Valentine’s Day dinner tablescape dedicated to my friend,
Rose Fontana’s Valentine’s Day birthday!
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Usually Bob and I go out for Valentine’s Day but this year with the weather being so unpredictable, we decided we are going to stay home for dinner, watch a movie, put on a fire and eat massive amounts of chocolate and drink Prosecco. After 26 yrs. of marriage, that is a hot date. But in all fairness, I have to say that my husband has been more than wonderful and very romantic every day of our marriage, not just Valentine’s Day. He’s a keeper and I wish that all you single ladies find a husband like my Bob.
Now on with the dinner tablescape… For whatever reason, Valentine’s Day always puts me in the mood for a Victorian table setting or something very girly (lace, pearls, roses, a Laura Ashley print- you get the idea). I usually navigate to the more modern designs every other day of the year but Valentine’s Day is my one exception.
So for this year’s tablescape, I chose dishes that were in my husband’s family for generations and passed down to me from my mother-in-law. It is a very delicate bone china dinnerware set from England by Adderley and the pattern is “pink rose”. Very simple and soft and perfect for the occasion.
THE PLACE SETTING:
Valentine’s Day table details:
Tablecloth and napkins from Linens and Things (back in the day)
Glass chargers – from Crate & Barrel
Lace overlay tablecloth from Bed, Bath & Beyond
Dinnerware- Family Heirloom
Flatware – Bridal shower gift (you will see a lot of this set, I use it all the time)
Glassware from Homegoods
Cupcake Holders from Kohl’s by Artland Aspen, recent purchase
The centerpiece is a set of mercury glass candlesticks that I received as a gift many years ago. (Mercury glass is another one of my all-time favorites. I should start a collection of that too). I placed mirror on the table to reflect the soft light from the candles. (Remember, everyone looks great in candle light), and then added some girly accompaniments. What else can be more girly than a handbag, gloves, pearls and diamond earrings so they were added as well and now the centerpiece is done.
The handbag trinket box was my grandmother’s, given to me many years ago
To add to the tablescape I chose a vintage pink glass cake stand from Pier I that went perfectly with the plates (and a perfect size to serve chocolate covered strawberries)
The individual cupcake holders are by Artland Aspen.
This has to be one of my favorite recent purchases.
It’s not only for cupcakes, pastries can be presented in this individual sized server. The dome keeps the cupcakes/pastries covered for serving. I just love it…(I know I mentioned that already. I can’t help it, I get all excited when I purchase a great find)
The music box was a gift from our son from the Willow Tree collection titled “Promises”.
It’s Valentine’s Day, so where would we be without roses? I chose to break tradition of red roses for the holiday and chose pink roses with this tablescape.
The featured entrée for the evening is heart shaped ravioli (a favorite find at Pastosa Ravioli. If you can’t get to one of their stores, you can order them online @ pastosa.com- very, very good). The ravioli, a salad and a glass of Prosecco and dinner is ready. You have to save room for dessert and chocolate……
The salad is mixed baby greens with poppy seed vinaigrette, goat cheese and heart shaped beets. I used a cookie cutter to cut out the heart shape
(after all it’s Valentine’s Day, you have to have hearts)
I hope these pictures of my Valentine’s Day tablescape gives you inspiration for your Valentine’s Day dinner- enjoy!
So that is my 2nd holiday tablescape for 2015. I hope you have a wonderful Valentine’s Day and may every day of the year be filled with LOVE!
My next Valentine’s Day tablescape will be
Valentine’s Day Breakfast