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A Tablescape of Thanksgiving

Welcome to the 118th Tablescape Thursday!

This post is dedicated to you…the readers of BNOTP. I was so touched by all the expressions of thanksgiving you left on Mikasa’s Facebook wall, I decided to let you write today’s Thanksgiving post.

I am thankful for each day with my husband of 42 years, time spent with our children and 6 grandchildren. As well as my Mom who will be 89 this year.
We are so blessed each & every day Happy Thanksgiving to all. ~Pat~

So thankful for my continued good health as a “C” survivor for 3 years and thankful that my son has completed his middle east tour of duty and is now stationed in the United States . Let’s all pray for our servicemen who will not be able to be with their loved ones this Thanksgiving. ~Julie~

We are grateful beyond words this year that our son-in-law and father of our precious little grandchildren, who has been fighting Stage 4 Lymphoma, is now doing very well. He just has another year of chemotherapy but his Physicians are very optimistic. ~Janine~

I am thankful for my two grandchildren. Their dad will have to go back to Iraq next spring for another year and I am praying that he returns safely home to these precious children. Happy Thanksgiving to all my fellow posters. ~Faye~

I’m very thankful for a good health, family and employment. I am also thankful for the opportunities that have opened up for me. ~Jackie~

I am thankful for my family, who give my life joy and meaning, every day; and for friends, who are like family, in many ways! ~Janet~

Last December 18 our family lost our home and all the contents to a house fire….years of collecting and memories. While most people would think that we lost everything..we didn’t because we have a stronger, more bonded loving family. I am thankful God has blessed me with wonderful friends and family. The support from family and friends this year has been amazing! I am blessed. ~Denise~

I am thankful for my family, God’s faithfulness in providing for our family every day, and for His salvation and loving kindness. ~Krysten~

I am so very thankful, especially this year as I am spending Thanksgiving with my wonderful parents. Their health is declining,so every minute I spend with them is a true Blessing. Thank you dear God for everything. ~Sonny~

I am thankful for family, friends, a wonderful forecast of 70 degree temp on Thanksgiving Day and for the continuing recovery of my son in law, a policeman who was injured in the line of duty one year ago today! One year ago we ate our Thanksgiving Dinner in his hospital room- this year our dining room!! ~Terry~

I am thankful for my amazing boyfriend and two dogs. Without them I wouldn’t have made it through the past two years battling Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. They are my reason for living. ~Kris~

I am thankful to be planning weddings for both of my daughters-which will take place in the first six months of 2011. Our family suffered great losses in 2010, and we are all looking forward to celebrating these joyful events. ~Carol~

I am thankful for family gatherings to be able to reconnect with everyone because we are all so busy these days, but being able to take time to share a meal with family refreshes my soul! ~Barbara~

I am thankful for my family, and for my special ed children that I transport to school,they are a joy every day not just Thanksgiving. I am thankful for all the men and women in our armed forces and that God is in our lives, looking after us. ~Ann~

I am thankful for the opportunity to live in a free country. I am thankful that in this free country we celebrate a day of Thanksgiving to remember and feel grateful for all our many blessings. I’m thankful that there are men and women who have put themselves in harms way to protect our freedoms. And last but not least I am thankful for my husband and children as well as the very large extended family I am blessed to be part of. ~Cathy~

I am grateful for our Military because of their bravery – we are able to walk free. I am expecially thankful and proud of my son, Michael – who is serving his country in Afghanistan. Happy Thanksgiving, baby boy – we love and miss you!!! ~Patrice~

I have so very much to be thankful for. God has blessed me with a loving family, home and many extras! :) Our biggest blessing this Thanksgiving is our 1st grand baby will be spending her first Thanksgiving with us! Blessed memories will be made. ~Shelia~

I was out of work for over 9 months after being laid off. This year was very tough, but a period of tremendous personal growth. I am so thankful for my new job; my family, and my church and their support. I am so so thankful for what I have. ~Tracey~

I’m thankful that we have made it through a really tough year (house flood and a baby in the NICU). I am thankful that God pulled us through with His unfailing grace. ~Corinn~

I’m most grateful for my wonderful expanding family and most especially for my fantastic son of whom we are all very proud. He joined the army when he was just 17 and now ten years later, he is a sargeant and serving in Iraq! We are so very proud of him and grateful to all those who serve our country in such a selfless and brave way. God bless to all our service members, both on foreign soil, and here in the USA! We love and appreciate each one of you! ~Marlon~

I…..AM…..THANKFUL! There are many material things that make our lives comfortable and though I am thankful for them all, I am most thankful for the gift of love. Love allows me to reach beyond petty things and embrace those who are sometimes unlovable. And of course, even larger, love allows me to receive love an…d forgiveness when I’m rude angry or bitter. Love conquers all and makes my heart soar when I gather around the table with those near and dear to me. I’m simply amazed and thankful that so much love can even be shared with those we’ve never met via blogs, facebook and other wonderful sites. ~Donna~

