Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Lantern and Cherry Blossom

I bring you another party at Apt. 10! This time Nikki turned 21 and I put together a table for the gathering we hosted Saturday night. Nikki issued invites weeks ago but we really didn't begin any food, drink and decoration plans until Friday afternoon, so there was some hasty grocery shopping and whirlwind DIY-ing.
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On the Menu I made Thai chicken tortilla spring rolls (with mozzarella, white bean sprouts, carrot and cilantro) - an appetizer I finally got around to duplicating at home earlier in the week, after liking them so much at CPK. They turned out delicious and made for promising party food. To go with them: homemade sweet and spicy peanut sauce for dipping. For drinks Nikki mixed up a refreshing cranberry-pineapple rum punch, and for dessert I made four layer chocolate pudding cups.Decorations Plans for a trip to Chinatown for paper lanterns and other goods fell through, so I made do with what I had at home and I'm so glad I did. The three accordion lanterns I bought in January established the color and theme for the table. The whole thing unfolded kind of casual and colorful. I set out two stacks of left over napkins for a mix and match look, hung the lanterns with generous ribbon yardage, letting it cascade haphazardly onto the table. For height I put straws and cutlery in glasses and jars. Re-purposed baking ramekins served as sauce bowls and vintage aqua trays from my picnic basket were used as informal servingware.Photoshop, Paper, Scissors Friday night I remembered the unsightly striped cocktail umbrellas I found over a year ago in the clearance bin at Michael's. I knew I'd impulsively bought them for just such a project as refashioning them into cherry blossom parasols. I carefully cut away the old striped paper and glued on a new cherry blossom design I illustrated and printed. I also decided to adapt the parasol illustration into a sheet of patterned paper (a swatch is above) from which I made simple hanging lanterns with bright red tassels, handmade from a skein of embroidery thread. From the paper scraps I cut strips to fasten around glass tea light holders (with double stick tape) to bring a little more of the pattern to the table.
I hope our guests enjoyed the food, drink and catching up and that you all enjoyed the photos! Lesson learned: do some last minute party planning - it will really stretch your creativity. And finally, Happy Birthday Nikki!

53 comments:

conversationpieces said...

Wow, what a riot of colour. I love it! Love the umbrellas too... I'm sure everyone would have had a great time :)

Theresa und Eva-Maria said...

Oh I love the little sun parasols! So cute! Perhaps I can use the idea for my 22nd birthday (Sept. 26th ... so the hot phase of getting ideas just started ;-)

Thank you and have a wonderful Monday!
Yours, Theresa

MagicMarkingsArt said...

Everything looks amazingly delicious and creative. Love the simplicity. A very happy birthday wish for Nikki.

St├ęphanie said...

Hello !
I'm in love with your beautiful blog !

Chelsea said...

Gorgeous!!!

pixelhazard said...

Oh how cute. the food looks so sweet and I am loving those drink umbrellas! Strawberries and lime looks so great

knack said...

oh my goodness.....how completely delightful and perfect.....how could your guests not enjoy!

thank you so much for the beauty! xo

Janet said...

Very cool! love the photos from up top looking down, and love the cherry blossom paper. fun!

Patricia Torres said...

oh wow... so impressive!! everything looks so pretty.. Looks like a well planned out party.. This must have been great fun!

DebraCooper said...

Amazing! You have such creativity and an eye for beauty! I bet your friends love your parties!!

jen said...

beautiful!

Nikki said...

Thank you!! By far the most colorful, delicious, and awesome birthday I've had yet. :)

sarah said...

LOVE IT!!!

Lizard said...

Wow that is some serious last minute get together! You are so creative!

Anjelica said...

Oooh it looks wonderful!

red food colouring said...

i love those lanterns and the way the ribbons falls over everything. very pretty and non-fussy.

Lucia M said...

This is soooo beautiful!!! I love yr pictures so much!

Polly R said...

