We host up to 30 people for Thanksgiving dinner, so I have to start planning early. This is the first of several tables we'll have this year.
These round placemats are useless if I center the place settings on them. I need a place to put the goblet, so the place settings are off-center.
I don't have a matching set of ten red transferware plates. I have four Spode dinner plates I bought at Tuesday Morning a few years ago. I have one Johnson Brothers Castles I bought at an estate sale, and several souvenir plates I've picked up at flea markets.
The vintage stemware came from an estate sale.
I bought this Noritake Japan salt and pepper set at a going-out-of-business sale at an antique store many years ago.
Another Noritake Japan salt and pepper belonged to my mother.
The monogramed dessert plates belonged to my grandmother. I'm using them to serve butter for Thanksgiving dinner.
Some of you may remember the story about the auction where I purchased six Fall platters! In the past, I've used them for chargers at a table for six. This year, I'm using some of them to hold the centerpieces. I scattered a few plastic acorns on the platter.
Do you remember a couple of years ago my husband ran for public office? We attended festivals in a lot of towns, and I popped popcorn to give away. I over-estimated the amount of popcorn we'd need, and I had a lot left over. I filled a clear vase with some of it, and stuck some Peacock feathers and ornamental grass into the vase. I still have Lantana blooming in the yard, so I cut a few springs of it and put it in those little water pick thingies to stick into the popcorn.
My Lantana will probably be gone by Thanksgiving, so I'll have to replace it with some flowers from the store.
I'll be doing a lot of cooking Thanksgiving week, so I can't wait until then to organize the place settings and decide what I'm using on each table. While I'm cooking, I'll be loading the dishwasher with the plates, stems, and silverware and re-setting the tables. (I didn't want anybody who is giving thanks with us to read this and think these dishes sat out and collected dust for weeks before I served dinner on them!)
Are you hosting Thanksgiving at your house?
I'll be sharing this year's other Thanksgiving tables in the coming weeks. Thanks for visiting me today.