I SHOP FOR YOU – A Thanksgiving table + 3 links with lots of ideas.

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Thanksgiving is a great time to for connecting with family, or friends that feel like family!. This year, I am invited to a large gathering with very good friends who have a wonderful place in Connecticut but I will do an intimate Thanksgiving diviner at my cottage as well.

I’ve set up a dry run to see what it might look like and I’m pretty pleased. I use candlelight only (everything seems to look better). Most of the items on the table are available for purchase so read on for all the details, PLUS, there are 3 links at the end of the post full of ideas and recipes by some of the greats! HAPPY THANKSGIVING! – VLR

These vintage Fall Leaves Napkins will add a pop of colorful whimsy to your table. They will carry you from the beginning of fall all the way through to Thanksgiving. 100% Cotton, $66.00 for the set of four at theVLR Etsy shop.
If you want the very best (Shock resistant, oven safe, dishwasher safe, thermal shock resistant, freezer safe and microwave safe and 100% lead and cadmium free!) then Pillivuyt is the porcelain for you. The products are so robust that when I dropped a plate onto my table, it broke the 3/8″ glass but the plate was undamaged! I have the whole set from the Sancerre Collection. Simple, elegant and practically indestructible, I use them everyday. Everything is made in their production ateliers in France by skilled artisans.
I have a lot of pewter from MATCH. Why? Because it’s hand made in Italy by skilled artisans, exceptional quality, and, it’s GORGEOUS! The Convivio Soup Bowl is perfect for anything that you don’t want to cool down too quickly (Think soups, stews, porridge or broth). Talk about the most elegant way to dine! Each bowl sells for $170.00.
The black wine goblets on my table are vintage (1960’s) crystal and you can find them online but if you want a beautiful and affordable glass version, you can buy these Artland Black Wine Glasses at Target. The set of 4 is only 33.99
Ranking with the greatest crystal houses in the world is ARTEL. Founded by American Karen Feldman , the quality is exceptional and the designs exquisite. I have had these Willow Double Old Fashioned Glasses for quite some time. I use them every day (as water glasses). The hand cut pattern is inspired by one of my favorite designers, William Morris. $148.00
I got my Holmes and Edwards silver-plate at a tag sale. They were black with age but once cleaned up, magnificent. They have served me wonderfully for almost 20 years. TIP: if you use them often (I hand wash), you really don’t need to use silver polish at all. Above is a Dinner Set for 8 in absolutely perfect condition (Including a gorgeous wood chest). It sells for $550.00
Below you will find some of the accessories that create the mood on and around my Thanksgiving table available for purchase.
This beautiful Black Melamine Bowl with sterling silver base is an item that completely embodies mid century practical chic (dishwasher safe and will not chip or crack with normal use). It is $211.00 at theVLR Etsy shop.
If you want to set the mood then you need candles, and if you have candles, you need great candlesticks! This pair of Danish Modern Hardwood Candlesticks is perfect study in modern simplicity. $135.00 for the set.
The deep orange tones of this pair of Colored Coated Glass Candlesticks are perfect for the holiday season. In excellent condition, these are a rare find as usually the color on the candlesticks (from the 1920’s) is very damaged. $189.00 at theVLR Shop on Etsy.
These hand blown Luster Glass Cachepots are from the 1940’s. I found them over 30 years ago in Paris. The metallic simplicity means that they work well in modern or traditional settings. $270.00 for the pair at theVLR Shop
For an ultra dramatic effect, use candles in different colors. These beauties in my 1940’s French wall sconces are from Creative Candles. They have more (and the most beautiful) colors than you will find anywhere else. The color above is French Bordeaux (but of course!). A pair of 9″ taper candles is $13.25 (each pair that you buy includes natural beeswax strips to wrap around the candle base so that the fit is perfect – SMART!)
Modern, organic Thanksgiving table setting tips and recipe ideas from HGTV
Thanksgiving table setting ideas from casual to formal from Crate and Barrel.
17 Thanksgiving table settings sure to wow your guests from Martha Stewart. Photo Credit: Roland Bello

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    I envy your guests; apart from anything else, this year’s Thanksgiving is clearly going to be a very stylish affair!

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