Wednesday, 28 November 2007

Table Tchotschke





The word 'tchotschke' is definately in my word hall of fame. As I have an utter fondness for crap, in particular silly objects (that happen to litter most of my home) that I collect from markets or mad places from around the world - so, as you can imagine I was thrilled to find out that this 'stuff' has a proper name. As it also happens to be one of those words that sounds funny even if you don't know what it means, I was instantly inspired to drop it into conversation whenever I could. So, our table tchotschke for this Thanksgiving was going to be on the theme of black and white. I know, not the most novel, and a bit 1980's - but nonetheless a theme very close to my heart. The candles were black and white, as were the flowers (well sort of..) - and at each place setting were black(ish) beetroots, and pale butternut squash, each skewered with a rather stunning porcupine quill, with name place cards from Smythson. I wouldn't go as far as having black and white food, but it's certainly worth having a play to make the table look a million. Here's our attempt..

5 comments:

Anthony said...

So have you just made up the word tchotschke? And where the hell did you get porcupine quills from? I mean, I have random shit in my house .. but porcupine quills?!

The table looks absolutly AMAZING!

Steven said...

Hello Anthony,
Believe it or not the word is not made up but very real - and widely used in the US, and might (please correct me if I'm wrong) be a form of Yiddish slang. Anyways, I've had those damned quills for years (that I bought in a curio shop years ago), and thought they'd add some random black and white craziness!

Thanks for the comments - well maybe next time I'm having a dinner party I should get you round!

Anthony said...

I'll believe you .. but I googled it and couldn't find anything. Oh, and my Yiddish is a bit rusty these days :-(

Not sure I'm the standard of guest you would have. I would certainly be intimidated to bring anything along with me :-( But I am good at doing the dishes :p

Anthony said...

I'll believe you .. but I googled it and couldn't find anything. Oh, and my Yiddish is a bit rusty these days :-(

Not sure I'm the standard of guest you would have. I would certainly be intimidated to bring anything along with me :-( But I am good at doing the dishes :p

Steven said...

I'm sure you'd get on just fine...hands (and bodies) that do dishes are always very welcome additions in my books.

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