January 28 is New Year's Day, the first day of the Chinese lunar year. Celebrations have begun and may continue for two weeks. And each celebration will be drenched with color. Deep, vibrant jewel tones!
A dragon from Greg's collection has alighted on the sapphire cloth in the center. I love the saturated hue and the sheen of the fabric. It has a wonderful drape that holds its own against the dragon.
Mythological creatures and flowers are often found in Chinese art -- and on these salad plates and soup bowls.
I have kept the table bare, enjoying the deep tones of the wood beneath the explosion of colors.
Each place is set with wooden chopsticks and ceramic soup spoons with various flowers. I have had the soup spoons since college -- and we still use them frequently!
The sheer napkins shimmer in the light and are ringed by vaguely Asian holders. These were given to me several years ago by a friend who doesn't usually go for such pretty table elements.
I added the deep red balloon wine glasses to honor the Year of the Fire Rooster. Red is also the symbol for energy, happiness and good luck, which is welcome in any year! Wishes for a safe and peaceful new year are bestowed in red envelopes.
I have a small collection of horses in print, metal and ceramics. Four Tang-style horses that I found 20 years ago in Highlands, NC, lend their charms to the place settings.
Tea cups are set on the buffet, on either side of the cranes which are considered auspicious and a symbol of longevity. The cranes can also be seen here.
Thanks for sharing the celebration with us!
Salad plates, bowls | Williams-Sonoma 'New Moon'
Dinner plates, tea cups | Noritake 'Lamarre'
Wine goblets | Marquis by Waterford 'Vintage'