In the meantime, I ran across these pictures of Thanksgiving 2013. Guess I didn't have time to post, so here's a few from last year--in hopes that they will inspire!
Again, I used my Battenburg lace cloth. This tablecloth fits my table well with all the leaves in.
I kept the table uncluttered, and used a simple epergne-like bowl which held flowers, greenery, and candles.
The greenery, leland cypress and magnolia, are greens I frequently use for the holidays.
The centerpiece base is silver and the bowl is crystal, with arms extending to hold the candles.
The silver chargers were a Goodwill find, and I frequently use them for formal dinners.
I have been collecting vintage crystal with the gold-plate around the outside. I find them at estate sales and online auctions. These I used for iced tea and water.
I don't know the manufacturer of these, but I love the look.
I accessorized the table with silver pumpkins and gourds, and gold pumpkin candles.
My daughter hates it when I use place cards, but I find it's a lot less hectic when people can quickly find their seats.
I used the kitchen table for desserts. I also had a couple show up that didn't RSVP, so I had to quickly add two place settings to the kitchen table. Worked out ok, and I was glad they came.
Since I'm not having a huge crowd this year, I will probably also use the kitchen for serving. There will just be eight of us this year. Still a lot to do, so I better get up and get going! Thanks for your visit, and I hope you and yours have a very special, happy Thanksgiving!