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Plan Your Party Menu ... Around Your Furniture?

When planning your next gathering, consider taking cues from the décor in your own home to create a fun, themed menu.

This week, the New York Design Center presents “What’s New, What’s Next,” an event showcasing the coolest trends from the hottest names and brands in home design. As part of the festivities, the Desiron showroom will serve small bites that have been paired with featured furniture pieces’ places of origin.

When planning your next gathering, consider taking cues from the décor in your own home to create a fun, themed menu. And if you happen to be in the market for a new statement piece for your home, why not throw a party to show it off? Here are some ideas:

Japan. Tansu is a style of storage chests that hail from Japan, dating back to the 17th century. Ornately carved, the cabinets often have wheels or handles so they can easily be moved from one room to another. To celebrate the food of Japan, set up a DIY sushi bar with nori, sushi rice and fillings, where guests can make their own maki.

Scandinavia. Marimekko is perhaps one of Finland’s most popular exports. The bold, brightly hued patterns bedeck everything from throw pillows to table linens. Scandinavian Designs.com offers even more pieces from the region, including the modern Calix chairMartha Stewart Living and Saveur have ideas and recipes for a Scandinavian lunch, including warm-you-up glogg.

India. Hammer and Hand Imports in St. Louis specializes in antique and repurposed tables, trunks, cabinets and other home goods from India. (Its Etsy shop has even more items for purchase.) Chef Sanjeev Kapoor’s website is a great resource for recipes for everything from breads to lassis. For an outdoor party, check out Martha Stewart Living’s ideas for spicing up favorite American barbecue foods with Indian flavors.