My favorite event is here since I get to play with my toys. Thanks to Susan of http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/, this is made possible for us dishaholics. Go ahead and visit here and you will see what I mean.
Before Christmas, J and I met a Filipino family while at church. Believe it or not, this is the first Filipino family I ever saw here since we moved so you can just imagine how excited we got. We waited in the back of the church after the ceremony to approach them. We've been socializing with each other since then.
Last Sunday, we had them for dinner and this was how I set the table. We used the kitchen table because our formal dining room table was already set for our next dinner party, which is scheduled for this coming Friday.
I used 2 shapes of Polish pottery dinner plates, round and heart. Most Filipinos are not salad eaters so I served soup and therefore added bowls on top of the plates. I also have 2 shapes, round and heart. You will notice the lace plate chargers I bought from JC Penney's about 2 years ago.
I did not really have much room to do a centerpiece so I just placed a little candle and a thin vase with white flowers.
I used a bamboo flatware with an Asian and casual feel.
Toile napkins and duck napkin rings. The goblets were pretty cheap, $1.99 each from Walmart.
I decided not to use a tablecloth, just to make the dinner on the casual side. I served chicken tinola (chicken with soup, papaya and spinach), Red snapper escabeche (fish with sweet and sour sauce), Pancit (sauteed noodles with shrimp and chicken) and of course, rice. And for dessert, we had Mocha chiffon cake, made from scratch.