We seem to do Thanksgiving a little backwards...we celebrate with family the weekend before, and then head to a dear friend's beautiful barn for the actual holiday. Her grandfather built the barn in the 1940s, and it makes the holiday feel a tiny bit like we're pioneers having a community Thanksgiving in the neighbor's barn. But that's a story for another time!
Today's story is about the table I set for our family dinner a few days ago. I never seem to use traditional Thanksgiving colors. I still haven't lived down the year I did bright purple and grey! It was so lovely, with lots of calligraphy, antlers, and sparkle, but some people in the family just didn't get it. This year I went with black, blue, and bright yellow. I wanted to pick up the shades of blue in our dining room furniture and drapery, and use some blue and gold ribbon I bought in France a few years ago. I usually use my black transferware "Asiatic Pheasant" plates at Halloween, but forgot about them this year and didn't want a year to go by without them making an appearance. I had a lot of yellow flowers and plants around for a photoshoot, and I loved the vibrant shot of color they brought to the table.
The vintage silverware was my grandparent's wedding silver, and my waterford goblets were my mother's. I love using family heirlooms because it feels like all of those people from the past are present at our meal. I think Hayes is going to be the one that carries on this tradition, because even though he is all boy, he loves it when the sparkly dishes and glassware are out!
Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, whenever and wherever you celebrate. We have so, so much to be thankful for.