This Year's Valentine's Day Table:
How It Was Created:
I started with a red tablecloth that I generally use for Christmas.
I added the new lace tablecloth I found while antiquing.
I started my dish stack with a ruffled placemat I found for 98 cents at Pier One! I am using it as a charger.
I then added these white square plates I found while shopping with Judy at Shinoda Design Center (one of our favorite haunts!).
Next I added red plates that I recently got from a church rummage sale. At 25 cents a piece, I couldn't resist, especially with Valentine's Day around the corner.
The next plate is a square melamine plate from Target. Honestly, the melamine dishes are so pretty nowadays, they really do mix n' match with ceramic plates quite nicely.
I topped the stack with plates that Judy and I found at HomeGoods on one of our trips together. It is marked Room Creative, susani red. I really liked the pattern on it.
The place setting was completed with red napkins, white ceramic napkin rings whose rose design seemed appropriate for Valentine's, red flatware from Walmart, and wine glasses from Dollar Tree (a new purchase this year). Note the precious hearts on the glasses.
I knew my centerpiece would feature a rose topiary I had purchased last year. Judy had told me last year that CVS Pharmacy was having a sale on their Valentine's Day items and this was one of the things I bought. I knew it had to be a part of my table this year. It is sitting on an appetizer plate and flanked with crystal candleholders. I also surrounded the centerpiece with heart garland. At the last minute, I added a heart-topped wine bottle stopper I found at the church rummage sale. Isn't it cute?
Other accents include a heart dish I found at TJ Maxx many years ago (Judy found one as well that day!) and heart-shaped dishes from Michael's (I've added battery-operated candles to them to add some glow; as well as faux rose petals).
A special addition to this table, is the cake topper from my wedding 26 years ago. It seemed fitting for a Valentine's Day table. Funny memory about this topper. When my hubby-to-be at the time and I found it, its figures had blond hair and the flowers were white. So he set up a pedestal, placed the figurine on top and meticulously painted the blond hair brown, and made the flowers red, since that's what my wedding flowers were planned to be. I can still see him crouched over the figurine, a bright light beaming on his work using a tiny brush to make the couple look more like us. It makes me smile just to think of that scene.
So this Valentine's Day table is dedicated to the memory of a friend whose company made so many days brighter. I will always hold her memory in my heart. When you see your special friends again be sure and hug them tightly when it's time to say good-bye. The joy and comfort they give to us and share with us cannot be measured.
Enjoy your Valentine's Day. Hopefully, it will be a day of shared affection and warm friendship.
I'll be linking up to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at www.betweennapsontheporch.net,
Laurie's Valentine Par-tay at www.bargaindecoratingwithLaurie.com, and
Christine's Link-It! party at www.rustic-refined.com.
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