Among the many things I loved about traveling in Vietnam were the table settings.
Always there were lovely dishes,
and cleverly folded napkins on the tables.
Best of all, the markets were full of wonderful table accessories that were hard to resist. When I unpacked my suitcase, I was amazed at all I had managed to collect.
Finally, I am getting around to using some of those items, starting with a beautifully embroidered silk table runner. Would you believe I bought four so this is not the only one you will ever see!
I wanted the runner to be the star of the table so I kept the center simple with an assortment of glass vases and candle holders that seemed to float on the black silk.
I was tempted to run buy some black dishes but decided to resist the temptation and make do with what I already have. White works with everything they say, so white it is. Of course, I can’t help but add a little extra color and chose to do it with the hot pink placemats that were also purchased in a Vietnamese market. They just happen to be the same color as the lotus flower embroidered on the runner.
These napkins were a special find in Hoi An. They are totally hand done, each one with a different pattern and color. Would you believe they were $1.50 each which makes them even more special.
With wine stems and pink tinted water glasses in place, the table is set and has something of the flair I so loved in Vietnam.
Each accessory holds a special memory of the place it was purchased and the bargaining that ensued. That was part of the fun of buying.
I don’t know whether or not I really got any good deals, but I walked away feeling a pride of ownership for the mostly handmade items that came home with me. My only regret is that I didn’t buy even more!
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