If there is anything that I am "known" for on pinterest, it would be my Thanksgiving table settings -- mostly ones with the box. As I plan this year's table, I always like to look back on years past for inspiration.
Last year for the centerpiece, I used an old wood board with hydrangeas, cedar, white painted pumpkins and old silver, including my great grandfather's Aladdin-style oil lamp.
I borrowed my mother's collection of vintage Johnson Brothers "Friendly Village" dinnerware for the table, and I made place cards using a photo of a song from an old hymn book belonging to her family.
I was really excited when Country Living Magazine and House Beautiful used some of these photos on their websites.
This is where it all started several years ago--with the box:-)
I recently sold this particular box knowing we could always make another one.
Here, Mikasa "Italian Countryside" is paired with Churchill "Thanksgiving" salad plates, 1896 Wallace "Louvre" sterling flatware and Durand Cristal D'Arques "Longchamp" crystal. The rattan chargers were from Walmart, and I stained them with dark walnut stain.
I was honored when Country Living also used this photo for their Thanksgiving roundup.
I dropped the orange a couple years ago and started using Vanilla-strawberry hydrangeas in the box, and the Churchill plates worked just as well with these colors. I changed out the rattan chargers for silver-plated trays, which I use a lot.
Last year, I decided to try a budget version of my Thanksgiving table using the same centerpiece, and changed out the rest to everyday and thrifted items.
It might just be my favorite because of the simplicity.
I will probably go a similar direction this year. As I look back, the tables definitely get simpler every year.
We made a video last year showing how to set an elegant table on a budget you can check out here:
I always look forward to hosting Thanksgiving and love that my mom lets me cook the turkey, cornbread dressing, potatoes, and gravy. She does the rest...including the homemade candy roaster and apple pies. I'll be sharing some of our recipes throughout this month as well.
Do you have your Thanksgiving table planned yet?