I decided on the colors for my Thanksgiving table when I saw a runner at Williams-Sonoma's store that was in plum and russet [but called red]. Online it only came in ivory so you had to go to a store to get it. It is called Antique Floral Jacquard. I used the 108" runner and put matching placemats along the sides. I don't like the brown wood of my table so cover it up most of the time. If you follow my blog, you know I've threatened to paint my dining table many times. One of these days I will actually do it. This Henredon table turned 30 this year. Past time for a finish change since it is not a valuable antique.
The runner and placemats are primarily russet but have plum stripes along the edges. I already had napkins from several years ago made of 100% hemp in a plum color from Williams-Sonoma, so I thought they would work just fine.
I'm using my Vietri tortoise flatware instead of antique sterling as I thought it was a good color blend.
These amber turkeys are made by Smith Glass and sold through Williams-Sonoma stores. I place one on each person's plate filled with little gifts for the start of the meal. The space inside isn't large, so I have to find small gifts for women, men and children. For example, a woman may get a tube of lipstick, fingernail polish, cooking spices or costume jewelry. I enjoy using these and think they are very fun for a family event.
On the left, you can see a better view of the silver flower tower and in both photos the console table I designed for Swede Collection in Swedish gray. This is the first sample that was finished last month. I am making a few changes to the rim and then it will go into production.
I decided to get my mercury glass pieces out before Christmas to place on the console table. I will switch the console up a little bit after Thanksgiving.
I love to use berries in floral arrangements whenever I can. These are a great plum color. As you know, I cut greenery from the shrubs in my front yard to use in the arrangements -- I never buy it.
Under the amber turkeys is this appetizer plate by Royal Crown Derby in the Olde Avesbury pattern. I chose this one because of the plum and amber colors in the birds. This is another example of mixing old patterns with new to give them renewed life. Olde Avesbury is still being made but it has been around a long time. I think the colors are great to be used in the fall.
Underneath, the charger is Tortoise extra-embossed by French maker Jaune de Chrome, one of my very favorite new porcelain makers because of the unusual glazes they use.
For stemware, I am using purple and amber. On the left is a stem made in Poland but I don't know the pattern. In the center is Varga's amber Renaissance pattern and on the right the water goblet is Royal Scot's !Home, James! pattern in Society amethyst.
These metal turkey placecard holders are from Pottery Barn. I didn't have the cards with names in them when this photo was taken.
Dinner plates are vintage Copeland Spode probably from the late 1950's or early 1960's. Each of the 12 plates has a different bird on it. The turkey is shown above but there are also Quail, Pheasants, Pintails, etc. all in brown and white transferware. I found this set in perfect condition. I like using bird plates in the fall. Just seems right.
Pumpkin pie is served on these turkey plates from Williams-Sonoma that I purchased a couple weeks ago. Brown and white traditional edge with a decal Mr. Tom Turkey in the center that is quite handsome. As I mentioned before, Thanksgiving is one of the few times I use novelty plates.
In the background you can get a glimpse of the 60 x 48 inch gallary wrap canvas I finished just in time for this shoot. Gold leaf damask pattern on metallic silver background. I'll show you better photos of it later.
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