I love this post so much, I can't get over how beautiful your blog is and how you continue to inspire me with your creativity. x

Checks and Spots said...

Can't get enough of the cocktail umbrellas - sheer brilliance!
Would love it if you dropped by...
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xx

Casey said...

You always have the most beautiful party decoration ideas! I am just adoring how bright and colorful everything is, yet it's so cozy looking. :) Looking at these is making me want to have a party!!!

Michele said...

This idea is just gorgeous ~ what a creative person you are!!! And thanks for sharing this. But could you just elaborate on exactly how you made the spring rolls????? Pretty please!!

made sweet said...

okay. you're too amazing.

koralee said...

Beautiful...I adore the colours and the loveliness of it all...plus I have the same checkerboard floors as you and I LOVE them! Adore your blog!

Giovanna ♥ said...

These pics are so inspiring!! I love the rich colors!
xo
Giovanna
www.bohomarket.blogspot.com

cali bird said...

Those pudding cups look so amazing, yep my mouth is watering right now! I also like all the colors that are used & how well they go together

Sum said...

Wow! Such creativity! Um, want to plan my next birthday party?! :)

Dallas Shaw said...

how sweet
dallas
http://dillydallas.blogspot.com

Dragonfly said...

Hello - I found you through the link from Daisy Pink Cupcake - very glad I did!
I have a big interest in lanterns and cherryblossoms (I import from Vietnam and China) and just love the cute little parasols you made!!! They are so gorgeous.
Following you now!!
Cheers, Karen

Kat_RN said...

Great ideas. Sometimes last minute works.
Kat

thedoodlegirl said...

Wow, wow and MORE wow! What a fantastic blog you have!

whyte said...

Absolutely love the results, and adore the repurposed parasols! Who knew they would gain such place of honor from Micheals sale bin? (Ah, but you did!) Just real eye candy and know everyone had a wondeful time and experience.

wide open spaces said...

adorable. can i borrow your kitchen for my parties? it seems to make the perfect setting so matter the theme....

Tanja said...

So pretty! As all the posts of yours. That's why I want to give u "I love your blog... so much" -prize. You can find that from my latest post.

RobbieLee at Chickiedee said...

I just found your Bolg and I'm in love! Thia party theme is fab!

Teri said...

What is not to love about your blog... your photos alone draw me in!!! I saw you on English Muse and now, another top notch blog to totally distract me from what I'm supposed to be doing! Beautiful Blog!

nath said...

absolutely beautifil table display, great inspiration!

chloejessica said...

LOVE your blog! I am a new follower! :) How fun and great craft ideas! :)

chloejessica said...

Just wanted to say, after spending to long going through all your old posts, I added you to my blog love list! :)

Teresa said...

Those pudding cups are almost too pretty to eat!

Misha said...

Woweeeeh! The lime wheel and the strawberry slice together on the glass is perfection! I have to start doing that on all my summer coktails!

Alina said...

soo beautiful! just sweet!

Maureen said...

Everything looks very colorful and yummy!

Love,
Maureen

jen said...

omg, you are so talented. love the cherry blossom paper!

Little Miss B said...

It all looks amazing, I want to come to one of your party's!

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Priscila said...

oh my gosh!!! It looks fab!!! Love it all!!!!!!!

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Mark David said...

I just love cherry blossoms. They possess a kind of fragrant, gentle beauty that to me is only comparable to a lovely woman.

Have you ever read a book by Yasunari Kawabata? His writing is evocative of cherry blossoms.

Sarah said...

This loves perfect for Mooncake/Latern festival coming up! :)

Sabii Wabii said...

OK, your photography is stunning!

GiDu said...

Wow this is such a great set up! Nice job! :-)

Carolyn said...

We luv your photos!

Saltina said...

This post really is so gorgeous! You are so talented :)

killianfallon said...

The food looks so yummy! Love the colour coordination, makes the food look even better!!! Well done :)

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