Wednesday, November 18, 2009

ALMOST HALF WAY THERE!



I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.





Since we host approximately 30 people for holiday dinners. I am about half way finished with table settings for Thanksgiving dinner, so today I'm sharing two of my Thanksgiving tablescapes. (Of course, I have barely begun the cooking!)



This table is set in our family room.






I don't have enough matching dishes for ten people, so I've used different dishes on each end of the table. (Square plates:Certified International, Pamela Gladding; Other dinner plates: Ascot by Wood & Sons; My mother's flatware; cranberry stemware: a garage sale; one set of salt & pepper shakers were my mother's; the set in the little carrier was from a flea market)






I've set this table in the sunroom.







(Bowls: Certified International, Pamela Gladding; Dinner Plates: J.C. Penney Home Collection; Green stemware: wedding gifts 40 years ago; "turkey" napkins: Craft Fair; turkey napkin rings-Going out of Business Sale at a gift store; Flatware: estate sale)





Gravy tureen: yard sale; Indian salt & pepper: I have no idea; Pumpkin salt & pepper: flea market; tea pitcher: estate sale; turkey tureen for centerpiece: $5 at a gift store, because it has a chip on the base)




Click over to Between Naps on the Porch to find links to some wonderful tablescapes. Thank you so much for coming to see my tablescapes. Now, I'd better go start cooking! laurie

53 comments:

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Laurie, both of your tables are just gorgeous. I love the turkeys. The white one with the flowers is so pretty. I have a thing for white turkeys and I can't find one anywhere, wouldn't you know it. All of your china, crystal and silverware are beautiful. You have done such a beautiful job on your tables. Stunning. Hugs, Marty

Just Breathe said...

Your tables look wonderful. I end up using my everyday rooster plates for Thanksgiving because my springtime china is just that, springtime! I need some thanksgiving plates, christmas too!

salmagundi said...

Once again, you have that magic touch when combining things on the table. Can't wait to see your other tables. Sally

Lynette said...

Hi Laurie - just hopping around checking out everyone's tables and saw your salt and pepper shakers - the ones in the carrier thing. My mom gave me a tea pot and cup set that an elderly lady gave her probably 40+ years ago with that same scene on them, or a scene very close to that. Of course, mine are packed so I can't compare, but I really think they match. When we get moved, I'm going to come back to this post and check them out. She's told me the lady was from her church and mom used to carry her to the dr. and to church and such and she gave them to her as a thank you.

Your table looks so inviting for your family - my fave is the big turkey in the middle!

Shelia said...

Hi Laurie! Just look at your beautiful tables. You just have the touch! I love all of your dishes, glasses not to mention all of the decorations on your table. I agree with Marty - that white turkey with the flowers is so pretty! Now I'm a lover of s & p and you've got some wonderful one going on here. I can't imagine cooking for 30 folks.
Thanks for sharing your lovely tables.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

SmilingSally said...

You have the ability to make us all envy your creativity. I'd love to be a guest at any of your tables!

carolinajewel said...

It is always fun to visit with you Laurie! I love both of your tables! I am so impressed with all the little details you have added to them. :D Jewel

vignette design said...

Laurie, Both of your tables are gorgeous. I love your centerpieces--so creative. I noticed the cotton in the white turkey tureen! --Delores

xinex said...

Your plates are so pretty, Laurie and I like all the combinations that you did. I love all your turkeys and all the other table accessories. Oh boy! You are really going to be busy. Not me, I will be a guest except the hostess asked me if I could do the tablescape for her....Christine

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Ah Ha- now I see how you get such lovely tablescapes- you work on them for weeks!!! LOL! I hardly ever start more than the day before which makes it hard to have a awesome setting like yours is!

Thanks for the ideas for the trim- tie backs and trim for a lamp sound like great ideas!!!

blessings
mary

Styling by Coty Farquhar said...

Silly me,

I should have checked in on your blog before asking questions about what your doing for Thanksgiving.
Wow, I love your turkey, I want one to be with my colleciton of chooks and rabbits.

I can only imagine what a wonderful time all your guests will have being with you Laurie.

How lucky are they!!

xx Coty

santamaker said...

