Thanksgiving is the one time of year I pull out all the sterling silver flatware, serving pieces and candlesticks, polish it up and use it. I love the rich luster of well used and well loved sterling silver. It catches the light and is especially striking when used with beautiful linens.
Sterling silver requires elbow grease to make it shine and clean up requires more attention than just tossing it in the dishwasher. But it’s so worth it! When you look at my table, the gorgeous sterling lets you know that this is an important celebration.
I used several different patterns of china to make it more interesting.
Here is a tip: If any member of your family offers to give you old tarnished silver, grab it. Buy a tub of silver polish, shine them up, and use these heirlooms at your next Thanksgiving.
Here is what’s on my table:
Tablecloth: Williams Sonoma
Linen napkins: Darby, Sferra
Sterling silver flatware: Gorham, Melrose pattern
Sterling silver candlesticks: Family heirlooms
Sterling silver centerpiece bowl: Family heirloom
Butter dishes: Vintage Copeland Spode, Indian tree pattern
Dinner plates: Minton bone china, Ancestral pattern
Dessert plates: Vintage Myott Staffordshire
Sterling silver salt cellars: Family heirlooms
Porcelain cherub bowls: Vintage German porcelain (eBay)
Tiny flower vases: Salviati vodka glasses (Italy)
Green cake pedestal: Mosser (available at my Amazon Affiliate Store)
Frogs: Neiman Marcus
Plate under cherub bowl: Vintage Upper Hanley porcelain, Pearl pattern
Tortoise edged place cards: Caspari
Sterling silver serving pieces: Family heirlooms
White candles: Colonial Candle