Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Luncheon with Friends

A friend of mine, Alice, called one day and wanted to bring her grandchild over. Her daughter adopted a teenage Filipina girl who I have met once and told her that if she is ever in this area again, to come visit us at the house.

I invited them for lunch and I also invited Brenda, another Filipina, to join us, so she can meet them.

Unfortunately, Lydia, the granddaughter, cancelled her trip due to some school sports event, but since I already planned the luncheon, I told Alice to come for lunch anyway, just the 3 of us. I set a 4th plate setting just in case John came home for lunch.

I planned for a beachy theme since The Philippines is an island and we  have a lot of beaches there.

 Capiz shell plate chargers (we have an abundance of capiz in the Philippines), paisley dinner plates, shell salad plates, which we used for dessert since I did not serve any salad, turquoise goblets with blue base.
 I folded the napkins to make them look like a stingray and used beaded coral shaped holders.
Starfish S & P shakers are from my sister a long time ago. She likes to feed on my obsession, lol.

John bought this shell compote from Red Door about 3 years ago and I just filled it with shells.
I borrowed my pelican and lighthouse from the guest bathroom. John bought these a long time ago. He feeds on my obsession too, lol. Then, I added a beach chair tealight candle holder and a mermaid.

And there is my tablescape! I had it set the night before so I was able to take evening pictures even though it is a luncheon.




I cooked pancit (Filipino stir fried noodles with shrimp and veggies), mechado and of course, rice.


For dessert, I baked cassava (yucca) bibingka and Brenda brought her famous yummy leche flan.




Thanks for stopping by!
And special thanks to the hostesses:


Kathleen's Let's Dish
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The Style Sister's Centerpiece Wed
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35 comments:

Melissa said...

Very beautiful!! Can you tell me where you got the shell dessert plates? Thanks!

The Tablescaper said...

Love it! That shell compote is so over the top and wonderful!! Neat flatware too.

- The Tablescaper

GinaBVictorian said...

Hi Christine!You know from my last post how much I love seashells, so you knew I was going to love your tablescape! Very pretty! Gina

Debbiedoo's said...

I would love to have a luncheon at your lovely table!~

Alycia Nichols said...

I love that centerpiece compote, Christine!!! I absolutely love it!!! I think it's great that your loved ones feed into your obsession...it makes it easier since you can't be everywhere to see everything out there! I love the capiz shell chargers!!! I have capiz shell bread plates, but haven't been able to find chargers around here that I really liked. I love the "stingray" napkin fold...very creative! I can actually envision the stingray! My husband and I were just remarking the other day that there are all kinds of foods from other cultures that we have never tasted. We have made a pact to start trying different foods, so we may be visiting you soon! :-)

Judy Bigg said...

Great centerpiece on the lazy Susan. Great plates and chargers, Great color combo.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh sweet Christine, all your plates are gorgeous, you have dishes for every occasion and theme! Each plate it's so pretty and the tablescape is so inviting, of course, along with the great food, wow! What I love the most is that great big shell as a centerpiece, it is fabulous!!
FABBY

Infuse With Liz said...

Wow what a great table! I love that centerpiece compote and how you used the lazy susan! Your dishes and chargers are beautiful! Your napkin fold and napkin ring were perfect! You put on a very nice meal!

Entertaining Women said...

So many treasures on your beachy table...the salads, the dinner plates, and that magnificent shell centerpiece. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Marlis said...

I wish you could bottle up some of your sweet husband's style and sell it.. I'd be first in line.. The compote is really beautiful. Love your wonderful table. The pieces are just perfect together. Whew, my pancit does look like yours and this was a great reminder to make it again, very soon. My recipe came from a Filipina who taught me about rice cookers amongst other things.. Great table.. xo marlis

Sarah said...

You've set a beautiful island inspired table, Christine. Love that flatware and all the shell details.

‚Ą≥artina @ Northern Nesting said...

Your table settings are always so beautiful and full of inspiration Christine!

PAT said...

That shell centerpiece is spectacular Christine! Gorgeous table!

Custom Comforts said...

What a lovely table! I love anything with a beach theme and your shells are beautiful Christine.
Cindy

Miss Merry said...

Such a unique, yet welcoming table. I am sure the girl is sorry to miss this fabulous luncheon. Your theme is perfect for this time of year.

The French Hutch said...

Hi Christine, How gorgeous! I love the beach themed tablescape and especially the plates with the shells. The table looks great with the centerpiece you added. I really love those plates Christine. I'm sure your lunch was fun and the food looks delicious.
Have a Happy Day…….

~Emily
The French Hutch

Diann said...

Oh Christine! What a fabulous table! the centerpiece is amazing, the food looks fantastic and all your dishes and accessories are just wonderful! Visiting from Let's Dish!

Olive Cooper said...

Christine, I am sure you transported your friend to the beach with your tablescape and menu. Love the centerpiece. I am in the Let's Dish party with you, Olive

Mary Ellen said...

What neat dishes Christine with the shells! Another great job on your tablescape!! I want to come have lunch with you someday!

ElleX said...

Christine, your tablescape and food always looks so wonderful!!!

Kristen said...

I love that shell compote! Great tablescape. Visiting from Let's Dish.

Dawna said...

What an amazing compote. I visited your lovely homeland years ago and it is true there are items made with capiz shells everywhere. If I had only been smart bring some home. Once again your table is a feast for the eyes and your meal makes the mouth water. Hugs, Dawna

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Christine,
What a beautiful and whimsical tablescape!!

Such a delight to see and thanks so much for sharing it with all of us!!

Hugs,
Debbie

bj said...

I love your adorable and fun table...and the food sounds really good.
Hope you had fun. :)

ann k said...

Beautiful table. It is nice to see your family supporting your love for decorating with all of their thoughtful gifts!!

Rainbow Gatherer said...

the table setting is awesome! I love underwayer themes like that =)

Sue said...

Absolutely beautiful compote and table setting, Christine! You have so much to choose from when you design a table. And wow- the food.....

Kathleen said...

So pretty! The china is lovely, and the flatware too. You didn't say where you got that.
I hope you all had a good time, and that you saved some for John!
Thanks for joining inat Let's Dish!

Amy said...

What a nice luncheon and decor. I love the ocean theme you have there. I'm sure your guests had a wonderful time. Hm...those Shrimp Stir Fry noodles look great.

Lady Linda said...

Stunning! You continue to totally blow me away!

Marigene said...

You always have such eye catching centerpieces, Christine, that shell compote is fabulous. And...the food looks delicious. Oh, love the flatware.

Dolores said...

Beautiful!!!! I love the soft colors!!!

Yum the meal looks delicious!!

JoAnn Granatell said...

I love your table setting !! I have those capiz chargers and I'm looking to buy 4 more. Do you want to sell any or do you have resource where I can buy them ?? My Florida condo was a model and it only came with 4 and I have been searching for them everywhere ! please email me if you can help.
j_granatell@yahoo.com

JoAnn Granatell said...

I love your table setting !! I have those capiz chargers and I'm looking to buy 4 more. Do you want to sell any or do you have resource where I can buy them ?? My Florida condo was a model and it only came with 4 and I have been searching for them everywhere ! please email me if you can help.
j_granatell@yahoo.com

JoAnn Granatell said...

I love your table setting !! I have those capiz chargers and I'm looking to buy 4 more. Do you want to sell any or do you have resource where I can buy them ?? My Florida condo was a model and it only came with 4 and I have been searching for them everywhere ! please email me if you can help.
j_granatell@yahoo.com

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