For Thanksgiving this year I have little to do other than shop for some of the groceries to take with me, since my mother and I will travel to be with other family members. So I just had fun setting the table with my brown and white dishes. I’ll be setting up the Christmas holiday table once I get back from the Thanksgiving weekend.
The linen placemats are in a paisley design with green, blue, and brown on white.
The large cloth napkins (22 inches square) with hand-worked border and main corner are off-white with some brown threads. I found them last week at a local consignment shop - six for $10.00. The napkin rings are wood with brown ridges.
For the centerpiece I used my by-now-familiar large covered pumpkin dish set on a white ceramic stand. Tucked under the stand are brown hydrangea stems with white and green sprays tucked in. Two matching smaller pumpkins are at each end as are two dark wood spiral candlesticks. Underneath are two of the napkins.
I started out with a white tablecloth underneath, but decided I wanted the polished table to show instead. Don't you agree that it looks better?
The dinner plates and berry dishes are Royal China "Wellesley" made in USA. The pattern is unusual with its stylized flowers. In the same "Wellesley" pattern, but made in England by Woods & Sons, is a covered butter dish - brown base and printed top and one 8.25" serving bowl. Wedgwood Queensware Ivy embossed bread and butter plates have "Wellesley" berry bowls set in them. The silverplated flatware is in different patterns that I have gotten from my mother and from thrift stores.
I used two different glasses -- "Virginia" goblets in brown by Fostoria, and clear "Vendange" goblets by J.G. Durand from France.
The other items include clear glass gravy boat and ladle, white embossed footed square plate, and four different salt and pepper sets.
The salad/dessert plates in brown and white transferware are by Royal Stafford, England.
I enjoy using placemats on the bare dining table and letting the rich brown set off the place settings.
For more delightful table settings please see the list of participants at Susan’s blog.