Carole Murko of Heirloom Meals is back for another great guest post on holiday meal traditions. Check out her two previous posts here and here, and don’t forget to enter the Pine Cone Hill table linens giveaway!
For me, traditions are sacred. Especially when it comes to Thanksgiving. While the recipes and stories are important, so are the objects that are part of our heritage and memories. My grandmother’s meticulous Italian linen tablecloths, her cut-glass serving dishes, her aperitif glasses, her flow blue dishes—these were always part of her tablescape. They were her treasures, and now they are mine.
When I set my Thanksgiving table, I think about how important the setting is to the entire dining experience. After all, we eat with all our senses, including our eyes. It’s lovely to incorporate the old with the new. Oftentimes family heirlooms get split up within families, so you might only have a gravy boat or a serving platter. Use whatever you have! I think pulling out the heirlooms for Thanksgiving is a great tribute to our past and brings our ancestors to the table with us.
I also know that sometimes there are no heirlooms. Have no fear—you can start your own traditions and collections. One of the things I have always loved about Annie Selke is she creates classically derived tabletop with a new twist. So why not think about your own palette, and start collecting? I recommend frequenting yard sales, antique auctions, and, if you’re from Massachusetts, the Brimfield Antique Show. I bet you can create your own unique table setting and heirlooms for tomorrow.
I would love to hear your thoughts and ideas on your Thanksgiving tabletop. Do you have treasured family heirlooms? Have you started your own traditions? Do you mix and match? Tell us your tabletop tips in the comments below, and be entered to win a set of Pine Cone Hill Chambray Linen Flax and Terracotta napkins–a $96 value! Contest runs from now until 11:59 p.m. EST on November 23rd, 2012. View the full details.
Congratulations to our winner, Rachel from New York!