Hey Laurie,

You are all set for Thanksgiving with two gorgeous tables! Love all of the little touches that make it so special. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

So pretty! I can always imagine the wonderful laughter and conversations that must go on around your most welcoming tables. I hope that you've got about a week off to get ready for 30! Wish I could come and make it 31!

The Tablescaper said...

What a wonderful mix of patterns. A creative way to host such a large crowd.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

- The Tablescaper

Kathleen said...

No matter what table your guests sit at, or what dishes they eat from, they will be thankful to be sharing this beautiful holiday with you!
You put your heart into everything, and it shows!
It is all just lovely!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Laurie my friend again just beautiful...both tables...Now I love the white turkey...your home always shows so much love that the first thing I noticed on our RMS days...do you ever go there any more??? I haven't in a year now...I pray you have a great weekend my friend...many big mountain hugs to you girl...Gl♥ria

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Laurie, you must be having a crowd for TG! Love those plates on the first table so much. Beautiful setting. And the Indians in the canoe S&P - oh so so cute!

Sharing with Sherri said...

Hi there Dear Laurie,

Bless you for stopping by and expressing your concern for my sister again and keeping her on your prayer list... You are an angel!

Your tablesettings are just like you...warm and inviting! You've done such a lovely job, and the centerpieces are beautiful too!

Of course you are cooking the Thanksgiving dinner too aren't you? Oh, I'd love to have your energy!

Have a wonderful family filled Thanksgiving Laurie!

Hugs,
Sherri

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laurie, Laurie, Laurie,!
I just told Hubby I'm heading to Arkansas for Thanksgiving! LOL. It looks fabulous darling, it's so warm, inviting and a one of a kind Laurie original! Hugs, Cindy (I hope your family appreciates all that you do)!

Ginger said...

I think your house is the place to be for Thanksgiving.
I like the big white turkey in the middle of the table, and the pilgrims on each side.
I hope everyone helps you with the cooking.

puddin07 said...

Laurie, I love both your tables, and once again I am in awe of your talent and creativity. I especially love the little cottage plates, and the Hunt Platter, so English. Your guests are so lucky to be spending Thanksgiving in such a wonderful warm home. Love Ya! Connie

Yvonne@StoneGable said...

What beautiful tables! Each one feels so warm and the detail is noted and so lovely. I love your wonderful collection of Thanksgiving elements. And that Turkey tureen centerpiece makes a festive statement. Do I see cotton in that arrangement? Very creative. Just fantastic!
I'm so glad I stopped by.
Happy and blessed Thanksgiving.
Yvonne

Karen at Nittany Inspirations said...

Your table is so pretty. I'm loving those napkins with the turkey embroidered on them. How cute is that. Good job on the mosaic, too.

bj said...

Everything looks just beautiful...
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving..
xo bj

bj said...

I had to laugh when I read your post on Cotton...yep, out here in West Texas, we're a cotton picking area, too. And...THANG ?? Isn't that the way it's SUPPOSED to be pronounced?? haahhaa
Another thang we say..."Now, wait just a cotton-pickin minute".

We lived next to a gin once, a million years ago, and had that cotton all over our yard, trees, house...us ! Then, as you say, a smart fella named Harold Harris came up with the idea of the cotton module.

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

I love both tables. Love the way the red goblets go on the first one. And I love the sunny effect of the Last tablescape. The dishes on both are so pretty!!

LillyB said...

Just beautiful!!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Everything looks so pretty! Love your dishes. Glad I am not cooking for 30.

KarenHarveyCox said...

What a beautiful table for Thanksgiving, and I love that centerpiece too. The turkey napkins are the best. Your tables are always a dream.
Karen

Rettabug said...

Gosh this looks wonderful, Laurie, with all your punches of orange color! The dishes are beautiful & your centerpiece is just awesome. I ♥ the whole table!!

I come from a family of 8 & my Mom's sister had 7 so we did BIG family dinners when I was little. I think the most I've ever cooked for was 20, as that's how many I had room for at tables & chairs in FL. Of course, we could go outside onto the lanai then, too, which really helped take a load off inside. Now I'd be making reservations someplace!! More power to ya', Honey!! I hope you get lots of help.

feeling lucky I'm only doing 7 this year,
Rettabug

Rettabug said...

