Today, I feature a second Thanksgiving table from the same holiday feast. A large Fitz and Floyd turkey tureen is the star of this tablescape.
Set for four, the table offered a more intimate setting for a small family group. Meanwhile, a larger group of nine were seated in the dining room.
Some years, I’ve also needed to set up a third banquet table in the family room to seat everyone for dinner.
A continuation of yesterday’s post, Cornucopia Takes Center Stage on Thanksgiving Table, both tables were set for the same meal. It was one of those years when we hosted a crowd of out-of-town family here to celebrate the holiday together.
The more the merrier!
Come have a virtual seat at the Thanksgiving table with me.
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When One Thanksgiving Table Won’t Do
In the open kitchen, I covered the round glass table with a brown and white, reversible tablecloth that went nicely with the same brown peacock transferware used in the dining room. You can get a peek of the dining room to the back right in the above photo.
Unless gravy or cranberry sauce spills occur, I simply shake off the crumbs and turn the tablecloth over for breakfast the next day. No ironing is required if I promptly remove it from the dryer and hang.
Setting a Second Table
For some consistency between the two Thanksgiving tables, I used the same peacock flatware (Wallace) and wood-look chargers (Walmart) that were also set in the dining room.
How many people can you seat for Thanksgiving dinner at your house? Do you use folding tables and chairs in other rooms to accommodate overflow?
In Pursuit of Irish Ancestors
To compliment the greens in the turkey tureen and in the kitchen, I used my everyday Kelcraft by Noritake dinner plates. Ireland Pursuit is a pattern featuring hunt scenes and game, including horses, pheasants, ducks, raccoons and rabbits in a forest green band around the plate.
With Irish ancestry on both sides of the family, I thought it was a nice tie-in to use a pattern that portrays Ireland. You can also see it in both the Ireland Pursuit St. Patrick’s Day Table and Casual St. Patrick’s Day Table & DIY Shamrock Glasses.
Ireland Pursuit comes with a wide variety of pieces. It took the place of the Lenox Eclipse china dinner plates used in the dining room. With its black band with ivory scrolls, the pattern has a much more formal look.
See it in, Thanksgiving Horn of Plenty Table.
Viva la France!
All nine place settings of Waterford’s Kenmore stemware were already set on the dining room table. They are heavy and substantial in size. Because of their formal look, the Waterford paired better with the Lenox china.
So, I pulled out vintage etched crystal to accompany the turkey tureen tablescape. The depression era stemware belonged to my French great grandmother. Whenshe died, my grandmother and great aunt spilt her collection of 12, two-piece (goblet and champagne) place settings.
Even though the etched crystal is a family heirloom and something I treasure, I use it fairly often. I’m not one to store things away unseen and/or unused. My philosophy is to enjoy the heirlooms that I’m fortunate to have.
After all the years I’ve had it, it wasn’t until a few months ago when one broke. Surprisingly, I was rather calm about it — and I was the guilty party.
Too Much Champagne?
My sister and I were toasting champagne after a day of preparing food for the My Favorite Things Party, Breakfast at Tiffany’s Theme Brunch. We had just finished using the champagne in a frozen salad and mini champagne cheesecakes. And, that’s when I broke the stem of the glass. Too much bubbly for the cook maybe?
There shouldn’t be any trouble finding a replacement for the glass on Etsy, eBay or Replacements. I just need to put it on my ‘to do’ list!
From Cambridge Glass, the Rose Point pattern has a lacy look to it, and was apparently quite popular with brides back in the day. For years, I didn’t know who the manufacturer was or pattern name.
One day, while browsing around Pinterest, I came across this vintage bridal registry ad. Voila! I was thrilled to put a name to it.
And, once I started researching online, I discovered Rose Point came in many different stems, shapes and sizes.
Do you use any vintage dishes, glassware or flatware on your Thanksgiving table?
Are there special items that have been passed down in your family?
Here’s the vintage stemware in another Thanksgiving table, Birds of a Feather Gather Together.
The Main Event: Turkey Tureen
In Casual Thanksgiving Tableware Decorates Home, I revealed that this Fitz and Floyd turkey tureen is one of my favorite things. Here you can see the built-in soup ladle.
During the month of November he nestles in one of the corners of the kitchen counter. The rest of the year he sits on the bakers rack in the family room.
Fitz and Floyd has made a number of different versions of a turkey tureen over the years. They don’t see to have a current version in 2017. However, a search online reveals many outlets to acquire a retired turkey tureen or an alternative by another manufacturer.
Well, there’s more baking and packing to be done so I need to sign off. Wishing you all a most Happy Thanksgiving!
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