Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Chinet Crowd


On a recent trip to  Canton, my youngest daughter and I stopped at Laurie Anna’s.

What a treat for the eye.

She has AMAZING things.

I bought several things to use for my tablescape at Thanksgiving .


This was my table last year.

Remember my mantra?

More is more.

This year I bought these at Laurie Anna’s.


These are tiny burlap bags that I plan to use for the silverware.


I am doing this for

one simple reason.

To Get My Father’s Reaction.

I want to hear him say,

“What’s that?”

“What’s that for?”

I also bought a 10 yard roll of burlap runner.


It is soft and has a nice bound edge.

He will probably say-

“That looks like the sacks my seed is in.”


And lastly, here is the hand towel I will NOT be using to dry dishes.

True confession?

The men in my family are the




paper plate crowd,

but every year I try.



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Rust: Vintage Inspired Design said...

Hi Laura,
Such pretties.....!!!!

trash talk said...

I got so excited when I saw this title. I thought...whoa Nelly...chinet is something I know a little about. I have a whole matching set of a gazillion as a matter of fact...the big ol' platter size!
BUT...then you go and show me your Thanksgiving past photo and I'm back to feeling like a peasant in the presence of the queen! L.A. ain't got a thing on you...just more...if that's possible!

Deb said...

must be a Texas men are the same way...but I think they appreciate the things we do to spice everything up a bit...

Olive said...

I am with you. No paper plates ever for me. I just cannot stand them. I will wash dishes all day instead. You are so funny teasing your Dad. ♥O

Lynn said...

My whole family belong to the Chinet Club! Your table is gorgeous! I think I'll try the burlap silverware trick!

red.neck chic said...

Laura - you and my Mom need to meet to swap "father" stories... LOLOLOLOL

I can not WAIT to see your table all set!!! LOVE the silverware bags!!!

;-D robelyn

Lisa ~Suburban Retreat~ said...

Those wee burlap bags are so precious ~ great idea to hold your cutlery!

Theresa said...

We use the big rectangle ones with dividers! There are lots of us, I usually buy 80 of them:) Nobody has enough china to feed that bunch of hungry Howells!

Love all of the burlap and can't wait to hear your Dad's comments!

Have a blessed day! HUGS!

Blondie's Journal said...

You scored some great treasures! I love how you are waiting for your father's reaction. I put a burlap tablecloth on and my daughter asked why I had a potato sack on the table! Some people just don't know what's in style!


Erin said...

Love it all!!!

Bonnie said...

Very pretty! I must get going on mine. Yours is inspiring.

Anonymous said...

Men... so barbaric. LOL

My dad would have said the same thing about the little burlap bags. He had a feed and seed corn business years ago so he can relate.

I think they're cute!

Diana Ferguson said...

I love the little bags!!!

Anonymous said...

Looking at all your photos the phrase that came to my mind is Elegant Simplicity. That's so you. Love every detail and yes, I've got a super sized Chinet kinda guy that grits his teeth over cloth napkins....

Lisa@Pickles and Cheese said...

I am partial to those little burlap bags holding the silverware. I just love them!

Tammy @BeatriceBanks said...

Your post made me laugh! I get the same kind of questions when I'm trying to be fancy. But, hey holidays are only once a year. They can eat the leftovers on their paper plates!

D.B. said...

HA! Darlin' I can hear your dad now and I don't even know him. Remember, I live in a house of 4 men! They humor by eating on real plates and using cloth napkins, but I also hear "what's that...... what's it for?" It just makes the dinner that much better! Did I just say dinner? We always had Supper when I was growing up!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Sounds like something my Father would have said.:)

Dayle ~ A Collection of Days said...

Aren't fathers just something else sometimes?

NanaDiana said...

My family always makes fun of me because I never use paper plates. Otherwise, why would I need a dishwasher? Love those little burlap bags--they are really cute! Looks like that was a wonderful shop...dangerous but wonderful! Hugs- Diana

Lisa said...

I love everything you bought! Your table will be beautiful this year!
PS I so know what you mean about the men in your life. I think I could put my crowd's food in a bowl next to the doggie dish and as long as it had meat and potatoes in it they'd be good to go.:)

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

OMG, do I want all that burlap!! I'm going on google next. Can't wait to see your table this year.

