Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.  We did, as usual, but as I write this I am ready to collapse in a heap from exhaustion. I arranged these flowers myself, and was quite pleased with the outcome.  Isn't it amazing what a couple of bunches of flowers from Sam's and a pumpkin tureen can become?  The sage at the base of the arrangement is from my garden.

It is a tradition to begin the meal with soup with Potato Leek being the popular choice.  For some reason the soup this year tasted better than ever.  I served it in these turkey mugs.  I think I bought these back in the early 90s, lost them in the basement somewhere, and unearthed them this year.  It was so much fun to see them again.
Some time ago a blogger (I'm sorry, but I can't remember who) said that there is no reason to ever buy chargers again.  She suggested buying glass squares and setting them on top of decorative scrapbook paper.  I tried that this year and I have to tell you that I am sold!  It looked beautiful and added such an elegant touch to the table.  Everyone commented on how unique they were.
The colorful little foil-covered turkey to the right is from the Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate Company.  I always send people home with some sort of goodie.

Another item unearthed this year was this whimsical sugar and creamer set.  Again, this dates back to the 90s and I believe it was a gift as I don't remember buying it.  It added a bit of fun to the table.

The meal!  Honestly, I don't even remember eating it, though everyone said it was delicious.  I'll enjoy it tomorrow in sandwich form.  I did enjoy the Brandied Mashed Sweet Potatoes in the orange cups.  This is a recent addition to the menu, and one of my favorites.

These brown napkins from World Market worked perfectly.

The brown glasses (that I LOVE!) were on loan from my mother.

Individual salt and pepper shakers at each place setting avoid reaching.

This post is linked to:


Tombstone Livestock said...

Love your table and the turkey mugs as well as the sugar and creamer. Food looks delicious. Enjoy the left overs and remember when you put all the dishes away to mark the box for next year.

Tombstone Livestock said...

Sorry I forgot to say your flower arrangement is beautiful.

Leslie's Garden said...

Your table setting is lovely, the richness of the flowers really caught my eye. What a great idea to put your sweet potatoes in the orange cups. Very nifty!

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, Pattie! Your centerpiece is gorgeous. I love the turkey mugs, they are so cute.
Enjoy the long holiday weekend...

Anonymous said...

I would love to have the recipe for your bradied sweet potatoes.

Kathleen said...

Pattie, the table looks beautiful, and the centerpiece is fabulous! I buy my flowers for centerpieces at SAMs too!
They have gone up quite a bit here, but still a bargain!

It sounds like you had a great day. Glad you found those mugs, they look great!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

What an inviting table! Stunning setting.
Happy Thanksgiving!
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Pattie,

Your table is so pretty!! I have these dishes, too. I just got them in September for my birthday. You and I are the only ones I saw in blogland with these this year. Your turkey mugs are a nice addition to the place settings; just perfect for soup. Your flower arrangement is gorgeous, and your "homemade" chargers look very elegant.

Thanks for sharing your lovely tablescape and have a great week!


~~louise~~ said...

It's a good thing the company I had for Thanksgiving didn't see your gorgeous table. They probably would have headed for your house. Mine was so so boring!

Yours of course looks beautiful and if I were to envision a picture perfect Thanksgiving table setting, this is it!

Thank you so much for sharing...