Welcome to Thanksgiving dinner at Cedar Hill Farmhouse!! I like things simple but elegant, and not too much work. And looking at my table I enjoy the history each piece brings to the party.
The china belonged to my mother-in-law so I have seen it for years and years. They picked it out when they got married, which was right after the war, you know the big one, WWII. The bronze flatware came from Thailand from a trip my in-laws made years ago.
The lace liner for the pumpkin basket is homespun linen from the 1800’s. I love the history there. Don’t you find yourself wondering who owned the antiques before they came into your hands?
Years ago I gave my in-law’s an anniversary party. It was a big deal and I made all of the food myself including the fancy cake. As a hostess gift my mother-in-law gave me a Wedgewood clock to represent the time I spent on the party and the Waterford vase above to represent something else that I have long since forgotten.
These lovely crystal stems also belonged to my mother-in-law, along with the crystal water pitcher below.
The small tureen below was purchased second hand and I just think it is darling.
Each time we have a special dinner I pull out old treasures and smile as I remember the history of each item.
Thanks for joining me for Thanksgiving. I sure wish you could join me for real.
Peggy Thal says
Sweet table of memories. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Pat@Back Porch Musings says
Beautifully traditional table, Anita!
i especially loved your table. my mother in law passed away unexpectantly this fall and i am going through her many beautiful things. at her funeral we used the sterling silver flatware she purchased in 1944 during “the big one” for her own mother. i look forward to using her crystal pitcher and gold rimmed wedding china this year. i, too, have bronzeware! my parents purchased it while stationed in the orient in the early 1950s 🙂
What a lovely and warm table….and I am swooning over your loved family treasures….
lovely, lovely…your photos are beautiful…xo
Barb @ The Everyday Home says
Nothing simple about this table, my friend. It is a combination of classic and vintage and its just beautiful. That bread basket is one of the most unique I have ever seen. Thank you so much for sharing some of your family treasures with us, and for joining in on our tour. xxoo
Anita, this is just beautiful! I love how you used your family’s items as they hold much more meaning. I also love how you placed the napkins and flowers in the glasses! So glad to have been part of the tour with you:)
I love that you used so many family things….that makes a meal so special! 😉
Anita so pretty and great that you have family treasures!
Oh anita. I love how special and meaningful all these pieces are to you and your family. That’s what thanksgiving is all about. Enjoy!
Kirby Carespodi says
Anita, I do the same thing….I think of the history of all my pieces, which is something that’s very important to me (and something that my daughter just doesn’t “get.”)Great job!
HI Anita! Your table is so lovely and I love that it is filled with memories! Just so pretty! I love your unique centerpiece too.
Be a sweetie,
Jennifer @ Town and Country Living says
The stemware is absolutely beautiful!!
I love those pretty green plates! Looks so inviting.
Anita, your table is charming. I think it is especially nice to use family pieces for holiday meals. It makes me feel as if those who once owned these treasures are there with us in spirit. Thanks for the sharing the inspiration.
Suzy @ Worthing Court says
Anita – Your table is just lovely and so charming. Nothing makes an occasion more special to me than when I am able to incorporate family treasures. I’ve never seen bronze flatware before, but it’s gorgeous.
I love your table. You have so many things with history and that is always my motivation for keeping things in the family. The hostess gift from your in-laws is beautiful and I love the mini-soup tureen! I think about previous owners all the time, especially when something is in really good shape because then you know it was special and I always try to respect that care.
Jane @ Cottage at the Crossroads says
Anita, it warms my heart how you used some of your family’s treasures to set your table! Using them keeps memories alive.
Marty Walden says
Anita, this is so amazing, and I love that it has special memories for you. Even the most beautiful table (which yours is!) is only a beautiful table without the loved ones gathered around to celebrate together. As always, your pictures are amazing. Thank you for joining us!