Last week, I shared my Thanksgiving table for ten. As I said, we host between 25 and 30 people for Thanksgiving dinner, so today, I am sharing a table for eight. It’s a good thing all of my guests get along with one another, because I do scrunch them close together for the meal!
The table started with this vintage tablecloth that I purchased several years ago at an estate sale.
I used six different dinner plate patterns on the table! Years ago, local gift stores stocked one plate in each pattern, so that a bride could select a pattern for wedding gifts. When someone bought something in the bride’s selected pattern, the gift store simply ordered what was bought. That way, they didn’t end up with a large stock of unsold plates. When one of those gift stores went out of business about 20 years ago, they sold their Royal Doulton sample plates for $5.00 each! I bought five sample plates, each with a gold border and all but one with a simple border only. I have four Noritake Berringer dinner plates, so I used three of those to complete the table for eight.
Since I was already using different plate patterns, I decided my stems, in four different jewel tones, would work with my multi-patterned theme.
My dough bowl holds faux bounty, and a vintage green and gold tumbler (from a set we were gifted when we married in 1969), holds flowers.
The gravy server is McNicol China, and I’ve had it too long to remember where I got it.
The divided serving bowl (another estate sale purchase-I think I paid $10) is unmarked.
So, 18 places set and at least 10 places to go. I appreciate my blog readers so much. laurie