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At my husband's request, I hosted a seven course dinner party last night for some of his family. The level of my table decor for my own dinner parties ranges based on how much free time I have to actually plan for my own events. Sometimes I'm able to plan everything out ahead of time and shop for the perfect items. Other times, like last night, I'm racing around the day of the party trying to cook and throwing together whatever I can find in my house into some kind of coordinated look.
My dining room is decorated in a rustic Asian decor. The walls are faux-finished with a bamboo mural. I decided to stick with this theme for the dinner last night. I chose Asian flavored dishes for each course and got some sake and plum wine to drink.
I have a stock pile of fabrics and tablecloths so I was able to borrow a green fabric for the table. Although I was debating just using a runner on its own since the dark wood of the table also looked perfect with the theme. My favorite find was the leaf candle holders on the table. I had bought them recently from the 99 cent only store! I love perusing their aisles periodically and find all kinds of fun decor for future tables for a great price!
My husband and I are big fans of Asian food so I already had some dishes to go with this theme. I'm a HUGE dish fanatic! Some girls collect shoes, I accumulate dishes. But if you have one nice set of white dishes you can pretty much put them with any theme. A white dish set is a great item to have in your arsenal. I also coordinated with my mom and we both bought the same white dish set, each in a set of 12. So I actually have a set of 24 at my disposal, which is extremely handy when I want to throw a large dinner party, shower or if I'm doing a multi-course meal and need lots of dishes (so you don't have to wash between courses).
And of course one of the easiest ways to dress up any table, a menu. This is extremely helpful with a multi-course meal to give your guests a sense of what is coming. For this meal I used my Blossom Card design in a color to match the table scape.
First course - Appetizer
Second course - Soup
Edamame and Avocado Soup
Third course - Salad
Ginger Beef Salad with Miso Vinaigrette
Fourth course - Palate cleanser
Green Tea Mochi
Fifth course - Poultry
Asian Chicken, Noodle Salad
Sixth course - Red meat/fish
Seventh course - Dessert
Sweet Coconut Tapioca with Bananas