Sunday, November 22, 2009

READY OR NOT, THANKSGIVING IS COMING!

I'm joining sweet Mary at Little Red House for Mosaic Monday. Be sure to click over to Mary's to go see mosaics throughout Blogville.

Although I've barely begun cooking, my Thanksgiving tables for over 30 people are ready and waiting. Thursday, I shared two of the TG tablescapes with you. Today, I'm sharing the remainder of the tables. (Disclaimer - in case someone who is joining us for Thanksgiving dinner is reading my blog: These tables are just practice! I don't leave plates on the tables for two weeks to collect dust; I turn stemware upside down, and put the napkins over the flatware, so I think we'll be safe).



Dinner plates on above table: Pier 1 Oralia; Flatware: our wedding pattern: Old Master by Towle; stemware: Tuesday Morning; vintage tablecloth: garage sale; I don't remember where I got the napkin rings.



Brown dinner plate: Casa Stone, Autumn Waves; Floral plate: Apple Blossum,Ridgways England; Stemware: our wedding pattern: Lenox Moonspun; napkin rings: estate sale.


Blue glass dinner plates: Outlet Mall years ago; Top plate: My mother's, Eggshell Nautilus; Stemware: My mother's; Flatware: My mother's. (In case you are wondering why the flatware is resting on the backs of the turkey napkin rings, it's because these place settings are too close together to put the flatware beside each place setting-when you are hosting more than 30, you do what you gotta do!) (Also, in case you think this table looks very low for eating, it is my "high-low" table, and it will be raised to dining height before Thanksgiving. It's much easier to take that "hanging from the chandelier" photo when the table is in the low position!).



All three of the children's tables are decorated the same, so I'm only showing you one. Everything is non-breakable. The lollipops are in plastic stemware for a centerpiece.

COUNTING MY BLESSINGS WHILE I COOK:


























60 comments:

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

Beautiful tables, Laurie! Your family will feel so special dining at these! You tickled me with your disclaimer about the dishes being out in advance. Have a fabulous Thanksgiving!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Laurie, all of your tables are stunning. YOu always do the most beautiful tablescapes. I love huge family get-togethers and you are so blessed to be having so many family members and friends to join you for this special holiday. I pray you and all of your guests will be blessed with all of God's Grace for your Thanksgiving Day and all through the year to come. Love ya. Hugs, Marty

Connie said...

So beautiful, Laurie. The tables look so nice. I am happy for you having your family around you for this celebration.
Have a wonderful day !

ceekay said...

Looks like you are ready for Thanksgiving. I hope you and all your family have a great one!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

So many pretty tables! Hope you will have some help with all the cooking for that many. I also feel that I have a lot to be thankful for.
Glenda

Just Breathe said...

I am in awe! I want your energy.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laurie,
Your home is gorgeous! I love the brick and the shutters and the amazing windows! The tables look gorgeous and I can sit at the kids table and be happy! I love all that your thankful for, it's just wonderful! Hugs, Cindy

Kathleen said...

You pull out all the stops, Laurie...I wish you a very blessed Tgiving..What a wonderful hostess you are!!

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Beautiful tables! Great post too!
Happy Thanksgiving to you!

Chari said...

Hello Dearheart...

Ohh my goodness...I don't even know where to begin! All...and I mean ALL...of your Thanksgiving tables are just gorgeous!!! I bet you've just had a ball putting all these fabulous tables together!!! I certainly commend and admire you, my friend...each table is absolutely beautiful! Where do you find such creativity? I think I'm doing good to just get one little ol' table put together!!! Your friends and family will feel so special!

Well my friend, tis the season of Thanksgiving...of course, I am thankful for each day the Lord gives me and all of His rich blessings to me! I certainly count you as one of those blessings, my friend!!! I'm sending you and your family my best wishes for a blessed Thanksgiving holiday!!!

Love you!
Chari

vignette design said...

Laurie, What eye candy! All your tables are so visually stimulating. I really love your Ridgeway pattern. But what I love the most is what you are thankful for. You have a beautiful family and home. Thank you for sharing with us. I love Thanksgiving for making us pause and recognize what we have and thanking the Lord for it all --Delores

xinex said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Laurie! You are the best hostess. Your guests are so lucky to be invited and to share this special event. Congrats on winning over at Susan's!...Christine

xinex said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Laurie! You are the best hostess. Your guests are so lucky to be invited and to share this special event. Congrats on winning over at Susan's!...Christine

Sharing with Sherri said...

Laurie,

What a wonderful post! Not only did I love your tablescape mosaics, but I really loved your "count my blessings" mosaics.

I hope your family knows how blessed they are to have you in their lives... You are such a special lady Laurie!

Have a most wonderful Thanksgiving!

Hugs,
Sherri:)

Diane @ Four Paws and Co said...

Your tables are beautiful Laurie! You're just too cute with your disclaimer! ☺

Diann said...

