Here's My Valentine's Day Table:
Here's How It Was Created:
I started my table with my red tablecloth that I generally use for Christmas:
My dish stack began with my Zen chop plate from Mikasa that I've used many times as a charger. Actually, after I completed my photographs of the table, I felt I probably should have used my Maryland China Co. open-weaved chargers for a more romantic look, but I had thought about this table way too long to make any changes at this point!
Next, I placed one of the new dinner plates I purchased. It is labeled "Avon Cottage", Thos. Hughes & Sons, Ltd, Longport, Staffordshire, England. I love the happy couples in the scene, dancing to the music from the small ensemble, as well as the elaborate floral border.
For the next layer I used my Madeline salad plates from Pier 1 (frequently seen in my blog posts!). I wanted to separate the layers between my two new toile transferware plates.
The new salad plates I purchased are difficult to identify. The only marking on the back is England, JD. I think it's just a potter's mark. I LOVE these plates. Their delicate design of a lovely pastoral scene sings out English countryside with the farmer's wagon, sweet sheep and a precious village in the background. So picturesque.
I topped my dish stack with a heart-shaped dish I found at the pharmacy last Valentine's Day! Now the table was starting to look like a Valentine's table!
To finish the place setting, I used my late mother-in-law's Heritage silver plate (wanted a romantic look); red water goblets from HomeGoods, and my wine glass labeled Gallia, Rogaska. I used my red and white napkins from HomeGoods and the silverplate napkin ring I found at a yard sale.
For the centerpiece, I chose my ironstone soup tureen that I filled with faux carnations. I used my red glass candle holders from Shonoda Design Center and then wrapped a heart-shaped wire wreath to add some texture and interest.
For accent pieces, I filled a heart-shaped crystal candlewick candy dish with candy, and completed the table with a sweet bowl I found in an antique store in Quebec. It is labeled Villeroy & Boch, Made in Germany. The design work is detailed and lovely.
As I stepped away from the table, I felt I had created a Valentine's table that was much more suitable to a Valentine's celebration than the original table I had planned. I guess I'll just always be a traditionalist! Ya gotta have red and hearts for V-Day!
I hope your Valentine's Day was filled with warm, fuzzy feelings, companionship and the chance to do something you enjoyed!
I'll be linking up to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at www.betweennapsontheporch.net and
Christine's Table It! party at www.rustic-refined.com. Thank you, Ladies, for your continued support of these fun parties. Be sure and check out these wonderful websites full of creativity!