Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Table with Momoyama Kyoto China

I love setting our Thanksgiving table.  My mother gave me a lovely set of  china that I always use for our special meal.  

This year I went a little more formal and even used place cards!  My sons got a kick out of's not often they go to formal dinners, so I thought I would give them the experience at home.  I believe we should use our lovely things and not save them for someday.  Our families are our most precious possession and I love making our time together special! 

I found the pumpkin place card holders at Hobby Lobby for under $2 each and couldn't resist adding them to my table! 

I used linen napkins from my mother with delicate white embroidered flowers on them. 
The silverware belonged to my mother-in-law and  using it reminds me of her and the wonderful times we shared.   

I found this adorable little maple leaf salt cellar in one of my favorite shops...had to get it as we love coarse salts and this is the perfect way to serve our favorite salts.    

My centerpiece is a collection of silks I've acquired over the years, added little pumpkins from the grocery store, mixed with gerbera daisies and dried lime green hydrangeas from my garden.  I just added three pillar candles down the center of the table.  So easy and inexpensive to make.

I floated the gerbera daisies in crystal glasses along with some rose hips.

The brass chargers are brand new in a box that I found at an estate sale.  They were marked $19.99 per box from Linen's and Things and I bought them for $3 a box.   They add a layer of elegance and sparkle to gold rimmed  china.  Next year I hope to find some gold-colored flatware to complete the "gold" look.

My mother also gave me her crystal when she downsized and I added this stemware to complete my table.

 Hope your Thanksgiving Day was wonderful!
I am thankful I spent it with "my three sons" and my hubbie and three sweet fur-babies, watching football, cooking, eating and just enjoying our time together. 

I'm linking with

Laurie's  A Few of  My Favorite Things Saturday
 The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sundays
Marty's Tabletop Tuesdays
Susan's BNOTP Tablescape Thursdays


  1. Your table looks lovely, Sonia and I LOVE the place cards. If my table were larger, I would try them, too, just for a few smiles! :-)

    I love your dishes and I noticed the pretty chargers right away. Your centerpiece is stunning and I fell in love with your silver! You made a beautiful table setting and it sounds like you had a fun day. The perfect Thanksgiving!


  2. Your dishes are very pretty!! I love your table it is awesome!!

  3. Beautiful table. Love the china and the gold is wonderful with it! Cute place card holders. I love using place cards it is just fun!

  4. Sonia, this is a gorgeous table. The china is perfect for the season and that silver from your MIL is one of the prettiest patterns I've ever seen. Do you know the name of it? Love the little maple leaf salt seller and the place card holders. We never have more than 6-8 around our table, but it's still fun to use place cards on occasion.

  5. Hi Sonia, Your Thanksgiving table is beautiful. I love your china and the silverware is gorgeous. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Hugs, Sherry

  6. Your table is beautiful! I love your china and the little salt cellar is just precious:@)

  7. Hi Sonia... very pretty, my friend! Your china is really sets a beautiful table! Love your silverware as well! What a precious treasure to have! I love that it's sooo ornate! Girlfriend, your centerpiece with all the autumn florals is just scrumptious!!! You did such a beautiful job creating the perfect Thanksgiving table! Thank you soo much for sharing it with us! It sounds like you and your sweet family had a wonderful time! Our Thanksgiving was quiet but sweet!!!

    Have a super Sunday, sweet friend!
    Love ya,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  8. That is a very beautiful table. You are so lucky to have been given stewardship of such lovely things. I'm so glad you are using them, it's much better than just looking at them. Happy Holidays.

  9. Hi Sonia! What a gorgeous tablescape! I love those plates and the silverware is simply divine! I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!...hugs...Debbie

  10. Those are the prettiest dishes I have ever seen. Such nice Crystal too. What a great looking Thanksgiving table, cute place cards too. Glad you enjoyed the day.

  11. Beautiful Thanksgiving table!

  12. So nice to see family heirlooms used on the special occasion of Thanksgiving. Your tablesetting and centerpiece are just beautiful. I really enjoyed my first visit to your blog...I was surprised to your name Sonia, the same as my sister, but she spells hers Sonja!

  13. I agree... We should use our nice things more often. As soon as I get organized, I'm going to do just that. You inherited some beautiful things. Your table looks beautiful.

  14. Thanksgiving is such a special American Holiday, I so enjoy seeing all the wonderful table settings.
    It all looks so lovely, I adore your little leaf shaped salt.
    Maggie in Normandy

  15. Sonia ~ You autumn table setting is gorgeous. I love the oriental inspired plate floral design ... so vibrant.

    Have a beautiful day ~
    TTFN ~ Christmas joys ~

  16. Lovely display. Good job.
    The Bavarian Christmas linky party is now open-won’t you come and join us at and while you are there join the give-a-way going on today.

  17. What a gorgeous table Sonia, from the beautiful plates to the perfect centerpiece! I am in love with your silver! It is absolutely exquisite!

  18. Wow! Gorgeous china, silverware, centerpiece, everything!! A wonderful tablescape.

  19. Great maple leaf salt cellar! I really like to see unusual ones, and that one is pretty cool!

  20. I have a service for 12 in the Momoyama Kyoto pattern including salt and pepper shakers, cream and sugar and several other pieces. I bought this china on Okinawa in 1978 and my family has always enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners using this china. Now the kids and grand-kids are scattered to around the country. Now the china sits unused. I still love it and I decided after reading the comments to use it regularly even if it is only my husband and myself.


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