Sunday, November 19, 2006

Whining & Dining

No. 1 perp on most wanted list for heinous crimes against china. He knows what he did!

This is not going well... Three weeks into the PLAN and the brie is hitting the fan. I have made little progress on the wine thing (right now Plan B, befriend an oenophile and manip... erm... delegate, is looking good). I also haven't decided on the style of china, and the much-touted filet lace tablecloth I so judiciously scored at the vintage sale last week seems to be too *B*&%^@# SMALL. As some people I know would say, la moutarde me monte au nez...

To continue this deliciously low litany of woes (lifts trembling hand to fevered brow), this blog is a visual desert, since Cat has not yet coughed up a comic strip and I have been too laz..busy to select/scan/upload pictures. Soo... I decided to dip my toesies in the frigid waters of china-arranging and put some plates together to see if the mix-and-match thing would fly with anybody. I did away with the flash and used a tripod to avoid glare and add warmth. Looks a little too baroque to me, but with the right crystal, it just might set off the expensive top-o'-the-line designer clothes my invitees will undoubtedly be wearing. Right, guests? Right.

I will be gathering people's opinions on the plate combinations shown here and make a decision based on yays, nays, ers..., and incidences of shifty eyes accompanied by overbright smiles and dubious declarations of sudden emergencies. As a bonus, I include a mug of the no. 1 on my most-wanted list of china-destroyers, Cinzano (top right). Did I mention the leettle episode with the 200-year-old Limoges? Yes, I think I did.

Anyway, the first mix-and-match combinations are all Wedgwood charger, Limoges plates. The one on top is pretty but looks too precious.

The one below left is simpler. Too much red perhaps? How about the one on the right? The dessert plate is the "Garden of Allah" pattern, which has a nice blue that picks up the Wedgwood Crown Sapphire. Yes, I did tell you I was a China geek.

I'll leave these here so people can come and visit them. I know I will (see above). Please let me know what you think. I can still go all stylistic and "simple"with the Rosenthal, which is basically white with a really nice engraved gold border. Or I can match everything, but what's the fun in that?

Cat and I are also serious Halloween aficionados. I know the thing is long over but I can't resist posting a couple of shots. Yes, I'm wearing a tail coat. With tails. (Oh and those aren't my hips, they're the TAILS.) Cat looks dangerously menacing but I was the one who made a poor kid shriek. No, really BWAAA HAHAHA HAAA


Next week... Results of china poll and whether I care. Also, the menu is taking shape. Some recipes for invitee (and your) approval, including Adelaide Shrimp Rissoles. Hmmm....

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