Thanksgiving 2009 at Happy To Design


Hello my friends...Happy Thanksgiving!!!
There are many things that I am thankful to the Lord for this Thanksgiving! I am thankful for my friends and family...my health...having a shelter over my head and food on my table...just to name a few!!! I am also so very thankful for YOU!!! My prayer for this Thanksgiving season is that the Lord richly bless you and your families!!! May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!
It's a busy season for all of us! I have been busy preparing for our Thanksgiving get together. Our Thanksgiving will be fairly informal this year...with just Russell and I and our two children, however I am fixing the traditional Thanksgiving meal...with turkey and all the fixin's!
Whew...the turkey is thawing...the house is clean...and I have our Thanksgiving table set!!!
I wanted to share our Thanksgving table with you today. I know that you are very busy and I promise that I won't be so "wordy" today! Hehe! I have lots of photos...but few words! I hope you enjoy!!!
Thanksgiving 2009 at The Lamberts

An informal Thanksgiving table set for four.

The Centerpiece

I found this pretty ornate metal pumpkin at Hobby Lobby a few months back. I placed a few autumn florals, acorns, pinecones, and berries inside the pumpkin. I used one of my glass pedistal plates to elevate the pumpkin and then decorated beneath the pedistal plate with a few more autumn florals, berries, and pinecones. Roseville "Clematis...in autumn brown" candleholders grace each side of the pumpkin centerpiece.
Ohhh my...we can't have a tablescape without a few sweet autumn birds! I just love the two brown ceramic birds that I found at Michaels. They're little wings are embossed with acorns, autumn leaves, and pretty scrolled designs!
Why...even a pretty red cardinal has landed atop an acorn that is sitting on top of the pumpkin!!!

The Place Setting

I am using my new dishes that I found at TJ Maxx a couple of months ago! I just love, love, LOVE these dishes! Love the vibrant autumn colors and those sweet birds!!! They are manufactured by Royal Stafford of Burslem, England.
The Salad/Dessert Plate


The Dinner Plate


Acorn Plate

These sweet little acorn plates came from the Dollar General...only $1 ea. They'll be just perfect for the olives, pickles, and other fresh veggies from the relish plate!

Table Linens

I found this pretty brown tablecloth at TJ Maxx. Love the red, yellow, and orange threads that form the subtle plaid in the fabric!
The autumn plaid dinner napkins coordinate with the tablecloth. The coppery, maple leaf napkin rings come from Walmart.

The Flatware

This is my late mother-in-law's silverplate flatware. It's so ornate...I just love it!!! It's manufactured by Oneida...pattern: Brahms.
Autumn Birds...

A couple of close-ups of the sweet little autumn birds.

An Autumn Pitcher

I have had this pretty pitcher for a number of years. I have always loved the vibrant colors and pretty clusters of grapes and leaves on this piece! It's one of my favorite pitchers and usually sits atop the frig in my kitchen! I thought it would go perfectly with our Thanksgiving tablescape!

I'm using my amber colored goblets...the gold looks pretty with this place setting don't you think?


Our Thanksgiving Menu


Well my friends...I'm so happy that took the time out of your busy Thanksgiving schedule to stop by today!
Happy Thanksgiving!
From our home to yours...
Love ya'll,
I am joining in with Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday! Please go by and tell Susan Happy Thanksgiving and see what she has for us today! While you are over there...you will find a list of all the other happy participants! Thank you, Susan...for hosting Tablescape Thursday!!!




Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Chari, what a blessing it has been for me to meet you this past year and I am so proud to call you friend. I hope you and all of your family have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Lovely table! My flatware is very similar - Oneida Monte Carlo.

Keetha Broyles said...

Those little acorn plates are DEFINITELY my favorites!!!

Around here we have close to 20 diners, they're lucky to get a Fiesta plate and a paper napkin.

I DID invest in a few fall-scape napkins just for the occasion!

And I'll get up early and pop the turkey in the oven - - - that should count for SOMETHING, shouldn't it?

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OH Chari,
This is just gorgeous! Your family is indeed blessed! That china, the little birds, the tablecloth and napkins oh I love them! Your centerpiece is so creative and colorful and I just adore that pitcher! This is one of the prettiest tables, perfect for Thanksgiving! I am so thankful your my friend! I need to make a run to Wally World for some last minute things and then we're off early tomorrow morning. Hugs, Cindy

Blondie's Journal said...


Your table is just beautiful! The centerpiece is awesome, I was hoping you'd explain how you made it. It looks much more complicated!!

The bird plates are gorgeous...I wish I had seen them and I love how you picked up on that theme with all of your little birds.

I wish you & your family a wonderful holiday and I am so thankful I was able to meet you. You are the sweetest blogger friend anyone could ever ask for! :-)


Blue Creek Home said...

Gorgeous photos!
The joy pillow is going to look great in your home!

Send me you address and I will get your package to you in a few days!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Barbara Jean said...

This is all so wonderfully beautiful.

I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Barbara jean

Audra said...

All I can say is... Oooh, Aaahhhh! What a lovely, elegant and timeless table. Anyone would be honored to share a seat at your table. Love, Love, LOVE the bird plate...I am drooling..just so you know!

btw...Hobby Lobby today? 90% off and there were paper mache pumpkins. I got four for $4.00! UGH I was in heaven!

Happy Holidays dear friend, I feel blessed to have made your acquaintance in bloggy land. You are such an inspiration to me. I feel doubly blessed.

Sandi (Meme) said...

You did a great job, I like everything! Have a great holiday!

Donna said...

Beautiful tablescape! Have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

Chari, I'm so Blessed to call you my sister and friend....You outdid yourself once again girl...Many Thanksgiving blessings to you and your family...
Now I got most of those same birds as you girl..a couple got made into tassels ha ha!! Oh yes I'm on a tassel making mission right now...Sis I never got an ecard from you...did you get mine??
love your sweet new birds dishes as you could use these even for spring time I think...oh and about us doing a blue bird table Yes we did to do that how fun would that be...Well girl better go cut mt fudge Len taking to his Mama's house tomorrow...All my family will be here Saturday...Love ya sweet friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What an outstanding table, Chari! I just love it. I love all your layering and the colors. Everything from the linens to the china are just so well coordinated. You have those cute bird dishes, and I signed. THEN you brought out the acorns!!! Oh, Oh, Oh... CUTENESS.

This is just a wonderful job you did on this table, and I know one family who is going to enjoy it all.

Happy Tablescape Thursday and Thanksgiving, too!

The Lord's blessings be yours...


Sheila :-)

Julie said...

Hi Chari, What a wonderful Thanksgiving table...Love all the little birds...Happy Thanksgiving to you and your Family my Friend

xinex said...

Everything is so pretty, Chari. I knew you would do it! Ican'rt pick a favorite cause I love them all. I am not cooking for Thanksgiving. We were invited to have dinner at a friend's house and also invited by another group to join a lunch picnic. Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!..Christine

food with style said...

very pretty, you have so many lovely peices...

happy thanksgiving~

Anonymous said...

Oh, so, so pretty. I'm so blessed to have met you thru blogging. You've helped give me confidence to keep trying to decorate. What a sweet and fun person you are. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family. (Can't wait to see the Christmas mantel.) Rosie

Ldy ~~ Dy said...

Thank you Chari for stopping by. I took in every little detail of your Thanksgiving tablescape. The colors and textures are beautiful. Your bird dishes are fabulous as is that colorful fall pitcher. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!! Hugs!

Carolyn said...

You have outdone yourself! It is all so lovely.I love the acorn plates.
I hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Rettabug said...

Oh my Chari....what a beautiful table you've set for your family! Everything coordinates so perfectly. I love that pitcher & your MIL's flatware is soooo special. I would have loved to inherited something like that.

May you have a Blessed Thanksgiving, surrounded by your family.


Carol at Serendipity said...


Thanks for stopping by! My husband is loading up the car and I am trying to see the tablescapes my blogging friends have posted!!!

Your table is exquisite. I love the candlesticks. The linens are perfect with those gorgeous dishes.

Have a wonderful day, friend.


emptynester3 said...

Very beautiful table- love the pumpkins, the birds... the tablecloth is also very striking! Oh, love those dishes! Have a blessed Thanksgiving and thanks so much for visiting my Tablescape. ~Nana (Dawn)

Miss Laura Lu/RMS4291960 said...

Happy Thanksgiving Chari dear! Your table is breathtaking! Every little detail is precious! I love those dishes! I've never seen them before. Sorry I was MIA last week, I had an ear infection of all things. I was sick! You have a wonderful and blessed Thanksgiving my friend! Lauralu :)

Kat said...

Just beautiful Chari! Your table is gorgeous and your menus sounds wonderful. I love that tablecoth! I hope that you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving. Kathy

Kristens Creations said...

Hi Chari, What a beautiful table setting!! I love those beautiful bird plates! I hope you have a wonderful day today. Your menu is exactly what we have at my aunt and uncle's house. Everything is so delicious! Greenbean casserole is one of my all time favorites. Look for the tree topper post soon, I will show how to make the bow too. Have a great day!! Kristen

Gypsy Heart said...

Just beautiful! I know your family is going to love sitting down at this festive table with a delightful menu...all of it sounds delish!

Shelia said...

Happy Thanksgiving, Dear Chari! Oh, you're table is so beautiful. Thanks for popping in. I love coming into your pretty home and your dining room is one of my favorites.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Pearl Maple said...

Simply lovely Thanksgiving post, your maple napkin rings are the cutest things and the birds add a deligthful touch of whimsy to your theme. Thanks for sharing the inspiration with us all and hope you are having a nice Thanksgiving.

Sharlotte said...

Gorgeous table! I love all your colors, they're so rich and warm, perfect for the season. Your centerpiece and birds are so cute...Thanks so much for sharing!

Marigene said...

Beautiful table! Love the dinner plates, so pretty.

Diann @ The Thrifty Groove said...

Hi Chari!

Love it! I couldn't wait to see those TJMaxx finds in a Thanksgiving tablescape. They are so pretty and will be a great setting for future tables! Love that pitcher too! That's the first time I have seen it.

Hope y'all had a fantastic Thanksgiving!

Diann :)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Everything is so pretty -- a perfect autumn blend -- I adore your birds on the table -- everything has beed put together so thoughtfully on your table -- now that pitcher is gorgeous! Thanks for your visit to my table this week -- it's always nice when blogger guests stop by -- hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Chari...thank you for sharing your beautiful table with us! It's gorgeous!
Sometimes I wish I had not given my silver away...:) I guess it is that time of my life.
Your china is just delicious...yes, I said delicious!! I sigh deeply when I see tablesettings like yours!
I hope your day was wonderful!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Chari

Thanks for entering my give away and posting it on your sidebar.It's been so much fun finding beautiful blogs like yours through it! My son and his family love in Colorado ...I love it there.

Your Thanksgiving table-scape was so pretty! I hope you had a wonderful holiday!

Hugs, Pat

Roeshel said...

Chari - you always have the most beautiful arrangements. Your Thanksgiving table is gorgeous. I love the centerpiece - I love it all. You have an amazing talent!

Thanks so much for stopping by and for your votes - you're awesome! :)

I hope you're enjoying the weekend! Talk to you soon!


Sonia said...

Oh Chari,

What a beautiful table you set! I just love all the colors and accessories you so artfully put together! Hope you are having a wonderful holdiday weekend. I am thankful I have gotten to meet you this year and to get so much inspiration and encourgagment!
Sonia/Miss Bloomers

Laura said...

Dear Chari-
You did an amazing job-and your menu sounds delicious.

We are both bird people! I have those dishes too.

Have a wonderful weekend,

Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog. Your support means so much to me-

trish said...

What a beautiful table setting Chari!
I hope that your Thanksgiving was a beautiful one! :o)
Sincerely ~ Tricia Anne

Cass @ That Old House said...

Well I count you among my blessings this year! What a wonderful year of blogging it has been, and the best part is meeting wonderful people like you. Your table is gorgeous, and since it's Sunday morning I know already that you had a lovely holiday!
And by the way ... i NEED that pitcher.