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Holiday Table-Food Photography

This month’s challenge for The Inspired Plate food photography group was The Holiday Table. I took this in a slightly different direction–as I regularly do–and didn’t shoot our actual holiday table or table set up. I wanted to share what makes our holiday table so special to me.

I have inherited some special pieces of silver and tableware from my grandmother.

antique silver gravy boat

Every year when I polish this silver gravy boat…a little worse for wear, but very beloved..I can’t help but think of the many Thanksgiving or Christmas dinners where my grandmother sat at her kitchen table and polished this very same gravy boat–just like I do each year. Such a fabulous connection to my past.

Then, I was over at my mother’s a few years ago cleaning up from a broken pipe in their basement and came across this box of her mother’s china. Still all boxed up. Not used. Not loved. Just sitting in the now damp basement. I promptly decided it was mine…

unboxing antique china

Notice the Watergate headline on the newspaper…yep, it’s been boxed up a long, long time.

antique noritake china

I think it is so pretty. There are like seventy hundred billion pieces to this set. A few of the bowls and teacups have minor chips, but most of it is in fabulous shape.

antique noritake china

Now every Thanksgiving, out comes this china and our table is set…just like my grandmother’s table was so many years ago. My mom comments every year to my boys, “do you know this was my mother’s china?” They act like it’s the first time they’ve heard it 😉

Anyway, I just wanted to share a bit of our holiday table…via age old pieces of china and silver…which just makes our big family dinners that much more special to me.

Jump over to Sabrina Wong from Sabatomic and see what she came up with for her Holiday Table food photography shoot.

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  • Tammy Bilodeau December 3, 2012, 9:48 am

    Oh what a nice memory you have from your family Kay. Loved this segment and that gravy boat I am swooning over :)

  • Jen Olson | Localette December 3, 2012, 10:33 am

    Oh Kay, I just love that you shared this with us. I’m drooling over your silver and how special to have seventy hundred billion pieces of your Mom’s china!! 😉 So pretty. And seriously, newspaper from the Watergate era?? Amazing!!!

  • Jennifer December 3, 2012, 12:13 pm

    Kay what a beautiful set! I absolutely love that we use my husband’s grandmother’s china and can only imagine how awesome it would be to be using a great grandmother’s dishes! So awesome :-)
    How fun discovering them, just waiting to be loved again!

  • Kim - Liv Life December 3, 2012, 10:11 pm

    Oh, Kay! What a beautiful post!!! I have my grandmother’s china too, however I have only pulled it out once. I don’t even have a good reason why I don’t use it more often, but you have inspired me to do so! I think I will use it to set my Christmas table this year. My dad will be so excited!
    Beautiful photos to go along with beautiful memories….

  • Kristen December 4, 2012, 2:56 pm

    Oh that set of china is simply gorgeous!

  • Stacey December 4, 2012, 3:03 pm

    What a wonderful post Kay! I love that you are preserving holiday memories – the china is beautiful as is the silver. Love your images!

  • Sabrina December 6, 2012, 5:44 pm

    Love that first shot of the gravy boat, it really jumps out of the screen at me with detail! That china is such an amazing find with seventy hundred billion pieces 😉

  • Cathe September 16, 2013, 11:10 pm

    These resemble my Granny’s 1930’s china…I can’t find replacements and found your picture charming…I was raised by my Granny, who was born in 1903, I was born in the 70’s so she was quite older by then we used this China as everyday ware. Even my daughter who was 3 when she died remembers eating off it.