Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Tablescape Thursday-Valentine's Day Coffee


     It is another Tablescape Thursday, time to pull out the Valentine colors and make my house look a little festive for the occasion. Our hostess Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch always has something fun to share with us. You will also find links to many fun and fabulous table settings.  


     I started my tablescape with a red tablecloth and some silver mesh fabric as a "table runner". Silver chargers, red dinner plates and fun white and red salad plates complete the look. I've been saving the plates to do this tablescape. I bought them after Christmas at Crate and Barrel. They are holiday plates, but they looked more Valentine-ish to me with the frilly edges.


     I used my every day stainless flatware. The white napkins are tied with a bit of red and white ribbon, the same ribbon is woven into my serving piece from Southern Living at Home. The glasses were a wedding present and have our monogram on them. The white mugs are from Wal-Mart.


     I think you should add a touch of whimsy to a holiday table. If you look closely you will see I added a few white and red gumballs to the silver fabric. There is also a tiny covered butter dish from Crate and Barrel, it is filled with conversation hearts.


     The centerpiece is made from silk tulips. I will confess that it didn't turn out the way I planned. I had planned a topiary...but, I underestimated the number of tulips I needed. Of course I purchased them out of town and couldn't get any more. So, I ended up with this:

 

     It happens. The best plans can fall apart and you have to think on your feet. So, I grabbed a small Waterford Crystal bowl, added a few conversation hearts and "planted" my tulips in the middle of it. I think it turned out quite pretty for a failed attempt at something else!


     The candlesticks were a thrift shop find, they are Mikasa and were new. I paid $5 for the pair.


     The cocoa pitcher I've had for many years. It is perfect for non-coffee drinking friends.



     We probably wouldn't light the candles for a morning coffee, but it does make any table look prettier.


The layered gelatin heart recipe is from Family Fun Magazine, and can be found here.



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40 comments:

JUST ME said...

That tablescape is pretty enough to make me almost like Valentine's day.

Also -- LOVE YOUR NEW HEADER PICTURE. It helps me remember that Spring exists.

Kathleen said...

That looks great! I love those plates, and you are right.. perfect for ♥ day!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Sue, Valentine Perfection should be the title of this tablescape! Everything is so festive and fun and sassy and romantic. I love the tulip centerpiece.
You mentioned a cloche party? When and Where?
Your tablescapte makes me happy, but I bet you guessed that! We are so much alike!
Yvonne

Blondie's Journal said...

Your table is darling, Sue. I love how you improvised on some things and love some of the bargains you got (the best things about tablescaping!) Your dishes are lovely and I really like the cocoa pitcher!! Just beautiful!! :-)

xoxo
Janie

Pinky said...

I love it all! And as a floral designer I know sometimes you have to RETHINK something:):) Your centerpiece turned out GREAT! Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day! XO, Pinky

Michelle @ Sweet Something said...

Great table Sue! I love all the details! The tulips are beautiful even if you did have to rethink them!
I LOVE the C&B plates, I just knew they would look great for a Valentine's tablescape!

Sinful Southern Sweets said...

Love this!! So pretty!

Kathysue said...

Sue, I wanted to be sure and stop by to say HI! I also want to thank you for always leaving a comment when you have visited my blog, that really means a lot to me. Now about this lovely table in red. It is so pretty and festive. What a wonderful treat for you special someone. kathysue

Lyneen said...

I love your table scape... you have shown so many wonderful scapes over the weeks. Love how you recovered from the topiary.

Mimi said...

Love your table...those are the cutest little frilly-edged plates.

Phyllis AROUND THE HOUSE said...

The table is so pretty I love the way you add old and new and I love the beautiful centerpiece so creative love all the wonderful red....Phyllis

Maria said...

So LOVEly Sue!
So Valentine ♥
and
I love your new look here at I NEED MOM :)
Have a wonderful weekend!
~Maria

xinex said...

Beautiful plates, beautiful tablescape! Love the heart jelly and the muffins! Yummy!...Christine

jenjen said...

Your table could not be any cuter! I am in love with those plates. Seriously!!!! Love it!

XOX
Jen

Holly said...

