I adore my Spode blue and white
the Blue Room
the Blue Italian
And in 2006, while cruising on ebay
for some turkey dishes
(because I thought I needed turkey dishes)
I came across
These Spode Festival plates
Not an old pattern -- they're new to the Spode stable
The auction was for 8 plates and I won them!
Although they had turkeys on them,
I reasoned that if I had a lot of guests,
that they could be mixed with my other Spode dishes
Some guests would have flowers, some would have an Asian design and some would have turkeys!
So, I reasoned, it wasn't as if I would only use these dishes for
(One sometimes needs to justify one's purchases!)
But we never have only 8 for Thanksgiving
and so two years later at T J Maxx
They had these
Would fit in well with the others
were made in England
Could also be used anytime during the year
So I bought 8 more.
If we had more than 16 at Thanksgiving,
the Spode blue room would fill in nicely.
I adored my turkey plated Thanksgiving table in 2008.
This year, I decided that I absolutely needed
The Spode Festival turkey platter
The Spode Festival gravy boat.
The vegetables go into my other Spode blue and white bowls
and it is a pretty table.
All the blue and white on the table
with an orange and gold centerpiece
of pumpkins or garden mums.
Alas, I've not hosted Thanksgiving since 2008
For in 2009, we celebrated our 40th on a cruise
That anniversary fell on Thanksgiving and we had no turkey but rather steak and champagne!
The following years,
we've joined our daughter's in-laws for Thanksgiving.
They've opened both their homes and their hearts
to share their Thanksgiving with us.
The turkey dishes are in the cabinet in the dining room
awaiting a Thanksgiving at Linderhof.
It is best, I feel, to be prepared!