Thanksgiving 2017 in Black and White
November 26, 2017
This year my Thanksgiving table theme was in black and white, a reflection of the current propensity for political and social polarization.
With a small group this year, our conversation topics brought everyone into thoughtful and civil debate. Some controversies were acknowledged but remained unresolved. In particular, the recent revelations in the news about inappropriate behavior by men in power positions are leaving everyone shocked.
#Metoo can't be ignored, nor should it be. I don't know any women who haven't experienced inappropriate advances. The widespread public revelations could lead to a huge pivot in society. Although I remain circumspect about accusations without evidence, I tend to believe the women. Where will this lead? How will social behavior and expected norms shift?
The black and white theme included white roses flowers and a white pumpkin.
White carnations, white roses, and white Gerbera Daisies with black centers continued the motif. The black bowl worked well as a framing device for the flowers and foliage.
This year the black and white theme was inspired by my collection of Knowles Ebonette vintage dishes. Designed in 1954, they are of a classic mid-century modern design. Every plate was hand painted with the black and white lines so they vary quite a bit. The dinner plates have a slightly squarish shape. The bowls are slightly irregular. It seems the blank ceramic for these dishes were painted in different patterns.
The Edwin M. Knowles Company "ceased operations in late 1962 citing a lack of foreseeable profits. This was largely blamed on tariffs which were said to encourage the importation of foreign dinnerware at prices so low that E. M. Knowles could not be competitive."
The current debate on "made in America" is not a new topic.
I also used my vintage gold plated flatware and gold and black glasses. All mid-century modern that I have collected for years.
In closing, I wanted to share one secret for a memorable table setting that can be used anytime you want to set an amazing table -- it is as simple as a roll of paper. Sometimes I feel inspired to paint the paper or more often I discover a roll of gift wrap that offers great colors or patterns. A great pattern on the table can inspire a new way to look at the dishes you already own.