A few weeks back I came across these appetizer plates at Marshall's. My mind started racing with ideas that included using them for Thanksgiving and Christmas. I decided to use some of my more formal pieces to put this table together so that it would be appropriate for an evening meal.
They came in a 4 pack and originally I only picked up one pack but I was in a different Marshall's and decided I liked them enough to want 8. They also came in dinner plates, salad plates and some serving pieces but I knew they would work well with what I had. I like to mix gold and silver since my flatware is silver.
I set the table for six in my Dining Room.
My gold place mats (Ross) can either be dressed up or down. I added a gold charger and used my Federalist White Ironstone dinner and salad plates. I used my GW silverware and what a great deal it has turned out to be. I seem to use it all the time now.
I layered a gold napkin (Home Goods) with this shiny taupe one(Ross) with a subtle leaf design. I had lots of napkin rings but none in gold so I picked these up at Old Time Pottery ($1.29 each).
An easy way to make a meal more special is to use placecards. These are just little frames from Dollar Tree and they add some silver to the mix. I found a turkey image on line that I liked and just printed it out 6 times. No names yet since I'm not sure who is coming for dinner this year. I went with a dignified looking turkey for this more formal table.
For the centerpiece I used my glass hurricane with an ivory candle sitting on a cake stand (Ross). I love the ruffled edge of the stand.
I went a little crazy with spray paint a few weeks ago and painted silk leaves from Dollar Tree and some pumpkins and gourds I had on hand.
At first I had the centerpiece sitting on it's own but decided it needed some kind of a runner. I have seen other bloggers using scarves and thought this was a great idea. Anyone who knows me, knows I have an obscene amount of scarves. I wear them all the time. This was one my mother gave me and it has gold threads running though it. I thought it finished off the middle of the table perfectly.
I found these ivory ceramic candlesticks at two different times on clearance (Ross). The gold candles are from the Christmas Tree Shoppe. Yes! I got to shop there last week when I was visiting my hometown in NJ.
I finished it off with my crystal glasses.
A few more pictures.
Let's light the candles and get this dinner started!
Did you notice that the candlelight pictures don't have frames? Sorry, I was trying to get this post done so I could watch the CMA's. (I don't want to miss Scotty McCreery!).
I am joining Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch. Be sure to visit my sister Elaine at Creating Wonderful Spaces to see her table using our Grandmother's things. Do you eat Thanksgiving dinner in the afternoon or after dark? Do you try to make it a bit more formal or more casual? Here's a tip: the later the dinner the more time you have to get that turkey stuffed and in the oven!
Next Wednesday, November 16, my sister and I will be posting very special tablescapes. Even though we haven’t lived within a thousand miles of each other since our country’s bicentennial, the sister bond runs deep. On one visit, on the same day, we wore identical outfits. Our niece just had a baby and we purchased the exact same gift. It has always been a source of amusement for us. We knew it was bound to happen when we both started tablescaping, but we bought the same appetizer plates. We thought it would be fun to use them the same week, make some guidelines to the colors allowed, and see what happens! So, be sure to join us next week for Tablescape Thursday!!!