Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Happy Hour #5 Dinner and Wine with Wildlife

Happy Happy Hour to you!!  This week we are going to take a look at some wine choices that will pair well with your Thanksgiving dinner.  But first we have our table set for dinner with some lovely woodland creatures, courtesy of Mom's growing Bareuther Waldsassen collection!  We saw her Bareuther fish plates a couple weeks ago.

The amber color palette is perfect for a Fall candle-lit dinner.  The salad and bread plates are beautiful.  The detail on these plates is so life-like.  Then the dinner plates.  The gold design around the edge glows and looks so regal and rich.  Like the salad/bread plates, each one is different.

Don't you love these amber etched glass wine glasses?  I just found the water glasses last Saturday at a flea market with my girlfriends.  They were $1 each!!  I can't believe how well they match.  The pattern is so twig-like, perfect for our wildlife plates.

Mom's bronze pheasant sculpture takes center stage on the table along with another of my flea market finds, these amber-fading-into-clear glass candlesticks.  Look at that Midwest November sky in the background!!  Not sure who made the candlesticks, but I love them.  That day at the flea market, everything seemed to click!  Don't you just love shopping days like that??

These napkin rings were made by my Great-Grandma Nora.  She was an incredible seamstress.  I have a blanket from her that I cherish!

Now on to Happy Hour!!  Let's talk wine for Thanksgiving.  According to the November 2010 issue of Real Simple, red or white wine will work well with turkey dinner.  All of the wines they have listed are under $15!!  Here is a list of one from each of the categories:

Crisp and Refreshing
2008 Erath Pinot Gris

Lush and Round
2009 Bonny Doon Vineyard Ca'del Solo Muscat (I'll be trying this one!!)

Soft and Fruity
2009 Matua Valley Marlborough Pinot Noir

Bold and Rich
2008 Heartland Stickleback Red

For the complete list, get this month's issue of Real Simple magazine.

After you have a few wines selected, set up a wine station!  You know how we like our stations around here.  Remember our soup station?

The tablecloth comes straight from Paris.  And it, of course, has pheasants on it, along with some other wildlife.  The maker of this incredible tablecloth is Le Jacquard Francais.  Check out their site at http:\\www.le-jacquard-francais.fr.

Our etched glass wine glasses make another appearance here at our wine station.  Set up a few bottles with some glasses and you have an instant tasting station!!


Link up you favorite cocktail recipes, barware, or other Happy Hour-related links below!


  1. Wow, what a stunning table, Jenny. The wildlife plates are beautiful...the details are extraordinary. I love the napkin rings your great grandmother crocheted, they look so nice with the napkins (I am always looking for brown napkins)...the candlesticks, I love how they go from amber to clear.

  2. Absolutely beautiful table. I love the plates, especially!

  3. What an unusual and beautiful table. I love the dinner plates -- the gold really makes them stand out. I also love the chargers. Joni

  4. Beautiful images! Your china is gorgeous. I like that each has a different scene. Love the layers of this table.
    Happy Thanksgiving! ~ Sarah

  5. Hello Jenny,
    to see Bareuther Waldsassen plates on a table in USA is amazing for me. I haven't seen such golden decorated plates even here in Germany. They are outstanding. Love them. The whole table is great and I love especially the stripes of the napkins backside - they go so perfect with the seats. Really fantastic tablescape.
    Greetings, Johanna

  6. Love the wildlife dishes and all the brown colors. Perfect for November and Thanksgiving. I'm your newest follower.

  7. What a gorgeous table! That china is really special. You are so lucky to have such heirloom treasures in your family. Your feather mats are beautiful. I love the layering of dishes.

  8. Hooray! You really put some zing into this table! I love your wildlife theme!!! Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  9. Excellent wine selection, my dear.

  10. You've inspired me to make some napkins that is a fact. I love the chargers on top of the pheasant placemats. I will have to try that next time i use mine. Your table is wonderful. I love the dishes!!

  11. The dinner plates are absolutely magnificent. Looked for and found some of the accent plates on eBay...would love to find the dinners. You've done a beautiful job on the tablescape...perfectly royal! La Jacquard linens always raise the level a few notches...stunning indeed. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

  12. Gorgeous dinner plates! I love it all. The napkins and those napkin rings are a treasure. The Pheasant placemats...wow. I want to be a guest here. I have discovered your blog.


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