Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Formal Thanksgiving Dining

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"Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be
expected of us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well
as from the lips, and shows itself in deeds."
Theodore Roosevelt

Truly, much has been given to us and this is a day on
which we take special time to give thanks for all of
the great blessings that flow upon us daily.

Years ago we began a family tradition of reading scriptures
together at the end of the day and then expressing three
things we were grateful for.  The kids were younger and
we were starting to see a lack of gratitude in their behavior.

"If the only prayer you said in your life was 'thank you'
that would suffice."
Meister Eckhart

Taking the time daily to notice and feel grateful
and to say thank you has been a wonderful family
tradition that has brought us all closer together.

As we sit around the board this year, may we all
take the opportunity to express gratitude for our
blessings and especially for one another.

"Thanksgiving Day is a jewel, to set in the hearts of honest
men; but be careful that you do not take the day and
leave out the gratitude."
E.P. Powell

To express gratitude is one of life's greatest opportunities.

Never miss an opportunity to say thank you
or to say I love you.  It will enrich your life
and the lives of those around you.

It has been such a pleasure to take the opportunity
this month with each post to express gratitude.

My life is so bounteous with blessings, especially
when I take the time to count them.

May your blessings be bounteous during this season
and always.

We always serve Spiced Pumpkin Soup as a
first course in the turkey bowls.

Look for the recipe on Between Naps On The Porch's
Foodie Friday.

I will be sharing this on

Silver Plated Goblets - Spiegel Catalog (years ago)
Turkey Covered Dishes - Spiegel Catalog (years ago)
Sterling Silver - Old Maryland Engraved, Kirk Stieff
Plates - Home Goods
Floral Arrangement - Tai Pan
Silvered Glass Candlesticks - Tai Pan
Ceramic Pumpkins - Tai Pan
Crystal Ball - Tai Pan


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. I love the china! It's all sooo beautifully put together! Great job ma'am!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  2. it is just gorgeous. I want to ask where you got everything ;-) just beautiful!

  3. Quite lovely! Love the turkey soup bowls & the rest of the table settings were stunning.

  4. What a beautiful post! Your dishes and photogrpahs are absolutely gorgeous. but more importantly your words about gratitude and thankfulness filled my heart tonight. Truly beauitful!

  5. Oh my...this is just amazingly beautiful. I adore those plates (swoon). It is elegant and graceful and chic - picture perfect.

  6. Love your table, it is SO ELEGANT! and those DISHES are SO DIFFERENT(LOVE Home Goods)!!! The little turkeys with that soup are delicious... I saw the December Issue of Traditional Home AND I thought of you..."CHECK it OUT" ( http://magazinesdownload.com/post/2010/11/16/Traditional-Home-Holiday-2010.aspx ) It has Your colors and such a fabulous cover!...Hugs to you, Donna

  7. New follower via Follow Me Back Tuesday Blog Hop :)
    Jen @ My Secret Home

  8. Divine tablescape. Love the goblets! And, the pumpkin soup in the tiny tureens is perfect. Great post. xx's

  9. Dear Jacqueline,
    That was a beautiful post. Which reminds me of how grateful I am to have such an amazing and loving mother-law.
    Here is my hope to win the giveaway...I am a 'religious' follower of your blog. If I won I would spend the money on ties for my husband. Most of his ties have big snags in the silk, and he recently had to part with a few of his favorites. I would also spend the money on two little girls...pretty much on anything pink, frilly, and probably excessive. Next, my favorite part of the movie is when they find out that Santa is the old man. I will be crossing my fingers until the results are in. Love you so much.

  10. Hi Jacqueline...

    Ohh my...your Thanksgiving table is absolutely gorgeous!!! Your creamy white dishes are so beautiful...and I love that you paired them with all the silver! Sooo very elegant! Love the little cyrstal turkey tureens...your spiced pumpkin soup looks scrumptious! What a nice family tradition! Well my friend, I am soooo very blessed and I give thanks each and every day for all the many blessings that the Lord has bestowed upon me and my family! I really enjoyed your beautiful table and your sweet words!!! Thank you!!!

    Warmest Thanksgiving wishes and blessings...
    Chari @Happy To Design

  11. What a pretty table! Your plates are amazing and the turkeys look great with the soup in them-enjoy:@)

  12. What a wonderful table, and such appropriate "thoughts". Everyday is a blessing.


  13. A beautiful post with an elegant table for thanksgiving. I like the turkey bowls for soup and your unique plates.

  14. Stunning J! Love the sprinkled sentiments and inspiration. Wishing you a Happy turkey day too!

  15. I'm drooling over the tablescape and the spiced pumpkin soup...can't wait to try out the recipe. Spiegel always had the most beautiful things for the home.

    Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow.~ Melody Beattie

  16. It's great that you appreciate all you have:) Jain was so nice she sent me those plates last yr:) have hardly used them..you have put them to their highest and greatest use..Those turkeys are so pretty..
    I think encouraging your children to list gratitudes is one of the best things you could have given them.
    Have a lovely day.

  17. so pretty, i have those dishes and never thought of something as simple as crystal turkey's to make them jump out, very pretty table.

    gratitude makes the world go round~

  18. Jacqueline,

    Every time I come here I feel that's an explosion of beautiful things by my eyes! Your blog is gorgeous!

    If you have some time, please go take a look at my new post today. Thank you!

    Luciane at HomeBunch.com

  19. I love your thoughts. Although the table is a feast for the eyes, I have so very much enjoyed the comments today. I hope that blessing continue to flow your way. You are a blessing to us out here and I thank you for that..

