If the divine creator has taken pains to give us delicious and exquisite things to eat, the least we can do is prepare them well and serve them with ceremony. Fernand Point
Generous with what we cook and drink we tend to be frugal when setting the table. Avoiding purchasing new dishes, center pieces and place settings is a goal. Instead we look around our homes and use what we own or can create very economically; the outcome has produced lovely and creative tables which add to our enjoyment of the culture we are experiencing. All tables are set formally and we try to mirror the dining etiquette of the culture we are highlighting. Sharing dishes as needed so that no one has to purchase extras soup bowls, asian soup spoons or pudding cups has also helped. If we are shopping at second hand stores or neighborhood sales and see an item we will use often we also purchase it.
Rich and Donna graced their Hungarian theme
with wild flowers and candlelight
Mark and Sofia created a lovely English table
with china they already owned.
Laurie and Jim's Thailand theme called for a runner so
Laurie economically sewed the blue bamboo beauty below
to create a dazzling table.
When we dined on Guatemalan cuisine Jim and Laurie surprised us with a table setting which they had purchased on a trip to Guatemala. The color surrounded us in warmth on a cold Minnesota evening and brought the heat and beauty of Guatemala into the room.
Cal and Mary's simple pink and red table highlighting the cuisine
of Hong Kong included silverware for guests as a courtesy; within our
club skills with chopsticks range from novice to proficient.