I am thankful for the simple things in life.. for instances when your family wipes their feet when entering the house after you have spent all day cleaning! or the chickadees singing at the bird feeder in the morning. ~Joy~

This is my very first Thanksgiving on my own. Moved across the country this year and will be away from family. Even though I miss them I am sure grateful to be lucky enough to take on this adventure. ~Ellie~

I am thankful to God for beating metastatic melanoma cancer this year. Found a lump under my arm and found out it was cancerous. Had 7 months of chemo and surgery and 30 days of extensive radiation treatments. I am currently cancer-free and SO thankful to be alive and thankful for everyone who prayed for me! ~Faith~

I am thankful for my family and our health. Our son is deployed and I will miss him and our sweet daughter in law this holiday season. Keep our military families in your prayers. ~Anita~

This year my family and I are so very blessed and thankful that are all together for the first time in 20 years! If If ever I had to give the meaning of “Thanksgiving” I would say this is it,family love and great cooking! ~Terry~

I am thankful for my wonderful husband of 24 years and my two daughters. I have been truly blessed! Hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving! ~Pam~

I am thankful for the bounty God has bestowed on us and as we share it around the table there will be laughing and talking and the making of another beautiful memory! ~Rebekah~

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Resources:
Chargers: Neiman Marcus years ago
Dinnerware: Spode, Woodland-3 years ago; Turkey Salad plates, Spode, Woodland-this year
Turkey Tureens: Old Time Pottery, 1 year ago
Crystal: Waterford: Iced Beverage-Araglin; Crimson Hock Goblets-Lismore, 3-4 years ago
Napkin Sheaths: Pier 1, this year
Plaid Napkins under napkin sheaths: HomeGoods, 1 year ago
Napkin Rings: Pier 1, 1 year ago
Duck Knife Rests: eBay 1-2 years ago
Antler Flatware: eBay recently
Stainless Flatware: Spode, Woodland, 2-3 years ago
Ruby Flash Salt Cellars: eBay, 3-4 years ago
Red Candle Holders: Hobby, Lobby 3 years ago
Small Votive Holders: Kohl’s, 3 years ago
Candles: Colonial Candle
Glitter Pine Cone Placecard Holders: Walmart, 1 year ago
Deer: Lowe’s, this year
Nandina and Cypress: from my yard and inside a soup tureen from Cracker Barrel

Please Read:
If you are participating in Tablescape Thursday, please be sure to add your permalink below, and not your general blog address. To get your permalink, click on your post name. Then just copy and paste the address that shows up in the address bar at the top, into the “url” box for the picture linky. You’ll also need to put your e-mail address in, but don’t worry, it will not be visible to anyone.

You may see a red X once you enter your link. No one else can see the red X, it’s just there in case you make a little mistake and need to delete your link and re-enter it.

I’d love for you to use the Tablescape Thursday logo button in your post. To do that, just copy and paste it to your computer and upload it to your post as you would any photo. Or, just grab the html code posted on the sidebar under the TT button.

Please, link back to the host blog, Between Naps on the Porch. This is important because it helps those who are visiting your blog, find the other wonderful tablescapes posted for this Tablescape Thursday, thus increasing visits for all participants.

Please, do not add your link below, until your tablescape post is actually published to your blog.

Please, don’t add your post name/blog name in ALL CAPS…it tends to create big spaces between the rows of links. Thanks!





Comments

  1. Such breathtaking photos & such touching expressions, Susan…the perfect combination for this Thanksgiving eve! I adore your RED dining room!!!

    I hope you are with your family & surrounded by their love & caring. You share so much with those of us in the blogging world…you deserve to have it returned tenfold in hugs & praise. Thank you for hosting TT each week. Its always such a treat, even if I don't participate.

    Don't eat too much pie tomorrow!!

    fondly,
    Rett

  2. Beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Sherry

  3. Susan:
    How cool are you for such a great idea? I know I feel alot better about my own situation after reading posts from people who are in worse situations, who are positive, and know that they are surrounded in ultimate love. Hugs to you for such a great post and please may you and all your readers have a very love filled and peaceful holiday.
    Lisa

  4. What a beautiful post Susan. I am thankful for the people who are away from their families during Thanksgiving, so that our country will be safe. Each day is a blessing for which I am thankful. I will say a prayer for the continued improvement of your son-in-law.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

    -Rene

  5. bunny, The Paris House says:

    Susan
    Your dining room is so elegant and your table setting is stunning. I loved reading all the wonderful quotes and how kind and loving they are. Happy Thanksgiving.
    xx
    Bunny

  6. Yellow Rose Arbor says:

    Beautiful tablescape! Great idea to feature what other friends are thankful for! When I first started reading it I thought it was your words and I couldn't believe you had been married 42 years!! LOL!

