Monday, November 17, 2008

STILL PRACTICING!


It's Tuesday again, so we all know what that means. It's time for the amazingly popular, Tablescape Tuesday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.
Yes, I know I did a practice Thanksgiving tablescape last week. Well, since we have 30 people for Thanksgiving dinner, we use several tables, so I have a lot of practicing to do. This table is in my sunroom (of course I took the pictures at night; hence no sun in the sunroom).


The turkey tureen in the center of the table holds faux berry stems. I have elevated it on a cake platter, because it leaves more room on the table for eating. I think our guests are coming for food... not tablescaping!


You see the lid to the turkey tureen? I hope nobody picks it up and moves it, because the base of the tureen has a huge broken piece. No, I didn't break it in my rush to serve 30 people last Thanksgiving. It came that way! That's why I only paid $5.00 for it. The way I look at it, I don't have to worry about breaking my expensive tureen when I'm serving dinner to 30 people.


I bought these hunt scene plates at a junk store one time. Since then, I've learned that they were grocery store china (you know, if you spend a certain amount of money, you get a plate). Well, I like them anyway, and the colors are nice for Fall. Maybe some of you got a set of these at the grocery store. Maybe one of you sold them, and I bought them at a junk store! Are we eating on your old china?


Speaking of breaking things, Years ago, I had eight of these votive candle holders. This year, I'm down to two. We'll see if these two make it through this year's celebration. I just know you will be anxiously waiting to hear if they survived!

I clipped a faux berry branch to tie around the napkins. I'm using my mother's silver and crystal at this table.




Only one more Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I'm not sure I have enough practicing time, and I'm certainly not sure you have the patience to come look at another Thanksgiving tablescape on my blog!

I'll bet that if you go to Between Naps on the Porch, you'll find some people who are not obsessing on Thanksgiving tablescapes. Thanks so much for putting up with all of my practicing. laurie

45 comments:

Happy To Be said...

Laurie that table is beautiful girl..I love the turkey how cool is that...you guys find all the good stuff..I am so running out of room here to store dishes...Laurie I would die if I had a house guest and they looked under the bed..its filled with dishes and linens in plastic containers..there no room even for dust bunnies...Yes next week will be a busy week for sure and then Christmas..Great post Laurie...hugs and smiles Gloria

Diane said...

Laurie, you are just too funny! I'm in love with your turkey tureen & I don't care if something is chipped... If you can't find him, he may be visiting with me!
:0} Diane

Glenda said...

Absolutely adore your votives. Hope they make it "one" more year. They never have neat dishes when they have promotions at the store where I shop, when not shopping at the Walmart Supercenter.
You did your Mother's crystal and silver proud.

Carol said...

LOVE your tureen, what a deal! Your entire tablescape looks wonderful. Looks like practice pays off. :>)
Carol

Bo said...

Laurie, you don't need ANY more practice...You've GOT it down! I love the turkey soup tureen, almost as much as those wonderful dishes...you know I have a 'sickness' for dishes! ;-) Bo

bj said...

Your table looks just fabulous...and, did you know that a lot of the grocery store dishes have become collectors items now? So, be proud of your pretty dishes...they look great on this table.
love, bj

Terri and Bob said...

Love the table. The turkey tureen is adorable and the chips make it charming! Thanks for sharing!

profenretraite said...

Laurie...It looks wonderful! I love that turkey tureen! I am the queen of gluing stuff back together. Hey...if you turn it just the right way, nobody can tell. You're having 30 people? How crazy and wonderful! My family is so small...I'm jealous! I think you can quit practicing now. It looks great...Debbie

Stacey said...

I think it's just perfect. I love, love, love your grocery store dishes. :)

ann said...

OH LAURIE I LOVE THAT TUREEN.IT IS AWESOME AND SO SEASONAL...YOUR TABLE IS LOVELY GIRL...ANN

Melissa Miller said...

Beautiful job Laurie. Your guests are going to enjoy it.

Lana G! said...

I love all your practicing! I want a turkey tureen! How cute is that!

ellen b said...

Hi Laurie! Your sunroom table is fabulous, girl! I wouldn't get tired of seeing your practice tables :0)
Love all the color on this one. It's great that you have different spaces in your home to spread people out in...

CIELO said...

Good morning.... just hopping from house to house from Susan's to see all the lovely tables... ;) So nice meeting you! Please visit the house in the roses for more Tablescape Tuesday!

cielo

Deb said...

Hi Laurie! Beautiful setting, and the Tureen is to die for. What a great idea to purchase it anyway, you came up with a great idea for hiding the break. Deb

Anonymous said...

Laurie, everything is so lovely and makes me yearn for collections of my own. Wow 30 people is a full house, but I bet you all have the best time. Do you have some more tables to show us? Hope so, it is always such a joy to see more of your beautiful home and your Laurie style. Love, Cindy

Cami @ Creating Myself said...

You bet I have the patience to come look at another "practice run"...I'll be looking forward to it!

Love, love, love that turkey tureen. And you only paid $5 for it? WOW!

Laurie - Decorating Fanatic said...

Oh I so want those hunt dishes! I would have them covering the walls in our office. I know that really confuses our youngest.... Everything looks beautiful - your guests will really appreciate you making the day extra special for them. :) ~ Laurie

Miss Janice said...

I can't believe you are having 30 people for Thanksgiving! I hope you have some help. I love those "grocery store" dishes. They are too pretty. The turkey tureen is lovely as well. Great job.

playsdolls said...

Laurie,your Thanksgiving Table scapes are so nice to look at,makes me wish I had themed plates to make my Thanksgiving table look that beautiful.

lvroftiques said...

