This is part two of three parts of Thanksgiving weekend tablescapes. When hosting guests for a weekend, I like to change up the tables at each meal. Part one was showing you the green table. Now I've made just some simple changes to create a new look using many of the elements from the green table. This is for lunch the day after the first dinner of the holiday weekend when we usually have sandwiches. Since it is for lunch not a more formal dinner, I don't feel compelled to do a large floral centerpiece. Novalty plates, whether they are for Christmas, Easter or Thanksgiving generally are only used once and then put away for another year. By doing back-to-back tablescapes, I can use them more than once. For the most part, I do not use novelty plates because of their limited use, but I make an exception for these Cauldon plates because they are exceptional and hard to find.
These blue and white turkey plates are English made by Royal Cauldon. I have been able to find 10 in fabulous condition with no crazing or chips. It is very hard to find them without crazing. They also were made in a darker flow blue but I do not collect flow blue. In fact, I don't like decorating with blue and white and have sold everything that I had except these plates. These are keepers. Blue and white has just too much contrast for me. If I can mix it with green or orange, I am good. I know there are alot of blue and white fans out there, but I am not one of them. I do have friends and family members who are blue and white collectors so this is for them.
I removed the tall floral arrangement and replaced it with this cachepot filled with the gourds I used before. Should I use it again for the same group of guests, I would next fill it with fresh flowers in oasis.
When using antique plates, I try to kick them into the current day by using something contemporary or modern with them. Adding new pieces to the mix makes the table more interesting. Here I have used royal blue goblets made in Poland by Block in the Stockholm pattern. I like the slender shape. They are called water goblets, but I use them for juice or wine or a cocktail if I am using bigger tumblers for water.
I am participating in Tablescape Thursday this week on the blog Between Naps on the Porch.
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