Hi Laurie!

All of your tables are wonderful! So pretty! And yup, you are blessed with such wonderful friends and family!

have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Styling by Coty Farquhar said...

Have a wonderful thanksgiving Laurie, your a special, loving and wonderful person and I think we should all just give thanks for having you in the blog world.

xxx Coty

p.s. your grandchildren are beautiful

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Good Morning Laurie,
You won my give-away! Please e-mail me your address, and congrats on winning Susan's too! Hugs, Cindy

Stacey said...

Laurie, your tables are always fabulous. Your grandkids will have the best memories of sitting there. :)

I enjoyed your thankfulness mosaics. Your grandkids are so cute! I love your church too!

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Your family and friends, (I'm including myself!) are very thankful for you too! Your tables are beautiful! I love your china! Your home is beautiful Laurie! Just when I was getting back in the swing of blogging I came down with the Memphis crud! and an ear infection! Yuck! I was sick all last week! I'm better now and trying myself to get ready for Thanksgiving. Just having the in-laws over. But that morning the boy's and I are going to go eat at my Mother's. She doesn't like to get out. It wears her out to walk from the car to the house and she just feels more comfortable at her independent living apartments. They have a nice spread for Thanksgiving so I'm gonna eat 2 meals that day! By January I'll be ready for the big diet! I just want to say that you have blessed so many people's lives thru your beautiful blog! God Bless you Laurie and have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Carol said...

Beautiful mosaics! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Small City Scenes said...

Oh my, everything is just so beautiful. I think I am overwhelmed. The table settings are gorgeous. I don't think I would want to put food on the plates---just enjoy the great look. LOL Happy thanksgiving. MB

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Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Laurie~ it's been a bit since I've come by. I'm strolling in to catch up and especially to wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving!
It looks like you're all "set" for the festivities. I have to say I think the childrens table is so adorable. I think the pumpkin suckers centerpiece is the perfect touch. I'm sure they'll be greatly appreciated by your pint sized guests.
Even though our Thanksgiving is very small in number, with my two guests,hubby and son (we don't count the cat she doesn't like turkey), we don't scrimp on the menu...from appetizers to desserts! A tryptophan delight,lol!

Sweet Holiday Wishes,
Sara

ellen b. said...

What a fabulous post Laurie!! It really does look like you are ready for a wonderful time of sharing with family and friends. Enjoy and may God Bless you and your time richly!!

Grandma Yellow Hair said...

This post is so wonderful. Thank you for sharing it with us. Your tables and home are beautiful and so glad your having such a nice Thanksgiving.
Happy Thanksgiving
Maggie

Bonnie said...

Your tables are amazing. I love the poem. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Fabulous post and beautiful tables, Laurie.

A package arrived here today. I could not even imagine what was in it. I love it. I put your gift in a big copper pot, for the top of the hearth room china cabinet. I took photos and will post about it soon.
Thank you so much!

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful dishes and tablescapes and wonderful mosaics. I wish you and family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

eileeninmd said...

Beautiful dishes and tablescapes and wonderful mosaics. I wish you and family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Wow...I am in awe at all the beauty! Your tables look wonderful and all your mosaics are absolutely wonderful! You take wonderful pictures! Blessing to you and all your family! Thank you for the great post. Hugs

Sarah said...

Laurie, all your tables look absolutely perfect. I can't imagine setting tables for 30 guests. I know you and your family will enjoy spending time together feasting on fabulous food on these beautiful tables. Love the mosaics of your family and home. Those grandchildren are precious! Wishing you a blessed holiday! ~ Hugs, Sarah

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laurie,
I am so sorry to hear about your FIL. I will say a prayer. I will get the giveaway in the mail very soon. Take care my friend, and don't overdue. Like with that many people coming for Thanksgiving,I am sure you will! Your family is very lucky to have you! Hugs, Cindy

Ginger said...

Wish you didn't live so far away, maybe I could be #31 at your house. lol.
Love all your tables and decor. I cracked up at your disclaimer.
I used to set my tables early and cover them with a sheet to keep the dust off of the dishes.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Have fun.

Myrna said...

Hiya Laurie!
Your tables are all stunning! So beautiful! I like the idea of crossing the silverware over the plate..didn't know it served a purpose other than you being totally clever and unique! ;-)
Have a wonderful and Happy Thanksgiving!!
Blessings!
Myrna

Lori E said...

Oh a little dust never hurt anybody. Just for the record I would like to sit at the kids table please.

Shelia said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, I always just love your tables and your family will feel so special sitting there, I know! Love hearing about your blessings! I'm blessed to know you, Dear One,
Shelia :)

puddin07 said...

Laurie, I love all of the beautiful tables. Your fiends and family are so blessed to have you,and your church is beautiful, too. Happy Thanksgiving! Wish I was going to be there! Love Ya! Connie

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

The mosaic of the grandkids is adorable! Your disclaimer cracked me up!!!

