Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Blue But Not Sad

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.




Thank you for coming by for a visit. I love it when you do. Come back again anytime soon!

36 comments:

podso said...

I love the Polish pottery and your table setting is so pretty in its simplicity. The heart shaped dishes are great.

ellen b. said...

The Polish Pottery is so interesting and really makes a lovely setting. I really like how the sun is playing on the setting, too...

SouthernGal said...

I LOVE your dishes and would love to have that tureen. Beautiful tablescape :)

Christi @ A Southern Life
http://asouthernlife.com

vignette design said...

Just beautiful Christine! I love those dishes! --Delores

Debbie said...

Christine I am loving coming over to your place, because you are sure to get an eye full of color and smiles!!~ Thanks....Debbie

Diann said...

Everything looks just beautiful Christine! I bet your guests really enjoyed themselves!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Your polish pottery pieces are so nice! Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

Kathryn @ Bonafide Southern said...

Your polish pottery pieces are so nice! Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

Mimi said...

I just love that Polish pottery...it makes me smile!

The Tablescaper said...

Wonderful Polish pottery. Beautiful table and the food sounds wonderful!

- The Tablescaper

Self Sagacity said...

I don't have anything like that. You seemed to be a total artistic domestic person. Compliment. I just have to live through these pictures of your home deco(s). :-)

mbkatc230 said...

This table is lovely Christine, I'm sure your new friends felt so welcome! Love the Polish pottery, the heart shaped plates are so pretty. Hope you are having a great week. Kathy

SILVIA said...

love this tablescape, and i love your dinning table too..
have a great day..

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, your polish pottery is just gorgeous. I love the heart shaped dishes too. They are so different. You always set the most beautiful tables and our menu sounds just yummy. Wish I could have been there. I'm sure your guests were delighted. Hugs, Marty

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

I love the pottery it is just stunning, I remember your shopping trip when you were adding to it and got such good deals, love those deals and it looks georgous...

Blondie's Journal said...

I am so happy that you had a chance to use your polish pottery and dishes. It all looks so pretty. I love the menu too...sp many interesting things to try. And I thought you didn't cook! ;-)

I am so happy that you met new friends and people that you have your heritage in common with. That must be very exciting for you. I love it!! And thanks for your email pointing me in the right direction for getting info on New Orleans. Are you excited??

xoxo
Janie

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty table setting! What time is dinner? :-)

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

This is so pretty! You have such a nice collection of the pottery, it is so cheerful! I love those chargers!

Katherine

susan said...

Christine-I know your guests were impressed! The table already set for another party in another room???!!!--I'm glad you don't have more tables! You'd have to have a revolving door too :) Evrything looks beautiful as usual. I know your new friends are excited to meet you and receive such a warm welcome!

Sares said...

I'm sure your guests were very impressed with your beautiful table and felt special with all the care you took!

Jill said...

How are you????? It's been so long!!
The table looks beautiful as always.

I need to come to one of your dinner parties!!!!!!!! lOL

I can't believe you had the table set for a future party.. now that is being proactive!
You go Girl!

Joyce said...

What a pretty table to share with your new friends. I love the heart dishes. I hope you get to see what dishes your new friend has at her house:) Happy Valentine's day.
Joyce

Dining Delight said...

What a nice tablescape and menu to welcome your new friends! I'm sure they were impressed. The blue and white of your dishes is so striking. Love the white floral centerpiece too.

DD

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Happy To Be/ Gl♥ria said...

How special Christine that you got to meet new friends and what better way to know that invite them for breaking bread...Looks just wonderful girl and all the food sounds YUMMY!! Hope your having a great day my friend...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

Suesue said...

New dishes~ New friends~ how wonderful, Christine! I love your big kitchen and eating area!!! I would love to have all that space to decorate. And I also love your table with the lazy susan. You are quite the decorator and hostess, I might add. Enjoy your dinner parties.
Take care ~ Sue

simchieinspires said...

Hello Xine,

Mustah overthere? WoW... so fresh and yes, no sallads at all, I know, or else sakit tiyan.

Enjoy & have fun, girl...

Greetings from Stockholm, Sweden...

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You know you've made me want some of this pottery. I'll have my eyes open now for a piece or 2. It is always so pretty in your house.

Have you given the recipe for Pancit? I love noodle dishes and I really don't ever make them at home. Yum!

Sue

Just Breathe said...

Beautiful setting. You know how I feel about your Polish Pottery. Can you believe my daughter asked me if I would give her all my bowls because it goes pretty well with some new dishes she bought.
Well the answer was NO!

Kerri Deitsch said...

Just lovely! I didn't know you met Filipinos! I hope I get to meet them! I love the mix and matching of all the pieces! Everything goes so well together! My favorite thing about polish pottery is how well the serving dishes go from oven to table and dishwasher!

Personalized Sketches and Sentiments said...

As always... everything looks beautiful and Yumm! the menu sounds delicious! (Of course...as a "fellow-Polish pottery lover"...this was so fun to see :o)

Blessings & Aloha!
(and I have to say again...thank you so much for stopping by! I always look forward to seeing your comments! :o)

Patriotic Mom said...

Christine, I have some polish pottery pieces and I love it too! I think your tablescape is breathtaking.! Can you tell me where you found the red, white, and blue soup tureen? I have a patriotic dining room and also have been looking for a soup tureen. I remember your post on having a great polish pottery shopping day. I have wondered how a mixture of polish pieces would look on a tablescape. No more, I see they are rich in color. Thanks for sharing. Joan @ Americana By Candlelight

PAT said...

Beautiful table and photos, Christine. The lighting is wonderful!

Lynda said...

Lovely tablescape!! The Polish pottery is fantastic!

Melody said...

Love the pottery and your table, but that kitchen is wonderful!!!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Christine, your Polish pottery just makes such a happy table. I bet you and your friens had so much fun. Love the heart-shaped dishes. Your menu sounds delicious. Also, your pottery looks so pretty in the china cabinet. laurie

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