So pretty! I really like those Crate and Barrel plates...you are right they do work really well for Valentines...but hey I like things with two purposes. You did a great job on your centerpiece...I would have never know it isn't what it was supposed to be.

Sandy said...

Tooo pretty, love the cake stand and those plates. It looks like you have thought of every little possible detail. What time should I arrive?
Thanks for stopping by.
Sandy

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Sue,
I love your table~ Love those plates and the color combo, I think we are a bit similar this week! Great minds think alike~ (or something like that) hehe. HAGD, Cindy

bunny, The Paris House Designs said...

Your table scape is so lovely just perfect for Valentine's Day.
xoxo

Debbie said...

Yum Yum, this screams romance!!~So pretty!!~

Jenglamgirl said...

So darling Sue!!! "IN LOVE" no pun intended ;) I love that cake plate with the ribbon through it. So darling, way to go Friend. JGG

g said...

What a pretty table. I love those small plates with the frilled edges!

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Maya said...

I'm ready to celebrate!! The cake plate is neat with that touch of ribbon!

Pat said...

Just gorgeous!! I love Valentine's Day and you have simply enhanced that feeling. Love those salad plates ~ Thanks so much for sharing and I'd love to attend your coffee.

xoxo

BrightenedBoy said...

Would you believe I completely forgot Valentine's Day is coming up? It's just not on the radar for me.

dee dee said...

Sue, I love your Valentines table! I must say that the centerpiece was one of the first tings to draw my eye! Despite the fact it didn't turn out the way you envisioned, your happy accident looks fantastic! I'm with you, the small plates really look more Valentines than Christmas! Have a great day...
Dee Dee

Dining Delight said...

Gorgeous! I really like those plates and agree that they are great for V's day! Beautiful centerpiece even if it wasn't what you planned. I like themed ribbon used for napkin rings. Delicious looking muffins and ...everything looks better by candlelight..even in the morning!

DD

Patriotic Mom said...

Sue, this is so pretty! I like the centerpiece the way it is. I too like whimsy at my table. I love red and white together. Your Mikasa candlesticks are elegant. Thanks for sharing the love! Joan @Americana by Candlelight

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Very pretty tablescape, and I lovelovelove the new spring banner!
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Three Rivers, Michigan said...

Oh - and Valentine's Day this year is the same day as Chinese New Year. Red is a very popular color for that, too!

honeysuckle said...

Oh, how I miss Crate and Barrel! Those plates are adorable. I kept looking for the info on the tiny red plates ontop of the scalloped ones until you said they were jello! How silly of me. Your table is fantastic and so-o romantic!

Lexie said...

what a fancy table setting perfectly valentine themed! so pretty.

Sarah said...

Beautiful table for valentines. I passed on those darling little plates when I was at Crate and Barrel after Christmas. Then when I went back to get them, there were no more. They did have the little footed dishes, which I bought. The sales person told me they had them last year too, so perhaps I'll get another chance to get a set of the plates. I agree, they look perfect for Valentine's Day. I used one of the footed bowls in my scape today. Thanks for sharing this romantic table!

Petite Little Bee said...

Love your Valentine table. Thanks for sharing. Lia

Jennifer said...

I love your tablescape...thanks for sharing...I have an empty nest too...but after a few yrs it gets filled with grandkids....at least for visits! It's the best! During the College yrs I considered every weekend Date Night!
xoxoxo Happy valentine's!
To Love, Amour, Jennifer aka Gigi

simchieinspires said...

Stunning plates and great settings. Very smart and so elegant.

Happy week-end.

Tammy@InStitches said...

I love your pretty red table, the candy is a nice touch.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Such a sweet Valentine's table -- I'm sure that anyone sitting here would feel the love!

Jenny said...

Elegant and beautiful and so fun! What are you going to serve to eat? Other then blue cheese dip!

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Your little white dishes with the red trim are adorable...they are so different! I love your table!

Low Tide High Style said...

Your Valentine's Day tablescape is really lovely. So colorful and I love the centerpiece, what a great idea.

Thank you for stopping by my blog yesterday.

Kat :)