Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Red and white Thanksgiving

After thinking *way* too much about it, I finally set my Thanksgiving table.

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I will be hosting 11 people here Thursday, so I planned to have the adults sit at the table, and our children and my niece at the breakfast bar.
For the adult table, I really wanted to use red apples as an accent, so I decided to go with the Mikasa "Floral Elegance" bone china. 


I layered the old chestnut board on top of a paisley runner and filled a soup tureen with floral foam, moss, pine cones, apples and magnolia leaves from my mother's garden. (And yes she caught me as I went over to snip branches from her trees.) I also used two vintage McCoy planters filled with foam, moss and candles, and added some height with the milk glass vases.


You know I love to use silver trays as chargers and they add some sparkle and light to this table with so much dark wood.


I love this pattern from Mikasa, and it really works well with the antique sterling silver pattern, "Louvre" by Wallace from 1893. The butter knives are antique Landers/Frary and Clark. The napkin rings were purchased form Walmart several years ago, and I use them a lot -- here with family heirloom monogrammed napkins. The crystal iced tea glasses are Durand Cristal D'Arques "Longchamp" and part of a set which I started collecting in the 1990s. 




I really thought about doing something simple, but Thanksgiving only comes once a year and I will have family here I have not hosted before, so I really wanted to create something pretty for this special occasion. 


I still need to make place cards, then I will set the children's places Thursday with Spode Woodland "American Horses." In the meantime, I have *so* much cleaning to do, and we are supposed to get snow tonight. I don't think I have ever seen snow on Thanksgiving here, so this will be a first!

If you missed my mom's tutorial for the most amazing homemade "pumpkin" pie, check it out HERE.


Wishing you all a very blessed and happy Thanksgiving:-) 


I'll be joining:




23 comments:

  1. Sooo pretty! I'm sure it will be a great Thanksgiving meal served on that pretty table. Thanks for sharing!

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  2. Anita, Happy Thanksgiving and many blessings. I love your style, taste. Elegant meets rustic is my favorite. The china pattern is gorgeous! Stay warm, safe, we are expecting same weather! Thank you for sharing. You are a daily inspiration.The red is lovely and is a great fresh idea for the holiday.

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  3. Whatever you decide Anita Diaz will always be gorgeous and your Tksgiving setting is beautiful! Love the red accents and the lovely dishes.
    Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!
    FABBY

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  4. It looks beautiful Anita, and I love the old barn wood down the centre of the table as well as the addition of silver. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. I'm glad ours is over with and we're moving on with Christmas decorating here. :) Blessings. Pam

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  5. Oh Anita, this is totally stunning. I love it. So pretty.

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  6. Very pretty! The room looks spectacular.

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  7. Gorgeous! Love the pops of red. Perfect for Thanksgiving and beyond!

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  8. Anita, your table is beautiful!! I know your guests will feel so very special with all the loving thought you put into the table and decorations. I hope you and yours have a very Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy the snow!!

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  9. Anita, it looks beautiful. I really enjoyed your last two posts. I lost my mom this past August. She was known for her pumpkin pie too and also set her table with pretty milk glass, her favorite. I miss her so much but I'm planning on carrying on those traditions. Thanks for sharing your family's traditions. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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  10. What a beautiful room! Happy Thanksgiving.
    xx,
    Sherry

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  11. Could you please tell us about the Chinese ancestor above the sideboard? I would love to have one. I also love the plaid. Just beautiful, but warm.

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    1. Hi Jill, it is one of a pair, male and female that was brought back from China by a relative who lived there in the 1940s. I have not been able to find out much about them, though. Thanks, I am loving plaid too:-)

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  12. Oh my goodness, so beautiful.

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  13. Anita, you always set the most gorgeous tables. I'd love to dine here at Thanksgiving. I'm going to add some of these images to my PInterest board. Love the plaid touch and the use of apples. Thanks for the inspiration and Happy Thankgsiving!

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  14. I never get tired of looking at your dining room - or any of your other rooms for that matter! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  15. vERY PRETTY TABLE LOVE THE FILLED SOUP TUREEN THAT MAKE S THIS TABLE VERY UNIQUE AND DIFFERENT HAVE A HAPPY THANKSGIVING TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY .SUSIE

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  16. I am IN LOVE with everything about this! Your house is gorgeous and your decorating skills are amazing! I bet you'll all enjoy dinner sitting at this lovely table tomorrow! Happy Thanksgiving! xo Jen

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  17. Love the rustic, simple look this time... All of your tablescapes are so pretty. But I love that flatware! Wow!

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  18. I had to have gone through these photos 20 times!!! Not only is the tablescape beautiful, but the overall surroundings are just perfect! I am so happy to see the use of so many beautiful magnolia leaves! I wish we could grow a magnolia tree here in the Midwest that could produce the number/quality of leaves I see in your photos!!!

    I admire the boldness of escaping the "traditional" Thanksgiving colors. The look is still quite formal with all of the fabulous china and silver. I know you made a wonderful impression on your guests, especially those for whom you've never entertained in your home. I know they had to be 100% floored at the gorgeous table setting!

    Happy December!

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  19. Hi Anita! Everything is so beautiful!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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