pumpkin pie a favorite of both of us; never made it.

  3. All looked so delightful and I'm sure was tasty Sarah!
    I didn't have to do anything this year as we are in Arizona and dinner was with family. A delicious buffet and all of us (18) had so much fun together.
    Sending you and M best wishes - know you will be sharing your beautiful Christmas decor with us here soo!
    Mary x

  4. Absolutely exquisite in every way, Sarah. I, too, love oranges and browns -- the harvest colors -- and I am having a bit of a hard time packing them away for the Christmas season, although I'll welcome the others soon! I have those very pheasant dishes, which I use until it's turkey plate time! I love them and they may reappear in the winter after the holidays! Your table and all the little extras are so beautiful, so warm and inviting. I know you had a lovely day -- just sitting at that table would boost any mood!

  5. Beautiful. I love your dishes. Hope you and yours had a great Thanksgiving. xo

  6. So so pretty Sarah, you always create the most beautiful eye candy! I love your new plates, and the gifted stemware is gorgeous~ the Alstromerias are the perfect choice for your Thanksgiving table and all the sweets are so cute, such fun! I'm not a big fan of pumpkin pie either but I'd love one of those almonds :)

  7. Such a pretty table for two! Lovely stemmed glasses and a perfect find of the $6 dishes!! I don't eat pumpkin pie, but we enjoyed apple pie and gingerbread!!

  8. Absolutely beautiful, Sarah. Such style!

  9. Sarah, your table is beautiful! I absolutely love it. BTW my very favorite are the tussie mussies! (SP?) I hope I spelled them correctly. I also like the M-C peanuts cake plate. Happy belated Thanksgiving!

  10. Striking details on a lovely table! I couldn't begin to choose one or two things as my favorites. Everything supports the whole effect in terms of color, texture and warmth. This is a table I'd want to linger at. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  11. This is a wonderful post, Sarah. I am sorry I am late commenting. Life has been very busy.
    Every picture has such panache! You are the ultimate designer!
    Those Druham's almonds sound fabulous. And the Trader Joe little Pumpkin Pie chocolates are delightful on your pretty tray!
    I love your theme of Gratitude! I am grateful to have you as a blogging friend.


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