Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Dress Rehearsal

" that huge meal isn't enough?  Now you're telling me I have to practice setting my table!"  Now don't get me wrong.  I thoroughly enjoy preparing Thanksgiving dinner, but as you all know, my true passion is setting the table.  So I take my time, I play around with this and that, and most importantly, I have fun.  Oh, where will I begin?  On the actual day, I'll be setting one very long "Pilgrim-style" table for 22, but today I'm working out my plan on my dining room table.  Rather than renting linens for the big table,

I stumbled across these plaid tablecloths at Home Goods...reasonably priced, pretty, seasonal...they'll do just fine.  Last year I purchased these "Gobble, Wish, Give, Thanks" salad plates at West Elm.

Not your traditional turkey plates...I just love them and am happy to get to use them again.  The turkey plate season is unfortunately quite short!

It is really nice to have a large stack of plain white plates for an occasion such as this one.  While at Home Goods, I also pick up these golden napkins, and figured out a new way to display them...quite by accident.

I rather like how they look, simply gathered up on one side with these cute...

...Ravi pewter napkin rings from Crate & Barrel. I wanted my table to have a natural look, so I chose some jute placemats, but my white plates initially looked so dull on them.  Maybe this table needed a bit of glamour.  Yes...I like these shimmery red beaded mats (Pottery Barn, many years ago)...

...and I like them even better layered along with the jute mats! 

 We'll be sipping from my gorgeous brown Lennox water and wine goblets.

I still cannot believe these were a resale shop find.  I think creating a centerpiece for an autumn table is really rather simple.

I found this very interesting grape vine garland at Hobby Lobby and just kept building upon favorite oh-so-versatile candle holder,

this time entwined with red berries, 

followed by mini pumpkins and gourds

and acorns and dried oranges and colorful leaves.  While I will most likely need to modify and simplify my "Pilgrim-style" table, I hope it still retains the look I have achieved here today.

So go with your dishes...those turkey plates only come out once a year after all!  Need more ideas?  Check out the following parties for Thanksgiving ideas galore...

Centerpiece Wednesday (The Style Sisters)
Tabletop Thursday (Between Naps on the Porch)
Feathered Nest Friday (French Country Cottage)
Home Sweet Home Friday  (The Charm of Home)
Seasonal Sundays (The Tablescaper)
Let's Dish (Cuisine Kathleen)
Open House Party (No Minimalist Here)

Like my turkey plates?  Please take another look..."Gobble, Wish, Give, Thanks".


  1. Love your Pilgrim table! Love the grapevine garland mixed into your centerpiece and I love those plates!!!

  2. Fun! I've seen that garland but didn't have a clue what I'd do with it! You're so smart! Have fun playing with your dishes!

  3. Very creative! Love those gorgeous fall colours and those grapevines. Warm and cozy setting. Beautiful autumn table.
    Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  4. I had to laugh at your "practicing" setting the table. I just did the same thing with the kids' table. LOL Your table looks so pretty. I like the way you arranged the gourds,etc. along the center and the the gobble/wish plates are perfect. Thanks for the ideas.
    Popping over from Seasonal Sundays,

  5. I doubt you need any practice! Your long Pilgrim style table sounds fabulous. 22 for! The West Elm plates are charming. I love to use a bit of whimsy on a table. Need to remember to stop in West Elm during the holidays. We were in William Sonoma this afternoon, and I was in dish envy for both their pretty fall dishes as well as the new 12 Days of Christmas china. Oh, is it every delightful!

  6. What a fun table ...I love your dishes...not the typical china! Love how you used natural elements too! Enjoy playing with your dishes and settings!
    Miss Bloomers

  7. love that grape vine garland, fabulous find! I bet you will be able to use that for many things! Thanks for sharing,

  8. The first thing that caught my eye was the tablecloth. Love it! Then those adorable "Gobble, Wish, Give, Thanks" salad plates. We are hosting 16, so I understand the seating dilemma.