Daily Archives: February 10, 2017

Re-post Valentine’s Day Dessert table 2016

Hi Everyone, 

This year I will not be preparing a new Valentine’s Day tablescape but I am re-posting  Valentine’s Day 2015 and 2016 for all our new members.

I’ll be back with another tablescape very soon.

Diane

Happy Valentine’s Day  !

I know everyone is busy making plans for Valentine’s Day, either with their special someone or friends and family. 

Last year Bob and I we went out to a cozy little Italian restaurant for a light lunch and came home for dinner later that evening to heart shaped ravioli, a salad with heart shaped beets, chocolate covered strawberries and cupcakes.

2015-02-08 15.42.45- USE ravioli 2

(I used a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the shape for the beets).

2015-02-08 15.39.14-USE salad

2015-02-08 14.14.07- USE strawberry

2015-02-08 15.20.17- use 4

The older I get, the more I want cozy and quiet. I don’t need to go out to a restaurant for the overcrowded “Special Valentine’s Day” Dinner. Although it is quite entertaining to watch young couples out for the evening on Valentine’s Day. Bob and I have this little observation game we play to guess how long the couple has been together based on the way they act and look at each other.

Bob and I have been together for 31 years, so we have some experience with this.

This year, once again we will celebrate the official holiday with a quiet cozy dinner at home instead of dinner out. 

Bob and I celebrate Valentine’s Day every day of the year. I am very fortunate to have married such a loving and caring man and I am grateful every day.

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Last year I posted a Valentine’s Day Breakfast table.

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and a Valentine’s Day Dinner table,

click on link to see entire Valentine’s Day dinner tablescape…

https://dishingwithdiane.com/2015/02/08/valentines-day-dinner-tablescape-2/

2015-02-08 14.19.34- USE candlelight

so this year, I am posting a 

Valentine’s Day Dessert table. 

2016-02-12 22.47.56- INTRO

For dessert this year I am setting up a chocolate fondue pot. Bob and I received this fondue pot as a wedding gift and this is the third time I have used it.

2016-02-12 20.24.44- FONDUE POT

I placed the fondue pot on a white ceramic cheese board and added the most adorable red ceramic “love birds”. 

2016-02-12 20.07.19- LOVE BIRDS

2016-02-24 21.13.32- BIRDS THAT MATE FOR LIFE

I’ve made cheese fondue before, but this time it will be Chocolate Fondue. 

You have to have chocolate on Valentine’s Day.

( I have the recipe posted below).

So let’s start the tablescape….

 I have decided on a pink tablecloth! Nice and cheery.

I am not using the matching cloth napkins. I picked up the cutest luncheon napkins that look like conversation heart candies. 

2016-02-13 01.37.35 - TC & NAPKIN

 Trying to keep to a pink, red and white color scheme; the placemats are red and the chargers are white.

2016-02-12 20.22.32- PLACEMAT AND CHARGER

This time, NO dinner plates. I am using pink paper luncheon plates on top of the chargers. (easy clean up)

2016-02-12 21.59.29 - PINK PAPER PLATE

Even though the fondue is delicious on it’s own, I still have to have cupcakes on Valentine’s Day.  

At each place setting I placed a Valentine’s Day cupcake in a heart shaped ceramic dish surrounded by holiday colored M & M’s. (another candy I love)

2016-02-12 20.08.14- RED DISH -USE

2016-02-12 20.20.24 -  RED DISH CUPCAKE

I am also serving two of my favorite Valentine’s Day treats, Peeps and conversation hearts. Loved these since I was a child.

It’s just not Valentine’s Day without them.

Now I needed a serving bowl for the treats and I chose red martini glasses. 

Think about how you can re-purpose what you already own.

Golden rule: shop your house first. 

I like the way the red matches both the placemat and ceramic heart dish and it also adds a bit of color to the tablescape.

I think I have enough candy for the dessert table.

2016-02-13 01.03.41 RED MARTINI

2016-02-12 20.21.42 -MARTINI CANDY

For my drinking glasses, I am using decorated goblets with hearts. 

2016-02-12 20.29.21-- GLASSWARE

The flatware is good old reliable red.

2016-02-12 22.02.01 - RED FLATWARE

Now I had to think about what to serve as dippers for the fondue. My final choice was bananas, strawberries, cantaloupe, marshmallows, pretzels, pineapple and pound cake.

2016-02-12 22.49.31 - POUND CAKE CLOSE UP

Trying to have as many hearts on the table as possible, I added heart shaped mirrors to place some votive candles on.

2016-02-12 20.28.54  MIRROR

 I had to get candles on the table, so I bought votive candle holders with more hearts painted on.

2016-02-12 22.04.05- VOTIVES

2016-02-12 22.04.14 VOTIVE CLOSE

Now to serve all the dipping goodies for the fondue, I am using various cake stands that I have collected over the years.

 The white with red ribbons cake stand, I received as a “Good Luck” gift when I started the blog last year and I just LOVE it.

2016-02-12 22.04.58 - CAKE WITH RIBBONS

The second white cake stand fits so perfectly with the theme of the table because of the colored hearts design.

