What better time or place to throw a party than in the spring at our apartment in Kyoto? We had friends CA friends visiting Kyoto for a few days, my more-than-able-son-in-law visiting and several Kyoto friends we were eager to see again. At the suggestion of a friend, we easily decided on a party. We even have a ceramic party dog whose always ready for the next shindig.
My husband and I have a pretty good division of labor for this kind of event. Basically, he prepares the food, and I prepare the decor. We’ve worked this arrangement out over 50 years of marriage and it’s still working, although the days when everything my husband cooked was made from scratch have shifted slightly towards the ready-made as long as the quality meets his high standards! Kyoto makes this sort of entertaining easy and fun.
For several days before we host a party, we both discuss the food plan and arrive at a mutual agreement on where we’re headed. Finger food? Drinks? etc. On the day of, or one day before, we begin to really concentrate and gather our non perishables. Here in Kyoto, the land of small dishes, we needed small plates. After a brief search in department stores, we located the perfect ones to serve a crowd at the local 100Y store. We’d gotten some wonderful serving platters and dishes of Shigaraki ceramics when we initially moved in a few years ago. We ended using every dish we had. Dollar store plates mingles easily with the plates of a contemporary Japanese ceramicist.