Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Chinese New Year - Tablescape Thursday

This week is Chinese New Year and I hope you don't mind seeing this repost from last year. It was one of my favorites. I've had a very busy couple of weeks and have been terrible about responding and before I knew it -- it's Tablescape Thursday again!


Here's my Happy Chinese New Year table! Even if it is a year old.


I've set a place for you. Let's have Chinese take out to celebrate the new year of the Rabbit!


This table is filled with black, white and red. I really like that combination however, it's one I seldom use. It's fun to break out of the usual mold every now and then.


From this angle, we see a pretty little oriental girl with the target birdies.


Our couple sit back to back for our centerpiece. I found these book-ends at a local antique store a couple of years ago.


Between them is a red cinnamon scented candle and the target birds on either side.


Our pretty little girl with her fan.


Our handsome young man is reading his book. I love their red pajamas.


I tried to fold the napkins to mimic the fan held by the girl. The napkins were purchased from Tuesday Morning.


This tea cup was given to me by my husband when we were dating.


I purchased two more cups from eBay. I need to find a pretty oriental tea pot.


I got a set of chop sticks from Marshall's - 5 pr. for $2.99.

These salad plates also came from Marshall's - they were $3.99 ea. I've used them in lots of tablescapes.


The red plates were purchased on sale after Christmas 2008 from Marshall's.


The cork backed placemats were on clearance at Tuesday Morning - 4 for $3.99.


A look at the layers.


Lighting the red candle and mercury votives from Target - 99 cents ea.


An overhead look by candle glow.



Good-night from our Chinese New Year's table. Be sure to visit all the other tables set for you over at "Between Naps On The Porch".

See ya!

75 comments:

  1. Oh, this is such a beautiful tablescape. You paid such great attention to every detail. Everything is just so pretty. Hugs, Marty

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  2. Just enchanting Martha...
    The plates are wonderful...We are all so addicted to plates...( I never met one I didn't like!)
    Have a great week my friend...
    xoxo~Kathy @ Sweet Up-North Mornings...

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  3. Just lovely! You put such thought into every detail.

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  4. Beautiful! You did think of every detail! Love those red plates!
    Blessings,
    Donna

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  5. It's amazing that you purchased all these items at different times... it is so well pulled together. A very nice tribute to the Chinese New Year.

    Talk to you soon ;)
    Bunny Jean

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  6. Very pretty table! I just love those black and white salad plates.

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  7. Beautiful table setting!! I just love your choice of colours. Everything goes together so very well. xxoo

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  8. Wow...........this is reak eye candy table.
    The red, black and everything in between.
    This tablescape is so put together. You are getting a real eye for tablescapeing for sure!

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  9. Martha, I love this! How smart of you to use the Chinese New Year and not Mardis Gras. I haven't even thought of one this week.....so behind in everything. LOL!!!!!

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  10. Love your table Martha. Love the red, black and white color combination. The fan shaped napkin was a very clever idea!

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  11. Hi Martha,
    I hope things are ok there..
    I love your table..such a cute idea for Chinese New Year! I love black and red together too..
    Your bookends make a great centerpiece...very creative!!

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  12. Elegant tablescape! The color scheme is just perfect for the theme.
    ♥, Susan

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  13. Lovely! Nice combination of colors and pretty layering of dishes. I love the centerpiece and the glow of the candles....Christine

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  14. This is such a beautiful tablescape! I love everything! The salad plates are gorgeous and I love those bookends - how perfect!

    Manuela

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  15. Evenin', Ms. Martha! Oh, what a wonderful tablescape. You have everything to make this table so lovely. I'm dyeing looking at your centerpiece - those precious asian bookends! Your dishes are so lovely and the napkins look like fans! You've outdone your self, Dear One.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  16. Nice to see another Chinese New Year-based table. Love those bookend pieces. What a great fold of the napkins. I did one last Monday only using black and red.

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  17. I really like this! Every detail is just perfect!

    Katherine

    P.S. - How is your father?

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  18. A very pretty black, white and red table!

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  19. How pretty your table is. I love the contrast between the dinner plate and salad plate. The little bookends are darling. Thanks for sharing.

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  20. Great table!! It's so stylish and beautiful. I love those plates; they are so gorgeous and look great paired with the interesting place mats!

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  21. Great Chinese New year table. The plates are all so elegant. Thanks for sharing.

