22 Dec2008


We had our first sit-down holiday dinner last week. We have only two planned this holiday season, down from the usual 5-6 meals with say 10-12 guests. This first dinner we decided to use our blue tablecloth as the base color for the setting, and everything pretty much took off from there. Flowers were a bit OTT, it being a sit-down dinner and because we had abstained from flower expenditure most of the previous year… We had purple and green hydrangeas, apple green carnations, tuberroses, white lillies, lisianthus, white snapdragons and greens in several different arrangements…


Tall white dripless candles in crystal candlesticks rose high above the diners hears, while low votive candle holders in white provided light below the guests faces…


A vertical arrangement in a pale green vase was in the foyer…


Leftover flowers in a small glass vase on a side table…


The dining table set with green holiday napkins and pale purple ribbons… it all turned out quite nicely.


And minutes before sitting down to dinner, E, our favorite waiter who we schedule weeks in advance to ensure that he can serve at our dinners (he has a day job), checks the table, lights the candles and the dinner stage is set…


…as guests in the living room nearby are summoned to take their places for the holiday meal…



  1. san says:

    Lovely, MM….elegante talaga!

    Dec 22, 2008 | 3:58 am


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  3. Belle Cohen says:

    looks like a hannukah celebration

    Dec 22, 2008 | 6:34 am

  4. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Blue…my favorite color. Wonderful flower combinations!! Good company…good food and a great host. Am eager to read up on the menu and its execution. Happy holidays Mr and Ms MM!!

    Dec 22, 2008 | 6:40 am

  5. Jun says:

    Elegant setting !!!!

    Dec 22, 2008 | 8:31 am

  6. Tricia says:

    Really nice!!

    I wonder why some forks are “nakataob”?

    Dec 22, 2008 | 9:33 am

  7. Marketman says:

    Tricia, good eye :), this set of cutlery is a European service, which means the pattern is on “the back” and as such, when the table is laid, the cutlery is placed “upside down” so you see the pattern… and if you eat in the continental manner, the fork tines would be pointing down, not up as you bring food to your mouth… :) I just noticed that the dessert forks were not placed upside down, an oversight… Belle Cohen, yes, this could just as easily have been a setting for a hanukkah celebration, except the food would not have been kosher…

    Dec 22, 2008 | 9:43 am

  8. Kat says:

    What a lovely set-up! It’s been a while since I last did anything like this. It was mostly my best friend who taught me how to, as well as hours watching Martha Stewart. Green & purple is always a lovely combination. Happy holidays!

    Dec 22, 2008 | 12:37 pm

  9. Beth says:

    This post brought a lot of memories.Lime green and purple were our high school class colors.We just have balloons and confettis then to represent our class colors.Once more, your flower arrangements are fantastic!

    Dec 22, 2008 | 2:01 pm

  10. jamezu says:

    Are those flowers edible? hehe The table looks like a garden, I think some of the flowers are already crawling inside the glasses. n_n

    Dec 22, 2008 | 2:47 pm

  11. GigiQ says:

    Great set-up and love the colors. So many glasses! How do you know which ones to use? Would love to get informed/educated on proper table setting, maybe i just have to wait till MM writes his book :)

    Dec 22, 2008 | 5:13 pm

  12. iris says:

    I love the flowers. :)

    Dec 22, 2008 | 6:33 pm

  13. Lani says:

    Very elegant, MM. Happy Holidays to you and to your family.

    Dec 22, 2008 | 8:32 pm

  14. suzette says:

    you did it again, fantabulous!

    Dec 23, 2008 | 12:01 am

  15. shalimar says:

    Lovely set up MM…everyone told me I should teach how to set up tables and how service should be done… one day when I retire from the hospitality trade and have enough ;-)

    I have been around some shops in London checking the flowers we need for Christmas day.

    Dec 23, 2008 | 4:54 am

  16. Good Life says:

    Schedule your trip to USA when there are Food & Wine Festival.You learn a lot ,from food pairing with wine,what wine glasses goes with specific wines etc. Food & Wine Magazine is a good place to see the upcoming events.As far I I know ,the closest wine glass to you is the first course.MM can confirm this .HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!!!!!

    Dec 23, 2008 | 7:27 am

  17. Good Life says:

    MM ,beautiful color combination.Elegant indeed.

    Dec 23, 2008 | 7:51 am

  18. GigiQ says:

    Good Life,
    Thanks for the tip!

    Dec 23, 2008 | 8:47 am

  19. evel says:

    how i wish i can do something elegant like this for my favorite people…love the color combination…love the flowers…love all your ideas! Merry Christmas to you & your family!

    Dec 23, 2008 | 10:04 pm

  20. Katrina says:

    MM, you must know I would be enamored with that table setting, what with all the purples! It’s just STUNNING, and I’m sure that one look at that table, and all your guests knew they were lucky to be there. :-)

    Dec 23, 2008 | 10:59 pm

  21. MarketFan says:

    nice is an understatement

    Dec 23, 2008 | 11:47 pm

  22. Maria Clara says:


    Dec 24, 2008 | 2:38 am

  23. wil-b says:

    nice color pallete. . .

    Dec 24, 2008 | 11:43 pm

  24. Eileen says:

    Nice arrangement MM! :)

    Dec 26, 2008 | 4:00 pm


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