When I was a child growing up, my mother always set a beautiful table for Thanksgiving dinner. She carefully selected a linen tablecloth, matching place settings, cloth napkins, coordinating stemware, and a beautiful centerpiece to make the meal special. Pop cans were never allowed at the table and I enforce that rule in my own home at holiday meals. What are some holiday dining traditions at your house?
For me, part of the joy of a holiday meal is planning the table setting. I’m trying out a few options this year.
This post is option number one. I’m using my vintage china that I’ve had for many years.
Since this china has gold edging, I like to use my gold flatware.
Mom gave me her Waterford crystal stemware, which I treasure.
It’s a reminder of the many times we set the table together for holidays.
My mother started a tradition of setting her table the day before Thanksgiving.
She said it was one less thing she had to worry about while cooking the turkey and vegetables.
Mom’s centerpiece was always well chosen and something she loved.
With this first option for a Thanksgiving tablescape, I chose something natural.
An old draw lined with landscape burlap holds a bounty of gourds.
I like the mix of something rustic with the elegance of the china and crystal.
I added a French script ribbon to pose as a table runner on the creamy tablecloth.
Book page placemats add a unique twist and protect the tablecloth from spills.
After loved ones have had their fill of turkey, the placemats get tossed in the garbage.
A few new pieces are making their debut at this year’s Thanksgiving meal.
The white ironstone pitcher was a lucky find on a recent trip to Galena, Illinois.
This cute little duck gravy boat was found last weekend for $5 at the Kane County Flea Market.
I almost passed him over but am glad I changed my mind at the last minute and brought him home.
This Melba Ware ironstone pitcher is another new recruit for Thanksgiving dinner.
A leaf-wrapped mason jar has a votive candle tucked inside to provide ambiance.
The leaves stay in place with a bit of twine tied in a bow.
I think Mom would like this first option for our Thanksgiving dinner.
She has Alzheimer’s and can no longer cook a meal like this.
I’m glad mom left me with great memories of home-cooked holiday meals and beautiful tablescapes.
So would she choose this first option for our Thanksgiving dinner?
Stay tuned for tablescape option two for Thanksgiving dinner.
It will feature my mom’s china that she gave me a few years ago before the Alzheimer’s kicked in.
Her china has shades of blue and my wheels are spinning over what the centerpiece will be.