Giving Thanks

I’m joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday~

I set a table for two outside taking advantage a serene lake in the background, with most of the recreational boaters having put away their boats for the season.

I am thankful for so many things but this past weekend, I was thankful for crisp fall weather, a Carolina Blue sky, and some much anticipated fall color in the trees.

For a centerpiece I arranged fresh flowers & leaves in a pumpkin to celebrate the season~ you can see the how-to post, if you like here.

 

In reality, there will be 17 of us at my in-laws’ Thanksgiving table~ we are fortunate to be together and I am thankful we are all healthy.

I’m always thankful for your visit & comments. . .

 and for Susan, providing dishaholics everywhere a place to create & play :-)

For a Bounty of Dishes, visit the Porch for a Harvest of Inspiration~

  45 comments for “Giving Thanks

  1. November 17, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    Beautiful table. Your arrangement is perfect and so elegant. I love fresh flowers and your selection of material and style makes it all sing. Tablecloth, dishes and your wonderful setting are very nice!

  2. November 17, 2010 at 6:08 pm

    Truly idyllic setting..Yes I think gratitude is in order..Beauty.. health..abundance..and waterfront:)Happy Thanksgiving to you~

  3. November 17, 2010 at 6:26 pm

    oh it was sooooooooooo worth it… what a stunning setting~ go see how many pics i snitched! love love love your cottage setting, the things dreams are made of…. i have the same chairs too, we are so much alike in taste ;)

    you can find me here all night, i am not budging…

  4. November 17, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    So pretty! I have that same china and love it!

  5. November 17, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    Mary, your table is beautiful! The photos are amazing and I love that view!

  6. Carolyn
    November 17, 2010 at 7:42 pm

    Yours is one of my favorite blogs! This season is so full of goodness and appreciation. Daily doses of gratitude keep our hearts properly focused.
    Thank you for sharing this delightful table setting and scenery!

  7. November 17, 2010 at 7:44 pm

    Gorgeous!

  8. November 17, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    Mary, all I can say is “Thanks.”

  9. Happier Than A Pig in Mud
    November 17, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    Ummm… Wow! What a pretty setting, love it all! Sounds like your T-Day will be lots of fun too-enjoy:@)

  10. November 17, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    I am completely crazy about this table and have a hunch it will be my very favorite this week. I love LOVE the colors. Between that fringed tablecloth and the beautiful flowers in the centerpiece, it’s just simply gorgeous.

    LOVE it!!

  11. Ellen
    November 17, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    Love love love your photos of your table. I also really enjoyed the rich autumn colors on your scape!

  12. Carolyn
    November 17, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    Mary, you have enriched my Fall experience with this Autumnal tablesetting. The leaves scattered around the China and the colors there-in are shouting the Season’s Greetings. The Pumpkin arrangement is so inspiring and perfectly designed. I am Thankful that I have been able to see and enjoy the vivid colors of this Fall season. They seem brighter and more reflective this year, or is it that I am more appreciative of the simple things as I get older. I will never take Mother Nature for granted. She is the perfect artist.
    Thank you for taking your table to this picturesque place by the lake and sharing that beauty with us. CGE

  13. November 17, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Oh, this is beautiful! Everything is set off just perfectly in that gorgeous autumn light. Your tablecloth is so pretty. Your setting, as always, is wonderful. I don’t know how you ever go indoors.

  14. November 17, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Mary, This table is GORGEOUS!!!! A bounty of inspiration. I love all the warm wicker and twiggy elements. Your colors are perfect for fall. And the backdrop of the waterfront adds a glorious natural setting. The little gourds and pumpkins in your lanterns are an inspiraiton! I am putting this table in my “favorite tablescape” file! You have really outdone yourself with this table… one of the prettiest I have seen this fall.
    Yvonne

  15. November 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Lovely spot, setting everything!

  16. November 17, 2010 at 11:07 pm

    Mary, I just came from Carolyn’s fireside setting and now this alfresco setting ~ my absolute two favorite ways to dine. This autumn setting glows from every angle. I’m with Yvonne, this is a favorite in my mind. You are a master at putting it all together. Add your beautiful lake side setting and it’s perfection!
    Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Sarah

  17. Mrs. Serendipity
    November 18, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Mary, I found your blogsite about three months ago and just love it. Have never left a comment. Your posts are a joy to follow and your photography is stunning. Love this tablescape with your beautiful view – thank you for sharing. I hope you and your family have a Blessed Thanksgiving! Mrs. S.

  18. November 18, 2010 at 12:27 am

    Beautiful! I love the lanterns with the gourds and leaves inside.

  19. November 18, 2010 at 12:44 am

    Was this a magazine photo shoot?!!! It sure should be! GORGEOUS! I love the colours, the setting, the photography and of course, the tablescape! The fresh floral/leaf pumpkin centerpiece is lovely and a striking contrast with the blue water in the background. I’ve got to go back and look again! (I know I’ve admired your black lanterns before – I’ve got to find me some!)

    DD

  20. November 18, 2010 at 1:22 am

    HOMERUN!!! This is really gorgeous! You are SO lucky to live right on the lake!!! What a fabulous backdrop it provides! Your centerpiece is beautiful, and everything just looks perfect! I hope you and yours enjoy a peaceful and happy Thanksgiving!

