Tuesday, October 31, 2017

We Gather Together

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As we gather together as families for Thanksgiving this year, I am very thankful for each and every blessing. It is especially meaningful for me to count my blessings this year, as I have just returned from visiting El Salvador, where I saw first hand a poor country, where most live in poverty and struggle to feed their families.

 I am joining a group of fabulous tablescapers,  this week in a bloghop sponsored by Chloe Crabtree @Celebrate and Decorate.com. A schedule is listed at the end of this post so you can visit each blogger for great inspiration.

From our house to yours, I welcome you today.

There is something special about Thanksgiving that warms our hearts. I am tingling with excitement that my family is coming to my house this year.

Fall has refreshed us from the hot summer days and the anticipation of gathering  together as families and friends and enjoying one another is beckoning. At least for me it is. Fall mums and pumpkins are the essence of autumn. Step on in, and lets think about decorating for our family and guests and think about  what food we are going to serve. Have you started planning yet?


I'm breaking with my tradition of using the same dishes each Thanksgiving. Decided to change it up this year!

Orange is not usually used on my tables but this year bold colors are speaking to me. I used a $12.99 bundle of grocery store flowers and added camellias, hydrangeas and berries from my garden for the centerpiece.

I had one lone hydrangea left in my garden. 


 The little pilgrim salt and pepper shakers have been a traditional part of my Thanksgiving table, so I couldn't leave them off.

I guess you can see along the way that I added a tablecloth. I was pleased that this vintage damask cloth had the greek key pattern and also a subtle fleur de lis pattern on the top. 

I love how the greek key pattern in the tablecloth repeated the greek key in my iron window pieces.

My family is going to be very surprised I am using blue and white dishes with orange accents.



These pics from previous Thanksgiving tables clearly show you I am changing it up. A recap can be viewed here of previous Thanksgivings.

This Horchow pottery has so much personality with each plate and cup having different patterns. If you look closely you can see the fleur de lis pattern on the tablecloth in this pic.
I decluttered a little here. Can you see the change? I think I like it better. Maybe my life needs decluttering, too.
 Our trip to El Salvador that I mentioned earlier was with Compassion International to meet our sponsored child.  My husband said he was forever changed.  I hope to blog about that soon. 

"Now, our God, we give You thanks, and praise Your glorious name. 1 Chronicles 29:13

Check out these posts for wonderful Thanksgiving tablescaping ideas.


Have a wonderful week.
                                              


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Friday, October 27, 2017

Thanksgiving Tablescape Bloghop

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Please join twenty three bloggers next week for a Thanksgiving Tablescape bloghop. My post will be on Tuesday. I would love for you to join in the fun.
The schedule is posted below. 
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday

This is a wonderful opportunity to be inspired for Thanksgiving decorating ideas.
                                                      

Hope to see you next week.
                                                     

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Autumn Alfresco Tea with Sophie

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It was a beautiful fall day for a tea party with our granddaughter visiting us during her fall break! 
The weather was so pleasant. There was a gentle breeze and the birds entertained us with delightful birdsong. 
Pumpkin muffins with sunflower seeds, tiny assorted Belgian chocolate pumpkins, and chocolate mousse pumpkins were yummy.
Johnson Brothers ironstone tea set and cups and plates were wedding gifts, circa 1971. I still love them. Some are crazed and have a few chips but they are very special to me.
Fall mums, Indian corn and heirloom pumpkins are staple autumn decorations at my home.

I had fun putting the table together for us. These special times with just the two of us are very enjoyable and this time we had all the time in the world to sit and enjoy the beautiful day with no other demands. You may remember another tea party that the weather chased us inside, here.

Our food came from Trader Joe's and not only was it cute but it tasted great. Wish I lived closer to Trader Joe's because they have so many nice things. 


I finally found this picture that I have looked and looked for! This pic was made on October 7, 2014! Oh, they grow up so fast! We will have all our family together for Thanksgiving so I'd better have a tea party plan in place. Maybe we can get the 15 year old to join us, too!



Wish everyday could be as pleasant. Happy Fall!

Have 
a wonderful week.
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