I came back to wish you a Blessed Thanksgiving, surrounded by so many loved ones. :D

Also, that was supposed to read "centerpieces" and "tables". I was typing too fast!

susan said...

Laurie-Your family is so blessed and lucky--your love is evident on these tables! It goes without saying that the tables, dishes, and centepieces are beautiful. Hope you are rested up and ready for the whirlwind about to happen!

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Laurie, you really have some beautiful collections of dishes and s & p shakers, etc., etc. I love the way you have put things togther. Forget the food - the tables are feasts in themselves! Linda @Nina's Nest

Jeanette said...

So beautiful, such lovely collections and what incredible talent to put it all together.

Carrie said...

Wow...three tables to decorate! And you have made each very special and appealing. Love the tureens, different patterns of dinnerware, and all the little touches such as the salt shakers and pilgrim figures.

Natasha said...

2 tables to set-oh my- and you set each one with such love, care and attention to detail.What a lucky family you have!
Best wishes, Natasha.

honeysuckle said...

Your guests will be doubly blessed with two beautiful tables set with love and creativity! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a pretty table you've created. I really like the dishes, and the centerpiece is just stunning! Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Wow-your tables look beautiful. I love the placemats with the leaves on the edges. I can't imagine having that many for Thanksgiving. Until last year we traveled to the in-laws where there were 9 of us. Last year I cooked and there were 6 of us...this year just 2 I think.

Sue

Shirley said...

Your tables are both wonderful. Love all your dishes. This is the first Thanksgiving I am not having it at my house. I get to go to my sons house this year!!! You see, I gave away my dining room furniture : )) and haven't gotten a new table yet!! Sneaky hey!

Dining Delight said...

How fun (but a lot of work!) to have so many people coming for TG dinner! You have done a wonderful job with decorating your tables! I LOVE that white turkey centerpiece! I do the same as you, using different dishes at the settings on the ends of the tables when I don't have enough. Happy Thanksgiving!

DD

Queen B. said...

* YOU . ARE. AMAZING. !!!!!!!!!!
GORGEOUS..........ALL OF IT !

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Beautiful! I am so impressed with your doing things ahead...I'll be up all night Wednesday. C

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Laurie, what a beautiful table. I love your turkey tureen. His statelyness (is that a word? lol) is perfect for the centerpiece. Thanks for swinging by the open hosue event. I hope you enjoyed your short tour of the shop. Wanted you to know Miss Scooter is no longer taking up presence in the new chair, so when you stop by again you'll have a seat in "your" room. Now, I'm off to do a bit more Christmas decorating. Can't believe I'm starting before Thanksgiving. But this year I have a feeling, so getting on it now.. As always, I appreciate you stopping by and leaving such up lifting comments. They mean the world. hugs ~lynne~

Heidi Pocketbook said...

Lovely tables. They are so inviting!

Happy Thanksgiving to you, Laurie!

Sarah said...

Laurie, sorry I'm late arriving. Your tables look lovely. 30 for dinner! We are only having five of us and I've not yet done a table. The menu is planned though.
Love the white turkey tureen. $5 really? I've been searching for a pure white turkey tureen for years. Does he have any brothers or sisters back at that store? LOL

Blessings to you and your family for the holidays! ~ Sarah

Melissa Miller said...

It's a beautiful and welcoming table for guests Laurie. You host a large group of family. ~Enjoy!

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Holy cow, Laurie! Your tables are just wonderful....and TWO of them? Oh my......I'd better get myself movin'......let me just say..........mine doesn't look like yours... ;-)

Lovies and huggies,
Spencer

PS.....Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Angie said...

Wow, gorgeous! You really have some beautiful pieces!

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Wow! GORGEOUS tablesetting! Laurie, you have such an eye for creating beautiful centerpieces! I LOVE all of your china, especially the hunt themed piece. Don't know why I'm so attracted to all things "hunt" since I could never shoot a thing. I would starve to death and/or become a vegetarian if Publix didn't exist! :-) Beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape! :-)

Rhondi said...

Hi Laurie
I love all youtr beautiful china and your tables look so festive. Thanks for your sweet comments on my 2 year blog birthday. 30 people! Wow!
Hugs, Rhondi

prashant said...

Can't wait to see your other tables

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Miss Janice said...

Love your Thanksgiving tablescape!