Wishing you all a Happy Thanksgiving!
This tablescape started with a pair of cobalt blue glass candlesticks from my shop. I had purchased some melon colored candles to go with them. Cobalt and any shade of orange doesn't really fit in my decorating scheme at home, but I decided to see if I could put together a table by finding things in the closets. Here is what I came up with.
Blues and shades of melon and orange.
I circled the base of these with faux Bittersweet vines.
I remembered I had this blue graphic tablecloth upstairs stored away so brought it down. It has several shades of blue in it as well as white. This tablecloth I made from dress fabric sewn together down the center to get it 108" wide so it will touch the floor on all sides of the table. When I can't find a tablecloth that I like, I go to the fabric store and buy dress fabric because it is washable. This is probably eight yards of fabric cut in half and the two four yard pieces are just sewn down the center. Very easy. The cobalt candlesticks and the tablecloth were good together so I kept digging in the cupboards and found more cobalt and orange items.
I have collected two sets of turkey plates, this cobalt set made by Cauldon of England and a brown and creme English set. I do not collect blue and white transferware but I do have purple transferware. I have tried to get blue out of my house except for turquoise and aqua and sold most of it. Then I came across this set of 12 turkey plates in perfect condition. They wanted to come home with me so I said Yes. If you know me, then you know that I rarely pass up a set of 12 beautiful plates of most colors if they are in mint condition. One of my biggest weaknesses. And I don't even blink if they are French porcelain. Done deal. I knew these plates that are only used once a year would be perfect with the cobalt candlesticks.
I brought out of the closet several chargers to try, white, blue edged Haviland, etc. but this one screamed at me. I thought this was a very WILD choice but in the end it won out. This is French Raynaud designed by Alberto Pinto in the Christobol pattern. This red/orange coral pattern is nothing I would ever go to the china shop and buy new. But low and behold, I came across a set of 20 of these in perfect condition used. So, you know me, they were French - I bought them.
The rim soup, which I use for appetizers, is also Raynaud. I tried two napkins, this cobalt one and a burnt orange one, and the blue one won out. Flatware is Ricci in gold plated stainless steel. Love the fish scales on the pattern and it has a very nice heavy weight to it in your hand.
For glassware, I am using French Portieux Vallerysthal white opaline, celestial blue vintage Noritake Perspective water goblets and a tumbler hand made by Saul Chavez, a glass blower from California who does beautiful work.
For the center of the table, I made this silk arrangement in late summer for the shop so I borrowed it. Around the base I placed faux Bittersweet vines from Michael's and fruit made of resin and ground nut shells that I have had for about 18 years made by a company in Kentucky called Apple Annies which is now out of business. Here I have used their pears, gourds, apples and two sizes of pumpkins. I am also using some real gourds that have been dried. You can shake them and hear the seeds rattling around inside.
These votives with reflective coated glass came from a Dollar General type store but they were $2. Ha!
These metal name card holders are from Pottery Barn. Even though they are metal they easily tip over backwards.
At the beginning of the meal, I put little gifts inside these amber Smith Glass turkeys for the guests. This is what guests initially see when they sit down at the table. I got them years ago at Pottery Barn.
Underneath is this fabulous French hand painted game plate from the turn of the century. The set of 12 plates also came with a huge platter -- all in mint condition and French -- so you know what happened. They came home.
The oval-back white chairs are from my Swede Collection line.
Table end view.
A closer view.
Next year I will probably switch to my brown turkey plates.
All the best,
I am participating in Tablescape Thursday this week on the blog Between Naps on the Porch: