Set The Table With… Khanoom & Dhaj

Here’s kicking off our series of the most memorable meals, courtesy the best table settings. As we enter the decade of the home, we look to tips and tricks that will help us channel our best outdoor experiences in the great indoors. Including dinner parties, meals for six, and socially distant gatherings with friends and family. Does that table runner go with those plates? What cutlery matches which plates? How can I dress up my table?

 

We kick off our ‘Set The Table’ series with Jaipur based tableware brand, Khanoom and Dhaj. Just in time for Easter, take your notes on the perfect Easter-themed lunch table. Known for its crafted clay works, Khanoom uses their beautiful goblets, and botanical plates, to decorate the table. They give us a breakdown of the colours, symbols, flowers, and other granular and macro details that go into the dressing up of a perfect lunch table. You’re welcome!

 

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Simon and Priyamvada of Dhaj and Khanoom set up the Easter-themed table

 

The Theme

Easter is one of the myriad of spring festivals celebrated all around the world. The story: Eostre was the Female Goddess of the Spring moon, and her symbol, the hare. According to myth, just as the moon - the hare died every morning and was also resurrected every evening, symbolising the rebirth of nature in Spring. Eostre's hare gave the Goddess the only thing he had in his pantry - an egg - the egg of new life or Easter egg, and also where we get the word estrogen, and the whole idea of the Easter Bunny.

 

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The egg of new life

 

The Setting

In honour of this harmony, balance and fertility, tables should be a riotous celebration of life renewing itself with greens, yellows, white, purple and foliage that is sprouting into life. Try to be out in nature - on a balcony, or somewhere where there are plants and foliage. Traditional Indian Brass vessels add a shimmering golden sun-like element to the table, such as baltis of various sizes.

 

Dhaj, Khanoom, Easter, Set the table, Botanical Plates, Cutlery

Celebration of life

 

The Elements

The colours used also have a symbolic meaning. Tables should be laid with the purest white linen tablecloths, green foliage for growth, dripping with yellow or purple floral exuberance, and Khanoom's Botanical plates. Snow-White goblets are also a must in order to let the red wine of life show itself off to perfection, the baroque brass cutlery from Dhaj to honour the sun and bowls of kaju katli shimmering with silver-leaf to honour the moon.The White Lily also symbolizes the purity of Christ, hope and resurrection. They are transcendent and beautiful. 

The Easter egg is symbolic of the resurrection, and in many cultures around the world, the egg is a symbol of new life, fertility and rebirth.

 

Dhaj, Khanoom, Easter, Set the table, Botanical Plates, Cutlery

Cutlery by Dhaj

 

Dhaj, Khanoom, Easter, Set the table, Botanical Plates, Cutlery

Botanical Plates and Goblets by Khanoom

 

On The Menu

- Luscious leafy green salad with mosambi, beetroot, walnut and feta

- Delicious multigrain rustic loaf with pale creamy-yellow homemade butter

- Perfect Pollenta filled with creamy mascarpone, mushroom & Basil

- A light and chilled vibrant red wine, and sparkling champagne

- Hot Crossed buns

- Chocolate Hare biscuits

- Carpaccio of pineapple

- Raspberry jelly with gold leaf

- Pineapple and pistachio barfi dusted with silver leaf

 

Dhaj, Khanoom, Easter, Set the table, Botanical Plates, Cutlery

 

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