2016-02-12 20.25.19- HEART CAKE STAND

And the third cake stand blends into the tablescape perfectly with it’s delicate shade of pink glass.

2016-02-12 22.06.15- PINK CAKE  FINAL

Last year I purchased felt confetti that look like conversation heart candies so I am using the same confetti again this year.

2016-02-12 22.01.13 - CONFETTI

A few heart danglers from the light fixture and we are all set.

2016-02-24 21.14.01- DANGLERS

2016-02-12 22.51.47 BUFFET

Place Setting

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Table Details

Pink tablecloth from Linens and Things

Paper Conversation heart napkins from Target

Pink paper luncheon plates from Target

Fondue set was a wedding gift

White ceramic cheese board from Target

Red “love birds” from Pier 1

Red flatware from Homegoods

White chargers from Pfaltzgraff

Red woven placemats from Homegoods

Red ceramic heart shaped dishes from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Valentine’s Day goblets from Marshalls

Red Martini glasses from Crate and Barrel

White cake stand with red ribbon was a “good luck” gift when I started the blog.

Heart cake stand from Sur La Table

Pink glass cake stand from Pier 1

Heart danglers from Amazon

Heart shaped Mirrors from Oriental Trading

Heart votive candle holders from Amazon

Felt conversation heart confetti from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

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2016-02-12 22.51.55 EXTRA 1 TO WINDOW

Chocolate Fondue Recipe

Recipe By:EAGLE BRAND(R)
 
Ingredients
  • 1 cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1 (14 ounce) can EAGLE BRAND(R) Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Directions

  1. In heavy saucepan, over medium heat, melt chocolate chips and butter with EAGLE BRAND(R) condensed milk and water. Cook and stir constantly until thickened, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Add vanilla.
  2. Serve warm as a fruit and cookie/cracker dipping sauce or drizzle over ice cream or cake. Store leftovers covered in refrigerator.

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I wish each and every one of you a very Happy Valentine’s Day!

Until my next post, make every day a celebration!

Diane

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Re-post Valentine’s Breakfast 2015

Hi Everyone,

This year I will not be able to set a new Valentine’s Day tablescape, so I am re-posting both my Valentine’s Day 2015 & 2016 for all our new members.

I’ll be back with another tablescape very soon.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Diane

Valentine’s Day Breakfast Tablescape

2015-02-10 05.55.40 - opening table

(click on photos to enlarge)

As promised, here is my tablescape for a Valentine’s Day breakfast. Since the tablescape was casual, I felt the centerpiece should be casual as well. I filled a vase that I had from a previous floral arrangement with conversation heart candies and a bouquet of artificial heart and “ XO” pattern flowers from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

2015-02-10 05.43.47 - vase

Casual calls for paper plates and napkins. First of all, paper goods are perfect to emphasize a theme and cleanup is a breeze. Even if you use them with stoneware charger plates or dinner plates, the dirty dishes will still be disposable.

2015-02-10 05.43.07- plate close up

I found the glassware in Marshall’s a few years back with the “Heart & XO pattern”. I couldn’t resist this purchase because the colors of the glassware reminded me of a Valentine’s Day cake stand I bought in Sur La Table many years ago with a very similar pattern. I use the cake stand for many of my Valentine’s Day desserts and I thought the glasses were a perfect match. The mugs were another find in Marshall’s and I knew that they would look great with my red flatware and brighten up the table.

2015-02-10 05.41.00- glass2015-02-12 15.30.33 - NEW MUG

 

2015-02-10 05.42.13- cake stand

The flowers were an unexpected find and I loved the heart and “XO” pattern stamped on the flower because it  matched the glassware as well and everything seemed to come together nicely.

2015-02-10 05.39.47- flower close up

2015-02-10 05.44.47-flower glass pattern

When I purchase items years apart and they look as if they were part of a set purchased together, for someone who loves tablescapes as much as I do, it is a great satisfaction.

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This is how I buy many of my tablescape accessories, a little bit here and there. I buy what catches my eye without having a plan for them at the moment. Eventually, these items become just what I am looking for, for a tablescape. So my advice to you would be, if you see something cute, whimsical and inexpensive, make the purchase and save it for a future tablescape. You just never know if you will ever find the same item again.

The heart cake stand is perfect not only to serve desserts for dinner but Valentine’s Day donuts and bagels for breakfast. Add some juice and coffee and breakfast is ready….heart shaped waffles would be a nice touch also.

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A last minute add on to this tablescape and recent purchase that I thought was so adorable are the red heart shaped bowls; another find in Michael’s Arts & Crafts. For breakfast, they would be perfect for fruit salad and for dinner, a pudding or crème brulee.

2015-02-10 05.42.38- heart bowl

The Place Setting

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Breakfast table details

Pink tablecloth from Linens and Things

White charger plates from Pfaltzgraff

Red dinner plates from Pier I

Theme luncheon plate and paper napkins from Party City

Glassware from Marshall’s

Mugs from Marshall’s

Red flatware from Homegoods

Cake stand from Sur La Table

Heart shaped bowls from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

Artificial Flowers from Michael’s Arts & Crafts

I hope this post gave you some ideas for a Valentine’s Day breakfast at your house. Until my next post, stay well and make every day a celebration!

Diane

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