Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Light and Airy Chinese New Year's Tablescape


Hi everyone!  I have always loved pretty dishes.  How about you?   When I was in college, my roommates bought me a four-piece placesetting of these (the blue foral Asian dishes) and I bought myself another.  These dishes could tell many stories of happy Chinese meals eaten throughout the years.  I used them HERE when I just began blogging last year.

There's a blowing wind and really cold temperatures outside so a warming Chinese food sounds good tonight.  We are having homemade egg rolls and stir fry.  My husband is a huge fan of stir-fry and, in his ideal world, he would like to eat it five nights a week; my kids are not such huge fans.   Here is the individual placesetting.


It's such a pretty light and airy, pattern.  The rice bowls are also decorated inside the bowl.


A lovely tea set came along in the pattern.  We are more hot chocolate drinkers, but I just love the tea cups.


Here's an angled view of the plates.  The chopstick rests are so cute and convenient.  Don't worry, I have included flatware also!


When I use bubble glasses, I always include a picture of them.  I like the look of the bubble glasses and the silver candlesticks.



A shot of the full table.


A side shot of the table.  I like using the little sauce dishes -- so tiny and petite.


Ooops, I forgot to put the napkins on!


The egg rolls are hot and ready to eat.


Yum!  Let the feasting begin!  Four on a plate must mean it's my teenage son's plate!


Thanks for stopping by and I wish you a Happy and Prosperous New Year!

Table Information

Placemats, Silver Chargers, and Napkins -- Wal-Mart
Square Plates and Bubble Glasses -- Tai Pan Trading
Asian Dishware -- LaBelle's -- many moons ago
Napkin Rings -- Style Sisters
Pink and Blue Glasses -- Cost Plus or Pier 1 -- many moons ago
Silverware:  Damask Rose -- Wedding Present from my parents
Silver Candlesticks -- Target


24 comments:

{ L } said...

I love how you called this "light and airy". Perfect description with the soft flower colors too. What a beautiful table setting! I especially like the different shapes throughout.

Pondside said...

That was mouth-watering! The egg rolls look yummy!
I love to go to Chinatown to look at the dishes in the store windows - so many beautiful variations on the blue and white theme.

Entertaining Women said...

I not only love that you started this wonderful pattern in college, I love that you continue to use them today. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

Sherry said...

Beautiful Joni! I love the dishes. My teenagers eat like that too.:)
Sherry

Sue said...

Not only fabulous Chinese food, but the tableware to make it even more authentic and fun! Yes, I love pretty dishes too! Happy Chinese New Year, Joni!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your dishes are beautiful Joni! Egg rolls are a favorite here too! I deep fry mine so I only make them once a year, kind of makes us look forward to them that much more-enjoy:@)

Debbie said...

I love those dishes. They are so very different from the color pattern that I usually see used for Asian tables. You're right that they just feel airy. You had VERY nice college roommates, that's for sure.

And I'm with the husband. I rarely get tired of stir fry, and egg rolls are a favorite too.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Love this -- I repeated a CHinese New Year table from last year. Those silver candlesticks from Target are fabulous -- I had to go back and look again.

Joycee said...

Love this, you set the prettiest tables Joni! Chinese is a favorite of ours yet I have no dishes to properly serve the cuisine. I guess I need to go shopping, don't you think?

anniebakes said...

I have those chargers and love them!! You make me want to do Chinese tonight! Thanks, Joni, anne

Marigene said...

Very pretty, Joni. The egg rolls are causing major salivation! I love Chinese foods.

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What lovely dishes you have for serving your yummy Asian food! And how great that you found the matching teapot and cups! Your egg rolls look delicious -- and are making me hungry!

Marlis said...

Beautiful egg rolls. I could eat them always too. I love your dishes. I bet there are some great stories! Your table is wonderfully inviting and so beautiful with your bubble glasses!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Lovely and light! So pretty and the food looks yummy!

Debbie Moore at Slice of Pie Entertaining and Cookbooks said...

This is a beautiful tablescape! Make sure you check mine out ... won't post it until tomorrow! Thanks for sharing.

freerangegirl said...

Very pretty - I love your glasses. The spring rolls look delicious too!

Jacqueline said...

It truly is a light and airy table, and your serving pieces are just gorgeous, so pretty and delicate. I love the little sauce dishes too, they just almost seem like little pretend dishes. I can't wait to get your egg roll recipe, which I am sure we will see tomorrow. I am with your son, I would take 4 also.

Dianne said...

The dishes are so sweet. I love the simple pattern on the white. Beautiful table.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Joni, your chinese new year table is beautiful. I love rice bowls and yours are unique. The egg rolls look yummy and I think it is so true--4 on one plate means the boys are at the table! You even have the teapot for your set! Very nice. Linda

Sarah said...

Joni, your dishes are wonderful and perfect for Chinese. I love it that you got these when you were in college. I was buying dishes then too. ;-)
I guess it's a long history of the dish habit. Wish I had a plate of those egg rolls right now, even though it's time for bed here. I'm hungry!
~ Sarah

Donna@Conghaile Cottage said...

Hi Joni, LOVE your dishes. You are right, They are so light and airy! Just like a breath of fresh air! The little flowers look like the teeny flowers of a hydrangea... I would LOVE Hot Chocolate in your tea service, MMmmmm... And I TOO LOVE stir-fry. Those egg rolls look yummy too! Thank you for sharing your beautiful table...Have a wonderful week.
Hugs,
Donna

Really Rainey said...

I love your tablescape! Very pretty... I did a Chinese New year tablescape and foodie friday post too. Check it out if you get a chance.

~Rainey~
http://theprojecttable.blogspot.com

Mindy said...

I love the blue dishes, they are so delicate!! Beautiful table.

Life with L said...

Your table is beautiful. crisp, soft and soothing. perfect for Chinese New year. I always look forward to seeing what you come up with. It's a delight to visit.

Engageya