Thursday, November 7, 2019

Franciscan Apple Thanksgiving

Oh how I just love Thanksgiving! It's a day I really look forward to, and I love getting the opportunity to set a pretty table.

Since we moved here, I have hosted at our home, and there is nothing I love more than waking up early on a cold November morning to the scent of a turkey that has roasted all night, a fresh pot of coffee, and all my tribe snug in their beds. That is exactly the kind of thing that I am so very thankful for, so I savor every moment. 

Of course, having the house all clean at one time might just be part of that tooπŸ˜‰

I actually had Thanksgiving plans for a set of restaurant dinnerware I have, but walked over to my mother's and saw her vintage brass punch bowl sitting on her buffet full of red apples, and immediately knew that would be my centerpiece. 

While I was there, I grabbed a box and packed up some of her  Franciscan Apple dishes tooπŸ˜‰
I hadn't really thought of these for Thanksgiving, but love how this table turned out.

I kept the red velvet runner I made out of upholstery fabric, and added an old wood board to the center. I like the rustic look of the wood, and if any candles drip, wax won't damage the board like it would fabric. 

The dinnerware I chose is original Franciscan Apple (1940s), "a beautiful earthenware pattern featuring hand-painted designs that reflect the beauty of California's apple orchards," and was introduced in 1940.

I chose to use my vintage LE Smith Moon and Stars amberina glassware for water or tea, and my Cris D'arques Durand Longchamp fluted glasses for sparkling cider.

I brought out the Wallace and Sons 1893 sterling Louvre flatware and the antique Landers/Frary/Clark sterling butter spreaders. The napkins are actually some we use for every day this time of year, and I purchased them last year.

This is the first holiday I've set a table right in the kitchen since we got rid of the island last winter.
Yes, I am missing my dining room space, but only for the aesthetic of taking pretty photos. It really wasn't practical, and we have more room here to spread out than we did in that space.

I'm really pleased with how this table turned out, and I'm certainly looking forward to the scent of turkey and dressing filling the house, and of course seeing my mom on the way from next door with her scratch-made pumpkin pies and apple pies. 

For more Thanksgiving table ideas, be sure to go back and check out last year's Thanksgiving table as well as some from past years.

Mostly, I'm just looking forward to having my family around the table and with purpose giving thanks for all the blessings we have.

I'll be joining:


  1. Anita,
    As a lover of red, I simply adore this beautiful tablescape!! Drop dead gorgeous! Sharing on face book!!

  2. Every time I see a picture you post, I just sigh at how beautiful it looks. No matter the room or season, it always stops me in my tracks. You have such a gift!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

    1. That just made my day Lisa!! Thank you so very much:-)

  3. Anita, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. Your room is lush and rich with color. I love it.

    1. Thank Monica! Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

  4. From my perspective, I don't miss your dining room. I love the wide open-ness of your home now. Everything flows beautifully from area to area and allows us all to be aware of both the coziness and the non-stop beauty and richness of your decor.