Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tablescape Thursday


        First of all and most importantly Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am so thankful.

        I created this tablescape while baking these.



Pecan Pies and Pioneer Woman’s Flat Apple Pie


        I wanted to try something rustic with something more refined.  I enjoy contrast- highs and lows.


           I intentionally left the center pedestal empty.      IMGP0328

         The brown napkins are from Ross.  The pewter napkin rings were a gift, and I have collected the Reed & Barton Francis 1st sterling over a 38 year period (slowly!).

IMGP0342                The crystal goblets were inexpensive and are from Tuesday Morning (about 8 years ago).  The silver goblets are from Salvation Army in Dallas.  They were $2.99 each.


        The twig runner, nests, and pine cones are from LaurieAnna’s in Canton.  The feathered ornaments are from Casa Guero in Laredo.


        I inserted the feathers to give things a little more softness. The table is set with Woodland Spode. It is all about the birds.

        My oldest daughter collects this, and I have unashamedly copied every set of china she has collected: Blue Italian, Blue Danube, and now this. (I hope it’s OK.)



        Now… is this what I will use Thanksgiving Day?  Probably not.  My Franciscan Apple is ready and waiting, plus I can just hear my farmer/rancher father if he sat down and saw all of those feathers near his plate.

“Sister, what’s that for?”

In the meantime my husband just rolls his eyes.  When he walked through the dining room earlier ,while I was teetering on a step ladder with my trusty camera, he said,

“Now you know you don’t have a lot of luck doing things like that.”

PS.  I pinched a bite of crust with caramelized gooey apple drippings off of the Flat Apple Pie.

Oh mercy, as my grandmother would say.

I am linking to Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday hosted by Susan.


The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laura, this is STUNNING. I agree about using highs and lows, and you have done that to perfection here. Where do I begin about how much I love this tablescape?

I love yoru rustic runner and the nests and feathers. I love the tall silver piece you have in the center. What is that? It is divine.

But what really caught my eye were the two quails on the Woodland Spode. I adore that pattern. My best friend has it. My MIL and SIL both have Francis I. I have a simpler pattern, but I adore Francis. Loved your napkin rings, too.

If you hadn't told me, I wouldn't have known the goblets weren't fine sterling. They have a great look. Love the shape.

This is one of my favorite tables I've seen over the holidays. It is magazine worthy, Laura. You are GOOD!

Happy Thanksgiving and Tablescape Thursday...


Sheila... who loved your tribute the other day to your farmer/rancher father; itbrought tears to my eyes!

food with style said...

oh i love your table, i did mine brown and gold, i debated about silver, after seeing yours i wish i had! just gorgeous, i so love the natural elements, so peaceful...

gorgeous pics, love your blog!

wishing you a very happy thanksgiving~

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

What a gorgeous table! I love those dishes. I'd like to have a set myself. What a deal you found on those silver goblets! Your centerpiece is just lovely too. I guess I just love everything!

niartist said...

Laura, what a BEAUTIFUL table! I love the juxtapose of the natural with the elegant, so I'm a HUGE HUGE HUGE fan of your centerpiece! Oh, and of your pecan pie ... wanna send one my way? Lovely table, Perfect for Thanksgiving! Thanks for sharing, and have a great day! Happy Holidays!

Julie said...

Hi Laura, What a beautiful table...Love it all,Perfect for Thanksgiving...Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family...

Debra@CommonGround said...

Everything looks incredible! Ah husbands, don't ya just love'em? So supportive of our hairbrained endeavors in the wide world of decor!
I could just see your dad checking out the feathers. ha ha. The desserts look delish! And I'm crazy about those little quail on the Spode. OK, don't get me started on transferware yet again! I guess I better go to bed, I have some cookin' to do in the am.
big hugs, Laura,

Pearl Maple said...

Nice tablescape, all those browns add a nice earthy touch to the theme. Thanks for sharing the inspiration.

Poolside with the Girls said...

Beautiful! Love ths Spode Dinnerware!!

Theresa said...

OH MY... Laura, Gorgeous! Love the dishes:) Sweet to add the little bird nests! Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Deb said...

Laura..Happy Thanksgiving... husbands just don't understand the blogging world...beautiful photos...

trash talk said...

Tell me he at least held the ladder steady for you! Beautiful tablescape...once again!

LuLo Designs/Blue Eyed Tango said...

Happy Thanksgiving Laura....absolutely gorgeous!! Love the rustic with the silver! The nests are great!

Debbie's Garden said...

Lovely! I think the rustic of it reminds me of what the original thanksgiving tables might have been more like. Decorations of nature and any finery they might have had. I picture women cooking REALLY all day over wood burning stoves, and sending kids out (of the way) to find pretty things for the table. Bird nests, pinecones, feathers . . . all "treasures" from a childs hunt.

Lisa said...

I have always loved Woodland. It speaks Fall, doesn't it?
So glad your pies turned out. That apple pie...Oh my! Are you sure you wanna share that? I think I'd have to catch that sweetie alone in the pantry with a spoon and a scoop of Blue Bell!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
PS Haven't decided yet what we'll read for Book Club. I was thinking about an oldie like "A Woman of Independent Means." Maybe? Any suggestions are appreciated. :)

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Total perfection!

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Such a beautiful and stunning table. Everything is so beautifully done. I hope you and all your family have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

vignette design said...

I absolutely love your table. Love the china and your centerpiece is gorgeous. Your post is total eye candy! Delores

trish said...

Happy Thanksgiving Laura.
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

prashant said...

This is one of my favorite tables I've seen over the holidays. It is magazine worthy.

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Sharlotte said...

Your table is gorgeous! I love how you mixed the rustic items with your silver.And your apple pie? Oh my, that just looks totally delicious! Thanks so much for sharing!

Anonymous said...

Laura, what a beautiful table. I love all of your silver sparklies! Those dishes are so pretty and what a compliment to your daughter.
Hope your Thanksgiving was wonderful
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Marigene said...

S.T.U.N.N.I.N.G. That has to be one of the most unique centerpieces I have seen...I ♥♥♥ it!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is just beautiful -- highs and lows -- I love that! Everything looks beautiful and delicious -- hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving -- thanks for your kind visit to my table this week -- it's always nice to have friendly blogger guests!

Marguerite said...

Absolutely GORGEOUS! Table,feathers, pies, and all. You should create table scapes for a living, you'd become rich! Happy Thanksgiving, a little late!

Anonymous said...

This is one of the prettiest TGV scapes I ever saw!


Diann @ the thrifty Groove said...

Hi Laura!

Stunning! Honestly, I love it all! And am totally in love with your silverware!! they are drool worthy!

Have a fantastic weekend!

Michelle said...

So gorgeous!!

Jeanette said...

What a lovely table!

Just a bed of roses said...

Your blog postings are exquisite...I love what you do.
This will be fun finding new blogging friends such as you, happy holidays!

Anonymous said...

I understand about dad's that don't understand what all the fuss is about over a beautiful tablescape. I loved your tablescape. Hope your Thanksgiving was fantastic and I have really been meaning to try that flat apple pie recipe.


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