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gung hei fat choi!

Posted by Cobi on Saturday February 01, 2014 at 08:33 PM
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Celebrating Chinese New Year has become a fun winter tradition in my house.

paper umbrellas

It’s a cheerful diversion to stave off the winter blues.

apples

And it’s a great excuse for me to play with all of my Asian-inspired cobistyle accessories!

chopsticks on side table

I mix them in with things I’ve picked up in Chinatown over the years.

Chinese new year sign over tea

Odd sets of china tea cups and plates. Did you know a shot of Whiskey in green tea is a tasty after-dinner drink?

tea

I don’t fuss over the food - bbq pork, snow peas, rice, mandarin salad and little nibblies to start.

appies

But I go to town on the table setting - my favourite part! I start with Chinese newspaper (free at the Chinese grocery store) - I love the graphics and print.

newspaper

Then layer dollar-store red woven place mats.

newspaper and red placemats

On top of those go plastic gold chargers - cheap and cheerful but they look fine under candlelight.

newspaper, red placemat, gold charger

I use brightly-coloured paper napkins because they’re easy, but I also love the look of paper with Chinese decor.

newspaper, placemat, charger, napkin

My bowls are Japanese but they work just the same and are big enough for a ‘one-bowl meal’.

bowls

cobistyle glasses with woven holders bring a natural element to the table and are the perfect size for water.

cobistyle cups

And of course I have to use cobistyle chopsticks!

cobistyle chopsticks

But I always offer cutlery along with chopsticks so everyone is comfortable.

place setting with chopstick

Little treats like fans for the girls (they love to use them at the table) and laughing Buda’s for the boys are a fun addition.

fans and Buda's

I used a dry erase marker on the cobistyle porcelain fortune cookies to turn them into place holders.

porcelain fortune cookie

And of course the table wouldn’t be complete without paper lanterns strung overhead.

paper lanterns

It’s amazing how well the colours of the Emerson cobistyle drapery panel mixed in with the colours on the table.

drapery

cobistyle lanterns run down the middle of the table and I tuck a fortune cookie into each of the mini-satin-covered take-out containers.

overall table w lanterns

When the table is done it transforms the dining room and our guests get such a surprise when they arrive.

overall table without lanterns

This year I gave the men a big special-issue Kit-Kat and the ladies a silky loot bag of Chinese candies and a cobistyle surprise.

loot bags

I hope your Year of the Horse is filled with luck, prosperity and love.

front door

Gung Hei Fat Choi!

Comments

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/24 at 12:39 PM

I’m so sorry Karla, we have been checking and can’t find any retailers with online businesses that stock that particular product .  What a shame!  A good excuse for a trip to Canada I guess.  Thanks for your interest, Cobi.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 03/20 at 12:10 PM

Hi! I am inlove with those chopsticks! Where could I purchase a set online? Very interested. Thanks!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/26 at 02:32 PM

Thank you Lynne, unfortunately the bowls are not a part of cobistyle.  I purchased them a number of years ago in a Chinatown store in Toronto.  I know that sounds vague (part of the reason I started cobistyle!) but they are fairly common in the stores along Spadina and so if you wanted a bit of an adventure this Spring, I suggest walking the housewares shops in your closest Chinatown and you may very well find them.  Good luck!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/26 at 12:39 PM

Love your easy, fun style - as always!  Are your Japanese blue and green bowls from your Cobistyle collection?  If not, can you tell me where I might find them?
Thank you so much!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/17 at 08:41 AM

I love that not only is this beautiful and fun, it is also very do-able.  I especially like the paper lanterns over the table.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/02 at 05:18 PM

Looks good Cobi!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 02/02 at 03:50 PM

Looks like a lot of fun! I love the mix of colours.

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