    Great table!!! Love all the white and silver. Your goblets are divine.

  20. What a great gratitude reminder:) Love your plates and the glass turkeys! SO beautiful! Wish there was a Tai Pan near me; I've never heard of it, but lately(in Blogland) have noticed it's associated with a lot of wonderful things.

  21. Ohhh Jacqueline, will you come set my table? We will be packing and eating dinner off boxes this year. I may do a post just for fun!

    Your table and all of your accessories are absolutely stunning! You always feature lovely things, but this may be my favorite.

  22. I'm always amazed at how many lovely things you have. Where on earth do you keep it all stored?

  23. Beautiful post and a beautiful setting!! I fully whole heartedly agree that you should NEVER miss the opportunity to say thank you and I love you!

  24. How beautiful, Jacqueline! I love your covered turkeys, ceramic pumpkins, centerpiece. Everything is lovely, including the quotes and thoughts.

  25. Stunning table. The stemware is beautiful and I was really surprised that those gorgeous dishes were found at HomeGoods...love them! I always say that I'm grateful every day, but it never hurts to be reminded to stop and think about the things we are grateful for. This was beautiful.

  26. Pretty dishes you have and the settings are beautiful. I so love the turkey dish or gravyboat.
    Have a great week!

  27. Jacqueline, your words are as beautiful as your table this week. I loved yours and the ones you quoted from others.

    The table is simple gorgeous with all of the white, silver, and glass. I love those plates.

    Really, visiting here tonight was a treat for me. Thank you for such a lovely post all around.

  28. Your table is gorgeous, but your words really touched me :) What a beautiful post....

  29. Gorgeous table - have to know the name of the plates and where you got them...I absolutely love them...beauiful table! Thanks for sharing...

  30. Beautiful post, breathtaking table!

  31. Simple, elegant & stunning! I love your tradition of reading scripture and giving thanks.

  32. Simple, elegant & stunning! I love your tradition of reading scripture and giving thanks.

  33. Beautiful, elegant table! Those glass pumpkin bowls are wonderful with the gorgeous white dishes. Lovely post!

  34. The plates are really stunning. Are these new? They look so pretty with the white turkeys on them -- everything, including the thoughts are so beautiful. Joni

  35. Jacqueline,
    Artfully done table. It speaks of elegence and lovliness! I adore those clear turkey tureens. The whites look gorgous.
    This table makes my heart sing!

  36. Jacqueline,
    What a beautiful post, a stunning table and very lovely words. Just love it!

  37. This is a beautiful post... focused on the true heart of Thanksgiving {which can easily be lost on busyness}. Your table and photos are gorgeous.

  38. Beautiful words and photos. Your table is exquisite. White for autumn is a unique twist. I love it!
    Thanks for sharing this gorgeous table and your thoughtful words.
    Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Sarah

  39. Those plates are the most beautiful plates I have ever seen! I love them!! Your whole table is so elegant! You and your sister really come up with the most amazing ideas. Thank you for linking up to Centerpiece Wed and sharing all the gorgeousness! :)

  40. I love how the centerpiece stands out! So amazing.

  41. Those dishes are so gorgeous....I just want to jump up and down!!! They are exquisite!!! I wish our Home Goods here would have had them! Man, those are pretty!!!!!!!

  42. I know the soup tastes wonderful in those beautiful turkey bowls. Lovely sentiments, and tablescape.

  43. Jacqueline,

    What an absolutely gorgeous table. Just truly elegant and lovely sentiments expressed as well.

    Happy Thanksgiving.


  44. Lovely table. I'll have to stop by homegoods to look for those plates.

  45. Jacqueline,
    your shared sayings are so thoughtful as your wonderful table. The real idea of Thanksgiving is in the air of this room. I wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.
    Greetings, Johanna

  46. I love the china! Just beautiful! Thank you for sharing. Happy Thanksgiving!

  47. Your china is just gorgeous! I love the white, clean feel of this table. The white ceramic pumpkins are just perfect. I appreciated reading your words. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours.

  48. Hi Jacqueline,

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  49. I found you via BNOTP. Your table is absolutely beautiful and so elegant! It is such a wonderful change from all of the typical yellow and orange of Thanksgiving.

  50. What a lovely thoughtful post. Your table is beautifully pulled together, too.

  51. Gorgeous plates...love the table!

  52. This table is beautiful as are your sentiments on giving thanks! Have a wonderful Thanksgiving

  53. Your table is stunning! The plates are gorgeous...even the glass turkeys take on a different look with them...they sparkle. Thank you for sharing this TT.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  54. The white on white with the shine of silver is further enhanced by your marvelous choices featuring texture...this is perfection! I can't believe that the plates came from Home Goods...I was just sure that they were going to be Neimans or Horchow. Thank you for sharing your elegant design. Cherry Kay

  55. Oh goodness I just love your plates!! They are so incredibly beautiful as is your entire tablescape! Thank you for sharing this very inspiring post at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

  56. Your table is sooo lovely! I just love those plates! Such a great find in Home Goods!! Very elegant design, you have such good taste!

  57. OMG! This is so beautiful. The china, crystal and silver are absolutely breathtaking. I love the turkey bowls. This cool color scheme is great. Thanks for visiting. See you soon. Ginger

  58. OMG, that was so gorgeous. And I'm blown away by your cupcakes.

    P.S. – I’m having a Jeanne d’Arc Living Giveaway till 12 Dec.!


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