Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Tablescape Thursday - Thanksgiving leftovers

It's time for playing with the dishes again for Tablescape Thursday. Of course last week was the holiday of all holiday for tablescapers....Thanksgiving, where it's all about the tables. I didn't get a chance to post our tables last week because all the tables were set at the last minute and pictures were taken right before we gathered. So this week I'm posting "Thanksgiving leftovers".

This was our "AARP" table - (yes, I was sitting there too)!

I found these turkey napkins at Virginia Beach this fall. Love this scene.

Our china pattern is Noritaki Stanford Court -- it's a discontinued pattern now, I'm lucky to have full place settings for 12.

Found these pretty little silver turkey candleholders 1/2 price at Marshall's (I live entirely too close to that store!)

My centerpiece was a "re-do" of my centerpiece from our anniversary celebration of the night before. Switched out the bride and groom for a pumpkin. (I've heard of the carriage turning into a pumpkin...but never the bride and groom!)

Next we have our "Gentleman's" table -- where our son, son-in-law and college guest sat.

A pheasant and feathers "off-centeredpiece".

Loved that the "other" side of the Turkey napkins had a pheasant scene. Perfect!

Next, some special Thanksgiving guests on the "Kids and Mama's" table. Maybe next year they'll graduate to just a "Kids table".

And we all know that it's the Kid's table that really rules!

A fun little trio of "leftover" turkeys.

Hope that your Thanksgiving was wonderfully blessed with family and friends, dishes and delights! Be sure to visit Susan of "Between Naps on the Porch" for all the inspiration you'll ever need for setting a beautiful table.

See ya!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Celebration days

I know that I've been "missing" for a few days -- I missed you guys and I've been sort of catching up the past couple of days. Well I'll show you what I've been up to while I was gone. The beginning of the week I took off to cook and clean to get ready for some celebrating because late on Tuesday evening after our son finished up his rehearsal at the theatre our Georgia kids and grandgirls flew in for some fun! It was about midnight before they got here so they shortly went to bed to rest up for....

...a morning of playing with the cousins. Stella Grace is four.

The twins Kendall and Keelyn are two....

....and babygirl Molly Rose is 17 months. After playing together and having lunch the girls and their moms left for a photo shoot for a couple of hours -- I can't wait to get (and show off) their pictures!

They each had matching pink turtleneck shirts and jeans overalls embroidered with pink flowers on the bib and back pockets -- so cute!

They all came back ready for the next "event". (I didn't get a picture of Stella in her outfit)

Wednesday evening we celebrated our 35th Wedding anniversary. We were married on Thanksgiving eve 35 years ago (actually the date was the 26th Friday) -- but I really think of Thanksgiving eve as our anniversary and it fit into the time everyone was here.

I loved this little vintage wedding couple I found at Cold Harbor Antiques a few weeks ago and I knew I would use them in my centerpiece.

Our celebration table set.

The wine glasses are ready....

...and I've collected lots of mis-matched punch cups at thrift stores and GoodWill -- as well as gotten a few from our parents. The were perfect for the autumn punch and the hot cider.

Cake for remembering our special day.

Lots of great food and I didn't get a picture of my husband who was grilling oysters out back . (In fact, he hates to take his picture and managed to avoid being in any at all!)

More food.

Our Autumn cherub sets the mood.
It was a really fun evening and a gathering of my sister who was visiting from Wisconsin (she brought and put together a delicious cheese tray) and my husbands sister and husband and daughter -- they brought the wine and some wonderful munchies as well.

The next morning Stella helped me bake a pumpkin pie -- what a sweet assistant!

Our wedding couple turned into a pumpkin for our centerpiece on Thanksgiving. We had three tables I'll share this coming Tablescape Thursday.

My sister found these adorable pilgrim cookies for the girls. (Nana had a few nibbles too)

A great assortment of desserts on the sideboard.

Our son Andy with his wife, Megan, and their girls Stella and Molly.

Stella wanted her picture taken in the "pretty chair". Molly sort of takes her grandfather's approach to posing for pictures.

Our daughter Katy and her husband Brett with their girls Kendall and Keelyn.

Dear friends who have just moved back to Virginia -- Jerry (who was a groomsman in our wedding) and his wife Brenda and their son Evan.

My sister Mary Kay from Wisconsin, me and our Daddy.

Because our Georgia kids won't be here for Christmas...that evening we celebrated Christmas as well with them as well. Molly has a method for opening gifts that is quite unique --- she sort of jumps on top of the box first....

....but if that doesn't work, it's time for help.

Stella shows Molly what to do with her ladybug "Pillow Pal".

Now it's Stellas turn.

Both girls get into the action.

Stella was happy with her panda pillow.

....and the end result of our celebration days!

Hope you had a wonderful time with family and friends around your tables too!

See ya!

Friday, November 19, 2010

We have a winner! 200th post Giveaway

My last post (#200) was a giveaway for this holiday apron. So I made my list (and checked it twice)....

....put in the number of entries in the random number generator....

....#12 was the winner....who is.....

....Karen (Still Magnolia) of "Karen's Korner!

So Karen...this will soon be on it's way to your house. Thank you for being a great blogging friend and follower. Thank you all for your kindnesses -- I'm thankful for each of you and the encouragement and inspirations you each have sent my way over the past 200 posts.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

See ya!