My Finest Country China

I asked the question on my Facebook page, “Do you use real plates or paper plates for Thanksgiving?” Everyone that answered said they use real. 

Well, I have a somewhat large family.

I don’t have enough real china for everyone. 

If you have been reading my blog long enough, you know I hate, despise, can not stand clean-up. 

I don’t like clean-up. Oh, I mentioned that already!

Besides, I live in the country so why not use Country China?

What is country China, you ask?

Paper plates! 

GASP!!! Yes, I’m using paper plates. 

But, that doesn’t mean my table isn’t beautiful and festive, if I do say so myself. (This post is dedicated to all of you who have large families, hate clean-up as much as I do and live in the country.)

My Finest Country China Please excuse the cord to the vacuum cleaner. I thought I had it out of the way. 

My Finest Country ChinaMy centerpiece is set on dark brown burlap.   

My Finest Country ChinaThe pumpkins and flowers are faux, although the vines of the pumpkins are real sticks. 

You see, I went to my near by Dollar General and found all the Thanksgiving items for 25% off and starting that day and additional 50% was also taken off. In other words, originally $1 each pumpkin sold for .37 cents! The pumpkins came with the flowers stuck in the top of them. When I pulled the flowers out, it left a hole and I had to fill the holes with something. 

My Finest Country ChinaThe pine cones, sticks and acorns are real. 

My Finest Country ChinaThe candle was made by lighting a tea candle and letting some of the wax melt. Then I stuck an emergency candle in the melted wax and held it in place a few seconds. (Emergency candles is come in a pack of 12 for $1 and are shorter.) 

Here are a couple of more close-ups.

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Now for my finest country china!

My Finest Country China First, I made the place mats from brown paper lunch sacks. I lovingly pulled them apart, ironed them to get all the folds out and then,

My Finest Country China I trimmed them with pinking shears and did the lettering. 

My Finest Country China I gave the plates a little touch of glamour by writing “Give Thanks” with a gold marker all around the edge. (Hint: if you do this, do one side first, let it dry then come back and do the other side. It keeps you from smearing the ink before it gets a chance to dry.)

My Finest Country China The dessert plates are just simple paper plates for the occasion, as are the napkins.

My Finest Country ChinaAfter searching Pinterest and finding nine name cards I like, I settled on the twigs. I picked the worst day to collect them; rainy and cold and windy. The berries are off the dogwood tree. No names, just another reminder to give thanks!

My Finest Country ChinaThe coasters are made from some left over cork board and lettered with a permanent marker. I have to admit, I’m seriously thinking of making some from the jute twine to go more with the theme.

My Finest Country ChinaThe silverware is simply tied with just twine.

My Finest Country ChinaI have had these goblets since I got married. A couple of real things don’t hurt. 

My Finest Country ChinaI love these little serving bowls. I’m going to put butter in one and cranberry sauce in the other.

My Finest Country China These two are on the other end of the table. I think the baby spoon will work just fine for dipping cranberry sauce.

Yes, I kept all the baby spoons my children used.  

So did you!

My Finest Country ChinaThis display is on the hutch. The doors are from the hutch in my den. I would love to put real branches with leaves on them in the vase, but I’m afraid they will all be gone by Thanksgiving. Faux will have to do. 

I thought Miss May was bringing me a Thanksgiving present!

My Finest Country China Turned out to be a Tide bottle. LOL :’)

My Finest Country ChinaI don’t think that what we eat off of is all that important. I think it is about who we share the meal with that is important. So, whether your family eats off of real china or uses fine country china, give thanks for the ones enjoying the meal with you. 

Until next time, 


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Savvy Southern Style   The Dedicated House

About Jayne

I am a housewife desperate to give my heart and home to the Lord. I like to share with others what the Lord has taught to me. Taking care of my family and home are my passion. I like to craft and decorate and to share the ideas I come across with others. I try to find ways to incorporate crafting and decorating with sharing my faith in Jesus.
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4 Responses to My Finest Country China

  1. Yep, I still have the baby spoons….

  2. your table LOOKS great !!!!! Fine china all the way, enjoy the people being there cause you never know when thats gonna change. God Bless

    • Jayne says:

      I know! I have already lost my parents. Changes are happening this year for my mother in-law in that both of her parents are now gone, so she isn’t getting together with her siblings. When things change, it’s time to make new traditions! Now they are joining us on Thanksgiving.

Hearing from you makes my day!