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Harvest Dinner

Saturday night I held my annual Harvest Dinner. There were only 4 of us this year but it was still fun. Actually my dad came too but he was early and left before all the goodies arrived.

I was pleased with the tablescape this year. I wanted an elegant look so I used a pashmina I bought at a craft fair as the table runner. Of course, the cranberry glass turkey added color and held center stage.

The sunflowers from a local market were actually orange. I used an old milk bottle as a vase and tied burgundy raffia around the neck for more color. The creamer and sugar were bought at an antique fair last year.

The crystal glasses are from Poland and were actually made especially for me by a Polish friend who apprenticed at the Julia Crystal Factory.

The gravy boat is an antique and bought from my friend Beth of Studio B in Concord.

Wait, did you want to know about the food? Well we had turkey and scalloped potatoes.

And gravy and butternut squash.

The cranberry and apple stuffing was delicious. Well everything was delicious! Mary made the turkey, gravy, stuffing and pie. Sheila made the butternut squash and I provided the scalloped potatoes, salad, rolls, cider, tea, and cake.

Dessert? Apple pie and chocolate mousse cake. We had hot spiced apple cider and orange cranberry tea.

It was a relaxing and enjoyable evening. Great food, great music and great friends. I alway enjoy hosting the Harvest Dinner. It's a tradition and the unofficial start to the holiday season.


Oooh, I wish I'd been there. That all looks absolutely scrumptious. Mmmmmm....

I love the sound of the stuffing. Yummy!

~Kristen~ said…
Everything looks so festive!!! What a fun tradition!!!
Rosie said…
What a beautiful table, and the food looks delicious!
Janet said…
I love Studio B, she had some of the most beautiful autumn floral arrangements I have ever seen when I visited a few weeks ago!
salmagundi said…
Gorgeous table! I always love a paisley tablecloth; and of course, my eye is on that gravy boat. Beautiful. Sally
What a great tradition! The menu sounds wonderful and you had a very cozy tablesetting so fitting for Autumn!~Hugs, Patti
You certainly set a lovely table. The food looks delicious. Isn't entertaining fun?
Julie@beingRUBY said…
HI Elaine
It all looks so warm and inviting.. I love it.. wish I could come to one of your dinners!!! although it might kill me not being able to eat those scalloped potatoes.. my favourite... when we were kids we had a friend who called them 'yucky potatoes'.. we still call them that!! hehe and those Polish crystal glasses are divine... lucky you!!

thanks for your sweet sweet comments... I think it was Positano in Under The Tuscan Sun.. or.. Amalfi.. They are both neighbouring towns on the Amalfi Coast... How I'd love to go back there...

Have a wonderful day.. xxx Julie
What a beautiful setting and your menu...absolutely delicious! Sounds like a delightful evening. Wishes for a lovely day ~ Rebecca
kayellen said…
What a beautiful table setting Elaine:))
The food looks amazing too!!

Hope you are having a blessed weekend~~~

Kay Ellen
Your table looks beautiful! Just looking at it makes me want to run down to the dining room and set the table! How nice that your crystal was designed just for you! I love my crystal, I bought it in Ireland many years ago while on vacation, it's extra special because I selected it in Ireland and bought it in Ireland. Oh, the dinner looks yummy also!
Rhonda said…
Hello :o) I just found your blog on
another blog I visit My Romantic Home. I find your blog warm and personable. I'm Rhonda and was wondering if you'd share your recipe for the apple cranberry stuffing? looks delish!
Janet said…
The colours are glorious and the food all looks so yummy. I've used the pashmina idea myself, and it is very effective!

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