Thanksgiving Lilies

One last fall tablescape before starting with Christmas.  Inspiration came from these napkins I purchased last summer at Tuesday Morning.

My computer isn't cooperating for some unknown reason. These pics are posting upside down and I don't know if there is a way to rotate them!

As I plan the tablescape I draped a napkin on top of the green tablecloth over the back of the chair. You can see the beautiful pattern of the napkin

The flatware matches the small lily in the pattern, see above.

I found these pretty silk tiger lilies at Hobby Lobby and have had them in this cord vase. I think they are so pretty!

But I decided to go with a low centerpiece. I have had the orange mercury glass pumpkin a few years, I think it is from Marshall's.
 The little Pilgrim figurines I've had over 25 years.

The white dinner plates are from Dollar Tree and the orange salad plates from Ross.
 First I had the napkins beside the plates:

Then I decided I like them on top of the plate even though it covers up the orange.

This is a small simple, but striking Thanksgiving tablescape.

Here's a place for you, won't you join us?

 It may be a small dinner party, but we'll have lots of turkey and all the trimmings!

Just pretending! We have been invited to have Thanksgiving dinner with friends! I'm taking an apple pie and a pumpkin pie, baked by Cracker Barrel! So this Thanksgiving was easy for me!

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I apologize for the pictures being rotated wrong! If anybody knows how to help me, please do! Thanks!

Happy Thanksgiving!



Bundt Pan Challenge

I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen's Bundt Pan Challenge. We are supposed to show our bundt pan's, bake a cake and set a dessert table.  My vintage bundt pan goes back to the 70s, and it is avocado! It looks like it is in pretty good shape, but it has been used a lot, just not in the last few years!

  I made a homemade "scratch" cake that I used to make a lot back in the 70s.  It's Sour Cream Coffee Cake. Have you ever had it? The recipe will be at the end of this post. Here's how it looked right out of the oven!

In keeping with the 70s theme, I used two of my mother's vintage beverage servers:

Jewel Tea coffee pot:

And since I'm not a coffee drinker, the Jewel Tea Alladin Tea Pot:

To those of you who do not know about "Jewel Tea Company" - it was a sales company that came to your house to sell teas, coffees, spices and even dishes! My mother collected this autumn line of dishes. The dishes were divided between her children and grandchildren. I'm happy I have the coffee and tea pots. The more I look at them, the more I like them! I have had them put away in a cabinet, but I'm enjoying seeing them out now!

The Sour Cream Coffee Cake, the tea pot, and the coffee pot make up the centerpiece. I purposely did not use a tablecloth, because back in the 70s fancy cloths were not used with impromptu coffee cake parties!

Since this is a tablescape post, I did use rattan chargers (unheard of back then!) and a small plate stack.

The yellow plates and cups and saucers were from Marshall's a few years ago, I think the square dinner plates were as well.  The yellow napkins are from Walmart, and the cream colored flatware from Ross.

I forgot to take a picture of the inside of this tea pot
 The picture below isn't very good, but it shows the insert (which is also glass) to put the tea leaves in! It still works too!

It was already dark when I remembered to take the picture, that's why the pics are not so good.

I decorated the coffee cake with faux fall leaves:


Here's a special place just for you!

The coffee cake has cinnamon, sugar and nuts inside!

My husband LOVES this cake!

I hope you do to!  Tea or coffee?

I prefer tea!

I guess I'll keep this vintage pan out of "retirement!"
 These cakes aren't hard to make, and they could make nice gifts!

 Different faux flowers could be used in the center for different seasons and occasions.

 I hope you enjoyed my vintage coffee and tea party!

I'm also joining Susan's Tablescape Thursday, click on her name for lots of inspiration.

Here's the recipe:

Sour Cream Coffee Cake (from the 70s)

¾ cup butter
1 ¼ cup sugar
Cream together until fluffy.

1 ½ cup sour cream
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
Mix well.

3 cups flour, add:
1 ½ teasp baking powder
1 ½ teasp. Baking soda

Flour mixture to butter mixture and beat 3 minutes.

Grease and flour bundt pan.

Pour half the batter into the pan.

Add half of this cinnamon sugar mixture:
¾ cup sugar
1 ½ teasp cinnamon
¾ cut chopped nuts

Pour remaining batter mixture of top.

Then add remaining half of the cinnamon sugar mixture on top.

Bake at 350 degrees for 55-60 minutes. Cool in pan 10 minutes before removing it. Sprinkle with powdered sugar when cool.

 I love the shape of this tea pot!



Cotton Time

Inspiration for this tablescape started with this faux cotton.
I spotted it at Michael's a couple months ago and had to have it. I have lived in FL for almost 50 years, but I grew up in north Alabama cotton country (Huntsville, AL) I've always had a fondness for anything using cotton!

I bought a few other things to complete the cotton centerpiece. This hydrangea made of burlap was perfect in texture.
So was this burlap rose!
Can you see the edges have a touch of sparkle gold.

The next color needed was green:

And the rustic wooden tray works really well

Then I remembered this wide ribbon I purchased last year:


I also decided to not use a tablecloth as first planned. I like the rustic look on the oak table.

Don't you just love the cotton!?  Brings back memories. I didn't live on a farm, but my grandparents did and I remember the cotton fields, even though I never "picked cotton!"

Square cream plates topped with a green dinner plate on top of twine place mats:

Cream handled flatware.  Double napkins are green with off-white eyelet. The napkin rings are made from the ribbon.

I'm very pleased with how it all turned out!

Here's a place for you!

There's also gold on the edge of the crystal goblets, to tie in with the gold on the rose!

A different angle of the centerpiece, from the back side:

I hope you like it as much as I do!

 I'm joining Susan's Tablescape Thursday, click on her name for lots more inspiration.