My Thanksgiving silver buffet is all about shimmer, shine, and simplicity. This is the time of year when I bring out my mother’s china. I’m also sharing another of mom’s most treasured pieces, her silver tea service. This family gem still awaits its maiden voyage. Every so often she’d take it out of the china cabinet, give it a good polish and replace it. Never once did she use it. The handle on the creamer broke off and I have no idea how to fix it, so If anyone knows please share.
I admit to not polishing it often enough, and I too am hesitant about using it. However, I do enjoy displaying it along with a few other pieces for an informal buffet setting. Most of the items on this table I’ve had for a long time and I was happy it came together without buying anything new. The focus of this table isn’t on the food just the setup. I did use some fruit for color and store bought apple turnovers to fill the cake stand.
How it Came Together
A white floral pattern cloth covers the table, as well as white polyester napkins with a swirl pattern. Silver dessert forks set atop the napkins.
At the center back of the table is one of my favorite decorating hacks. A thrift store white shade attached to a mercury glass candle holder to look like a lamp.
You’ll notice the Bristol China which we will dine on Thanksgiving day. I only set out a few cups, saucers and dessert plates. On the dessert plates are what I think are cheese knives. They are a bit tarnished but I like the vintage feel so I left them alone knowing they are just for show. Ultimately, I will use the silver polishing tip I shared in my Floral and Feather Thanksgiving Tablescape.
Speaking of desserts. A while back I bought this cake stand at the thrift store for $3.00. Took it home and stashed it with my other table decor. While polishing it, I noticed a small stamp underneath that said International Silver Company. It smudges easily and between polishing I give it a wipe with glass cleaner and it looks great. What a great find! It sits on a wrapping paper covered box for height. At the same thrift store, I found the vintage looking cake server.
At the back of the table sits a chafing dish from my catering days. The original insert broke and I placed a clear bowl inside filled it with fruit. The dish is elevated on a covered box as well.
A mercury vase with ivory flowers on an oval silver tray serves as a decorative element. In addition, a moss covered orb rests on a pillar holder. At the other end is my nod to the season with a painted faux pumpkin and two glittery votive holders.
Changing the color of the linens would totally change the feel of this table. Swap the pumpkin for a small Christmas tree and place seasonal greens and picks in the mercury glass vase and you’re all set for Christmas. Remove those and you’re all set for New Year’s Eve. This is another example of shopping your home and making the most of what you have. If you have any other ideas on how to adapt this setup to different holidays and occasions let me know in the comment section. I would love to hear your ideas.
The internet is filled with tons of inspiration for designing tablescapes and buffets. That being said, sometimes the choices can be overwhelming when you’re trying to pinpoint a certain look. Recently I came across an interactive feature that lets you specifically hone in on the style you want. Find it here and please let me know what you think.
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