Let's go back in time for a bit now to see some of my previous tablescapes. This one, in oranges, purples, and browns is Thanksgiving 2012. To the right in the picture is a Fitz & Floyd pheasant covered butter that I got in the '80s. Forgive my lack of detail photos - I didn't know I'd be blogging at the time.
The centerpiece was fresh vegetables from our garden and flowers from the grocery store. (Sometimes you want a gorgeous florist-made centerpiece and sometimes you just need $4-a-bunch flowers from the super market.) It included several varieties of gourds, eggplants, curly kale, mums, aiestroemeria, and hydrangeas. In order to keep the flowers fresh, each stem is in a little plastic stem vase that you can get at a florist or craft store.
The dishes are Spode Woodland. I used dinner plates and rimmed soup bowls for the adults and octagonal dessert plates for the kids. Included in each place setting were pretty embroidered Williams-Sonoma napkins in autumnal colors, my Grande Baroque sterling flatware, gold speckled goblets, and vintage Bakelike salt and pepper sets at the top of each plate.
Each chair back was decorated with a natural color muslin cover that expressed the day's motto, "Give Thanks." I got them from my friends Troy and Rod at Junk Exchange in Waco.
The buffet table was covered with an orange Williams-Sonoma cloth and a square antique gold tapestry cloth placed on the bias. (Visit Williams-Sonoma stores after holidays to find good sales on items to use for next year.) The pumpkin pie is on a cake stand that was a wedding gift to my parents, who married in 1945. The chocolate cake is on a vintage pressed glass cake stand, purchased on one of our many antiquing trips to England. The other serving pieces are all part of the Spode Woodland set.