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Wednesday, November 13, 2013


Thanksgiving Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

The first of several Thanksgiving tablescapes is ready at my house.  Of course, I’ll have to replace the fresh flowers before Thanksgiving.  It takes me awhile to get ready, and with 30 people dining at our house, I have to start my table setting early.  (I’ll probably have to wipe the dishes and glasses the day before we use them.  Don’t want any dust on our dishes!)

Thanksgiving-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I also have to scrunch people pretty close together to seat 30.  On this table, I’ve used eight of my Ridgway, England, Apple Blossom dinner plates.  I’m seating 10 at this table, and I have nine Apple Blossom plates, but I thought it would look better to use different plates on each end, instead of only having one different plate on the table.

Thanksgiving-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I’m using the Fall chargers that I got at Wal Mart several years ago.  I found the Apple Blossom plates at a charity tag sale about 25 years ago.

Thanksgiving Table-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

On each end of the table, I’m using one of my Bombay, Old Ivory dinner plates, and since I only have 8 of the Wal Mart chargers, I’m using a brown metal charger under these plates.  Since there is so little room on the table, I placed my mother’s flatware on the chargers.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I have eight “pressed flower” napkin rings, purchased at an Arts and Crafts Show some years ago, and on each end, I used a ceramic napkin ring, hand painted for my mother by a friend of hers.

Thanksgiving platter-Bargain Decorating w Laurie

The platter is marked “Japan”, and I also found it at an estate sale.  The plaid table cloth is an April Connell, which I purchased on sale this Summer.

Thanksgiving server-Bargain Decorating w Laurie

I bought the gravy server at a flea market long ago.  It is also marked “Japan”.

Thanksgiving centerpiece-Bargain Decorating w Laurie

I never buy anything specifically for tablescaping on my blog, but when I went to the grocery store and saw these beautiful peach colored roses, marked down to $6.00 a dozen, I splurged.  Don’t ask me what the turquoise color has to do with this table.  I just wanted to brighten the table a bit, so I used my blue Ball jars for the flowers, and my turquoise stemware.

Flowers-Bargain Decorating with Laurie


Thanksgiving Table-Bargain Decorating w Laurie

One table down, and three more tables to go.  Thank you for coming to see my early start on Thanksgiving tables.  laurie

I’ll be linking to:  Let’s Dish Wednesday at Cuisine Kathleen, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters, and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.


ellen b. said...

Hello Laurie,
A very good start! We squeeze people together around here all the time since our space is real limited even for one table! I like the plaid table cloth mixed with the design in the dishes...

Anonymous said...

Hi Laurie! Oh, your table looks gorgeous and I'm sure all of your family appreciates all you do to make such a lovely setting. Your dishes are so pretty and the centerpiece is gorgeous!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Ginger said...

Beautiful. I love the blue 'touch"

Sarah said...

Laurie, I'm impressed you are getting an early start. I need to start thinking about what I'm going to do to seat a dozen. Thanks for the inspiration. Pretty details on your table!

Stacey said...

So pretty Laurie. I know your family must love the care you take to make everything beautiful for family dinners.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Oh Laurie, those estate sale plates are such treasures! I love the bright centerpiece and the blue canning jars add a beautiful touch of blue.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

All of your dishes are so pretty. Your going to be tired before Thanksgiving gets here setting your tables. Love the peach roses with your ball jars.
Have a great weekend.
PS Hope you have a dish washer.

Dewena said...

That blue is beautiful with the table. I don't know enough to know why, only that it's great. Of course, all of the dishes are lovely and your linens. I don't have a single charger, no not one. And it does make a difference. I just haven't known where to start. I don't have room to store many so need something that would work with several sets of china. I like your wood look ones.

Laurie, I must answer your comment on my blog as you have said this several times and I can't let you keep thinking I have a brain that actually retains all these quotes from books! Decades ago I ran into a friend at a bookstore and in the conversation she told me she had kept a quote book for years, adding to it when she read something in a book that meant something to her. So that's what I did probably 30 years ago. And I kept a journal for over 20 years and many things ended up in them. So that's where they come from! I could never remember what book and what quote if it were not from that practice! When I read a book I stick little post it tags inside and when I finish I write them down. There's a stack a foot high right now by my chair waiting for me to look up the post it notes! By the way, my friend just retired from a long career as a judge in Nashville!

Our granddaughter and her parents (!) are coming for a visit this weekend. I'm going to ask her mom about the lapaloosa dolls (I know I spelled that wrong). They were so cute on your table.

The Tablescaper said...

So pretty. Love the plates and really think you did a spectacular job on the centerpieces.

- The Tablescaper

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie,
Your table is gorgeous. I love how you did the centerpiece with the canning jars and peach roses. What a beautiful combo.
Love all your plates too and the gravy server is an awesome piece.
Your table makes the perfect setting for a gathering. So inviting and cozy. Getting ready for 30 is a task but looks like you are all set to go and your guests will be charmed!


Diane said...

Laurie, I love your centerpiece - it is so creative. All of your pieces are interesting and perfect for the Big Day! I own some Syracuse old ivory china and have always admire the Bombay pattern. It was fun to see it here.

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, Laurie. I love those plates with the aqua glassware. Your centerpiece is awesome.
Have a wonderful week.

Stickhorsecowgirls said...

Beautiful, beautiful! I'll be throwing things together Wednesday night before Thanksgiving--no matter how much I resolve to be early. C

lynne said...

Beautiful table, Laurie! I love your centerpieces. Beautiful colors.

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

Your table is just gorgeous! Love those beautiful fall elements and colors.
Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Anonymous said...

Love this! Seriously coveting that china...

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I love the centerpieces in those big wooden boxes. Everything looks lovely. I want to come to YOUR house! Enjoy your week my friend!

Rose Hill said...

Such a warm and welcoming tablesetting! The blue glasses set it apart from the expected fall-jewel colors and give it a modern edge - brilliant idea.