“A flower cannot blossom without sunshine, and man cannot live without love.” — Max Muller
Love and Flowers like love and chocolate just seem like natural pairings in our modern world. Enjoying a lovely meal at a beautiful table is a time honored tradition for Valentine’s Day. Today, I’m joining a group of very talented Bloggers led by our lovely Rita of Panoply who will share with you a wonderful array of creative ideas for your Valentine’s Day table setting. You’ll find the links to all their Blogs at the end of this post. Pour yourself a cup of your favorite beverage and settle in for a lovely array of Valentine Tablescapes.
Welcome, Friends, to the Blog today. I have to be honest and say that I really didn’t know what look I wanted for my Valentine table this year. The first thing that came to mind was a beautiful bunch of pink roses so that’s where I started. Many of us receive flowers for Valentine’s Day but, as a Blogger, I’m always working several weeks before the holiday so I usually buy flowers for the early table settings. Off to the grocery store I went and came back with these beautiful pink roses and lovely greens. My local store sells flowers for 3 bunches for $10…a pretty good deal. I arranged the flowers in one of my very favorite thrifted crystal vases and set them in the middle of the table. What next?
I knew I had a pretty white tablecloth edged in green with scattered flowers in pinks composing the design. It seemed the perfect base for a Valentine’s Day table.
The tablescape came together quickly after those first two choices. Here you can see the plate stack. A ceramic charger in pink is at the base and looks a bit like the head of a flower. (Maybe I’m stretching that just a bit. LOL) I chose a Spode, “Jewel” dinner plate and bread and butter plate. You can see the beautiful filagree design around the scalloped edge of the plates. In the center of each plate is a beautiful pink rose just like the ones in the bouquet. A thrifted Johnson English flowered plate is in-between to add some interest and another layer of flowers. The napkin sits at the top left on the plate and forms another rose.
I found the Spode plates in a little town that seemed to be struggling. We stopped at the Goodwill and didn’t find anything and then looked through the dish section. The Spode dishes were mixed in with scratched and chipped dishes and were absolutely filthy but we weeded them out and brought them home. They cleaned up beautifully. I thought at the time that someone must have loved these dishes sometime and now they would be loved again.
The flatware is a silver plate pattern that reflects the flowers in the tablecloth. “Jubilee” by International Silver in 1953 is a Thrift Store find from a few years ago. I love using this pattern as the flowers are so clear and well-defined.
The crystal is Lenox’s “Opal Innocence” and adds a subtle vine pattern to the table reflecting the vines in the tablecloth. These were found at my local Thrift Store a few years back. People often think Thrift Stores are filled with junk and cast offs but they are also filled with treasures, if you are persistent.
Here you can see the trio of glasses; a champagne, water goblet and wine glass. The flowers, tablecloth, plate stack, flatware and crystal all come together in a beautiful setting for two.
My Hubby is the King of My Heart and I’m the Queen of his so we both have a crown filled with goodies for Valentine’s Day. It’s another bouquet to add to the table. To see how I made these you can click on the link:
Sweet Treats are always a part of Valentine’s Day so I have a plate of cupcakes and mini donuts for a scrumptious dessert at the end of the meal. They sit on another Spode dinner plate with the rose showing in the center.
The wall behind the table is also decorated for Valentine’s Day. A simple Valentine’s Day craft made from a tin container sits on the gallery wall along with a welcome sign decorated with hearts. Flowers rest on a Valentine runner and even the grow lights are pink. LOL
Love is such an important part of life it’s worth celebrating each and every day.
Now I hope you’ll click on the links below to visit the other Bloggers and their wonderfully creative ideas for a Valentine’s Day Tablescape. Thanks, Rita, for all your hard work in putting this hop together. Happy Valentine’s Day!
Home is Where the Boat Is – Love Birds’ Bed & Breakfast
My Hubbard Home – Vintage Inspired Rose and Gold Valentine’s Table
Life and Linda – Sealed With a Kiss Tablescape
The Bookish Dilettante – Valentine’s Day Tablescape Blog Hop: Paris Is Always a Good Idea
Everyday Living – Colors of Love
thecatswhiskerz – A Frosty Galentine’s Day Tablescape
Pandora’s Box – A Galentine’s Table
Living With Thanksgiving – Let Me Call You Sweetheart
The Little Yellow Corner Store – A Glamorous Winter Snowman for Valentine’s Day
Karins Kottage – Pink and Red Valentine’s Table for Kids
The Painted Apron – Hearts and Flowers
My Thrift Store Addiction – Cupid’s Valentine Dessert Buffet
Celebrate and Decorate – A Romantic Valentine’s Tablescape for Two
Belle Bleu Interiors – A Day for Love
Dinner at Eight – Valentine’s Day – A Table Set for Tea
Red Cottage Chronicles – Fire and Ice Valentine’s Tablescape
Hyacinths for the Soul – Where You Go, My Heart Follows
Thrifting Wonderland – Start With Flowers Tablescape
Corner of Plaid and Paisley – Sweet Valentine Tablescape