I'm a more casual tablescaper, I feel more comfortable and at home when the mood and atmosphere are created with natural elements, and in the Fall and Winter, I'm all about a good Tartan Plaid. I had wanted to build my outdoor tablescape around a vintage brown plaid blanket and I wanted to use bits and pieces of my old Brown Transferware. I've not collected large stashes of dishes like many of you who tablescape, just picking up odds and ends when I find them for a good price.
When we moved into this house there were a set of handmade windowboxes that were so charming, that matched the front of the house. But after several years of using them and the fact that ants were coming in through the windows, I stopped. They had started to deteriorate so my husband renailed the better of the two for me to use here as a centerpiece box. My big windowbox that I usually use was just too large to consider for an actual "sit down" dinner.
I wanted it full of natural elements, and since we have Thanksgiving in the afternoon, I chose not to put candles inside, but fill it with leaves, antlers, pumpkins, vines and berries, with a little nest and quail; all things you would find in Nature.
Then I gathered my only "set" of Brown Transferware, six placesettings of J.G. Meakin of England, "Scandia", which I think must be from the 60's. I used some other unmarked white ironstone that is much older to fill in for missing salad plates.
Some mismatched Brown Transferware cups became the individual candleholders for mini clay flowerpots and a votive candle.
I've had this set of heavy amber glassware for many years, I think they must also be from the 60's and then my Heisey wine goblets that give a little more elegance to the setting. When I was younger I never would have "mixed and matched", but now that's just part of the charm of a vintage table.
I wanted to incorporate another pattern along with the brown, so my caramel stripe French Grain Sack and a set of creamy floral napkins broke up the larger area of brown plaid, also adding a little interest.
This is my silver setting from Oneida, just cannot remember the pattern.
Each placesetting included a vintage Thanksgiving postcard used for a place card, held by an antique flower frog.
Another mismatched place setting.
I wanted the feel to evoke an English Country Cottage afternoon,
after a day of hunting.
Thank you so much for joining me for my Thanksgiving Tablescape.
I hope this gives you permission to be casual and a little "mismatched".
Enjoy your family and the blessings of Thanksgiving!
Joining these weekly parties:
Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style
Inspiration Exchange at Yellow Bliss Road
Fill Your Cup at Mrs. Olson's
Tips and Tutorials at Stone Gable