Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Thanksgiving--a gift from my mom

 My mom gifted me with a service for 12 in Mikasa Italian Countryside. My first Mikasa and my first white... I think I'm the last person to finally get a set of white dishes. I love the details and the versatility. I can't wait to showcase these during Christmas! The beautiful floral lined dinner plate makes a perfect stage for a variety of styles in luncheon and salad plates. 
I played with the coffee cups and saucers and without...I used my grandmother's silver coffee spoons.
 I added some greenery (nandina and holly berry) from the garden to my centerpiece.
  The berry salad plates say Oven King Italy on the back. They were also my moms. I used her amber jeweled wine stems, my water goblets, rattan chargers and Wallace Antique Bead stainless with my grandmother's tea spoons. The runner is 3 linen place mats from Romania. The embroidered napkins were from an estate sale and the rings are a wedding gift from Bed Bath and Beyond. 

 We will feast on Turkey and dressing--my mom's oyster dressing
Mashed potatoes and giblet gravy
Sweet potato casserole
Cranberry Sauce
Green Beans
Jo's Cherry Coke Salad
Bama's Salad
Pumpkin Pie
Fantasy Fudge 

 My mom made this quilt top a couple months ago. The silver platter, rather tarnished, I know, is part of a tea set I have from my grandmother. My turkey platter is a clearance item from Target years ago and I think the bowl is from Tuesday Morning, years ago.
I am thankful for so many things...a warm house, healthy beautiful children, a steady job for my husband and my brother, the health of my parents, the relationship they have with their grandsons, a God who loves me unconditionally and guides me as a wife, mommy and daughter. I pray your Thanksgiving is a joyous time of remembering all the blessings you have!
Happy Thanksgiving!!!

I'll be joining these blogs this week.


Marigene said...

Beautiful table, Meredith...and no, you are not the last one to have those dishes! I have several white, but not the Mikasa.
Nice centerpiece, really looks like with all the white.
Your menu sounds delicious!
Have a great week, Meredith.

Tanya@takesix said...

What a lovely gift from your mom. Your table is gorgeous! I love your centerpiece and the gorgeous red votive holders! Happy Thanksgiving!

Emelia DiCarlo said...

Beautiful, I bought the same set for our family. I admired it over the years from Anita, far Above Rubies and Yvonne of Stone gable. Two beauty filled blogs.I am enjoying all your posts. Happy Blessed Thanksgiving.Your mom is lovely!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Meredith, I was so surprised to see Italian Countryside on your table this week! I hope you love yours as much as I do mine. I've had my set for 10 years now, and it's definitely been a workhorse for me. What a wonderfully generous gift from your Mom ... and what a beautiful Thanksgiving table you've prepared. I hope you have a lovely holiday with your family. We are both truly blessed, aren't we?

Marlis said...

I am so happy for your gift of the white dishes.. I am sure you will be using them so frequently, you'll wonder how you made it without them. They are fabulous. Don't you love the way they feel when you run your hand over them! Your table is soo pretty as are your lovely photos. xo marlis

Entertaining Women said...

You're going to have so much fun with your new Mikasa Italian Countryside...hurray for mom!...and you! Gorgeous tablescape...are family treasures always the best! Happy Thanksgiving. Cherry Kay

Scribbler said...

Your table is beautiful. Everyone needs nice white china and you will enjoy yours for years. I do love the little plate with the leaves on it -- very pretty.

Jane@Cottage at the Crossroads said...

What a beautiful table you've set with your new dishes! I have had Italian Countryside for at least 15 years. We use it everyday. Your centerpiece is gorgeous, and I like how you made a table runner out of placemats. Very pretty!

The Tablescaper said...

Congratulations on your set of white. Yes, it is very versatile and it looks like you got it off to a great start. So thoughtful of your Mom. Your table looks so warm and inviting.

- The Tablescaper

Alycia Nichols said...

You did a wonderful job with this table, Meredith! The centerpiece is really pretty!!! Congratulations on the acquisition of your white dishes! They are one of the most versatile elements ever!!! Your Thanksgiving Day menu sound delish. I've never heard of Cherry Coke Salad. What is that?

Elaine said...

Those dishes are one of my favoites! They are so classically beautiful. The whole table just exudes elegance!

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