Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Seated Dinner for 30

Welcome to our seated Thanksgiving for 30 (ok it was 27 but who's counting). I went with neutral dishes so that the accessories could shine, quite literally since I used silver and gold. Another bonus from using silver and gold is you can use a lot of pieces you already own, therefore cutting down on the costs. I rented the plates, which were ivory with a gold band, for 35 cents a piece. This meant we could scrape and load them back into their carriers and no dishes to be done! The silver chargers were on sale at Christmas Tree Shops for $1 each. I will reuse these next year when I host Christmas Eve dinner for my family.

We were chasing rain clouds the day I took these so some are quite shadowy I apologize! Here you can see the base linen round tablecloth's I rented for the three tables along with the gold toppers I bought at Christmas Tree Shops for $4 each! I think I will get miles out of the toppers for both autumn and holiday.

My candle rings for each table are actually the napkin rings from this post.

Each placesetting had a Thanksgiving cracker, caspari turkey napkin, and an ivory sheer bag which contained the flatware and was adorned with a gold acorn. I found the gold acorn's at Wal-Mart in the Christmas ornament aisle. Six for $1.96! Caspari napkins, while paper, are so beautiful I couldn't resist! More from the visit to their store in Virginia here.

After scattering some fall leaves around the tables, I filled the silver mint julep cups with roses and glittered gold and silver curly que picks. What would a Kentucky Thanksgiving be without mint julep cups! These were a gift from my Great Aunt Helen and I cherish them.

Hope you enjoyed the tour and will visit more tables at Between Naps on the Porch with our host Susan.


  1. Oh what fun to have everybody together. I can imagine all the conversations and the laughters. The tables are beautiful!...Christine

  2. How pretty. Love your mint julep cups. This is a lovely setting.

  3. You had so many good ideas going in this post. The tables are gorgeous and the concept of not washing the dishes is appealing.

  4. You did a fabulous job for 27!!! We had 28, and even though I love having that many for dinner, it's a lot of work!!! You found some incredible bargains to make it work for you!! It's so great when you can find great prices on items you will be able to use over and over!!! The roses in the julep cups are beautiful! I LOVE julep cups, and I use them as often as possible. They are the perfect size! Glad you had a successful dinner, and I hope you are able to get a little rest this weekend!

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