  21. November 18, 2010 at 2:03 am

    Looove your Johnson Bros. plates! I am such a lover of using treasured china and dinnerware from the past. It makes me feel like I have a connection with joyous occasions from earlier times. And are those Pottery Barn chairs? I have them at my lake house. too

    I reeaally love your lake view! It is serene and beautiful! We have family in N.C. and I will have to ask them about Lake Norman – it looks so lovely. We have some beautiful homes along Lake Tulloch in California too…someday I will post photos on my blog. We’ve only had that vacation home for a year but your lake scenes are inspiring me! Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. November 18, 2010 at 8:16 am

    This is absolutely one of the most gorgeous tablescapes I have ever seen. Your centerpiece is exquisite and I am going to look at the tutorial. Your view is spectacular. Just wonderful photography.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

    Carol

  23. November 18, 2010 at 8:23 am

    So far this my favorite! I love the setting on the table and off the table. OMG! Beautiful patio and view! Love the pumpkins in the lanterns, your gorgeous centerpiece, your turkey plates, your chargers, even your tablecloth or throw…well to be honest I just love it all! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

  24. November 18, 2010 at 8:51 am

    Oh My….just beautiful! Your pictures look so professional. I love your centerpeice…I love the whole table! Happy Thanksgiving!

  25. November 18, 2010 at 9:52 am

    This is absolutely breathtaking – the table, the view, the centerpeice – just GORGEOUS!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  26. November 18, 2010 at 10:13 am

    What an absolutely perfect table setting you have created just in time for the holidays. I just love all of the different textures. Have a very Happy Thanksgiving.

  27. November 18, 2010 at 10:17 am

    This is most gorgeous! Your photographs are stunning. I love the arrangement in the pumpkin. I also love the double chargers.. This is by far a most inviting setting. Beautifully done.

  28. November 18, 2010 at 10:24 am

    What a gorgeous table! Starting with such a lovely setting is a plus, but adding the plaid blanket and that STUNNING centerpiece really makes this table swoonworthy!

  29. November 18, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Well, it’s hard to set a table that competes with the scenery, but I think you managed to do it. I love plaid, so the blanket really caught my eye.

    Where ever did you find the cold drink (champagne) chiller? It is WONDERFUL!

  30. November 18, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    Oh my this is lovely! That centerpiece is just so beautiful, and what an amazing setting! LOOOOVE it!!

  31. November 18, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    Once again lovely, and how wonderful that you are still eating outside. Many will envy that!

  32. November 18, 2010 at 9:56 pm

    What a beautiful setting for your turkey plates — the pumpkin filled with flowers and that wonderful plaid scarf on your table!

  33. November 18, 2010 at 11:55 pm

    Absolutely magnificent. We sold our lake house a number of years ago, but I always most loved to be there during the fall and winter, when all the amateurs had gone until the next summer. Thank you for sharing your top to bottom elegant design. Cherry Kay

  34. November 19, 2010 at 1:44 am

    Mary, this is one of the prettiest tables of the season. I love anything orange; the plaid tablecloth is beautiful…of course the plates are, too. Your floral arrangement is stunning.
    Have a very Happy Thanksgiving!

  35. November 19, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Your photographs and table scape are simply beautiful, such loveley colours and what a stunning location.

  36. November 20, 2010 at 1:09 am

    I’m so happy you stopped by, I was about to visit You upon referral! :) Love your blog! Gorgeous tablescape and beautiful setting as well. I think we’ll have to start that states wide Book Club! I’ve been ‘this close’ to visiting NC the past couple years… it’s my longterm goal to own a B&B there one day… even blogged about it! Ha. Can’t wait to visit more often… going to include you in my blogroll. Love the pups too! That Bouchon post with the cupcakes and corks is genius ;)
    xo,
    nicolette

    http://www.simplycolette.blogspot.com

    http://www.photographygetaways.com

  37. November 20, 2010 at 8:58 pm

    Warm and inviting! Beautiful rich tapestry of autumn. Thank you.
    Linda

  38. November 20, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    How thankful you must be to live on that beautiful lake!! Goregous in every way! I love the table, linen, plates and especially that floral arrangement in the pumpkin! It all screams fall and autumn beauty! Thanks for sharing this absolutely stunning tablescape! Hope your Turkey day is full of family, fun and blessings!

    Miss Bloomers

  39. November 22, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    Popped in to say hi! Gorgeous photos!

  40. November 22, 2010 at 10:33 pm

    I think this is the most inviting table and setting I have ever seen. Beautiful just doesn’t describe how lovely it is! Gorgeous!

  41. November 23, 2010 at 12:30 am

    What an exquisite set of photographs…Thanksgiving by the Lake!!! How I’d love to celebrate the holiday at our cottage. Sadly…we would not have water!! City Water hasn’t made it to us yet!! Hope you have a wonderful holiday with your family!!

  42. July 11, 2011 at 3:29 pm

    This is magnificent!!! I am browsing your blog and HAD to stop here as Fall is one of my favorite times to tablescape. All the natural elements are so bountiful!!!!! I ADORE your centerpiece! It is gorgeous. This is the first time I am seeing this wonderful patio!!!!!!!!!!!! I love the wall around it. Your lanterns filled with gourds is beautiful, I will steal that idea:):) LOVE the throw as the tablecloth, the colors are gorgeous!!!! XO, Pinky

  43. October 19, 2011 at 3:04 pm

    Forgive me for being naive but……do the dolphins REALLY come up on shore f0r the mullets? I found your blog my trying to get that information after reading it in Seetwater Creek…I have never done a blog but I think I might be hooked!
    Cheers!
    MM

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  45. Christina McCall
    October 30, 2014 at 8:44 pm

    This is the first time I have seen your blog and am getting ready for good Thanksgiving recipes. The table has been set since the beginning of October. At first I discovered tablescaping last year and thanks to Alycia Nichols from http://www.tabletwentyone.wordpress.com and Susan from betweennapsontheporch.net I seemed to have found the most beautiful designs for setting up lovely tables for intimate parties or big parties. Now I have another wonderful source to look for beautiful ideas while entertaining. Ohhh, how that lake back drop has to be stunning. Have a wonderfull fall and a Happy Thaksgiving.

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