    Thanks for hosting.

    Katherine

  7. Sewconsult says:

    Everything looks just beautiful. The gratitudes of others was very touching. So glad that you included them. Happy Thanksgiving.
    Beckie

  8. Great post, Susan! SO much to be thankful for. Lovely thanksgiving table you have done here, so festive. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!…Christine

  9. ♥ Sonny ♥ says:

    Stunning tablescape Susan..
    I enjoyed reading what was written on the wall..
    I think we all have so much to be grateful for..
    thanks for hosting this party and letting us participate..

    Happy Thanksgiving
    Sonny

  10. Susan, what a thoughtful idea to post the thankfulness of others. It was heartwarming to read each of these while feasting on your gorgeous table. Your dining room is so elegant; regal to be more accurate. Each detail is stunning. I love that you used the Nandina from your yard. Ours hasn't turned a beautiful shade of red, but I need to remember touse it when it does. The berries are also nice to add in to an arrangement. I love to shop my garden for fresh greens and flowers.
    All the best to you, sweet friend. I'm most thankful that our paths have crossed through blogging. You've been my mentor and a dear friend this past 15 months. Thank You!
    I wish you a Thanksgiving of joyful abundance! ~ Sarah

  11. This has been a most beautiful post. I loved reading all the notes from everyone. Your table is wonderful. I love those reindeer and the pinecone placecard holders. Great! Happy Thanksgivings.

  12. Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) says:

    Hi Susan, The quotes from your readers are so moving. And your table is beautiful, as usual! I am hoping to add to my woodland collection soon, too. Your chandelier is gorgeous! I really need one like that….hehe….Have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Linda

  13. Jenny Harris says:

    Thank you so much for posting all of these wonderful gratitudes. I enjoyed reading these very much.

    Your table is beautiful, as always!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  14. Susan (My Place to Yours) says:

    Susan, you've shared another beautiful table. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

    Thank you, also, for including the thanksgiving thoughts shared on Facebook. Since I'm not on FB, I would have missed these — and I'm so thankful I didn't. Blessings to each all at this season of Thanksgiving.

  15. vignette design says:

    Wow Susan, your table is so amazing! Absolutely gorgeous and breathtaking! Love all your plates and mix & matched silverware. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  16. Thank you for sharing this wonderfully powerful post.

    Happy Thanksgiving! La

  17. That was a lovely post, Susan, The table is fabulous, as usual. The colors are so vibrant!
    I hope you are recovering from your injury, and I hope you spend Thanksgiving with your family.
    I don't do Facebook, but I would have said I am thankful to have a home, food for the table, a few coins in my pocket and a family to share my blessings. I am very thankful for all of God's blessings.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  18. Lady Katherine says:

    Simply Lovely! Adore the pine cone place cards! Love all the colors! All is beautiful! Loved reading what each person is Thankful for! Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. BEAUTIFUL Thanksgiving tablescape. And I LOVED this post… so fun to rejoice with others over the blessings in their lives. God is good!! <><

    Have a blessed Thanksgiving!!!

    Hugs,
    Tanya

  20. So beautiful, Susan! Your table setting creates an opulent feast for the eyes. The dining room is the perfect "stage" for your creation — shimmering and splendid, complementing the warm organic textures from nature of the centerpiece, antler flatware, and pine cone place card holders.

    And then there are the quotes — some moved me to tears; others made me smile with the shared joys of life and the love of families.

    So special and so YOU! Happy Thanksgiving, my dear friend!
    -bill

  21. Designing Lady Jane says:

    Beautiful pictures and sentiments. It makes you reflect on what gives our lives meaning and how this holiday, which can seem overlooked in the pre-Christmas rush, continues to touch our souls. Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  22. Dining Delight says:

    Gorgeous tablescape, Susan! I love the reindeer flanking that lovely leafy centerpiece and candles. Thanking you once again for your hospitality in hosting TT!

    DD

  23. Beautiful! Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful says:

    Lovely, inspiring post, Susan! Your table is also lovely — the reds with your pretty Spode dishes are wonderful! p

  25. Dear Susan,
    you made a really opulent tablescape for Thanksgiving. I am thrilled by this warm red colors, not only the room but also the berries and leaves look like cozy fire into a mantle. You have set the table so special with the Spode Woodlands and all the bird additions. Lots of cute things to discover. I love your thoughtful idea to feature the thankfulness of your friends as much as your own. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and be sure, we all are thankful to have you as our hostess for this feast of tablescapes.
    Greetings, Johanna

  26. Sandy at Teacup Lane says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan to you and your family. A beautiful post from a beautiful person. You are such a sweetheart and I love to read your blog. You were my inspiration to start blogging…your blog was the first I found when surfing RMS. Have a lovely day!

