Ro and Ree are having a ball deciding what their upcoming Chinese birthday party should look like. Only trouble is, they flip-flop back and forth. I know the imaginary visualization stuff doesn’t cut it for my girls (or for me), so last night after they went to bed I grabbed a few things we had around the house (and a glass of wine) and quickly made each half of the dining room table look like the parties they’re describing.
The first theme is bright and fun – let’s call it Colorful Chinese Celebration. It features bold red, shiny gold, vivid purple, and some fun decorations we found in Chinatown this weekend. The red silk table runner has purple designs throughout (it’s hard to see in the pic) and the gold shiny paper will be new although this stuff pictured is leftover from Christmas, so don’t look too closely or you’ll see holly leaves, heh heh:
The second theme has a softer feel – let’s call it Pretty Plum Blossom. This one has bunches of plum blossoms (which will be in vases but are just sitting on the paper for this pic because I was getting sleepy), muted gold paper with white and pink blossoms, and dark pink, light pink, and red accents. The pink pieces of material are our pillowcases (hey they were the right colors!) and the various red Chinese items are things we just have around the house: (I made all of the pics clickable to the bigger versions)
This was fun to do! After seeing these sorta-real-life examples, Ro likes Colorful Chinese Celebration and Ree likes Pretty Plum Blossom. Hmm, I like them both. And there, my friends, is the crux of the “problem” -- if I had a clear favorite, I’d just pick and be done with it. In any case, our dining room sure does look festive like this, and it will be interesting to see what we end up with. Ro and Ree are so agreeable that they really will be happy with anything.
Well, maybe I’ll mosey on into the dining room and make a decision. Or maybe not... In the meantime, I’m curious, what’s your fave?