Saturday, December 4, 2010

The Devil's in the Details


I'm really a very practical person. I don't have a problem with paper plates and store bought desserts, dollar store wine glasses and deviled eggs, hand made notes, and plastic flowers... but the designer in me has to make it look good. Presentation is important. Think Hollywood; appearances matter.

During the holidays I believe there are certain things that deserve my hard earned cash, but really, wrapping paper and ribbon is going to end up in the trash (most of the time).  I wouldn't serve a steak on a paper plate, but simple appetizers that will be picked up with a toothpick... c'mon? As long as the food is fresh and tastes delicious, you're good to go!

5 comments:

  1. Honey, I'm right there with you: appearances are everything and looking good matters. When I first came to the US from Cuba and started living with my partner in 1980, (I was 19, making minimum wage at the Bonaventure Hotel Downtown as a house attendant and he was 18, starting UCLA) we had very little money. My first set of dishes where plastic bought at a very cheap, mostly latin-clientele department store named Zody's (they don't exist anymore; at least here in Los Angeles, but the largest one I remember was at the corner of Vermont and Hollywood or Santa Monica Blvd., can't remember exactly which one) but that set that cost me about $5.00 looked gorgeous, 'cause I would serve the table (a card table, no less, with a linen-and-lace-looking tablecloth made out of soft plastic) and steal flowers from the garden at the nearby church garden and candles ($0.25 each, at Pic "n" Save, at that time —now Biglots—) and my table would end up looking like a million dollars! And guess what? Now that I have all the finery, it rests in drawers and in closets: I am simply too tired, too lazy or too 'disgusted' with the Season's commercialism to even bother... So... I'll make a fancy dish and to the in-laws we go! LOL. I think you have great taste, Yvonne, so I am sure you could make a potato sack look good and fancy on your table. XOXOXOX

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  2. Opps! My first set of dishes "WERE" or "WAS", not "WHERE" plastic... Big metida de pata... Sorrrry!!!

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  3. Pedro, I can relate completely, we arrived with nothing. Fast forward to the present... I can recognize and actually afford the fine things in life. Good food on a cheap plate is much better than bad food on an expensive one, but more important is the company with whom we share it.
    XOXO

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  4. I agree! I like the vase you decorated, what did you put inside? ornaments?

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  5. Ornaments that I got at an after Christmas sale last year at Target - 75% off. The "flowers" are 5 bunches from the dollar store, I had to remove the fake leaves and cut some of the wire, a spare piece of white ribbon on a $5 vase. Last year I filled it with red apples and white carnations (real ones).

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