Finishing Touches


Thanksgiving is the only holiday the hubby and I still claim as ours as it is the one time of year when most of our immediate family gathers under our roof.  Some things about this day don’t change.  Everyone makes part of the meal, cornbread dressing and giblet gravy just like Mother made are a must, the same dishes and dryer hose pumpkins are a traditional part of the tablescape.

Thanksgiving tableThe trick with the pumpkins is figuring out how to present them a little differently from one Thanksgiving table to another. This year they  spill out of an old wooden box, special because it belonged to my mother-in-law.

Thanksgiving tableThe box is on a piece of burlap tied at each end with ribbon that has not only the colors of fall but tones complementing those in the painting.  I always like having the table look like it belongs in its space.

Thanksgiving tableLittle turkeys roam the table expecting to cast a soft evening glow, and that’s it, a simple centerpiece.

Thanksgiving tableIt wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without Della Robbia dishes,  the very first ones I bought when I moved into a Houston apartment more than 40 years ago.  Amazingly, not a single piece has been broken.  I had enough burlap and ribbon to make a few placemats that alternate with another set.

Thanksgiving tableNow, orange stems gotten several years ago at Pier One and  new flatware from Ross are added to the mix.  At the time I bought the flatware, I wasn’t thinking about the Thanksgiving table, but it is a fun touch perfect with the Della Robbia.

Thanksgiving tableHelping out with the finishing touches are the girls who are tying napkins with twine and putting their specially made name cards at each place.  

Thanksgiving tableSo, there it is, an uncomplicated Thanksgiving table, full of tradition, around which we will share gratitude for all that blesses our lives and the joy of being together.

Now, it’s off to the kitchen where the girls will make adorable pumpkin rolls from a recipe found here.  My job is to get started on the dressing and season the turkey.  Thinking about all the food that will be on the table  tomorrow reminds me that today I better eat light!

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you who take the time to read and comment here.  You are among my blessings.

24 thoughts on “Finishing Touches

  1. It all looks wonderful as I’m certain the food will be yummy. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Lulu. Our will also be beautiful and scrumptious the same old fashioned way. Enjoy!!!

  2. Lulu, love the pumpkins in the wooden box. Your placemats turned out so cute and they look perfect with the plates! The girls are cute little helpers. Have a blessed Thanksgiving surrounded with those you love!
    hugs,
    Jann

  3. What a festive table…looks like you are having so much fun which is what holidays should be all about. Enjoy it to the fullest! Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!!

  4. Love your tablescapes which are always so lovely and INSPIRING! Today’s gathering at home will be a small one, but never the less, I have had pleasure creating a festive tablescape too! Blessings abound! Thank you for being my friend.

  5. How awesome! Beautiful home deco and food art. That table gotta be not just a feast for the stomach but for the eyes as well. The pumpkins are really cool looking. And the painting matches the nature-feel in the kitchen setting.

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