Wow! Laurie anyone who gets to sit down at your beautiful table is blessed indeed! But girl 30 people?!!That's a crowd for sit down! We have 30 at our Thanksgiving as well, but what they get is a big ole buffet with a huge stack of mismatched plates and whatever forks knives and spoons I can muster up....And they're lucky to get those too! I definitely have to start collecting beautiful china like ya'll! Oh and Laurie depression glass was also giveen in flour sacks and as movie give aways etc...and boy is it collectible now!! Just like your plates! Vanna

Lynne said...

As usual.. you've outdone yourself.
hugs ~lynne~

Lynette said...

Love the big turkey in the middle and like everyone else has said - you've got it down pat!! Your table looks beautiful!! My mom has some "grocery store" blue and white dishes - they were our company dishes for a long time and I love them still!!
You always do such pretty tables.
Lynette

Shelia said...

Afternoon, Laurie! Your table is just beautiful! I love your turkey tureen, broken lid or not!! He's quite the elegant fellow! I love your plates, too! You say, you're practicing! Honey, stop!! This is perfect!
BE a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

salmagundi said...

You can obsess all you want! I would love to see another Thanksgiving tablescape from you. I love the hunt scene dishes - they may have come from a grocery store or a thrift store, but they are still classy!!! Sally

Liz said...

Laurie! Very Pretty! I think any guest would feel special at that table. The turkey is magnificent!

30 people? really?! I thought 10 was a lot! : )

~Liz~

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Very pretty table, Laurie. I have some grocery store dishes, too. I love 'em! Mine are blue and white.

imjacobsmom said...

Laurie, I love your turkey - what a great $5 bargain! You are just too cute! Where do you come up with this stuff? I used to have 30 guests for the holidays when I was married. And wasn't it something that they were always at my house? We used to set up a big ping pong table in the family room and all eat around it. It worked out great. ~ Robyn

brettinsky said...

I love that turkey tureen! And those plates are just perfect! Beautiful table. May I ask where you got the turkey tureen?

Rita Kent at TesoroFino.Com said...

Oh this is sooo beautiful! I just love the look. Thanks for stopping by my site today Laurie. Be sure to come by often and also check out the boutique. So much to do there besides shopping; I'm sure you will enjoy your time there. Love your setting and hope you have a blessed Thanksgiving. Until we blog again, Rita

bj said...

Oh, shoot, girlfriend, I didn't mean to make you WANT before it's time !! :O) just put that farm house sink on your "I WANT" list and when it's the right time, WALLA...you'll remember that you want it !!
love, bj

Happy To Be said...

Laurie thanks girl for coming by for tea today...glad you like my Chintz..and Len eat that pie as soon as my photo shoot was over girl!! when it comes to sweet in this house they are history with him around..thanks again dear friend..I love your support you give me...hugs and smiles Gloria

Kathysue said...

Laurie, I love your plates, it doesn't matter where they came from they are perfect for the holiday. The turkey tureen is great I love anything that is all white. 30 people oh my goodness. you will have a house full. That makes it feel like Thanksgiving when everyone can get together, don't you think. I am glad you are practicing so we get to be inspired by you. Kathysue, rms and Micasa

Susan said...

Laurie...you are soooo funny! I want a report on if those votives survive Christmas, got that? :-) Hee Hee. I love that Turkey tureen...why don't I ever find deals like that! Your china is wonderful...I love anything with a hunt theme...who cares if the was the grocery store kind...it wonderful! Thanks for another beautiful table this week...you never disappoint! Susan

nikkicrumpet said...

I would have a coronary if I had that many people coming to dinner. And they would be eating on paper plates and LIKING it! You however set a really lovely table! What me to help you "practice" eating the mash potatoes????

tardevil said...

Another beautiful table. My favorite thing is the big turkey in the middle. Love the dishes too! Take care. Tar

xinex said...

Good morning, LAuri! I have been meaning to come by again to leave a comment but keept forgetting. I had visited yesterday but just did not comment so I better do it now before I start my many projects at home. I LOVE your hunt plates (they match my centerpiece that I got from Pippen's auction)and your turkey. I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family, my friend!...Christine

Carrie said...

Well as for me, I've enjoyed seeing your tables.

Rhondi said...

Hi Laurie
I love your turkey tureen and your table looks very festive. That will be fun to have so many for Thanksgiving. This year it is only 4 of us: My husband and I and our 2 youngest adult children. It will seem very quiet.
Hugs, Rhondi

Anonymous said...

Laurie, I just love your table, especially the turkey tureen, and the Hunt plates! You are really going to be busy having 30 people, I don't know how you do it, and work too! You need to show us your sunroom, it isn't on RMS. Love Ya! Connie

Lady Katherine said...

Your Thanksgiving table is wonderful! I love the plates! Gosh I get to see so many patterns, its makes my mouth water! I want to find a print for my family room of a hunting scene. So I could have a small table and your plates! That is if you have not bought them all! Love the Turkey!!!

Happy To Be said...

GM Dear Laurie..thanks girl for taking the TIME to come and see some of my clocks..can you belive all those clocks and I'm still always running behind TIME?? hope you have a great day on your side of the mountain...hugs and smiles Gloria

LillyB said...

I love your blog!! Every thing is beautiful!!

Gail Kramer said...

Hi Laurie,

I just stopped by to say hello! I love your table setting. I wish I could use paper plates sometimes but that would be wrong. Your photos gave me some ideas.

Thanks for sharing.

Gail

profenretraite said...

Hi Laurie...Just stopping by to tell you that Jeanette (jfell from rms)will be on the TV version of rms tonight. Her beautiful kitchen is one of the inspiration rooms. Remember it from the front page? All of us at Micasa are so excited for her. Just thought you might want to know...Debbie