Creating a Tablescape for Your Summertime Asian Luncheon: Knock Your Guest’s Socks Off

Written by Linda S. Griffin-Fox

I am a residential interior designer and CEO of Violetta Interior Design. By day, I help people make their homes beautiful, and by night, I am a home cook and hostess. In addition to serving delicious home-cooked meals, I use my love for design to set an interesting table to delight my friends and family.




One way you can make your meals interesting this spring is to use colorful flowers during an Asian lunch party. In this blog, I’ll tell you how you can create a lovely tablescape for an Asian-themed luncheon. The main elements I use to pull this look together are:

  • Vintage blue and white china (the Blue Willow pattern)
  • Chopsticks and sauce bowls
  • Colorful paper napkins (Caspari carries tons of designs)
  • Placemats or a colorful tablecloth
  • Spring flowers and herbs (Just go to your local grocer)
  • Tiny Chinese food containers at each place setting with guest names written on the box. (I have an array of colored Sharpie pens to personalize things). Add an herb plant to each box for the guest to take home.
  • Candles!! (I light them even during a special daytime meal.)

Always add a touch of the old. Vintage means interesting! As an interior designer, I use both vintage and antique items throughout most interiors since they always add a warm and curated appeal. Even the most modern setting looks more inviting with a touch of the old! The same goes for my table settings. Although I have a trove of new china, stemware, and serving pieces, I use an equal amount of vintage china and glassware. I find it relaxing to shop vintage shops, estate sales, and consignment stores for unusual items to make my table pop!

As a final touch, play some fun music, light the candles, and pour the wine. And, most importantly, remember to savor every moment with your friends and family.


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