Sunday, February 16, 2020

Love Is In The Air

Hello everyone!  Did you have a good Valentine's Day?  My mom and I went to lunch, which we thoroughly enjoyed, and then I spent the evening with my darling Hal.  I put this table together over a period of days, and I had a lot of fun with it.  I'm so happy with the way it turned out; I think it's my favorite Valentine's table so far.  Well actually, my favorite is the year I accidentally put the silverware on the wrong side of the plates, took all the pictures and posted, before I realized what I'd done.  It would be hard to top that one.  😏
  I still have the battery candles and silver tray on the table.  I've really enjoyed using this as a winter centerpiece.
I've used my Johnson Brothers "Pink Castle" dishes for this table.  When I planned the tablescape, I wanted lace to be a big part of it --
the star of the show, so to speak.  :D  I wanted the tablescape to make us think of old-fashioned Valentine's celebrations from days gone by.  
I'm sure most of you recognize the "chargers" from Ikea; I've had these for several years, and this is the first time I've used them.  I think they're meant to hold pillar candles, but I've seen them used as chargers, too.  They remind me of big lace doilies.  Pearl-covered napkin rings and lace-trimmed napkins add more frills, as well.  
I've had this inexpensive table runner for years, and it worked out just right for this table.  Pink, red, and white paper doilies came from Michael's a few years ago.
Lace-etched bobeches on the crystal candlesticks and pink tapers all came from my stash.  
I included the Pink Castles tea set on the table.
Small Valentine's cards in their envelopes serve as our place cards. 
I've used our wedding stainless flatware; I still think it sets a pretty table.  The pink beverage glasses belonged to my husband's late grandmother; the wine stems are part of our wedding crystal.
Here you see one of my favorite things about this tablescape -- these vintage-looking Valentine's cards.  Aren't they pretty?  I just love them!!  The images are so rich and vibrant, and they add just the right punch of color to the rest of the table.  The cards are blank inside, leaving it up to the sender to write their own little love notes and sweet nothings.  
The inside of the envelope reminds me of elegant, damask wallpaper.  
As you might imagine, I love this card with the blue and white china teacup, and the kittens are adorable too. 💕 
Lovely basket of roses.  In previous years, I've thought of using old-fashioned Valentine's cards on a tablescape, but I never seemed to find the right cards.  I got lucky this year.  :)
My Susan Branch calendar (a Christmas gift from our son) hangs on the door between the kitchen and dining room.     
Under the cloche are Trader Joe's dark chocolate and milk chocolate peanut butter cups.
Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by today.  I hope you have a great week!!
On The Table:
Plates, Tea Set, and Heart Plate -- Johnson Brothers "Old Britain Castles Pink"
Pink Beverage Glasses -- Fostoria "Virginia"
Wine Stems -- Gorham "French Cathedral"
Flatware -- Oneida Community Stainless "Tennyson"
Chargers -- Ikea
Napkin Rings -- Bed, Bath and Beyond last year
Napkins -- HomeGoods last year
Valentine's Cards -- Punch Studios from Barnes and Noble Booksellers 
Tray and Candlesticks -- Gifts
I'm sharing this post at:
"Love Your Creativity" link party -- Life and Linda
"Tablescape Thursday" -- Between Naps on the Porch
Thank you ladies for hosting!!    


  1. Your Valentine table for two is so pretty, Denise! My heart goes pitter patter over your pink transferware! The cards add a special touch of whimsy and a ❤️ plate! I hope you and Hal had a wonderful day.

  2. Looks like a pretty special Valentine dinner for two. Love your Old Britain Castles pattern and it looks so pretty on the ikea chargers. I love the tea set!

  3. Those pink castle dishes are so pretty! I have one of those Ikea lacy metal plates and love it for anchoring a collection of decorative items. How great to use them as chargers!

  4. Denise, your valentine's table is beautiful. I love all the pretty cards and those Ikea charges are wonderful. Hope you had a good day with lots of love..xxoJudy

  5. A beautiful Valentine's day table for two. Glad you enjoyed your day!

  6. The table is just beautiful! I love those dishes and the valentine cards. Your calligraphy looks pretty on your place cards. Everything just sparkles. Love you, Mom

  7. Lovely dishware! I am also a fan of Susan Branch and adore her books and calendars. I save the calendar pages for placemats!

  8. What a beautiful Valentine’s table! ♥️ You have such a talent for gathering lovely things to create a wonderful experience.

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