Modern hosts and hostesses are investing in the Charles Millen Signature and SOIRÉE Collection for Chinese New Year gatherings and for all year round. With a little artful accessorizing, they form the basis of the most tasteful table settings of the season.
Gold for Wealth, Flowers for Springtime
The younger generation of Asian entertainers are moving away from stereotypically Oriental table settings for their Chinese New Year gatherings. Instead of dragging out the heavily gilded and lavishly patterned tableware for its once-a-year outing, they are turning and returning to versatile all-occasion white and ivory pieces from the Charles Millen Signature collection and pairing them with on-trend pieces from the Charles Millen SOIRÉE Collection.
Though predominantly white or ivory, several Charles Millen pieces sport gold metallic rims and a light smattering of floral motifs. Fortunately, gold and flowers provide the culturally correct visual cues for a springtime harvest celebration.
Paint the Town (and the Table) Red and Gold
It’s no secret that red and gold put the ‘Chinese’ into ‘Chinese New Year’. Savvy entertainers accessorise their Charles Millen tableware with red table linen and gold cutlery. A solid red table runner over a plain white tablecloth creates a stunning backdrop for stylish white and gold-rimmed Charles Millen tableware. The addition of gold-plated or brass cutlery and gold-tipped chopsticks completes the festive table.
Sunrise Colours for the Dawn of a New Era
Orange and all shades of pink have become almost as popular as red for the annual new CNY outfit – and the table setting for the family reunion. Since this Lunar New Year coincides with the dawn of a decade on the Gregorian calendar, a sunrise theme for festive gatherings is particularly apt.
Charles Millen’s white-based pieces team beautifully with every warm colour, from palest peach to shocking pink through to the familiar Chinese New Year ‘chilli red’.
A Stunning Centrepiece Pulls it All Together Pinterest-posted and Instagram-worthy Chinese New Year table centrepieces abound on the Internet. Mindful entertainers are opting for edible centrepieces of mandarin oranges in baskets and on rosewood shelving units. Paper lanterns make pretty decorations and can be used in lantern parades come Mid-Autumn Festival. Artificial flowers, once thought tacky, have reached new levels of realism and come in every bloom and blossom from pussy willow to peonies.
Even a traditional octagonal ‘tray of togetherness’, filled with symbolic tidbits, does the trick.
Trending centrepieces include a simple piece of sunbleached found driftwood, hung with red packets and origami paper cranes; and a tubular glass vase filled with mandarin oranges. Smart entertainers are recycling the Christmas wreath and weaving in artificial flowers and even little birds and butterflies to form a centrepiece that smoothly transitions from Christmas into Chinese New Year.
Regardless of how simple or elaborate your centrepiece, the whole point is to create a focal point around which loved ones gather. The good news is, Charles Millen tableware complements every one of them. Its sheer simplicity and neutrality mean that you can wow your family and friends anew, year in, year out, with refreshingly novel and innovative centrepieces and accessories.
Why White Is Always Right In multi-cultural Singapore, the festivities abound.
Charles Millen’s classic lines and simple solid white colours tap into a kind of universal aesthetic that transcends all cultures and befits every occasion.
Charles Millen is available at Robinsons, Takashimaya and Tangs.