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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tablescape Thursday: A Table for Casual Dining with TakeOut

Who says that getting take-out for dinner (Chinese take-out in this case) has to be boring? All the other tablescapers and dish lovers out there will probably agree with me; any reason to set up a pretty table is a good reason!! Here's my submission for this week's Tablescape Thursday, hosted by Susan over at Between Naps on the Porch!

I've made a very simple setting for our dinner for four tonight. No placemats, just napkins and my monogrammed table runner.

I've nested the Chinese take-out boxes in a large oval basket with some dish towels that have the same color scheme.

I'm using my casual dinnerware and casual flatware. I placed the large soup bowls on top of the dinner plate, so that my dinner plate is sort of like a charger. I've also added a fork (tines down in the European style) for guests who may be a little uncomfortable with using chopsticks! The red and black embroidered case for the chopsticks is on the right side. This napkin fold is called the "Davallia" and is a perfect fold for a napkin with a monogram. These napkins are from the hotel linens collection from Pottery Barn and match the table runner.

Here's the extra chopsticks in their cases. I have a set of eight.

To add to the Asian theme, a stone garden Buddha has been placed as my centerpiece.

To the far left of the Buddha is an incense burner I've had since high school!! (Three monkeys in the "See No Evil, Hear no Evil, Speak No Evil" pose!). There's also a black painted celluloid box that is not Asian (my grandmother bought it somewhere in Europe), but I like the colors.

And a mini "pocket" Buddha, next to the big one. One of my husband's musician friends is in a band that is very popular in Japan and they frequently go on tour there. He brought home this little pocket Buddha for my hubby as a souvenir.

Candles lit!

I didn't really have any appropriate candle holders, so I thought I'd just go simple and use these vintage glass leaf candle holders that I've had forever.

Wine with dinner, I ask?? Certainly!

I'm using my balloon goblets tonight; with wine glass charms (in red, of course!).

Thanks for stopping by! Be sure to visit all the other wonderful tablescapes at Between Naps on the Porch.

Oval basket:  Large "gathering basket", Longeberger, this year.
Chopsticks in cases: Target. 2006
Monogram napkins and runner: Pottery Barn, wedding gift
Stone garden Buddha: JoAnn Fabrics, 2007
Silk "American Beauty" roses: JoAnn Fabrics, this year
Wine carafe: Pottery Barn, wedding gift


Mimi said...

What an elegant table for take out, we eat it right out of the carton!
Beautiful dining room...

black eyed susans kitchen said...

This is such an elegant Asian themed table today! I love the color combination of black and red.

xinex said...

You sure made oyu Chinese take out dinner very appetizing and elegant, Katie. Beautiful elements all put together perfectly...Christine

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

This is gorgeous!! What a great idea! I love the cases for the chopsticks. I have never seen that. Beautiful, and thanks for stopping by:-)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Beautiful table Katie! It's very serene and elegant! I love your table too, and dining room! So glad to find another Wisconsin blogger! Looks like you got married in Milwaukee? Thanks for coming by, Cindy

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Yes, we live in a suburb of Milwaukee, but we had our wedding and reception in the city. :-)

Shelia said...

Your table is beautiful! Great job.
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Sarah said...

Lovely, elegant table! Nothing boring here! Thanks for sharing.

Petite Little Bee said...

Love your Valentine table. Thanks for sharing. Lia

Anonymous said...

What a magnific table setting. You really put your wonderful collection.

Love you asian touché setting. So cute.

Happy week-end.

The Victorian Parlor said...

Your dining room and the tablescape are gorgeous!!!



Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a wonderful presentation of chinese take out! This would be a great table for Chinese New Year's as well. I've got one in mind as well. Very pretty!