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Eight Years of Textiles, History, Art, Gardens, and a Little Mental Traveling with Courtney Barnes

12.31.2007

Next Up: Chinese New Year


Windsor Smith loves her chinoiserie, as seen in Inspired Styles, published by Assouline 2007.




Mrs. John L. Strong chinoiserie pagoda place card.

Chinese New Year begins on February 7, 2008. No pressure -- for Westerners at least -- but ample opportunity to do up a festive table. Whether you opt to learn more about this traditional Asian event and participate in an authentic celebration, or you just want an excuse to use your decorative Chinese objects for a loosely related supper, it's a nice date to remember.


Earlier I shared the image above: designer Han Feng's contemporary Chinese New Year table for Martha Stewart.


In the 90s, my friend Carson and I burned ourselves trying to make Martha's French chocolate fortune tuiles. Maybe you'll have more success. Party supplies are on hand at China Sprout or Pearl River. Plum Party is always worth a look too, and great Asian-inspired vases are available from Jayson Home.

For everyone celebrating tonight, have a safe and fabulous time!

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Careful with Buddha place cards. Would you use an image of Jesus or Mohammed? Not to censor or be repressive, but there are many people who revere Buddha. Do you use these place cards to remind people of ultimate liberation from suffering? That would be good.

Style Court said...

Regarding the place cards, I don't think the intent of the company who designed them with the very dignified Buddha was in any way intended to be disrespectful. But I'll switch to the pagoda version rather than offend any readers.

Mrs. Blandings said...

What great, fresh images to start the new year. It - almost- makes me want to get out of my p.j.s and plan a party. Happy New Year, Courtney!

Style Court said...

Happy New Year to the Blandings as well!!

Brilliant Asylum said...

Your pale pink peonies are beautiful in front of the red. Happy New Year!

Style Court said...

Thanks Millie :)

Style Court said...

I forgot to mention, Whole Foods on West Paces had amazing (affordably priced) peonies this week, and the pewter cups are from http://charleswillis.com

Anonymous said...

Sue Ling:
I think it's so great that you want to celebrate Chinese New Year. Traditionally the big dinner is on Chinese New Year's eve. It's called the reunion dinner and family fly in to re-unite and celebrate together. After dinner, we play with fireworks (to drive away monsters) or indulge in some mahjong. You could consider giving the invited children a small sum of money in a red packet for good luck in the coming year. The sum should come in even numbers for good luck.

Style Court said...

Sue Ling,

This is great, helpful. Thanks!

The Peak of Chic said...

Love the peonies with your elephant! So pretty!

Style Court said...

Thanks Jennifer!!

Patricia Gray said...

Courtney
Wishing you all the very best for 2008!

Style Court said...

Thanks Patricia! Warmest wishes to you as well.

Alkemie said...

Great post on the upcoming Chinese New Year! I especially like the table setting from Han Feng.

Joanna Goddard said...

how fun to make your own fortune cookies. i'd love to think of what to say inside. xo

annechovie said...

Courtney,
Are the flowers in the silver mint julep cups David Austin roses or peonies? They are gorgeous! My mom collects David Austin roses and I just wondered what their name was.

Style Court said...

Hey Anne,

grocery store peonies!! I got lucky :)