Prep + Presents

November 25, 2010

The prep continues.

My parents are here! They brought presents!

My grandmother Younger’s silver (she passed away earlier this year)


We’ll be eating off of it today!


We’ll be eating off my other grandmother’s Staffordshire turkey plates! They usually come out for dessert, but this year we decided to make them the main course.


Mom also brought hostess gifts – a book for Matt, a bottle of wine, and two things for me!


A framed photo of my grandfather (who also passed away this year – it was a sad year) and these beautiful placemats (from Southern Season)!!


She also brought Rudi, the malcontent reindeer! He’s been hangin’ with the Bears.


I’ve been busy polishing silver and getting the table set

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We just sat down for a snack – not quite a lunch – to tide us over.


A salad of spinach, honey and olive oil with lavender salt, leftover veggies from last night’s dinner, the last of the gorgonzola and one of Faith‘s plums!


Duke tea for warmth!



The table is set, now where’s the food!?


Cocktail Hour starts in 54 minutes!

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1 Estela @ Weekly Bite November 25, 2010 at 2:10 pm

Love those blue place mates! Happy Thanksgiving :)


2 Krystina November 25, 2010 at 2:13 pm

Beautiful silver!!!


3 [email protected] November 25, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Lovely placemats!! LMAO at malcontent reindeer!


4 Nelle @ Living Cliche November 25, 2010 at 2:42 pm

You just made me all weepy and nostalgic. That silverware look so much like my grandma’s! Happy Thanksgiving! I’m impressed you were able to whip together a salad before the big dinner. Best I could manage today was an English muffin with peanut butter! No more dishes!


5 Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat November 25, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Oooh love the placemats! I also tend to get the silver polishing job at family functions… you’re definitely earning your turkey! :)


6 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday November 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm

Is that reindeer headless??


7 Samantha @ Bikini Birthday November 25, 2010 at 2:44 pm

nm, I guess his head is just drooping down his body.


8 Caitlyn (A Spoonful of Life) November 25, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Beautiful dishes and silver! Happy Thanksgiving!


9 Heather (Heather's Dish) November 25, 2010 at 2:51 pm

you are just so cute…happy thanksgiving kath!


10 Casey November 25, 2010 at 3:07 pm

Kath, what do you use to polish your silver?


11 Kath November 25, 2010 at 3:11 pm

Wright’s Silver Cream. My grandmother gave it to me. Apparently it’s hard to find?


12 Casey November 25, 2010 at 11:22 pm

Thanks! I just inherited some silver as well and was not sure what to polish it with. I checked online and it lists Target as a distributor, so I will check there :)


13 Bronwyn Coyne November 25, 2010 at 3:09 pm

Very pretty table setting pieces. The turkey plates are super cute.


14 Cyclist Kate November 25, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Silver-polishing insider secret: If you line a non-metal vessel (I use a glass or ceramic baking dish), line it with foil shiny-side up, put your silver in there, sprinkle it liberally with baking soda, then pour boiling water over it all to cover and let it sit for 10 minutes, you’ll have beautiful, shiny polished silver without having to scrub every piece!

Happy Thanksgiving!


15 MOM November 25, 2010 at 6:47 pm

I’ll have to try that. I used to use powdered Spick and Span years ago in a similar method, but can’t find it anymore. Will try out the baking soda soon. Thanks!


16 J3nn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog) November 25, 2010 at 3:17 pm

Happy Thanksgiving, Kath, Matt, and family!! 😀


17 Lauren November 25, 2010 at 3:33 pm

Happy Thanksgiving! Those are some seriously gorgeous plates and silverware.


18 Lisa (bakebikeblog) November 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm

oh my – that silverware is too precious :) Such a special thing to include on your special day :)


19 Amy K. @ onehealthypeanut November 25, 2010 at 3:53 pm

Beautiful silverware and plates!! So festive! Enjoy your meal :)


20 stacey-healthylife November 25, 2010 at 3:55 pm

I love those plates, so cute.


21 Heidi - apples under my bed November 25, 2010 at 4:12 pm

What gorgeous plates and silver! And such a nice way to remember your grandparents, so they’re there with you today. I hope you have a lovely dinner. I cannot wait for food pics :)
Heidi xo


22 CarrieBeth November 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm

oh my goodness gracious, i’m in love with those turkey plates! my aunt just bought me some christmas china for my wedding. it’s time to pull it out for the season!


23 JenATX November 25, 2010 at 4:58 pm

isnt eating off something that has been in the family just a good feeling? what festive plates :) i remember when my mom used to make me polish the silver when i was a kid.. she also used to make me peel the potatoes. worst job ever!


24 Kiran November 25, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Beautiful silver. Happy Thanksgiving to you and the family *cheers!


25 Grocery Goddess Jen November 25, 2010 at 6:03 pm

Oooh, enjoy the plates and silver!


26 klm November 25, 2010 at 6:55 pm

schmappy thanksgiving!! ox.


27 Camille November 25, 2010 at 7:02 pm

What wonderful gifts :)
Eat well tonight!


28 Amanda (Eating Up) November 25, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I LOVE those turkey plates! How neat and unique!


29 Cara Craves... November 25, 2010 at 7:18 pm

Lovely Kath!
It’s nice that you can incorporate the memories of
your grandparents into your meal. I am sure they are
looking down on your guys and are smiling :)


30 Hannah November 25, 2010 at 7:40 pm

What a lovely, lovely way to commemorate both your grandparents and have them here with you for Thanksgiving!


31 Simply Life November 25, 2010 at 7:53 pm

I love that you have a designated cocktail hour – so fun!


32 Angela (the diet book junkie) November 25, 2010 at 7:56 pm

i love this holiday. hope yours is a good one! :)


33 Lauren November 25, 2010 at 8:01 pm

I love that you brought your grandpa’s spirit to the table. I’m sure he is looking down smiling on you all today.

Happy Thanksgiving!


34 Jil @ Big City, Lil Kitchen November 25, 2010 at 8:31 pm

Gorgeous silver! Enjoy your day with the fam!!


35 Laura (Starloz) November 25, 2010 at 8:33 pm

i love that your using your grandmothers china & silver.


36 Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin November 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

It’s so nice that you now have all these things to remember your grandparents with. That silverware is so pretty too! Have a great Thanksgiving! :)


37 Cristen November 25, 2010 at 9:27 pm

Love the picture of your Grandfather. He looked like a sweetheart of a man! Happy Thanksgiving!


38 Alaina November 25, 2010 at 10:59 pm

What beautiful silver! I’ve always wanted a nice silver set. You look like you’d be the best host. Hope you had a great Thanksgiving!!


39 Melissa @ I Never Imagined November 25, 2010 at 11:52 pm

Aww your mom is so thoughtful! What lovely, special gifts :)


40 notyet100 November 26, 2010 at 4:25 am

such nice gifts,..happy thanksgiving,.


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