Cobalt blue, vivid yellow, lime green and deep red is not a combination that immediately comes to mind when I think about turkey plates. But somehow these just seemed to work.
Made sometime in the early 20th century by Enoch Woods of Burslem, England, these lively depictions of the noble bird are a fun twist on traditional Thanksgiving tableware.
Styling them took some thought, however. All the regular fall accoutrements were clearly not going to work.
The yellow is quite deep and vibrant. And as Tom Hayes, of Country Dining Room Antiques told me many years ago, “You can’t mix yellows. Reds, pinks, blues, any other colour, it’s fine to go with various shades on a table. Yellow, no!”.
Heeding his advice, I started with the flowers: yellow mums and deep redish/orange gerber daisies.
I supplemented the daisies and mums with oak leaves from some nearby trees, and was enchanted to see the acorns peeking out. Awwww… There is something magical about acorns, don’t you think?
The yellow napkins are from Pier 1, this spring. I was both startled and disappointed when they arrived, as the picture on their website showed a beguilingly soft yellow check, not the ballpark-hotdog-mustard shade that the UPS man dropped off. But through sheer laziness or distraction I didn’t return them promptly and they joined the napkin family. Well, they’ve found their role.
The opaline open salts from The Source Collection reflect the vivid green in the plates.
The blue part was easy. Cobalt Libbey water goblets (readily available, even on Amazon), and cobalt tea lights that we had purchased for my daughter Kirsten’s wedding several years ago. In fact, it was of Kirsten that I was thinking when I purchased these plates. She’s the “blue girl” in the family and I can see these gracing her dining table in future.
I added some lime green putka pods from Save on Crafts as vase fillers around the pillar candles. I’d never seen these little pumpkin-like guys before, but they looked so cute.
The pewter Danieli flatware is from World Market. The napkin rings are from eons ago, and I believe came from Pottery Barn. The whitewashed rattan napkins are from Pier 1 several seasons ago.
The table looked even nicer at night. I like the way the colours softened a bit and the blue glowed. The yellow still stands out, though! My goodness.
It seems that Thanksgiving comes in many colours!
I’ve been intrigued with the bluish-gray theme that is so prevalent this year, especially in pumpkins. Pier 1 has a lot of it going on, with plates, napkins and napkin rings in the blue/gray.
Later today I am helping one of the kids style a table with some inherited Noritake china in that colour way. So much fun!
I’m sharing this post with Between Naps on the Porch.