So I commended pleasure, for there is nothing good for a man under the sun except to eat and to drink and to be merry, and this will stand by him in his toils throughout the days of his life which God has given him under the sun. Ecclesiastes 8:15 NASB
This Thanksgiving, I decided to do something different. I gathered my favorite Thanksgiving treasures and combined them with Asian, American, and Old European textiles and china patterns to create a one-of-a-kind Pilgrims in Blue and White China Thanksgiving Tablescape.
I layered Seymour Mann Nara snack plates over Hearthside Chantilly Japanese stoneware and gold chargers. The snack plates are accompanied by matching tea cups.
I brought in some American flavor with blue and white buffalo-check napkins and ceramic Pilgrim napkin rings from Publix. The only piece I don’t have from their Pilgrim line is the gravy bowl. You can read a funny blog post from Publix about their Pilgrim collection here. It made me smile.
The table runner is of the French Country variety, where fleur-de-lis shapes abound. I never knew what a fleur-de-lis was until my son played baseball for the Limestone College Saints.
I included some mid-century elegant Candlewick cups from Imperial Glass on the snack plates at the ends of the table. I do like to use my glass patterns!
My youngest daughter was impressed by the Salem tarnished silver goblets I used In my Shining Bright Haunted House Tablescape last month, so I bought some clear goblets that will go with any tablescape. The Pilgrim couples are from Publix. The fox Pilgrim is from Cracker Barrel.
Mrs. fox Pilgrim came from Cracker Barrel as well. I really love and admire the Pilgrims, and all the values they represent. My husband bought the set for me as a birthday gift a few years ago. He never goes wrong when he shops for me at Cracker Barrel’s Country Store.
My oldest daughter brought back china sets for her little sisters when she went on a mission trip to China 6 years ago. The small pitchers are vintage Avon Delft Blue pieces. It is one of many variations of the German Meissen Blue Onion (or Bulb) pattern. The pattern is iconic, to say the least. You can read about why I have great fervor for vintage Avon here. The metal turkey place card holders have been used on our Thanksgiving table for the last decade.
The centerpiece is a Corning Ware Cornflower perculator that was recalled because the handle wasn’t screwed into the coffee pot. Read Perilious Perculator here, if you’re interested in the story. The compotes on either side of the perculator are Cameo and Harvest milk glass patterns. The Corning Ware perculator sits on a Johnson Brothers Willow dinner plate, which rests atop my beloved Seymour Mann Nara cake stand. Blue Willow is another very popular blue and white dish pattern. Many pottery companies have their own version of the pattern. Spode even has an Italian version, named Blue Italian.
The cream and sugar set by J & G Meakin, Blue Nordic, are examples of pieces done in yet another version of the Messian Blue Onion pattern.
I hope you enjoyed my Pilgrims in Blue and White China Tablescape!
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