The month of November flew by but somewhere in there the husband and I hosted nine friends and family members for our second annual Thanksgiving feast!
Last year we laid the table (which was two tables pushed together and surrounded with every chair we had) for 11 people with drop clothes, silver, crystal and cloth napkins. Between that dinner and this year’s, my grandma gave me two beautiful linen tablecloths that were my great-grandmother’s. Naturally it was worth breaking out the nice linen to lay under my other great-grandma’s silver and my hand-me-down crystal (which may have been yet another great-grandma’s).
Even with two less people our standard dining table would not have fit everyone and while I debated buying an eight-foot banquet table to keep, we ended up renting a table, chairs and a green linen to go under my great-grandmother’s. It was well worth the very minimal rental fee and my husband and father just had to pick everything up and drop it off. Worked great!
My grandmother said that this linen was custom monogrammed in Chicago for my grandfather’s mother. There are also matching napkins that I have but there was only so much dry cleaning I was ready to commit to. With such lovely silverware, glassware and linens being used, I kept everything on the table to a minimum and took things from my garden.
Centerpieces were mason jars with the garden’s straggling roses and kale. My pumpkins made an appearance and even my giant French muscat pumpkin was finally picked as a beautiful centerpiece! It doesn’t look terribly crazy but it weighed in at over 22 pounds!!! Quite the show piece and I’m very proud of it.
The grape vines in our backyard do turn fall colors so I made use of a few large leaves with more roses.
We serve the food buffet style in our home because even if I hadn’t put anything on the table it would have been a tight fit with all the dishes we had!
After setting the table it became crunch time in the kitchen where my spatchcocked turkey was cooking and I was finishing up some last minute side dishes. My dad got some pictures but I haven’t seen them yet!
I’m so thankful that I was able to spend the Thanksgiving holiday with my loved ones and that I have been entrusted with pieces of history from my family. I cherish the loved heirlooms from my ancestors and look forward to enjoying them for years to come.