before the storm

before the storm
The wind started to blow, which made me look out the window, which made me grab my camera, which made me run outside, which made me ever so grateful for our little home among the saguaros.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

thinking about Thanksgiving...

Just a quick post tonight. I am playing around with tables, planning for Thanksgiving. It is hard to pick a favorite holiday but Thanksgiving is right up there. It is such a pure holiday for me. It is all about being grateful, spending time with family and the food. Oh, how I love Thanksgiving food!
The pumpkins are resting on slices of a fallen aspen limb.

Playing around with placecards. I don't think this will make the final cut but it got me thinking.

Thank you to Sherry for reminding me last week that I had these plates. I bought them when it was a gazillion degrees out, thinking they would be perfect for fall and maybe Thanksgiving. Apparently, the heat got to me because I had forgotten all about them until I saw Sherry's post.





Our plan is to have Thanksgiving outside. The weather has been perfect so far this month but who knows what next Thursday will bring.

Whatever the weather, we have much to be thankful for.


Join Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for many other tablescapes.

41 comments:

Sherry said...

Barbara,
Your plates are beautiful! I love how they complement the napkins and flatware. Very chic and you purchased all four of them. The whole set is wonderful. I love your natural centerpiece and your placecard. Very nice.
Sherry

Debbie said...

I love the fruit plates! They look really beautiful stacked with the white and gold, too. I would love some like that. Hope you get to have your Thanksgiving outside as you plan.

Such a pretty table!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Barbara, the colors in those pear plates are wonderful! They look great with the gold plate underneath. And I think those placecards are darling!

our daily dishes said...

love your salad plates, wonderful color combos~

Johanna said...

Hello Barbara,
the plates are great. Love the colors and the design. Wish you Happy Thanksgiving.
Greetings, Johanna

Mimi said...

Beautiful table, Barbara...love the color of the fruited plates.

ellen b. said...

Love those autumn fruit plates. We've enjoyed the local school kids coming to our door to collect food for the food banks here. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Step inside my home said...

Your fruit plates are gorgeous! I love the colors. They give your table a warm and rich glow! And I also love the pumpkins on the aspen bases. What a cute idea! ~Susie

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I love your simple yet rich and beautiful table.
Of course, those plates are perfect!!!!!! I would love to have a set of those!!!!!
Isn't it wonderful when we can put the emphesis on being Thankful and not fussing! You did a marvelous job putting together this table.
Yvonne

Sarah said...

Beautiful, rich colors for this table. Those plates are gorgeous. I like the idea of eating Thanksgiving alfresco. Enjoy!
Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Sarah

Paige @ The Wandering Cottage said...

This is very pretty!

Designs on 47th Street said...

Hi! Well I'm so glad you were reminded of those gorgeous dishes because you need to be using them. I do love them and they are so pretty with the layered chargers and plates. I also love those place cards!

I truly appreciate your visit to my blog today and am so glad you enjoyed seeing our tables.

Donna

Gail at Victorian at Heart said...

Your table setting is beautiful. The colors are a nice blend. The layering of chargers and plates with the beaded edges give dimension and texture. Have a Blessed Thanksgiving.

Pattie T. said...

Those plates are just gorgeous! I can't imagine what it would be like having thanksgiving outside, but I hope things work out favorably for you.

Marlis said...

Oh i love your table. Those plates are really wonderful, elegant and very stately. I really liked the personalized thankful cards. What a great idea...

Sweetladyelaine said...

Your plates are beautiful! I love the way you layered them. I agree with you, we have so much to be thankful for! God bless you this Thanksgiving!

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my place earlier! Your table is going to be just fabulous! The placecard idea is really great, and the place settings and napkins (!!!) are fab! I hope you do get to have dinner outside...that would be so great! What I would give to be able to do that...!!! It's already cold here in the Kansas City area and we're expecting cold, grey, windy conditions for Thanksgiving Day according to the long-term forecast. If it's going to be cold, at least it can be grey so that I can light lots of candles! :-) Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!!!!!

