Welcome to Day 3 of our 2nd annual Romantic Valentine’s Tablescape Blog Hop. What I love about this week is how everyone takes a theme and interprets it in different creative ways. It’s like giving 20 home cooks the exact same potato salad recipe and you’ll get 20 different potato salads ~ all delicious, but all with a personal twist. I love being inspired by the creativity of others and storing away (that’s an old~fashioned word for Pinning) the ideas for future table top decor. That’s what I recommend you do ~ as one girl to another.
Thank you to sweet Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate for once again bringing together her band of bloggers who love creating tablescapes and organizing this first tablescape blog hop of the year. I hope that you enjoy seeing our creations as much as we love creating them. It’s fun to put on our tablescape thinking caps to set a pretty table for you ~ and even better when we actually get to use them!
Last year, I envisioned a romantic dinner for 2 by the fireplace with glitz and glam in red and gold. This year I went in a totally different direction for the my Valentine’s tablesape. Instead of dinner ~ bunch on Sunday morning after church. Instead of glitz and glam ~ soft and sweet. Instead of red and gold ~ pink and white. Lucky for me, Sweet Shark doesn’t mind my love affair with pink.
Valentine’s Tablescape ~ a Romantic Brunch for 2
My vision for a Valentine’s tablescape started after we put away the tree after Christmas (actually removed the ornaments and dragged the dried up branches out the back door with needles flying everywhere ~ another story to be elaborated on at a later date), our empty breakfast room seemed so big. I knew that was an illusion. Once we put back our square pub table and chairs, the space would fill up quickly. In fact, too much. Our open concept kitchen and living room has lots of angles and I wanted a table that was smaller and round. And we just happened to have a round table that really wasn’t put to the best use.
Setting the Valentine’s Tablescape
This table has been in our bedroom at both our homes. We used it as a place for flowers and picture frames. It’s really too high to be comfortable between the 2 chairs in our sitting area so I thought, let’s try it in the breakfast room. It’s 32 inches round, which is a bit too small in diameter for a breakfast room table, but for now I thought it would work for my Valentine’s tablescape while we decide if it is going to stay.
Since the glass alone would be too reflective, I covered the table with a simple cotton tablecloth.
I knew when I started planning this Valentine’s tablescape that I wanted to use some pink dishes that I bought at the antique mall in Atlanta last summer. Place settings for 4 ~ dinner plates, salad plates, cups and saucers and small bowls ~ was $10. I couldn’t resist. I shipped the box, with some other flea market finds, home to Dallas. Unfortunately, 1 dinner plate and 1 bowl broke, but it was still a great purchase. I layered my gold chargers and white plates with the pink dinner plates on top.
Then I added the salad plate. I also wanted to use some vintage pink and white coupe and sherbet glasses I bought a few years ago at one of my favorite local antique malls, City View in Dallas.
In the back of the chairs, I placed some Valentine dish towels I found at Home Goods in Atlanta with my younger daughter.
I wanted some cute pink napkins, but couldn’t find any. While in Atlanta last week, on a trip to Hobby Lobby with my older daughter, I found the perfect pattern of fabric ~ 1 in pink check and 1 in pink ticking. 1/2 yard of each would give me my napkins. I measured and cut out the fabric in Atlanta and sewed them when I returned home. I added a cute little pompom already on hand at each corner. I tied the napkins with ribbon from the same HL trip.
For flowers, pink roses were perfect (Did you that Target carries flowers?) in a cut crystal bowl. I placed the flowers and bit of greenery in a small jar in the center of the bowl and filled in around with Valentine M&M’s and other candies. I already had the gold Valentine picks from last year and I add them for a bit of bling and height. I’m happy to be using the pink antique mall glasses.
By this time I decided to forego the white plate. I added our mother~of~pearl silverware, an inheritance from Sweet Shark’s grandmother.
The Menu for our Valentine’s Brunch
Now that my Valentine’s tablescape was ready I could focus on our meal. Here is the menu for Sweet Shark and me.
Enjoying our Valentine’s Tablescape Meal
I made the Blood Orange Mimosas the night before so that fruit juice would be really chilled. Then all we had to do was add the Champagne (We used Prosecco.). I placed the Prosecco in a silver Champagne bucket and the pitcher with the blood orange juice on a small table to the side so Sweet Shark could serve us. Isn’t that color gorgeous!
I made the eggs and toast at the last minute so they would be hot. I used cookie cutters to cut out the slightly frozen bread and a larger cookie cutter to cook the eggs in a skillet. (I’ll show you how to do that on the newsletter this Saturday.) Just a simple meal that’s not too filling.
Brunch was served!
Oh, that bread pudding is delicious. I made the Dried Cherry and White Chocolate Bread Pudding ahead and warmed it in the oven. (I’ll share the recipe and how to make it on my newsletter this Saturday so be sure to sign up to receive it.)
The Blood Orange Mimosas were tasty too.
It’s a pretty sweet table.
I placed part of a Valentine banner around the edge for the table for more color. You can’t have too many hearts! The crystal jelly jar was a wedding gift from a dear high school girlfriend.
I hoped you enjoyed our Valentine’s tablescape. It was not too fancy. I was able to use items I already had on hand, and dishes that I’ve been waiting to use for awhile. A mix of old and treasured and flea market finds. I had 1 DIY project ~ the napkins. The only items I purchased were the dishtowels and the fabric for the napkins.
Now please enjoy today’s beautiful tablescapes. Just on over to The Painted Apron for more fun Valentine tablescape ideas.