LaurieAnna's Vintage Home said...

What an adorable post....great comic relief tonight! Those men keep things interesting, don't they? Thanks for supporting us as you do, so glad you enjoyed the store, we enjoyed having you!

Pondside said...

I love it! My dad will always make a laughing comment but deep down he loves every little thing about a festive table. Can't wait to see what you're doing!

From the Old InkWell said...

Laura, love this post! HA! I can so relate!

deb mills said...

i am so grinning as i read this. your men sound so much like my men. sounds like a fun, loving family. aren't we blessed?!

Michelle @ Sweet Something Design said...

Great finds and beautiful table!

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Hi Laura... Gorgeous table I love the mercury glass, can't wait to see this years table! The burlap is all so cute, but that monogrammed hand towel is adorable!!

a quiet life said...

beautiful setting, long live more!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Very cute and I do love the little burlap bags.
Very funny about your Father...Thanks for sharing.

Lynn said...

Oh I'm lovin' the burlap! I know your table is going to be beautiful-have fun:@)

Mary said...

What delightful little burlap bags! Love the combination of your mercury glass & natural elements :-)

Anonymous said...

I love your treasures. I would love to get down to Canton. You know, the chinet crowd isn't all bad...less work.

Jacqueline said...

I have the same large silver urn that you show in the center of the table. Your table looks fabulous. I love the little burlap sacks and the runner. I think it is wonderful how you do not worry that they complain, I hear so many women who change their way of doing things because of complaints. Let them complain, they are noticing!

I am following you back. It will be fun getting to know you!

Marlis said...

I love your table from last year.. All the glimmer in those candlesticks is simply divine!! I think the burlap is wonderful. Wow, if you had stamps you could stamp an initial on those bags.. my mind is going into overdrive!! Great finds. Thanks for dropping in!

craftyles said...

Beautiful table. I love the burlap and the little flatware cozies.

Miss Char said...

Evidently we all have the same type of men in our family LOL. Your purchases are perfect, I love the little bags for your silverware. Great idea with the rolled burlap already seamed. Thanks so much for sharing.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Laura, What a great idea for the little burlap bags. I have never seen burlap runner sold like I am on a search. I Love last years table setting with the beautiful china and mercury glass candlesticks. It will be hard to top this one.
Take care,
xoxo, Sherry

Rustydiva said...

Love all the colors of Fall. Great basket!

Tricia said...

LOL! I can't wait to read your post-Thanksgiving comments relating your father's reaction to the burlap bags for silverware! That runner is very neat -- what a good idea! It's such a pain to sew burlap that having finished edges is A Good Thing. Thanks for your visit to my table this week!

Privet and Holly said...

True, most of
the guys don't
"get" the burlap
and the pretty
tablescapes, but
luckily your blog
sisters DO : )!!
I'd be right there
with you buying that
lovely stuff!!
Love your Spode, too!
xx Suzanne

Alycia Nichols said...

I applaud your tenacity in trying to get the men folk in your family to embrace the genteel side of life! I worked and worked at it for many years and even though my Dad still may ask, "What's that for?", he does have an appreciation for it all. He actually EXPECTS fresh flowers on the table and cloth napkins. He even may comment when he recognizes a piece that I've used before. So hang in there, sister! There IS hope! :-) Have a good weekend!

Barbara said...

You have me laughing and I can SO relate! I just don't care any more. I enjoy it so if they can't appreciate it, it doesn't matter. Love all your treasures and think the burlap is a wonderful touch for a table.

Debby S. said...

Your Thanksgiving table is BEAUTIFUL! Love the burlap. I cant imagine how FAB your table will be this year! Cant wait! So glad I stumbled onto your blog!!!

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

How funny, but how right you are about men. Half the fun of doing unique things at the dinner table is in baffling the men!

CHERI said...

Oh, I can hubs loves those big sturdy paper plates too! But beautiful dishes just can't be beat. Your table is going to be beautiful...and I would expect no less.

Sarah said...

Clever post! I like your sense of humor. Beautiful burlap too!


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