Talking Turkey Thanksgiving Tablescape!
Talking Turkey Thanksgiving Tablescape!
Can We Talk?
Turkey, I mean.
Tis the time for delicious roasted turkey for our Thanksgiving feast and also a time to really, literally… put the turkey on the table.
Ok, Thanksgiving isn’t until next week, but it will be here before you know it.
I’m thinking roast turkey or deep fried, southern cornbread stuffing or sausage dressing, depending on where you live and whether you put the stuffing/dressing in the turkey or in a casserole.
Welcome dear friends to our Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop!
Before we talk blog hop, lets talk about the time the turkey spoke to me!
Yes! I know!!!!
Trust me….the turkey spoke to me.
Not a real turkey, although I have raised turkeys and a few of them have talked to me.
Not English of course, but turkey talk.
Oh, I wish you were here to hear me talk turkey.
I can really do that gobble sound because that is the way I called to the turkeys when it was time for them to flock to eat their grain.
On second thought, it is probably better that you can not hear my gobble gobble sound. It can get on one’s nerves quickly.
Ask my children or the Captain.
The Ceramic Shop!
But I digress a bit because I am talking about a sorta white ceramic turkey that talked to me while it was perched on a shelf at the ceramic shop, alongside a jar of used paint brushes, a jack-in-the-box clown with white face and a big red grin…. and a lampshade sitting atop a cowboy with bowed legs and a lariat in his hand.
The shop was one of those where you could purchase already made ceramic pieces OR…you could take classes and make/paint/glaze your own.
And I saw this neglected turkey.
The turkey had bits of yellow and red paint splattered here and there from careless paint brushes being tossed into the jar of used brushes.
I am not sure which is worse.
A live turkey meeting the Farmer’s chopping block, and then ultimately roasted to a beautiful, crispy brown and nestled in the center of the dinner table among side dishes of stuffing and gravy…..
…..Or a white ceramic bird having to put up with the dust and paint splatters of would be ceramic artists in a ceramic workshop.
What a humiliation for this proud bird, which almost became our nation’s national symbol!
I am sure you have heard this story or legend….you see our founding fathers picked the American Bald Eagle as our national symbol. But from the start, the eagle was a controversial choice. Benjamin Franklin scowled at it. “For my part,” he declared, “I wish the eagle had not been chosen as the representative of this country. He is a bird of bad moral character; he does not get his living honestly. You may have seen him perched in some dead tree where, too lazy to fish for himself, he watches the labor of the fishing hawk and, when that diligent bird has at length taken a fish and is bearing it to his nest for his young ones, the bald eagle pursues him and takes the fish. With all this injustice, he is never in good case.”
Some people have since questioned whether the eagle would have been chosen to adorn the seal had the nation not been at war. A year after the Treaty of Paris ended the conflict with Great Britain, Franklin argued that the turkey would have been a more appropriate symbol. “A much more respectable bird and a true native of America,” he pointed out. Franklin conceded that the turkey was “a little vain and silly,” but maintained that it was nevertheless a “bird of courage” that “would not hesitate to attack a grenadier of the British guards who should presume to invade his farm yard with a red coat on.” Congress was not convinced, however. The eagle remained our national symbol.
So you see, I knew the turkey on the shelf, covered with ceramic dust, and various colors of paint splattered on the white finish, had to come home with me.
It was the right thing to do.
So, I bought this white bird and then I dusted and cleaned the paint off and it was then I decided it should be center stage on my Thanksgiving Tablescape.
Let me describe my table for you.
The tablescape is a simple one with wheat stalks, pumpkins, fall leaves and sunflowers lining the center of the table.
There are also two white chippy candlesticks with small orange pumpkins perched atop each one.
The place settings are colorful chargers with autumn leaves, white ironstone dinner plates and a spode salad plate featuring a turkey in full plumage.
Sort of the ying and yang of white and colorful turkeys.
The napkins are brown with a orange and white acorn embroidered on the corner and clustered together with a wooden napkin ring.
The flatware is called Sophia and the handles are rust colored. They coordinate nicely with the bubbled amber water glasses.
WHICH….goes well with the ceramic white turkey centerpiece, anchored at the ends of the table by two orange mercury glass pumpkins and white birch votive candles.
AND….the white ceramic turkey salt and pepper shakers,
Well, he needed a couple little friends didn’t he? 🙂
White turkey and Salt & Peppers-Ceramic shop
Leaf covered chargers-Michaels
Chippy candle sticks-Hobby Lobby a few years back
orange mercury pumpkins-Michaels
Amber bubble water glasses-Pier 1 over 10 years ago
Birch candle holder logs-Hobby Lobby several years ago
Brown napkins-World Market several years ago
wood/jute napkin rings…so old, I do not remember
Sunflowers and wheat stalks, I assume Michaels but don’t remember
Spode salad plates-Home Goods, several years ago
Thank you Chloe for hosting this Thanksgiving Tablescape Blog Hop! I know you have your sweet little grand daughtters living with you while their mother is serving her country.
Thank her and your son-in-law for their service.