A Nod to St. Valentine

I just couldn’t do it this year …  I’m sooooo not in the mood for a pink and red Valentine’s Day tablescape.  I wanted something more soothing … softer … more romantic without being over-the-top-frilly.  I looked around for inspiration.

I found it here — in this Capidomonte centerpiece bowl …


… and here in this Noritake Irene china.


I used a vintage pale pink linen tablecloth with matching napkins …


A vintage white-on-white embroidered runner with handmade lace trim …


Clear ribbed glass chargers …


The inspiration china dinner plates …


Clear salad plates with encrusted gold rims …


Vintage auction find glasses embellished with gold …  See that gorgeous lyre?  Don’t you just hear the music of angels?


Inexpensive goldware I found on eBay ..


Standing napkin rings I found recently at Goodwill …


Heart-shaped ornaments from a local overstock/salvage store. They were probably from Costco or Kirklands …


Put it all together and add a few candles and rose petals — and you get this …



I have two of these gorgeous punch cups — with little chips on the rim. I wouldn’t want to use them for punch … but they’re perfect for a heart-shaped floating candle.


All the pretty dishes …



I have 9 of the ornaments, so I filled the centerpiece bowl with necklaces … and tucked in the hearts.




Shadows fall … and the romance continues.





Happy Valentine’s Day!






I’m joining Tablescape Thursdaat Between Naps on the Porch and Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound


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  2. I like the subtle tones you are using for Valentines Day. It’s truly gorgeous and so romantic too. My VERY FAVORITE thing here is your Capidomonte centerpiece bowl , I “LOVE” it! and CLOSE SECOND is the lace runner… Everything is so beautiful. Happy Valentines Day to you,
    Hugs, Donna

  3. Your table is full of romance. Love the shadow shots.
    Happy Valentine’s Day ~ Sarah

  4. Those glasses are to die for!!!!
    Beautiful table 🙂

  5. I just love your dinner china…what a beautiful pattern! and your linen runner is also lovely!

  6. This is why I love your blog..You’re not afraid to play out side the box.I did my first Tablescape Thursday..this was fun…

  7. Your table is a lovely Valentine’s interpretation. The soft colors speak of a gentle love. Wonderful napkin rings and beautiful hearts.

  8. Wow, beautiful!! All the dishes are just so gorgeous, I love your centerpiece and what a great idea to use punch cups to float votives! Really really lovely table, great photography.

  9. This is like whispering in place of shouting. The subtlety makes it so much more beautiful. However, I’m having trouble being subtle about those glasses. Fabulous!
    Linda @ A Toile Tale

  10. How beautiful!

    You had me from the inspiration piece. The rest just added to it. I love those Irene dishes, particularly.

    As always, I come away from your tablescapes smiling.

    BTW, your last week’s table is on Inspiration Friday this week. I’m so glad. It was a MOST inspiring story that more should see.

  11. Very opulent. Everything was beautiful.

  12. Beautiful! I love how you think outside the box!
    Have a sweet Pink Saturday!

  13. Such a beautiful blend of dishes & glasses … the table is so romantic & inviting.
    Happy Valentine’s PS weekend ~
    TTFN ~

  14. Happy Pink Saturday!

    These table setting is fabulous!

    ~ Gabriela ~

  15. I think your table setting is simply beautiful! Valentine’s doesn’t always have to be pink or red, right?


  16. I love LOVE! Particularly when it is pink.

    Happy hearts day to you and yours.

  17. Beautiful, elegant and romantic!
    Happy Pink Saturday.

  18. Happy Pink Saturday Susan Sweetie…
    Oh my gosh, what a gorgeous share today. I love, Love, LOVE this beautiful Capidomonte centerpiece bowl. The cherubs just jumped right out and stole my heart. How gorgeous, and the way that you draped the pearls is so pretty and romantic. I love it.

    I love the table setting. Your dishes along with the gold silverware is SO beautiful. I love the addition of the pretty little heart ornaments attached to each napkin setting. Oh how does this table ever talk?

    I would so love to sit and dine at this table. You did a glorious job sweet friend. So pretty and SO much thought into this setting.

    I love the glow from the little candles around the table as well.

    Have a Happy Valentine’s Day, a beautiful Pink Saturday and a glorious weekend sweetie.

    Many hugs and much love, Sherry

  19. Beautiful elegant table…the china is lovely. I love those heart ornaments.

  20. Beautiful.
    Happy valentine’s day!
    Don’t forget to “Look in the Nook”

  21. Your table is beautiful! That cupid bowl is wonderful with the sculptural flowers. And your floral dishes are amazing! That is a beautiful pattern. The whole table is just beautiful!