  27. texasdaisey says:

    Gorgeous as always. Isn't it fun to take things you have had and use them in new and different ways? That is something I try to do. It can be a challenge sometimes but fun.
    Debbie

  28. Your table is WONDERFUL! I love the centerpiece! You have just out done yourself. Very clever and sweet way to share the thankful comments. After reading them it does make one more thankful!

    Have a Happy Thanksgiving Susan.

    Mary
    From Virginia

  29. Terry @ La Bella Vie says:

    Dearest Susan,
    As always you have set a lovely table my friend!
    Thank you again for hosting another TT and for the work you do to make this all come together so beautifully!
    Blessings,
    Terry

  30. Susan, a beautiful and touching post of the many gratitudes in life. Thank you for your hard work and dedication that goes into making every Tablescape Thursday special for us.

    Your tablescape is gorgeous! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  31. we three dogs and me says:

    What a wonderful table you have set and what a great thing you havedone for your blogging friends to express their thanks. I am greatful that my 29year old granddaughter diagnosed with bladder cancer is now cancer free and will be celebrating her 30th birthday Sunday

  32. Janet Blondell says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! You inspire me so with the lovely tablescapes you create. This one is perfect for Thanksgiving.

  33. Beautiful Beautiful table scape!!

  34. Glenda/MidSouth says:

    Beautiful!
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family.

  35. AshTreeCottage says:

    Such a lovely and appropriate post. Happy Thanksgiving!!!

    Love,
    Susan and Bentley
    xxoo

  36. Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality says:

    Susan, your table is beautiful, Happy Thanksgiving to you.

  37. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family, Susan. And, thank you for being an inspiration to all.

    Your table is stunning, and the perfect place to say and share a prayer of thanksgiving.

    I loved reading everyone's comments.

  38. Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you. Your pictures are lovely as is your table setting. Lot's of detail, I like the deer on the table. THanks for hosting.
    Don’t miss the give-a-ways, linky party and Bavarian Christmas starting 26 Nov! http://dobermans-by-the-sea.blogspot.com/

  39. Fabulous table setting Susan.
    The posts brought tears to my eyes and made me so thankful for my family and to be here with such a great group of people.
    Thanksgiving Blessings to you all.
    Megan

  40. Thanks for such an inspiring post. I was almost brought to tears when I read some of the things that people had endured in the last year. My prayers go out to them. I am so blessed.

  41. santamaker says:

    Susan, what a wonderful way to honor your readers by using them in this Thanksgiving tablescape. It's spectacular as usual. Hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

  42. Susan, this is one of my favorites of your many beautiful tables. The red combined with the natural elements in the centerpiece is simply stunning. I really love it.

    I also love the way you posted the Thanksgiving messages.

    Just a wonderful Thanksgiving post all the way around.

  43. Your table is so outstanding. I might be using the same Woodland dishes but it looks nothing like yours! I love the soup tureens too!

  44. Susan,this was a touching post. Thank you for sharing your beautiful Thanksgiving table along with the all of the gratitudes. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  45. Garden Girl says:

    Your table is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for sharing with us!

    Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  46. laurie @ bargain hunting says:

    Beautiful table Susan, and beautiful Thanksgiving sentiments. A perfect T'giving post! (I got those some knife rests just recently through One Kings Lane!). laurie

  47. Your table takes my breath away, just beautiful, Susan.

  48. ~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ says:

    Hi Susan~ ~ ~
    Beautiful table. I'm sure your family was thankful for the opportunity to dine at such a lovely table!
    I used my red Spode too but never took a picture. . .too much going on.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

  49. Linda Merrill says:

    Happy Thanksgiving Susan! Hope you had a wonderful holiday!

  50. Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) says:

    Happy Post Thanksgiving! What a gorgeous table. Love all the RED! I love those red candle-sticks and all of the berries for the decorations. And those little tureens are adorable! Wonderful job, so pretty to look at. Have a great weekend!
    Best,
    Gloria

  51. Cindy Rippe says:

    Thanks again for sharing your beautiful tablescapes. Mine are less elaborate but I hope there might be an idea or two to inspire someone else the way you've inspired me.

  52. The Homemaker says:

    I was so touched that tears started streaming down my face as I read the things that they are grateful for. Excellent post, and as always, such a beautiful tablecape!

  53. I'm a little late in posting (trying to catch up after Thanksgiving). Gorgeous tablescape!. Thank you for sharing the Mikasa posts. I read them on Facebook and was touched by so many. Happy Holidays!

    Joy

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