The beautiful Asian print on my new table runner becomes the base for a Christmas tablescape also Asian inspired. Something different for this year! I begin by covering the table with a burgundy color tablecloth, picking up the dark red in the Asian Inspired Christmas Table Runner I made just this week. It is placed at an angle across the table.
Remember my thrift store rice bowls find? The pattern looks nice with the new runner.
So, the color scheme is taken from the runner, with red and gold being the focus. Red square small dishes are placed on white china with the rice bowls next to them. Square gold chargers anchor the stack. Crystal knife rests take on a new role as chopstick stands for the wooden chopsticks, placed horizontally with the points toward the left as is proper for Asian tables. Regular flatware is added on the right side for those who would rather use those.
Cream color napkins are held with porcelain rings featuring a red flower similar to the ones in the runner. Sake cups and soy sauce dishes are added (both thrift store scores!), completing the place setting with an odd number of dishes which is also usual for Asian tables.
For the centerpiece, I added tiny faux lights and some miniature ornaments to my artificial bonsai.
Then the decorated bonsai was set on a brass sleigh.
Flanking the sleigh and bonsai are two metallic gold candles in clear glass holders, with gold accented candle rings.
It is a touch of Asian flair to a holiday table, just waiting for a special meal.
So, what to serve? Well, you could try some of my original Oriental inspired recipes from my Japanese Inspired February event, like Shumai.
Or the Pearl Balls called Zhenzhu Qiu. Both recipes are easy, if a bit messy in prep.
Add some egg rolls and steamed dumplings with sticky rice and you have a meal fit for A Christmas Story’s Ralphie!! Or try my Asian Inspired Crab Salad for the holiday potluck.
Of course, a roast duck would make a fine Christmas dinner, too!
And as they say in Japan, Itadakimasu!!
I’ll have my more traditional table later in the month, with my holiday china. For now, enjoy a fun blog hop of tablescapes!! Since this is the last day, all these blogs have their creative and wonderful tables posted for you to enjoy. Thank you to Chloe at Celebrate and Decorate for putting us together!
Home is Where the Boat Is | Everyday Living | Knock it Off Kim
| A casa di Bianca
Life and Linda | The Painted Hinge | Panoply | Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Debbee’s Buzz | Follow the Yellow Brick Home | Living With Thanksgiving
Home and Gardening With Liz
Red Cottage Chronicles | The Painted Apron | Our Crafty Mom
| Celebrate & Decorate
From My Carolina Home | Sweet Sensations | Me and My Captain
Zucchini Sisters | Blue Sky at Home