Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Year of the Dragon

This week, my table celebrates Chinese New Year...the Year of the Dragon.  It just so happens that a few years ago, I threw an...

...Asian themed bridal shower for my nephew and his bride, so I had a good supply of perfect accessories for this tablescape.  This table starts with a rich red linen tablecloth.

I've added a topper...just a large square of shiny red satin, embroidered with dragons.  How lucky!  These plates are part of an entire set of china my father shipped home from his Navy days (circa 1940's).

They still look stylish, set atop my golden chargers.  These adorable very vintage blue glass tumblers will be perfect for sipping Tsing Tao beer.

The glass is paper thin...I can hardly believe they've survived the years.  I picked up this cute ceramic Chinese take-out container at Pottery Barn years ago!

I have used it us a vase, but this time, it holds a handful of colorful chopsticks.  In addition, my guests will navigate this feast with cute little Asian soup spoons.

Red and gold paper fans add a festive touch.

These satin red lanterns were a very lucky find at Target.

And now for my favorite touch...the napkins.  Plain red linen napkins are magically turned into giant fortune cookies.

Thank you to David Stark for his wonderful resource book, Napkins with a Twist:  Fabulous Folds for Every Occasion.

While I added oversized fortunes to my cookies napkins, these could easily have been turned into darling place cards.  My table is set.  My guests are on their way.  Time to pick up the phone and order a delicious Chinese feast...take-out, of course.  What fun!


  1. Love the fortune cookie napkins. I forgot it was Chinese New Year's -- I love to set a Chinese Table. Joni

  2. Very pretty asian table...Happy Year of the Dragon!

  3. This is amazing.. every detail is perfect. Love that napkin fold! I'll have to remember that one. Great, beautiful table.. xo marlis

  4. What a stunning table! The napkins add a wonderful touch of whimsy! I am impressed that your father thought to ship home a set of china -- and how lucky you are to have them! My father was stationed in Japan during the Korean War and brought home some pretty things, but no dishes!

  5. Your table setting is great, so festive! Gong Xi Fa Chai

  6. Wonderful eye for design. Your tablescape is delightful. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  7. Really wonderful table! Love the little touches!

  8. Thank you for sharing this fabulous post to Potpourri Friday!

  9. Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!

  10. It is lovely, looks perfect with the gold and red ! Love the fans too and the lanterns.
    I did my Chinese New Year table last week for TTH. I found ceramic fortune cookie name holders in Tues. Morning, last summer, and waited for CNE to use them! :)
    Here from Seasonal Sundays.

  11. Beautiful!!Thanks for sharing a Feathered Nest Friday!