Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Happy Chinese New Year

The Year of the Snake, it is the year of protection, support, ambition and following through to achieve our goals.  This year is made for me, it seems.  I need all these things!

I took out two Homer Laughlin dinner plates and two Syracuse China salad plates that I purchased from Fishs Eddy.  I placed them on two silk damask runners crossed over each other, and added the lotus bowls that are close to 50 years old and belonged to my mother.  The tea cups I purchased also at Fishs Eddy.  (They cost more than the plates!)

Oranges are given out during family celebrations for the New Year.  These are Sumo mandarins.  The sweetness of the fruit symbolizes luck and wealth.

The Lantern Festival follows the New Year on February 24th.

It is customary to give gifts of cash in small red envelopes.  I could not find those, so I used pink and red silk bags.

What's on the menu?  Whatever you like!  I think shrimp dumplings for me.

Wishing all of you a year filled with good health, good fortune, peace, and prosperity, and goals achieved.

Joining the following parties

(*) Please keep Kathleen (Cuisine Kathleen), and her family, in your prayers.  Her grand nephew has gone to be with the Lord.  He was 8 years old.


"True joy results when we become aware of our connectedness to everything."

Paul Pearsal


  1. Lovin' your dinner option Barbara! The table is very pretty, stay focused on those goals:@)

  2. Hi Barbara, This is one of my favorite patterns. I think it is beautiful. Great tribute for the Chinese New Year!

    The French Hutch

  3. Hi Barbara, what a cute post! I love your idea of take out...sounds perfect to me!! Happy ❤ Day!!

  4. Love your table!! I think ordering take out is the way to go for Chinese food! Love those cups!
    hugs, Linda

  5. Barbara - what a good idea for a tablescape. I did not realized that the year of the snake had something to do with following through on our goals. I must be under the influence, because I had already achieve a couple of big ones, since the regular new year. I know those lotus bowls are very precious to you, since they were your mother's and they are perfect for this table. Wonderful job - thanks for sharing with us.

  6. Yes it is a good idea for a tablescape. I wouldn't have thought to do a tablescape for Chinese New Year. I laughed to myself when I saw the money. Just today my grandson asked me for some of the green money because all he had was the circle money.

  7. Happy Chinese New Year, Barb! What a fun way to celebrate. I learned so much! And you are using the right color... this is one thing I know about Chinese New Year... people wear red! What a cute post!

  8. What a fun post, Barbara. Your table is awesome! Love how you explained about all the components too.

  9. Hi Barbara, thank you for the information. I don't pay much attention to the Chinese New Year, but maybe that will change. I love your idea of take out.

  10. Such an interesting post! I love Homer Laughlin dishes. We used to find some at used restaurant supply warehouses and they just feel so good. The lotus bowls and the tea cups are lovely. Are the tea cups red willow! I liked that you carried through with your theme here. And I learned a lot.

  11. Looks like a super celebration! xo Nellie

  12. Happy chinese New Year Barbara!!

  13. My favorite setting by far. I absolutely love how the table's simplicity allows the china's intricate art to stand out. The teacups are divine.
    Happy New Year!

  14. How interesting! Really enjoyed this post and your photos. Luck and wealth to you this year!

  15. I made a great table for Chinese New year's in 2012, but didn't this year..I really forgot, lol..! Anyway, I love yours Barb, just gorgeous. I love red, looks like red is the color for this romantic too. Thank you for visitng me, you made me happy. Happy Valentine's!

  16. Your table is lovely. Love the red. Love Chinese take-out too, great idea. I may have to copy. (I'm working all week, so I can't cook until Sunday!) Have a Happy Valentine Day, Hugs,

  17. Hi Barbara, I love your chinese new year table! I'll take a veggie moo shu and one of those oranges. I'm praying for Kathleen and her family too. Linda

  18. Barbara,
    I love how the two plates you chose work together. We were in Chinatown, San Francisco one year during the New Year and saw red envelopes everywhere and I didn't know why. Now I do! Dianne

  19. What a fun post / love all your pictures! :)

  20. Hi Barbara,

    Happy Chinese New Year!, do you celebrate it? amazing table set up!, I imagine eating noodle soup ;)
    Love those China ceramics.
    Wishing you a good health, prosperity and all best.

  21. Your tablescape is very lovely. I didn' t know about having gifts of cash ! Marvellous quotation.

  22. Love love your dishes.. Chinese food is a fave around here..
    Happy Valentine's Day, too.. smile..

  23. Charming table for Chinese new Year Barbara. The dishes are so pretty. Love your little silk bags too. looks alike a perfect way to celebrate. I love Chinese food. Still dieting....
    Happy Valentine's day. xo Linda

  24. Love your to have takeout once in awhile!

  25. I love your dishes and the cups are beautiful! I'll have some fried rice and some shrimp too :)

  26. Dearest Barbara,
    Oh, Snake Year "it is the year of protection, support, ambition and following through to achieve our goals." This is for me as well(^_^)v
    Wonderful post for Chinese New Year and table setting♡♡♡ I like shrimp dumplings and impressed with the Kanji character on the package.

    Sending you lots of love and hugs from Japan to my American friend, xoxo Miyako*

  27. I am a snake girl.. eons ago. So this year is my year!! It certainly hasn't started out that way... waaah.. Love the table and learned so much. Beautiful lotus bowls.. Hope your Valentine's was fabulous. xo marlis

  28. Hi Barbara,

    This table is just perfect for Chinese New Year; I love every detail! I love the silk damask runners, the plates with their delicate patterns, your mother's lotus bowls, and the lovely teacups. The chopsticks, oranges, Chinese lantern, and silk money purses add the perfect extra touches.

    You did a great job on this table, Barbara. I hope you have a wonderful weekend and a wonderful year!


    Denise at Forest Manor

  29. Lovely tablecape and post, Barbara!

    I'm a "year of the snake" girl. One of my husband's co-workers has an annual Chinese new year party at her home and inivited us. She fried 160 spring rolls! It was a fun evening :)

  30. How fun! I have celebrated Chinese New Year often. Just realized that we haven't done it for a few years. Anything shrimp sound yum to me. I have a great recipe for Sweet & Sour chicken and fried rice that we all love. Happy New Year! So sorry to hear about Kathleen's grand nephew. The lost of a young child is always so heartbreaking. Prayers for all of the family! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  31. The tea cup may have been more, but so worth it.

    Lovely to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  32. Dearest Barbara,
    Missed the entire Chinese New Year as we were mopping up water in the basement... On my Mom's birthday, the 12th it rained and rained. So all night and the 13th we were busy. Got exhausted as we skipped our sleep. But it is fine now; we need a new roof after 23 years and we will install better and bigger gutters with bigger downspouts too. We learn.
    What fun that you wrote about these yummy SUMO Mandarins as well. We bought two at Whole Foods, Atlanta to try and even though they are expensive their taste is the juiciest and sweetest I've ever tasted. We got some mandarins from Costco too; minis. Great to find out we have the same religion, prefer to shop at Trader Joe's and Whole Foods... Kindred spirits in a way.
    Hope you are doing well.
    Hugs to you,

  33. Yes, yes, and YES!!! I totally missed out on celebrating the Chinese New Year this time around, but you did enough for all of us! Such a pretty display! I love the way you hung that "necklace" around the mandarin! I am totally with you on ordering the food in, too! I can NEVER make Chinese food as good as what they make in the restaurants! I have tried and tried, but to no avail!!! Very nice, Miss Barbara! I hope the weekend brings rest and relaxation for you!

  34. Barbara Happy Belated Chinese New Year to you. Love the tablescape ... Learned a lot of tradions I did not know.


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