Denise @ http://www.somanytables.com/ said...

Oh, I love your place cards.

The salad plates are stunning! Can you actually use them or are they just to display?

Your napkins and chargers coordinate so well. Happy Thanks!

Maryrose said...

Hi, Thanks for dropping in. I am in love with those plates, so lucky you remembered them. I especially like your placecards...I have been toying with the idea of doing something similiar. With your inspiration I think I will follow through. Thanks and Happy Thanksgiving.
Maryrose

Deanne said...

I love the soft muted colours you used here, those top plates are just beautiful!

heidi said...

Pretty plates! And, eating outside? Not here, unless we all want to get wet! Thank you for your sweet comment (& giveaway entry). I can't imagine any of my family being so far as your son. But home is in the heart and soul, and I'm sure he's there with you even now.
Thanksgiving blessings to you!
Hugs, Heidi

Blondie's Journal said...

The fruit plates are beautiful...perfect for this time of year! Your table is fabulous! I like the place cards, too. Those would be keepers for me.

I agree that Thanksgiving is one of the best holidays for all of the reasons you gave. It really is a time to be thankful for all we have and to realize just how MUCH we have. And then to celebrate!!

Have a happy weekend. my friend!

XO,
Jane

Sharing with Sherri said...

Such a pretty tablescape! I love your gorgeous plates and your darling pumpkin display too!!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Sherri:)

Victoria said...

Love those plates! SO so pretty!

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What an absolutely perfect table setting you have created just in time for the holidays. I just love all of the different textures. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Those fruit plates are gorgeous, Barbara, and they go so well with your dinner plate and napkin color!

lulumusing said...

What a wonderful idea to have Thanksgiving outside....many will envy you. I always love your sense of color and texture, and once again I see that you, like I, love pumpkins. Happy Turkey Day among the saguaros!

mustard seeds said...

Your sideboard looks beautiful

Scribbler said...

Don't you love finding things you forgot you had? It's like Christmas!

Debbie said...

The fruit plates are stunning! I chuckled when you said you forgot about buying them ;o) I hope we can have a glass of wine outside on the deck before our Thanksgiving dinner. We are in New York where the weather is unpredictable this time of year. Thanksgiving blessings to you!

xinex said...

Beautiful table, Barbara! And I must add, your pilgrim figures are really pretty, love your plates too!...Christine

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Those plates are gorgeous! Beautiful tablescape!
I love those place cards, I'm going to copy those sometime! We aren't having the family here this year. We'll be at our friends for dinner.

Katherine

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

LOVE those plates!! They are beautiful! The whole tablescape is really eye pleasing! Great job!

Josiah's Mom said...

Ditto to what they said! But also, where did the plates come from?

Barbara said...

Thank you for all your kind comments! The plates are from Pier One. The stock was practically nonexistent at our stores. I had to really hunt them down - 3 different stores. I don't know if other stores had a better supply.

georgetownfresh said...

This is a great holiday table. So warm with the harvest colors. It looks like you are ready for Turkey Day!

Pat said...

Absolutely beautiful accent plates! They are so unique. I love them!

emptynester3 said...

Love the use of the different colored plates! The trio of pumpkins on the buffet look wonderful too! Thanks for visiting me! Love, ~Nana~

Mary said...

LOVE your plates~ the four different fruits are beautifully done with the touch of aqua! What a gorgeous Thanksgiving table they make~ Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family & the weather cooperates :-)

CAS said...

I really like the simplicity & charm of your table. It's just lovely.
I'm not sure, but I think AZ is the only place for Saguaro cacti. If that's true, then we are fellow desert rats. I'm a new follower.
CAS

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. So sorry for not getting back to you earty but I was out of town. I love your Tablescape with your beautiful plates~~you know I love plates like this !! Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my Tablescapes. You have a Great Thanksgiving Day