Tuesday, December 14, 2010

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like . . . Blue Willow??

Yes, it's Blue Willow and it's Thanksgiving

Well, not really, I'm just getting my Thanksgiving post up.

I used fresh fruit for centerpieces which served the dual purpose of becoming Christmas garland when we dried and strung the citrus. The rest we ate. I think I'll do that again next year. It adds a lot of fall color to the table too.

Don't be deceived into thinking it was a table for four.

We served 36 -- all on Blue Willow. With the exception of three Churchill Blue Willow dinner plates I was lucky to find at the last minute at an antique store when we learned guests were bringing guests, it was all Allertons Blue Willow I've been collecting since I rescued my aunt's treasured set just before it was all about to be sent to an antiques dealer. For back story click here.

Each guest left a note telling us what they were thankful for. Won't they be surprised when I use this picture as next year's invitation. Lucky for me none of them read my blog. It's kinda my secret Internet life - - how's that for an oxymoron?

Enjoying dinner. Wait one minute. Is he removing a charger? Yeah, I guess they do kind of get in the way when we have so many people and so much food. But they looked nice.

Enjoying appetizers. (We did eat in the right order.)

I used branches from a Bradford Pear as the focal point on my dining room sideboard. In keeping with the edible centerpiece theme, the vase is filled with mixed nuts.

Plenty of appetizers . . . and cocktails.

Thought I'd throw in a picture of my breakfast room sideboard. The vegetable pitchers and mug - $1 at the community thrift store. Same shopping trip as when I scored the $1 bunny pitcher holding the forsythia in my Easter post.

I'm linking to Between Naps on the Porch Tablescape Thursday where I'm certain you will see many beautiful Christmas tablescapes, and maybe a few late Thanksgiving posts like mine. Just click on the image below.


  1. How pretty -- I love Thanksgiving and your table was quite lovely -- looks like a wonderful gathering of family and friends.

  2. How in the world did you get that many people at the tables???? How many tables are put together? I love it and it is a beautiful table setting!! I enjoy when the whole family can sit together and eat. I am working on trying to figure out how to do that in our house!

  3. Dearest Angela,

    It is so refreshing to come to a blog with real photos from the owner, taken in the home and above all with FOOD on the plates! Most bloggers just kind of set a table without any food... Not very meaningful, just for looks.
    You did a marvelous job and your home looks very nicely coordinated. You KNOW your own taste and do what your heart tells you to do - that speaks from the images.
    Love the tall word: FREEDOM written on the black board. That also conveys it all.
    Wishing you a very Merry Cristmas and enjoy your company once more!

    Mariette's Back to Basics

  4. Beautiful table, Blue Willow is one of my favorite patterns.

  5. Burleigh Blue Willow lives at my house. Don't you love being able to create tablescapes for large groups...makes such a marvelous impact. Your table is wonderful...the fruit centerpieces are lovely. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay


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