In celebration of the Japanese holiday Tanabata, I made this lunch. Last year I hosted a Tanabata Dinner Party for my niece, nephews and my husbands young cousins.
Tanabata is a Japanese star festival. According to a folktale, Hikoboshi (star Altair) and Orihime (star Vega) were lovers and separated by the Milky Way to only meet once a year. Typically people celebrate on July 7 but some regions of Japan celebrate on a different day.
Left Side: Angel hair pasta with star shaped carrots and homemade Hikoboshi and Orihime Tanabata picks. I resized these, printed them, cut them out and then taped them to wooden picks.
Top Right: Hazelnuts
Bottom Right: Carrots and cucumber stars