Friday, November 16, 2012

Prelude to Thanksgiving

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is a week from today. By the end of the day we will wonder once again how we were able to eat so much dinner and somehow have room left to squeeze in a piece of pie.
As happens often in my tablescapes, it started with a piece of fabric. Fall leaves and berries tossed on a soft white background. Perfect to go with pink transfer ware.


Then when I was wandering through the local antique shop I found this in a back room hanging on the wall a foot above my head. A pink Thanksgiving plate.




A Close up of the lower right corner.


So I stacked my plates, crawled up on the counter to retrieve the British Castle Soup tureen from the top of the cabinets, and started to play at the table.


Natural elements of fall were added with some small white pumpkins, gourds in yellows and greens,


and maple leaves off the tree in the front yard.

Some of which matched the color of the glass leaf bowls.


The salad plates are Hutschenreuther Maple Leaf (Scalloped). I found them a few years ago on eBay and fell in love. They could not be more perfect - maple leaves in pink (and green). Plus being from Canada they spoke to me.


Next are some antique plates I have had for ages that I have no information on. They are edged in gold. Does anyone recognize the pattern?


My Longaberger Vintage Vine plates are  stacked on two chargers - white Ceriart from Home Goods were used last weeks tablescape Acorns & Lilacs and wooden chargers from Pier 1 that were last used on my Breast Cancer awareness Table of Hope.


Two brass pheasants from the ALAV Designers Showcase silent auction strut across the table. White mini chrysanthemums from the yard fill two transfer ware creamers. One is Spode the other Meakin.



This is a happy bird as he is not on the menu.


Stemware is Princess House Bordeaux and an antique with a red base.


May the harvest at your table be bountiful.


 Stitch at you Soon,

Partying with :
Cuisine Kathleen - Let's Dish
Between Naps on the Porch - Tablescape Thursday
Savvy Southern Style – Wow Us Wednesday
French Country Cottage - Feathered Nest Friday
My Romantic Home - Show and Tell Friday
Common Ground - Vintage Inspiration
Faith, Grace & Crafts - Pearls and Lace Thursday

The Dedicated House - Make It Pretty Monday


  1. I love using pink and green... anytime! (A child of the preppy years...!) The colors work so well for Thanksgiving, too. You have inspired me to use my British Castles soup tureen this holiday season. Quite nice!

  2. Dawna,
    first, love your name! I should spell mine Dawni because I love the way it looks!
    and now your table!!! OH WOW!! First, the material for the napkins really caught my eye, then the perfect perfect plates!! LOVELY!! and those maple leaf salad plate??? Really cool...then you go and stack all that fabulous china together to create a masterpiece and lay it out so beautifully!! I'm so excited to have you join me today for Pearls and Lace Thursday!
    You've done a marvelous job on that table!!

  3. Lovely table. I love a mix of dishes on a table and yours is so pretty.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  4. Beautiful table, Dawna. I love the pattern on the red/white plates...are there any markings on the back? The green leaf plates add so much to your table.

  5. The fall hues of your tablescape are lovely with the reds and greens reather than the ususal yellows and oranges. The centerpiece with the red and golden candle holders plus the British Castles tureen is gorgeous. You have put alot of thought into each element of your table. The layers of plates are so pretty plus my favorites are your maple leaf and red transferware. Thanksgiving is almost here and I hope yours is wonderful!

    Thanks, Pam

  6. This is by far my favorite table scape for TG !!!! The napkins are stunning with your choice of plates and stemware....the glass leaf plates are every element of this table........the tureen is outstanding as the centerpiece!!!!

  7. I am fascinated by the British Castle Soup tureen. I have the wooden chargers from Pier One in my inventory ;o) I find them very versatile. Happy Thanksgiving!

  8. What a beautiful table! The green leaves just pop off the screen!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish, ad Happy Thanksgiving!

  9. I love the pink and green together! Just beautiful. You will be one of the features tomorrow at Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


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