I don't "theme" a lot
Really, I don't
But in November, it seems to be
Perhaps it is my way of ignoring
all of the Christmas
in the stores in November
But they are a slowly collected lot of turkeys
That sometimes end up on the table during the whole month of November
Not just that 4th Thursday!
It all started in 1970
When I bought this guy
At the dime store
He's made in Japan
And quite handsome I thought
He holds flowers sometimes
Ten or so years later, I found another
just like him
At a garage sale
for probably 50 cents
I like things in pairs
And so I bought it!
My love of blue and white dishes
And my love of my Christmas China
And my love of antiques
found me lusting after "Turkey" china
Oh, the "real" turkey plates from before the turn of the century
Especially the blue and white ones
Had me salvatating!
And searching on eBay --
Where I found
Eight Spode Festival plates
And I felt that I could fill in with my other blue and white
(And if hard pressed and with a lot of company, I could use them with my other blue and white plates in say, July!)
Never go to T. J. Maxx
for the next year
I found these plates by Myott. They're English made
They're blue and white
They have a turkey in the middle
And they were only $15 for 4 plates
I bought 2 boxes!
Now, I had 16 turkey plates
And with more than 16 guests, I can still fill in with my other Spode!
I decided I needed a "turkey" platter
I have a couple of turkey platters
But not a turkey platter
And like the other turkey dishes, it can fill in if needed anytime of the year
when I use my blue and white!
My last purchase
Which is not very turkey-ish
For the turkey is inside and would be covered by gravy
But there is always gravy at Thanksgiving
I didn't have a blue and white gravy boat
And like the other turkey dishes . . .
I can use it all year long
(and often do!)
It's a pretty Thanksgiving table
With the blue and white
And I like the fact that I can use my regular blue and white serving dishes
for a cohesive table!
At a garage sale I'm sure,
before the turkey china, and
before Martha Stewart featured them
And before Williams-Sonoma sold them
I bought two of the heavy clear glass turkeys
They make a great container for cranberry sauce
And look festive
And make the table (with plain ordinary china) more Thanksgiving-ish!
Alas, when I bought that first turkey in 1970
I also bought
The matching salt and pepper shakers
Salt and pepper shakers on each side
I'm not a salt and pepper shaker collector
But mother always had a couple of "holiday" salt and peppers
that made our table more festive
(for she had one set of good china which was used not only for holidays
but for Sunday dinner as well)
I cannot find them.
I do remember seeing them several years ago
(putting them away because I felt they were too "kitch=y" and not "sophisticated" enough)
But where, I do not know!
So now I'm on a hunt
To find either my originals
or a replacement pair.
I feel that they need to be on the Thanksgiving table again!
From a Thanksgiving for two
To a Thanksgiving with 30 guests,
It's down to two again!
But I fix a "real meal"
homemade cranberry sauce
(although this year I think I'll do Brussels sprouts)
And pumpkin pie
(with real whipped cream)
The turkeys will be on the table
And in our tummy
On Thanksgiving Day!
Wish me luck on finding the salt and peppers
And any salt and pepper won't do
They have to match the turkey centerpiece!