Monday, January 19, 2015

Table Inspiration: A Chinese New Year Celebration


Happy Monday, all! How was the weekend? Even with the excitement of a Seahawks victory (and the Patriots for Mr. H - things are going to be interesting at our house come Super Bowl Sunday), the true highlight was an early Chinese New Year's party at the home of my amazing friend Dana. We've been celebrating New Years - either the January 1 variety or Chinese New Year - with the same crew for a decade now. Two of them are about to move to London, so we had our bash a month early. As always, Dana set the most gorgeous table - please note the gilded fortune cookies





Willow Ware plates in a midnight shade, Grace Glassybabys, oranges and brightly hued roses, paper lanterns and her lovely collection of blue and white all added up to something extraordinarily beautiful.

Talk about good fortune. How lucky am I to have a friend with such great style? You can follow her on Instagram: @danamerrillstyle 

And isn't there something about a party in the middle of January when everyone has been hibernating for a few weeks? So wonderful to celebrate the company of dear friends.

What's your favorite reason to celebrate this time of year? XO

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  1. You are blessed to have such a talented friend and I do suspect your friends feel the exact way about you Jeanne!! What a beautiful setting and it's so fun to have friends that love to entertain, let alone so beautifully. I haven't entertained for 4 years and I miss it very much. I just hope it won't be another 4! I am still reeling over the Seahawks win. I went to sleep thinking they had lost and woke up to a miracle!! Oh...it's going to be an exciting Super Bowl party at your house. Happy new week to you from snowy Scotland :)

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    1. Hello Deb! How wonderful to find you here this morning. That game was just too much!!! It really was a miracle - I think I developed a few new wrinkles and gray hairs. And Mr. H and I are already strategizing about how we will come through Super Bowl Sunday without needing marital counseling.

      Is it snowing in Scotland? I'm sure it must be beautiful - I read somewhere that there was more snow on Ben Nevis in December than in Alps!

      Stay warm!!! XOXO

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  2. Good morning Jeanne! What a gorgeous table indeed and the pop of colors! It is such a fortunate thing to have great friends...it is so difficult to see them move away, however. We know that scene, having moved from L.A. to Boston to Minneapolis over the last 30 years. But there are some friends you never forget.

    I wonder how you gild food? I must look that up!

    Wishing you a fabulous day, Jeanne! Anita

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    1. Hi Anita - I believe there was a can of gold spray paint involved. Dana will tell you that you can guild pretty much anything, and I think she has. Her children had better watch out! Hope you have a fabulous day, too! XOXO

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  3. Is that ever pretty! Love the red against the blue and whites, and those gilded fortune cookies are too cute! I have a few friends moving too.....always sad to see them go but happy that they are moving onto amazing opportunities.
    Congrats to the Seahawks!! Exciting for them.....I am admittedly not a huge football fan but do become one around Superbowl:) That will be an exciting event for Seattle to be sure!!
    Enjoy your day Jeanne:)

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    1. Hi Tina, I was thinking of you Saturday night - that you would have loved the table and all the blue and white. Hope you can come visit so we can have another excuse to throw a party!

      It's super sad to see friends move (lots of that this year), but fortunately we know that this will only be for a couple years and we are excited for their London adventures - already planning a visit!

      Enjoy your day, too, Tina! XOXO

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  4. I thought of you yesterday! There was a brocante here and one of the sellers had the most lovely blue and white pot - it was huuge so we didn't have room for it but I know that you would have wanted it as a planter.

    What a fun dinner and a gorgeous setting. What was served? :)

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    1. Sounds like a pot I would love to have on our front porch!

      We feasted on oysters with a Meyer lemon mignonette and other nibbles, duck and an Asian-inspired quinoa with skiitake mushrooms and creme brulee with crumbled fortune cookies. It was yummy! XO

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  5. The gilded fortune cookies are the perfect touch to this table and I love those Chinese Lanterns:) I'm sure you will feel sad to see your friends leave BUT .. you will be able to visit them Yes?? ;)

    On the subject of the Seahawks .. true Champions and this was a miracle for sure. With my daughter being a Sea Gal for a few years and getting to know the organization as a whole, I will say that these guys are truly amazing and I am so proud of them. We ended up downtown after the game and it was like New Years Eve!

    Enjoy your day!

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  6. Thanks friend! A fun night indeed! And yes, I will spray just about anything gold... (Hello, my name is Dana and I love gold spray paint.)
    I'm still reeling feom the Seahawks comeback...the perfect end to the weekend!

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  7. A sunny day in these parts would be a reason to celebrate! We've had two days of freezing rain and over 2 inches... But the skies have cleared and the temps are warming to the low 40's. Hope you're week is off to a great start, Jeanne.
    xxoo
    C + C

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  8. What a festive party!! Dana is supremely talented...there must be something in the water in Seattle! I am thrilled the Hawks won...despite my Connecticut home, I am not a New England fan so I will be rooting for Seattle on Super Bowl Sunday. Have a wonderful week, Jeanne! xoxo

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  9. Friendships indeed are one of life's fortunes. Looks like a winning party!
    Congrats and celebrate all the luck around you.
    pve

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  10. It's always great fun to celebrate with wonderful friends! Love the table setting, blue and white mixed with reds and orange! Have a wonderful week!

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  11. Chinese New Year is a very important holiday for our family! We love to give each other little red envelopes, and celebrate with lots of traditional food. I'll have to show Mom and Dad those gilded fortune cookies - they'll love it :)
    Cheers,
    L

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  12. What a fun celebration! We watched your Seahawks win here in Hawaii and highly approved! The fortune cookies are a sexy touch. Peace of the monkey pod trees to you.

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  13. Love this idea! Her table is gorgeous. Will definitely follow her on instagram! Thanks for the tip!

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