Thursday, November 24, 2011

Giving Thanks

Breaking bread and sharing a meal with family and friends are some of our most deep-rooted traditions, all the world over.  The official holiday of Thanksgiving is celebrated on the third Thursday of November in America, and the second Monday of October in Canada.

The act of sharing a meal comprised of nature's bountiful harvest and expressing gratitude for our blessings in life isn't limited to a specific time or place.  However, I still think that we in America greatly look forward to Thanksgiving Day.  The smell of good food being prepared in the kitchen, familiar voices of family members of all ages, Thanksgiving Day parades in the morning, and football in the afternoon; it's all part of the American Thanksgiving experience.

What are you thankful for today?

The fall harvest of fruit and vegetables?

Succulent baked ham, roast beef, or...turkey?

Johnson Brothers "His Majesty", from an original hand engraving.

 "Come, ye thankful people, come, Raise the song of harvest home".

I hope you shared a meal with loved ones today, and thank you for stopping by the House at Forest Manor.   I'll be linking this post to Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch, Home Sweet Home, hosted by Sherry at The Charm of Home, and Seasonal Sundays hosted by The Tablescaper.

Also linking to The Post of the Month Club, hosted by Laura at Happy Homemaker UK.  Thanks for hosting, Laura!



  1. A beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape. My fav as always the transferware dishes, so lovely with the tea cups with a turkey inside too! I love the burlap runner, everything is lovely along with your beautiful dining room furniture. I'm visiting as we don't have Thanksgiving here in Ecuador, like in Canada and the USA... but I will have Thanksgiving saturday at our friend's Lesly's and her Ecuadorian hubby's house, she's American like me so we're spending there all the way from a turkey lunch up to a high tea... filled with lots of yummy food and goodies! Happy Thanksgiving anyway and we do have sooo much to be thanksful for, I feel very, very blessed! FABBY

  2. Happy Thanksgiving! Your table looks so nice, especially the runner and those turkey plates.

    Robin Flies South

  3. What a beautiful harvest table! Very warm and inviting, Denise!
    Yes, were are blessed to be able to share Tgiving with my son and dil, and our 4 little grands and extended family.
    I like you have your second Tgiving tomorrow! Enjoy!

  4. The transferware sets the perfect mood for your gorgeous holiday tablescape. Such a warm and welcoming sight! Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I pray that your had a peace filled Thanksgiving surrounded by family & friends. Cherry Kay

  5. What a very sweet post! Your table is beautiful--to me those dishes are a work of art! Love the warm fall colors, which look so nice in your dining room. Your photos are amazing, too!

    Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!

    Creating Wonderful Spaces

  6. Beautiful table, Denise! Lovely transferware dishes.
    Enjoy the rest of the long holiday weekend.

  7. Your table is beautiful. I love your Thanksgiving dishes. Perfect! Thanks for sharing.

  8. Such a beautiful table. Love that runner.

    - The Tablescaper

  9. BEAUTIFULLY set table, and I really love that runner!!!! The turkey in the cup is just too great! I would love to drink from those cups!!! I hope you and yours had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

  10. Gorgeous table and lovely runner!
    Happy Thanksgiving!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  11. Hi Denise! Thanks for your kind comments about my Thanksgiving series. Glad it blessed you! I have thoroughly enjoyed viewing your Thanksgiving tablescape! What a lovely table - and I do like Johnson Bros. - His Majesty is a great table setting. Everything was lovely - your centerpiece horn of plenty and all that fruit . . . such a treat for your guests! Glad you enjoyed a grand day in His blessings!

  12. I've so enjoyed seeing how everyone has been celebrating their Thanksgiving Day with beautiful tablescapes.
    Your is one of the most beautiful ones that I've seen.

  13. Beautiful Thanksgiving tablescape!

    Susan and Bentley

  14. Hi Denise,
    How exciting that table runner got to be on your Thanksgiving table. Thanks for picturing it! It is all gorgeous! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  15. Hi Denise! Oh I so enjoyed looking at your beautiful table! It reminds me a bit of mine last Thanksgiving, I used the same plates and the cornocopia, but your table runner is just awesome!! Thanks for your comments, yes those plates are the same ones Alycia used on one of her Thanksgiving tables. I have the dinner plates as well, but decided to 'mix and match'! Your table is so beautiful and inviting, hope your day was wonderful!

  16. I enjoyed seeing these dishes on your table. Aren't they wonderful? I have had mine for close to 20 years, I think. You have the bowls! Lucky you. I still collect the pieces, but since I have turkey mugs and individual lidded glass turkey tureens, I've not started getting the bowls. Hmmm. I may have to rethink this since your table looks so lovely.

  17. Your Thanksgiving table was beautiful! It's how I imagine my perfect Thanksgiving table to look. Gorgeous!

  18. What a beautiful table setting! I love that fat regal turkey :) I'm sure the meal was a tasty as the table looks. I love Thanksgiving.

    Thank you for linking up to Post Of The Month Club! It is great to have you there ;) XOLaura



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