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  22. I love every little detail about your Chinese New Year table, just gorgeous.

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  23. I love your Chinese New Year table! The colors just pop with on another! Beautiful salad plates and your teacup form your hubby is precious!
    Dee Dee

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  24. Your tablescape is so authentic! What a great find the bookends were. I love it all!!

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  25. I LOVE IT! How gorgeous this is! Thank you for brightening up my day with such a wonderful tablescape. You know I love em.

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  26. Thanks for dropping by my blog! I really like your Chinese New Year's Table. I don't know much about this holiday, but it is an opportunity for an exotic tablescape!

    Scribbler

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  27. Wow! I absolutely love the color scheme! Beautiful table!

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  28. We tend to think alike! I love your little bookend couple...I could have used those on my table! Everything looks beautiful...I love the red and black, the bird plates are wonderful.

    Sue

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  29. Love your tablescape. So beautiful. Come by and watch our vlog version. Have a great day. Holly:)

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  30. Love the black and white with the red and all your lovely details. Isn't it fun to celebrate Chinese New Year?

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  31. Martha, this table is beautiful. I would never have thought to use book ends as a centerpiece. Those are so precious and just perfect for this table. Love your layers of plates. Would you believe I don't have a single mercury glass piece. I've looked everywhere for some of those little votives. I guess our Target sold out before I got there. Great Chinese NY tablescape! laurie

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  32. Hello Martha
    ~I wanted to stop by to reconnect. I've had a few absences from blogging and have lost touch with some of my friends that I miss sooo.
    Since winter landed on our doorstep...it provided us the motivation for some indoor fun. Looks like you're ready for fun entertaining with this stunning Asian influenced tablescape.

    It's wonderful how inspiring blog friends as yourself can be, that's why I love returning the gesture, by sharing cooking or DIY ideas too.
    I hope you can stop by so we can reacquaint ourselves. .

    Sweet wishes,
    Sara

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  33. I love your table! The little oriental Bookends are adorable!!! :)

    ~Liz

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  34. Love the candles, the centerpiece, the dinner plates and napkins and wow - RED chopsticks! Very cool! You did a great job. Thanks for visiting my blog and hope your father has a full recovery.
    Blessings to you - Beth

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  35. I am always amazed by how you come up with one great tablescape after another. This one is no exception. Your dishes are beautiful. Great job!
    Donna

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  36. This is such a pretty table and I am LOVIN' those red chopsticks. How cool is that!!
    Beautiful table.

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  37. Oh Martha! Your Chinese tablescape never gets old even if it is a year old because it is very pretty and so exotic. Love the figurines and all the Oriental elements....Christine

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  38. Just gorgeous, Martha! The simple but charming centerpiece is just right for the Asian look. Those placemats are PERFECT to set off the pretty plates -- what a find! Every detail is lovely!

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  39. Martha,
    I love you bird plates. They would be wonderful for many tables. I love the colors
    in your tablescape too. Just perfect for Chinese New Year!
    Sherry

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  40. Marthat I agree with you that black and red make a great combination! Love those antique book end; they are perfect in the center of your talbe. I need to get some chopsticks -- red would be perfect! Joni

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  41. Wonderful! I am sooooo jealous of your dishes! Great find!

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  42. I just read a post on another blog today about the meaning behind Chinese New Year and it's so interesting. Your setting is beautiful. I love, love, love those red plates from Marshall's.

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  43. This beautiful tablescape deserves to have an encore! Love the oriental girl in the center! Great details!

    Katherine

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  44. You did a great job and really captured the Chinese spirit. Great colors.

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  45. Martha! This is an absolutely fantastic tablescape! I love every bit of it, and I cannot believe you found those good looking placemats for that price. Get out of here! And the plates are wonderful, too. And that is so sweet that your husband gave you that bowl when you were dating. I also love your boy and girl centerpiece. You just did a fabulous job with this whole 'scape. Loved it!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  46. Your red,black and white table is really so beautiful. I love the placemats, the plates, the salad plates. And I love the bookends! I love coming by for a visit and once again, it's so pretty, it makes me smile.

