Friday, November 16, 2012

Thanksgiving Tablescape

Come on in...
The table is set. 

Darling Daughter arrives home from college today, 
Freshman year,
her first Thanksgiving visit home.

Do you remember what that was like?
I do, like it was yesterday.

The excitement was almost unbearable,
the hugs, the squeals, the sights and smells of home...

It's like that again for me today.
I cannot wait to see her!

 I am pretty sure I saw this idea on the blogoshere somewhere, 
and I had all the parts, 
so this lantern filled with Fall colored glass ornaments sets the stage.

The boxwood plants are from IKEA...  They can go anywhere.
Must get some more...

 I alternate the place mat colors.
It's kind of a thing I have....

I'd like to say it's a fancy design trademark
but it's really more like indecision
or plain old greed... 
I can't resist all of the pretty colors and fabrics and textures
so I use them all....

The leafy little green plates are from Pottery Barn.
The china and the sterling flatware and candlesticks are my Mom's.

I love the mix of the past and the present. 
I am thankful for all of it.

Now don't forget to make Aunt Dottie's Pickled Peaches 
from the recipe I shared with you last year... 

And here's a recipe for the Best Cranberry Sauce ever...
You can make this several days ahead, like I just did.

Cranberry Sauce with Port

1 bag of fresh cranberries
1 cup of good quality Port
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

Wash cranberries and drain.  Place all ingredients in medium saucepan. 
 Boil over medium high heat for about ten minutes 
or until almost all cranberries have popped, stirring frequently.  
Sauce will thicken when cool.  
Serves 8. 

Happy Thanksgiving!

Linking to:
Make The Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill
Masterpiece Monday at Boogie Board Cottage
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
Nifty Thrifty Sunday at Nifty Thrifty Things
Sunday Showoff at Twigg Studios
Just Something I Whipped Up at The Girl Creative
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Sunday Showcase Party at Under the Table and Dreaming
Table Top Tuesday at A Stroll Through Life
Tweak it Tuesday at Cozy Little House
Uncommonly Yours Link Party at Uncommon Designs
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Fridays Unfolded at Stuff and Nonsense
Fall Into Fall at DIY By Design
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage

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  1. Nicest looking table in town Erin.
    Grand home coming for Bridget.
    It's nice that you could combine new elements with heirlooms. And plants on the table bring life to the presentation.
    Happy Thanksgiving.
    The Simons

  2. Erin - so beautiful - my, I would forget to eat, well, almost! Lovely colors - gave me chills - a magazine picture - couldn't be more perfect. I've copied the cranberry recipe - yum! a.c.

  3. Erin, this is gorgeous. I just love all the color in your home. So nice to see instead of all the neutrals out there. Enjoy your daughter's visit and Thanksgiving.

  4. What a lovely post. Your table looks trademark or indecision, doesn't matter, I love it :). I also love that you have included your mom's candlesticks to your table, beautiful and meaningful. Enjoy your Thanksgiving with your lovely family.

  5. Your table is beautiful. I have a daughter in college who drove home Friday for the first time and got lost. I am thrilled to have her home. Have a happy Thanksgiving with your daughter. Olive

  6. Beautiful!
    I pinned your recipe for the Cranberry Sauce. I want to try that!
    Thank you for sharing.

    Happy Thanksgiving!


  7. Such a beautiful table. I love the lantern filled with fall ornaments. Hope you have a great Thanksgiving and enjoy your daughter being at home.

  8. Graciousness Erin...

    I am drooling with your goodies on your table. Not only with you yummy stuff and also with your treasure. Wow... I the green salad leaf dishes. I could die for them §;-)

    Hope you have a great Thanksgiving Day.

  9. Wow! Very Pretty! Happy Thanksgiving! Looking forward to seeing you at My Dream Canvas! I would love for you to see my centerpiece at my Thanksgiving table :) I am visiting you from Savvy Southern Style!

  10. I am so happy for you!!! Enjoy your time with your daughter. Your table is beautiful and so rich!!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  11. Erin, your table is gorgeous. Great job on your mosaics too. Enjoy your time with your daughter. Yes, I do remember the excitement of going home when away at college. There's no place like home!
    Happy Thanksgiving...........Sarah

  12. Beautiful table! I wish you enjoy every little moment with your daughter!

  13. Erin,

    How exciting to have this weekend with your daughter! I hope you're squeezing in every last minute of togetherness (well, between her visits with her high school friends ... I remember how that was on my first trip home agenda too!).

    Your table and home looks lovely!



  14. Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. Your tablescape is elegant. I can see your a traditionalist. I am too. I love cranberries and peaches and will have to try both your recipes out. I've never had pickled peaches. Did you have a jammed pack weekend with your daughter? I'm sure it went all too fast, but Christmas is not far off.


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