A Taste of Thai


I like Thai food, and thanks to a Thai exchange student, I learned that it wasn’t so hard to prepare once the most used ingredients were on hand.  Thinking it would be fun for our gourmet group to try something new, I decided on a Thai evening.

In our group, the hostess plans the menu and assigns a dish to each of the other three couples.  That way we share recipes and experience making an unfamiliar dish.  Best of all, it means the host couple doesn’t have to do all the work.

My favorite part of hostessing is setting the table.  I’m not sure how a family table in Thailand would be set, so I invented one using what could be found around the house and adding a few items from the Hong Kong market.  It started with this figure which came some years ago from a vendor at the International Quilt Festival, an annual Houston event.

She is mixed with “lucky” bamboo and saki cups to create a centerpiece that if not Thai is at least related to that part of the world!

Simple white dishes from TJ Maxx’s Palm collection rest on  colorful placemats from World Market.  The floral design remind me of delicate pen and ink drawings from China or Japan.

My very first handwoven napkins from years ago are tied with jute to hold chop sticks in place.

Finally, blue and white bowls with an Oriental theme

and an eclectic array of wine glasses that are not at all Thai were added to complete the tablescape.

All that’s missing are the friends who will gather for laughter and fun.

Today I’m joining

Let’s Dish

Thursday Favorite Things

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14 thoughts on “A Taste of Thai

  1. I saw those placemats and immediately thought World Market!!! They are really cool!!!! I really like that fabric pattern! I also very much like the eclectic use of various drinkware. Very cool! The bamboo is a really great touch…leaves no doubt in your mind what part of the world we’re visiting today! The napkins….what a fabulous touch, especially with the chopsticks tied on. Very nicely done!!!

    1. Thank you, dearie! I bet I could have found just the right things to work with in your storage closet.

  2. You are such an artist and a busy one at that. You are cooking and creating tables all the time. Wish I could be a part of your gourmet group.

    I love the handwoven napkins you made years ago. Perfect texture to pull your tablescape together! I like the colorful placemats and the bamboo plants. Great job with your theme.

    1. …and I would love to have you be a part of the group!

  3. shirley@housepitalitydesigns May 31, 2012 — 6:46 pm

    Beautiful table!!!…I belong to a dinner group, but the host provides everything!!!…It is hard for me as my hubby does not cook and sometimes I have to tell him where the spoons are!!! LOL!..Well he is not THAT bad….but he is a good “helper”….The other couples ALL cook!!…I love that you all share in cooking the various dishes….Have fun at your dinner party!!!

    1. Do you think your group would go for this approach? It really is easy for everyone which adds to the enjoyment.

    2. Hey, your hubby can be in charge of the bar, often as important as the meal!

  4. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape is Gorgeous love it all !!!
    I hope you have a wonderful weekend coming up with your family.
    XXOO Diane

  5. What a great table love the scape!!! What wonderful food did you fix.. I love how you used things you had. The piece of IQF is fabulous.. I do miss working that show!! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Have a great weekend. xo marlis

    1. I posted the menu and one of the recipes today. The food was delish! I’m always glad for your visit.

  6. I love your handwoven napkins tied with chop sticks and your eclectic array of glasses at the table! Your gourmet group dinners sound like a fun and delicious way to enjoy company and a meal without doing all of the work 🙂

    1. You know, I think everyone enjoys the evening more because they only had to be responsible for one dish.

  7. It looks great! SOunds like a fun evening! I saw lucky bamboo in the 99 cent store tonight and I wondered what people did with it, Now I know! 🙂
    Thanks for linking to Let’s Dish!

  8. Lovely tablescape! Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop xo

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