Monday, August 20, 2007

Centrepiece for an Asian Table-Setting


My Aai (Mom) always says : "Good food must be accompanied by a great setting. They have go to hand in hand. Before a guest actually tastes the food, it is the setting of the table that should appeal to the eyes."
Since childhood I have seen my mom come up with the most delightful table centre pieces in a matter of minutes using very simple accessories easily available. She mostly works with flower petals and lamps and has beautiful ethnic centrepieces particularly during Diwali and Dassera. Now thankfully her penchant for these beautiful decorations has rubbed off a bit on me.
Now my problem is my dining table which is small . I mean calling it small is actually an understatement. It can barely accommodate the three of us with our plates and glasses. So having a centrepiece on the table when I have guests over is possible only if I lay out a buffet. Even then it has to me a small arrangement . I mean how much ever I love to have one the guests would definitely like to have some food on the table as well,won't they?
So I created this small centre piece which suits a small dining table perfectly. Its great particularly with the evening meal because the lights look particularly pretty. For added effect you can sprinkle some some glitter on the water . The lights I have used are simple tea lights which I bought at IKEA. They can be easily substituted with Indian diyas or floating candles. Use any coloured petals of your choice. As I have limited resources here in my UK home I just used a glass dish I had at hand, but if you have any old silver or brass platters lying at home, give them a good polish and give them a rebirth.
I am happy to send this Centrepiece over to Janelle for Centrepiece of the Month. I hope she likes it.

Just a small REMINDER : The last date for entries to Fun in The Sun is 22nd of August. Those interested please send in your entries so I can include them in the round-up. Thank you!!

21 comments:

Srivalli said...

That look wonderful...

Srivalli
www.cooking4allseasons.blogspot.com

Nupur said...

This looks perfectly gorgeous and festive!
My mom loves this floating-flowers-and-diyas arrangament too. Thanks for reminding me about it...I should do this sometime!

Padma said...

thats looks heart warming and inviting!

Mallugirl said...

that looks amazing. We do tend to eat with our eyes.It reminds me of a old indian pop video.

lakshmi said...

Peaceful :)

Coffee said...

Perfect setting for a wonderful eve! Serene! :)

Latha Narasimhan said...

Beautiful piece! Yes, Good food should be presented well!

Sandeepa said...

Beautiful, thats all I can say. REALLY very pretty

meeso said...

That's so beautiful!!! I love candles, I'm going to try this sometime.

Manasi said...

That looks so wonderful! So serene!

TBC said...

That is so simple & beautiful!

Sreelu said...

Anupama,
beautiful setting, diya and flowers add festivity to any table.

Suganya said...

I would be a happy guest when my host welcomes me like this. Can your mom give us some more ideas too?

bee said...

you are very creative. that is beautiful.

Roopa said...

that looks so pretty and beuatifull. very creative!

Anupama said...

Gosh I am really overwhelmed by all the comments you guys have left. I must really ask my mother to mail me some more ideas.

Thank you so much for this response.

Priyanka said...

Hey Anupama,
the center-piece looks too good. really beautiful. Btw, sorry for not having posted the recipes earlier. Have been busy with school and exams. Will definitely post it tonite.

Asha said...

Beautiful centerpiece, very soothing!
I just got back home from vacation yesterday, sorry I missed your event.I will send next time!:)

Shankari said...

Awesome idea Anupama. DO ask your mom for some more ideas.

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