Laurie your tables are always so beautiful! I hope you all have a lovely Thanksgiving!

Manuela

Cote de Texas said...

What a sweet post. Your grandchildren are so adorable. I can't wait for mine!!!!!!!!! The vintage tablecloth is amazing

Mary said...

"Just practice?" Who are you kidding? You know you LOVE to set tables, and would do it just for fun! ;)

Love all your mosaics, Laurie. And your tables are so very beautiful. thanks so much for sharing your talents at MM. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! :)

Picket said...

Beautiful post girl...I was feel so special sitting at those beautiful tables....loved the 'disclaimer'! lol lol

Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours my friend!!!! ~Picket~

debbie said...

DEAR LAURIE,
YOU ARE SO FUNNY...I WOULD LOVE TO EAT ON YOUR DUSTY DISHES...LOL
I WANTED TO WISH YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A BLESSED THANKSGIVING. THE PICTURE OF YOUR CHURCH WITH THE RAYS COMING DOWN FROM HEAVEN WAS BEAUTIFUL.
EVERYTHING IS SO BEAUTIFUL AND JUST PERFECT...EVERYONE COMING TO YOUR THANKSGIVING DINNER IS BLESSED..YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT AND JESUS IS THE HEAD OF YOUR HOME.
I AM BLESSED MY SON IS HEALTHY AND HAS A BEAUTIFUL WIFE...AND FOR MY HUSBAND OF 36 YEARS. THE HOLIDAYS WILL BE EXTREMELY HARD BUT OUR FAITH WILL CARRY US THROUGH.
ANGEL HUGS
LOVE
DEBBIE
EVERYTHING LOOKS JUST PERFECT LAURIE DEAR...I CAN SEE THE LOVE AND EXTREME ENERGY AND CREATIVITY YOU HAVE PUT INTO THIS THANKSGIVING DINNER. BE PROUD OF YOURSELF SWEET LADY.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a beautiful post! Your tables look so pretty.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Many Thanksgiving Blessings to you and your family….Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Catherine said...

beautifull tables , i'm sure you'll have a nice time with your family.HAPPY THANKSGIVING

The Painted Garden said...

Hi Laurie,

Oh my goodness - your Thanksgiving tables are beautiful - everything looks lovely and so organized.
Wishing you and your family and extended families a Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving.
Blessings,
Erin

Mary Ellen (megardengal) said...

Laurie just poppin in to wish you a most blessed Thanksgiving to you and all those most precious to you.

blessings
mary

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Hi Laurie! I love it that you have so many over for Thanksgiving! We have 11 this year with one on the way...my new G'baby...and I consider myself so blessed. I love all of your tablescapes! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!...hugs...Debbie

KarenHarveyCox said...

Happy Thanksgiving Laurie,
I love all of your thankful mosaics, you are the best!

May your day be beautiful.

Karen

Helen said...

Dear Laurie,
This is an awesome post ... you never cease to amaze me with your creativity and thoughtfulness.

The happiest of Thanksgivings to you and everyone you love and cherish.

Soosie said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Laurie Eve..i know you have been up all night caramelizing eagle Brand in the crock pot! I love your tables and esp the kids' tables and the criss-cross silverware on the other table..also, I got a little teary seeing Weymouth and Riley..that was a beautiful family montage..Happy
Day to you and yours, Susie

Linda/"Mom" said...

* W*O*N*D*E*R*F*U*L*L*L*Y WELCOMING and SOOOO LOVELY, Laurie!!! No doubt it was a memorable (and TASTY!) day~~~ and that makes me smile!!!

Big, warm hugs n' God bless, my friend,
Linda in AZ*
bellesmom1234@comcast,net

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Oh Laurie,
I am so sorry to hear about your FIL. That is so sad and so close to Christmas too. Don't worry about doing a post on the gifts, I just enjoyed sending them and I'm glad you enjoyed getting them. Hugs and Prayers, Cindy

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Laurie, I was just at Cindy's and ready where you lost your father-in-law. I'm so sorry for your loss. I pray your husband is doing well through this time. May the angels of heaven reach down and touch you and your family and give you a feeling of peace.. many many hugs my dear friend..~lynne~

{Bellamere Cottage} said...

Hi Laurie....

What a wonderful post. I hope your get-together was fabulous and the food was yummy. :-)

Happy belated Thanksgiving!

Hugs,
Spencer

KBeau said...

Your tables are beautiful. I know your Thanksgiving was great fun. I enjoyed getting to spend time with Susie and family. All to brief.

vignette design said...

Hi Laurie,
Long time...I read in previous comments about your Father In Law and had a feeling......So sorry for you and your husband/family's loss. My prayers are with you and yours. --Delores

prashant said...

I am happy for you having your family around you for this celebration.

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