Good Morning Lacquered Lifers! Thinking about my Thanksgiving table this morning and how I would like it to feel this year. The photo above, from LisaMarieBlog, gives a bit of an indication of the casual & homegrown vibe I am going for. I really love the magnolia garland down the center of the table. I think that is something I will definitely be doing. If I could serve Thankgiving dinner outside, that would be amazing. It wouldn’t be totally out of the ordinary to have a beautiful warm day here in Charleston, but you can’t really plan on it. So instead I’ll bring the outside in!
I am planning on using my blue Spode Heritage plates, and I think a little orange (not too much) will be just the ticket.
Here is the flatware that I am thinking about using. This was a total score at Terrace Oak Antiques here in Charleston – it was quite the steal. I have yet to use them because I am so attached to my silver (also a steal), but I think Thanksgiving is the perfect time to bring these babies out! Below are some additional items I have either purchased or am planning on purchasing for the table. I love this Cut Edged Washed Linen Tablecloth from Terrain. While I would love to show off the table’s wood, I have to seat more people than my antique table can take, so I have to put a tabletop on it. I thought this tablecloth might give off just the right relaxed vibe I’m looking for. I love these Rattan Chargers from World Market. At a fraction of the price of other rattan chargers, these are a great buy for Thanksgiving. Also, I think they will help connect the blue and white plates to the more natural look I’m going for. These Tortoise Votives from Ballard Designs are just the right color to nestle amongst my magnolia wreath. Thinking that my hit of orange may need to come from these Mark & Graham Linen Satin Stitch Dinner Napkins. I also would love an excuse to buy some inexpensive monogrammed napkins. I am not usually a fan of napkin rings, but then I used them at Easter and couldn’t have been more pleased. I thought these Oak Branch Napkin Rings from Terrain were quite beautiful – and again they add that connection to nature I’m looking for. And finally a photo of my dining room, to give you a sense of where this is all taking place! I really love my table, and I wish so badly that it were bigger so I could set the table like this, but I think that tablecloth from Terrain might be just the ticket! You can find pictures of my Thanksgiving 2012 table here.