Happy New Year! For our first holiday table of 2020, I gathered together a variety of gold and black items with an Asian theme. Amazingly, when it was done, I realized that almost everything came from thrift stores and estate sales. Only the flowers were new. The napkins were purchased new some time ago, and have been used before. All the dishes, chargers and accessories came from secondhand sources. I found these things at four different estate sales and three different thrift stores. What makes this successful is that I look for items with a commonality, in this case Japanese inspired table items with black or gold as the main color.
These lovely flowers in my favorite white were a surprise gift from My Sweet Babboo for our anniversary last Sunday. He is such a keeper!!
Gorgeous, and they have such a lovely fragrance. I placed the arrangement on a black wooden Japanese serving dish.
Place settings begin with square gold chargers holding two small plates and an Asian spoon. I didn’t use my soup bowls because they are red inside, but these black soup spoons are often used in Western cooking for an ‘amuse-bouche’, a single bite of something delicious as an appetizer. Perhaps a bacon wrapped shrimp, or a potsticker would be nice.
The main plate is a lovely salad size black ceramic with a gold pattern and rim.
The rice dish is an elegant lacquer dish with pretty gold butterflies.
White napkins are held with clear rings. I’m thinking the black lacquer dish on the left could be the first course, perhaps a salad.
Black chopsticks are placed horizontally as is proper for Japanese table settings. I have them on top of the soy sauce dish, sitting on a gold lacquer tray to catch drips and provide a resting spot for the chopsticks. A sake or green tea cup completes the setting.
I like all the small dishes that make up an Asian setting. No, I don’t mind hand washing all of them, I can do that in just a few minutes.
Those of you with sharp eyes will have noticed the individual salt and pepper shakers. I realized that they wouldn’t be needed with soy sauce, so I removed them.
So, there we are, a lovely Asian inspired tablescape to ring in a new year.
or perhaps my version of Zhenzhu Qiu -Asian Pearl Balls, with potstickers…
and my Asian Inspired Salad…
And just for the newer readers, I did a Japanese inspired quilt last year, you can read about how to make one on my post Sakura Tsuki Art Quilt. I hung it back up in the sewing room just yesterday. I change the quilt hanging for the seasons.
Happy New Year!!! What will you have for your New Year dinner? Do you have any foods to bring you luck for the New Year?