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  47. Justed loved it very cool, and loved the bookends great one.
    Love Karin
    karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

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  48. Lovely... especially with candle light.
    I'm your newest follower. http://moogieland.blogspot.com/

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  49. Martha, your table with the black and red is so pretty, and I love the little girl in the center. You did a great job making the napkin look like the fan--I thought that was what it looked like before I even read it! The candles are a beautiful touch. Linda

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  50. Love your asian bird plates layered on that scalloped red! All your details from the cups to the fan napkins are perfect for the year of the Rabbit!

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  51. Hi Martha...your table is beautiful!

    You summed up our snow days so well in your comment. I would rather see a foot of snow than a 1/4 inch of ice any day. That, more than anything is what keeps our schools out. I thought our guys did a good job of getting the interstates opened up again. A testament to our tenacity is the fact that J only missed one day of work due to weather in nearly forty years and that was because of drifting across our cow path to the back pasture, that our tractor could not get through. That was in the storm of 99. The Chicago guys were talking about that storm on the weather channel. They remember it well too.
    One of our neighbors with a skid loader got our streets cleared yesterday. We are good to go, because our ice was not as bad as south of us.

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  52. thank you for your sweet comment. Your table is beautiful. I especially love the red scalloped plates and the mercury glass votives...

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  53. Martha, I'm back for another peek at your table. Love the red and black details and the use of the bookends as a center piece.
    ~ Sarah

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  54. Such a lovely table! I did one too, same colors, but I don't have the Asian collection you have.

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  55. OOOOOH!!!! This is a fantastic Chinese New Year table---and I'm so glad you reposted it because I somehow missed it last year!

    I love the layering and the gorgeous stark contrast between the warm red and the cooler black and white tones!!!

    Great job as always!!!!

    Thank you so much for your kind comment on my blog post--truly, thank you from the bottom of my heart. My blog is so tiny and I loved hearing from you!!!

    Hugs,
    Lana

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  56. Oooo! love it, I love red, it's so cheery.
    Thank you for visiting LazyonLoblolly and your comment is so appreciated, hope you saw my Wednesday post I too have mentioned Chinese New Year with pic from my Vegas trip.
    ~Jo
    LazyonLoblolly

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  57. What a great table Martha! Lovin' the colors and pretty dishes, let's dial now for the take out:@)

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  58. I love that you break out of the norm. What a great table. I love the color combo..hugs ~lynne~

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  59. A beautiful tablescape! The plates are very pretty. Thank you for sharing....

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  60. Martha, I remember this table. I just think those bookends are fabulous, and so clever to use them on the table that way. Your red and black combination is perfect, and I love the way you folded the napkins. laurie

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  61. Lovely tablescape. The color scheme is beautiful. I especially love the black and white plate with the bird. Great job. Hugs, ginger

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  62. Love the black and white and red! The salad plates are especially nice. Stop by if you get a chance. I just posted my BEST tablescape ever!

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  63. What a beautiful table! I just love the color scheme and all your special touches. I really love your red plates. I am sure they are so versatile for so many holidays!

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  64. I enjoyed your Chinese New Year's table. I'm loving that you repurposed those precious bookends for your centerpiece...and the placemats are quite special. I can envision them with a hugh variety of design concepts. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

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  65. Hi, Martha. Thanks for visiting me. I love, love, love your bookends as the centerpiece. The whole table is lovely, but the bookends speak to me!

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  66. Okay, silly question. I am new to this "tablescape" thing.....Where do you put all your FOOD?? Do you just serve everyone from the stove?

    I'd love to do this, but need some practical tutoring. :) Thanks! Melissa

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  67. Great table...those black and white plates are wonderful!

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  68. Hello Martha,
    This is a gorgeous table scape. It is no small feat to decorate in this style. You have pulled it off beautifully!

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  69. Martha! This is beautiful! I think that two of my favorite colors are red and black and you did such a lovely job here. Also, your other items look so pretty too. Wonderful job.
    Best,
    Gloria

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  70. Martha,
    This is the prettiest Chinese New Year themed tablescape I have ever seen!! The book-ends as center pieces are wonderful and the placemats ...well lets just say I really wish I had them..so amazing!!
    xx
    Bunny

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  71. Love this as much this year as I did last year! Every bit is absolutely perfect. I especially love the red plated with the beading detail! Thanks for sharing again!!!

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  72. Terrific tablescape. Adding link to your blog to give my readers ideas for our oriental week recipes. I put up links on the weekend to go with the week's recipes.

    Sandy

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