One tradition at our house that was kept by Mr. Swede from his maternal grandparents is fried oyster breakfast on Thanksgiving and Christmas mornings. I like oysters if I cut the green part out, if you know what I mean. This year Mr. Swede had forgotten to purchase them in all the rushing about but I surprised him and found some. He only likes the Willapoint brand from Washington state since he grew up in both Connecticut and Seattle.
The only time I use blue and white for a tablescape is with these plates. I am not a fan of blue and white decor but these plates were so wonderful I couldn't pass them up. They are English transferware by Cauldon. They were made in two shades of blue. This is the brighter one. The other shade is a darker more flow blue one that is not as crisp in the design. I purchased the oval cachepot at a charity consignment shop to use with these plates. White Cyclamen are in stores now and one of my favorite winter plants.
Each Thanksgiving I bring out my Smith Glass turkeys. I think they were made to hold cranberry sauce but some people use them for soup. Here I am using them for fruit with a rich cream cheese sauce. For the main Thanksgiving meal, I place little gifts inside them for each guest. The blue plates are used for breakfast and then I switch to another Spode/Copeland bird plate set for the main meal.
Did your family carry down any Thanksgiving traditions through the generations?