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Wednesday, November 20, 2013


Thanksgiving Table-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

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!

Thanksgiving-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

The table started with this vintage tablecloth that I purchased several years ago at an estate sale.

Thanksgiving Table-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I used the same plaid napkins as placemats and as dinner napkins.  Gold chargers hold the plates; the flatware is Eternally Yours that I bought from a tag sale a couple of years ago. Bargain Decorating with Laurie

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.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Since I was already using different plate patterns, I decided my stems, in four different jewel tones, would work with my multi-patterned theme.

npkn rng A pewter turkey napkin ring secures the napkin on top of each plate.

Thanksgiving Table-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

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.

Thanksgiving-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

The gravy server is McNicol China, and I’ve had it too long to remember where I got it.

Thanksgiving Table-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

The divided serving bowl (another estate sale purchase-I think I paid $10) is unmarked.

Thanksgiving Table-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

So, 18 places set and at least 10 places to go.  I appreciate my blog readers so much. laurie

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


Tricia said...

I really love this table, Laurie! The multi-colored glasses really appeal, and I love that the plates are also similar but different. You got a great deal on those sample plates!

allisamazing said...

A beautiful table and I love the jeweled tone stemware!


Beautiful as always Laurie, you're all set with the tablescapings for giving thanks. Love the pretty dishes and jeweled color stems. I love to do just this...different plates, different stems and flatware, fun! Your dough bowl is great too.

Elizabeth said...

Very Pretty!

Marigene said...

Beautiful table. Oh, Laurie, that tablecloth is looks just like a painting. I love the it Ivima 1895?
Have a wonderful week.

Sarah said...

Beautiful, Laurie! I hope to get my tables set this weekend. You are miles ahead of me. '-)
Happy Thanksgiving!

Ginger said...

I love the different plates and colored glasses at this table. All your tables always are so inviting looking.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

To me this is the most perfect of Thanksgiving tables!
It's warm, inviting and it has memories to tell.
Love it Laurie!

Candy S said...

Laurie, Your tablescape is lovely. The tablecloth was a real find. I love vintage items and will be using one that I bought at an estate sale last summer for thanksgiving. The plates are each and everyone simply charming and the jewel colored glass is perfect for this setting. Very pretty. Have a happy Thanksgiving.


Lulu said...

Your mix and match table suits my fancy just fine. I especially like the glasses. The whole impression you have created is one of warmth.

sweet violets said...

I love your mix and match, esp. the glass ware!!! Very happy and sets the mood for celebrating!!! I was also married that same year......

Jacqueline said...

What a fun fun mix of plates and goblets! This would be a great table to sit at. You certainly got a great deal on those plates and what a way to showcase them!

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

Laurie,you really are a bargain hunter and I always love to see your treasures. Mixing the somewhat similar plates is genius! The colors you've used exemplify the bounty of the season. Your family and friends must look forward to Thanksgiving at your home due to all of your special touches.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, your table for 8 is so inviting. Love the different plate patterns all married together with the gold edge. The mix of goblets is so charming. You sure pull together the best table settings. Your Thanksgiving is going to be a special memory for all your guests.
Have a great Thursday. One week to go. This season is flying by too fast.

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Laurie~it's so nice to be back visiting. Looks like you've been busy with all the Thanksgiving festivities. I love the mix and match dishes and stem ware. The mixed rich tones is perfect for a fall tablescape. Sometimes the variety of pieces is a pleasant change.

Beauty surrounds us...It's such a wonderful time of year to reflect and take in all the wonderful colors and scents of the season.

I've enjoyed my visit, hope to see you soon.

Sweet wishes,

Alycia Nichols said...

Hey there, Miss Laurie! I thought about you the other day when I was watching "Little Women" on DVD. Yeah, I know the Laurie in that was a guy, but still...thought of you and sent good vibes your way!

I am a firm and pure believer of using multiple patterns at a setting as long as they are pulled together the way you have done with static chargers, etc. As long as there is some connecting element, you almost can never go wrong! Most people don't bother to buy a billion of any single pattern, so it only makes sense that we would create ways to make different patterns work in concert. Bravo for you for doing such a great job of it!

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and a terrific weekend!!!!!!!

Abby said...

This is such a lovely table setting. The plates are so pretty, and I love the mismatched glasses. Gorgeous! Thanks so much for stopping by chapter37 and for your kind comment!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love the mixing and matching! Thanks for sharing all the behind the scenes stories about your treasures!

Dewena said...

Doesn't that vintage tablecloth look as if it had been colored with crayons? I love it!

As far as scrunching up, our kids always say it's more fun to be crowded in.

Looking forward to the next table!

Art and Sand said...

Absolutely beautiful

Last year we had 9 for dinner, but this year it is just us and our kids. I still want to set a fancy table.

Art and Sand said...

Absolutely beautiful

Last year we had 9 for dinner, but this year it is just us and our kids. I still want to set a fancy table.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Love, love, the mix of glasses most. I am sure the pilgrims must have had a quite a mixture too right? Though probably not quite a gorgeous as yours! It's beautiful!

Unknown said...

May I ask where you got your wine glasses? I have some in red and have been dying to get more.

xinex said...

Such a beautiful and warm table, Laurie. Lovely mix of exquisite plates and I love the glasses. Happy Thanksgiving!...Christine