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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Let The Holidays Begin!

We had a flurry of entertaining late summer and early fall, then a flurry of vacationing, so it seems like quite a while since we've had folks here to dine.  I feel like this meal will be Holiday '15 liftoff!  We are expecting some dear friends that we have not been with for a long time.  They will be on their way from their summer home to their winter home and they are putting Atlanta on the route so we can re-connect!  Oh, joy!!!!

This arrangement of real and faux gourds has been on our dining room table most of the fall.  While I am usually all about fresh, it is such a treat to take this bin out of storage and decorate the table..Slam bam, done!  I don't worry about rotting or drooping or fading. (I might have to re-think the fresh bias.)

This turned out to be an abundantly beautiful table.

Since I already had the centerpiece sitting on a green linen runner, I didn't want to take it all off and add a tablecloth, so I used cream colored straw placemats to make a contrast on the dark wood table.  Then a cream charger from Z Gallerie, and a dinner plate with the image of a cross cut of a log.

Then, (drum roll please), this salad plate that makes the whole darn table work!  I love it so much.  These were a gift from one of my bridge buddies and the are just about one of the most perfect gifts.

This light wood handled flatware is an old Martha Stewart pattern that, again, shows up well on the table.

I "auditioned" several different napkins before I decided on this dark brown one and then I tied it with a wood slice as a placecard.  I was wishing I had a woodburning tool to write the names, but settled for a brown magic marker.

The glasses are some I use often.  The green stem is from Swoosie's and the amber tumbler is from Bobby Flay's line at Kohl's.

These little plates from the floral wholesaler make a good bread and butter dish.

I regret not buying enough of these little salt and peppers to use them as individuals.  They were from the dollar bin at Michael's a few years ago.

Somehow, water served from this French bottle seems so much better than any of my many pitchers.

This rattan coaster is waiting the perfect bottle of wine.  Hmmm.  What should it be?  Something crisp and white.

Buried in the midst of the gourds, grapes, and nuts, are these wonderful old twisty candlesticks.

As you can see, one reason I like this table so much is that it suits the colors already in this room.

We can't wait to share a meal with these friends.  When you put your feet under the same table, magic often happens.

This year, may the abundance of the harvest season......

translate into an abundance of riches from the presence of your friends.


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Monday Funday

Make It Pretty Monday

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Celebrate It Sunday

Share It One More Time (Sat.)


  1. I LOVE it!! Where did the gorgeous leaf plates come from or what is the maker? I have to know!
    Your table is gorgeous and I know your friends will love it, too!

    1. I know!!!! Aren't they wonderful? They are from Sur La Table, but it was a couple years ago. I have a tray to match. They are a homerun, especially in this room. Thanks for your comment! Have a wonderful holiday, Susan.

  2. What a great table! I especially love the photo shot from up above: it really shows all the colors and perfect centerpiece. Such a great space: your friends will love it! Thanks for sharing. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  3. Stunning table! I love the use of the modern color green mixed in with traditional browns.

    Looks wonderful! Happy Thanksgiving

  4. Gorgeous! Where do I start. Each place setting is exquisite. I love the wood place card holders so apt for this table. The brown French is wonderful. I love it! Gorgeous centerpiece as well. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  5. What a pretty table setting! Thanks for joining the "Celebrate Your Story" link-up party.


  6. What a beautiful day! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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