Sunday, November 19, 2017

Setting my Thanksgiving Table



I had a few minutes this morning before the rest of the house woke up. (Turning off all of the alarm clocks for Thanksgiving break is such a decadent feeling.) I decided to play around with some Thanksgiving plates to get a couple of different looks.


On Thanksgiving Day I'll use my table runner (from World Market) and some chargers. I haven't decided yet, but I might not use a table cloth this year. But for the photo's sake and just having fun, I used this plaid blanket I have. Our blankets are usually on this antique ladder, and we just grab one for watching TV or standing in front of the coffee pot waiting for it to brew. :)

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The pillow and the blanket on the top are from TJ Maxx/Homegoods. The bottom two blankets are vintage Pendleton blankets.

First I used my Johnson Brothers His Majesty plates for this look:

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And my chargers are from where else? Homegoods!

Next I used my Johnson Brothers Hearts and Flowers plates for this look:

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I know these aren't traditional Thanksgiving plates, but the couple on them has always reminded me of Pilgrims.

I love how navy blue looks with gold. It's one of my favorite color combos. I didn't have time to get these napkins monogrammed, but I think they'll look great with a traditional script "S" on them.


Lastly, just to show how much one detail can change the whole look, here are the same plates as above, but with a gold napkin instead of navy:


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I like it better with the navy, but either would be fine!

Note: These are my personal plates, but I collected quite too much of the Johnson Brothers Hearts and Flowers collection over the years. There are many pieces of this pattern available in my Etsy shop HERE.

Remember to use what you like. Maybe what you like is not washing dishes - so use Chinet! It's about the food, the conversation, and the memories, anyway. This just happens to be something I enjoy doing. Any time we've spent Thanksgiving with family and friends, I am just happy to be there. Don't worry about everything being perfect for your guests.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Thanksgiving Music Playlist

Just a quick post to share some of my favorite songs to play on Thanksgiving. 

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Just a quick post to share some of my favorite songs to play on Thanksgiving. We're in Georgia, so Georgia on My Mind was included. I like the Michael Buble version. It's easily swapped with a song about your favorite state. 




Do you have some favorite "Thanksgiving" songs that sound similar to these? I prefer this vibe to some jumpier ones while I'm cooking, eating, or talking around the table. 

Saturday, November 4, 2017

Thanksgiving Dinnerware Patterns

Only one holiday comes to mind that is almost entirely centered around the dining table and food: Thanksgiving.


Food is important in all of the holidays we celebrate, but other activities such as church services, gifts, egg hunts, or fireworks also take center stage. But when it's time for Thanksgiving it's all about the food. And therefore, I have a love of Thanksgiving plates that the food is placed on. 

There are many vintage china patterns with Thanksgiving or turkey patterns that I admire, but there are some new ones, too. Here are a few of my favorites that I'd like to share with you.

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These plates called His Majesty by Johnson Brothers, England were produced from 1955 - 1983, but reintroduced in 2004. Johnson Brothers seems to have caught on that America loves to put a turkey themed pattern on their Thanksgiving table. They have produced many patterns featuring the bird of the day.

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This Thanksgiving scene in red transferware is very handsome! It's called Bountiful Harvest by Homer Laughlin. 

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This pattern, called Thanksgiving by Spode, is elegant and formal. 


Blue and white transferware is very popular, but also quite timeless. This is Blue Turkey by Wedgwood. 


Available at Williams Sonoma this year are the Plymouth Turkey and Plymouth Pumpkin patterns, which are very pretty!

The Plymouth Pumpkin plates from Williams Sonoma could be displayed for the entire fall season from Halloween to Thanksgiving. 

What is your favorite Thanksgiving dinnerware pattern? I love discovering new vintage patterns that I've never seen before, especially when they're mixed and matched. Please share yours with me.