The first bit of details I want to share with you about this wonderful Thanksgiving (or Harvest) table are the place settings. If you look closely the glassware, flatware and chargers are all matching which I think gives a cohesive look and feel to the table. But to mix it up a little we used old and new dinner plates – this gives the table a vintage allure. We began with new plates in a beautiful pheasant pattern that we rented (this is a great tip that folks often forget about when hosting small dinner parties – you can always rent china! It's not just for big weddings or galas.) Then, Pat & Sherry (the florists) brought some brown transferware – which is one of my all-time favorite patterns for Thanksgiving! Finally, Jen (the photographer) has a collection of antique china plates which we had fun sorting through to find plates to round out our mix and match settings!
If you don't have your own collection of antique china to pull from, visit your local Salvation Army or Goodwill stores to find inspiration. With plates selling for 25 cents or less it's easy and inexpensive to begin your own collection. And who cares if it's not a rare and expensive china – perhaps this is better because if one gets damaged you didn't break the bank!
I'd love to know what your favorite thrift shop entertaining finds are! Please leave a comment!!