Last night we had a holiday celebratory Indian dinner with a friend. We rarely cook such a big dinner so it was a real treat for everyone. Here are photos of our tabletop, done up quickly because due to impending snow we decided to start the meal earlier than originally intended. And these are awful iPhone pictures so I’m honestly making an attempt to obscure that with Photoshop effects!
Atmosphere was provided with simple votives, candlesticks from Target, and the gong is from much further away from home than our nearest Target, from Siem Reap, Cambodia:
Most of our dinnerware is celadon from Baan Celadon in Chiang Mai, Thailand. True to our style, we mix things from everywhere — a Buon Appetito trivet was a gift from a birthday party which had an Italy/Tuscany theme:
The garland in the middle is from Joann’s holiday decorations, picked up last week at half off. The placemats were purchased years ago at Crate & Barrel. They are red silk duppioni with gold embroidery. I like the contrast of layering the dressy red silk and the rustic brown round placemats here. Because the garland has twigs, pinecones and bird nests as well as shiny red berries. So everything follows dressy red + rustic brown. Plus celadon, which makes most foods we eat look good.
I love these banana leaf celadon pieces we found at Baan Celadon in Thailand. Perfect for chutney.
And mango lassi!
I love papadums. We often cook way too many because they’re so fun to fry. We wind up frying way more than we can eat. Thankfully today we had a friend to help us eat them all. Papadums pre-dinner:
Papadums after all the frying fun: