first dinner party

July 23rd, 2012

Ok, so, it’s not really my first dinner party, but it is definitely the first one in our new house!  I figure that now that we have an actual dining room — one that is separate from all the other rooms — we should put it to use!

And what better way to celebrate a new dining room than with these beautiful new dishes?  I picked out a few of my favorite patterns from Noritake, and mixed and matched them until I felt like I had it right!  Would you believe this table setting came from three separate china patterns?  I couldn’t love them together any better if they’d come as a set.

One of the crazy things about china is that you’re supposed to pick this set when you get married, whether it’s at 22 or 35 or any age, and then it’s just supposed to be your set for the rest of your life.  But when your tastes change or you want to mix it up, there’s nothing better than mixing and matching your china with new patterns!  It’s amazing how a set of new accent plates or stemware can perk everything up.

So here’s what I did, if you want to recreate it:

  • I stuck to black and white, because it fits our dining room perfectly, and keeping your china within a color family makes it easier to blend together a lot of textures and patterns.
  • The actual place setting this is based on is from Noritake’s Metaal collection (a four-piece set is only $50 right now!), and I used both square and round dinner plates, alternating by side of the table. 
  • The accent plates, which I used for salad, are from the Colorwave Graphite collection (the Plume Accent Plate) and the Cometa collection, which are both just gorgeous.  You could just as easily start with one of these as your “base” and grow your collection from there!
  • The stemware is also mixing and matching — I’m obsessed with these black champagne flutes and wine glasses!  And the traditional crystal glasses are from the Vendome collection — adding a little classic elegance to our modern table setting.

All in all, an amazing way to celebrate our new house!  And Noritake has offered you guys 10% off any purchase with the coupon code SUGARLAWS at checkout!  xo

The recipe for the salmon is here (although I made it on our grill), and the potatoes are here (although I made them with new potatoes).  The recipe for the corn on the cob is below!

Corn on the Cob

6 cobs of corn, husked and cut in half
1 stick (1/2 cup butter)
1 tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
2 tbsp lime juice
Freshly ground pepper


Preheat grill to medium heat.  Place the corn cobs in a large bowl.

On the stove in a saucepan, melt the butter and dissolve the salt, sugar, lime juice and pepper.  Turn off the heat and allow to cool for 30 seconds.  Pour the butter mixture over the corn cobs, and when the mixture is cool enough to touch, toss them to coat.  Wrap the corn cobs in foil and grill for 15 minutes.  Serve.

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nina // Jul 23, 2012 at 11:19 am

    Loving the black and white! Those black glasses are perfect! xx Nina

  • 2 Iris C. // Jul 23, 2012 at 11:43 am

    The BEST way to eat corn! lol
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  • 3 Emily // Jul 23, 2012 at 6:32 pm

    This looks so beautiful!  Lucky guests, I bet they loved it.

  • 4 Valerie // Jul 23, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    Picking out our china was so stressful for me because it seemed so permanent. I love the idea of mixing up accent plates to change the look. I’m obsessed with your black champagne flutes.

  • 5 natasha // Jul 23, 2012 at 8:05 pm

    The food looks amazing!

    xo, tasha
    twenty-something blog

  • 6 occ // Jul 24, 2012 at 8:39 am

    Hi! I’ve been following your site for some time now and finally got the bravery to go ahead and give you a shout out from Kingwood Tx! Just wanted to mention keep up the great work!

  • 7 Gail // Jul 28, 2012 at 10:46 pm

    Really nice foods you’ve got for your party. Very creative.

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