Tuesday, January 24, 2012

RE-ceiving Guests: St. Valentine's Day Dinner Table

TRADITIONAL RED, WHITE & HEARTS.  I had thought about doing something with hot pink and black for St. Valentine's Day, but I have a painting project going on in my living room, so I decided to just go traditional.  I had some  red heart ramekins and let that be my inspiration.  I put the red ramekins on my everyday ironstone plates.  I pulled out goblets from my formal crystal.  I have a tub of red Valentine's serving pieces so I added them to the table as well. 
USING RIBBON ON THE TABLE.  I don't have a special tablecloth for Valentine's Day so I decided to use some ribbon on a plain white tablecloth to make it more festive.  I had a roll of large red and white ribbon I bought 70% off after Christmas and taped it down on either side of my place settings. I also bought one spool of Valentine ribbon in the Dollar section of Target and used that to top off the place setting. 
STILL A WORK IN PROGRESS.  I think I may add some small framed photos of our wedding or engagement to the table as a personal touch.  I am also thinking of how I want to use some candles.  I have tall crystal candleholders, but I think I would prefer some votives.  Lastly, is it possible to have too much chocolate on St. Valentine's Day?  I am deciding on my menu and I want to serve a chocolate cake and place it on the middle cake stand, but then I also wanted to serve a chocolate mousse in the ramekin.  That seems like too much chocolate especially since I put little chocolate kisses and a gift wrapped box of chocolates in opposite corners of the setting. LOL.   I want to make use of the ramekin, but other than chocolate mousse or berries, I don't have any inspiration what to serve in it.  If you have some advice, I would appreciate it, if you could please share it.
TABLE TOP:  A Baccarat crystal Cupid offers up his heart (an anniversary gift from my husband), a single red rose & a gift wrapped box of chocolates add the traditional images of St. Valentine's Day to the setting.


WRITTEN BY ELDAROSE

FYI, Reba's Red & White toile Table is HERE
Romantic Gestures for Valentine's Day under $5 are discussed HERE

Reba's Valentine Table this year is HERE

Another Valentine Table by Reba is HERE

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39 comments:

  1. Thank you ladies for using the correct name for the Special day called ST. VALENTINE'S DAY...he was a living person, a priest, and a Saint in the Catholic Church. Below is a little excerp regarding his life.

    Under the rule of Emperor Claudius II Rome was involved in many bloody and unpopular campaigns. Claudius the Cruel was having a difficult time getting soldiers to join his military leagues. He believed that the reason was that roman men did not want to leave their loves or families. As a result, Claudius cancelled all marriages and engagements in Rome. The good Saint Valentine was a priest at Rome in the days of Claudius II. He and Saint Marius aided the Christian martyrs and secretly married couples, and for this kind deed Saint Valentine was apprehended and dragged before the Prefect of Rome, who condemned him to be beaten to death with clubs and to have his head cut off. He suffered martyrdom on the 14th day of February, about the year 270.

    Happy St. Valentine's Day ladies and enjoy the chocolate you receive that day and say a prayer to good St. Valentine.

    Joyfully,
    ~Sylvia Faye

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    1. Sylvia Faye,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. I'm glad you liked that I used St. Valentine in the title instead of the abbreviation. I wish I could take credit but I went to Catholic school from elementary to high school and I have been a Catholic Catechist for 12 years as an adult, so I think it is just habit to talk that way about saints honestly. Thank you for posting an abbreviated history on the blog. I thought about doing something like that.

      Sincerely,
      Eldarose

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  2. Oh what lovely vignettes and tablescapes for St. Valentine's Day. Gorgeous and so creative. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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    1. Aww. Thank you Marty. You always leave such positive and encouraging comments. Thank you for hosting TTT, for visiting our blog, for following our blog and for leaving a comment.

      Sincerely,
      Eldarose

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  3. What a beautiful red and white table! It is really lovely ~ I love the red roses!

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    1. Pam,

      Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment. I'm so glad you liked the setting. I just visited your blog and I am LOVING the hearts project you did with the wax paper and crayons. I am definitely going to do that with my daughter. I'm so glad I saw that. :D

      Sincerely,
      Eldarose

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  4. Thanks for visiting my blog and leaving such nice comments! I love your tablescape, and how you used the ribbon, great idea! Very pretty & romantic setting. Hope you find those vintage Valentines!

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    1. Pam,
      Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment. I am so glad you liked my table setting. I loved yours so much. I am glad you liked the ribbon trick. And thanks for wishing me luck on the vintage Valentine's cards. I wonder if I leave a hint if my husband will get some for me. Hmmmm. LOL!

      Eldarose

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  5. A very sweet Valentine Tablescape. The ribbon is a great idea too. Don't think you can have too much chocolate, especially for Valentines day.
    I love the way your photos look.
    I also wanted to thank you for stopping by my blog. Your comments were very sweet too.

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    1. Beverly,

      Thank you so much for visiting and commenting. I'm glad you liked the table and the pictures. You're welcome for the comment. I really did enjoy your Valentine's Decorating very much. And I think I agree with you about the chocolate. LOL!

      Eldarose

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    1. Jo,

      Thanks so much for commenting. I was so pleased with the egg. So easy and so cute. I love it when a project is like that.

      Eldarose

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  7. This is so cute! Your idea with the ribbons is great! You don't have to have a special valentine's day tablecloth. Why not do a Creme' Brulee in the ramekins? It doesn't have to be another choclate item.

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    1. Liz,

      Thank you for leaving a comment. Glad you liked the table. Creme Brulee is a good idea. I've never made it before, but it would definitely be a romantic dish.

      Thanks for the idea.

      Eldarose

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  8. Very cute! I love how the little cherub looks like he has a secret! :-) Your flatware is SO pretty!!! If you don't want to do more sweets, you might consider (depending on the menu you have planned) doing a little savory appetizer or side dish in the ramekin.

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    1. Alycia,

      Thank you for leaving a comment. I'm glad you liked the table. I love the cherub. It was an anniversary present from my husband last year for our 15th wedding anniversary. It is so sweet. I'm glad you like my flatware. It is Francis the 1st by Reed and Barton.

      I definitely considered an appetizer in the ramekin, but I couldn't think of one that would suit the container. That is what trip me up.

      Thanks for the suggestion though.

      Sincerely,
      Eldarose

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  9. Your tablescape in so pretty! You could serve raspberries with chantilly cream....Nice and light or strawberries with fresh whipped cream....

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    1. Coastal Cottage Dreams,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. Strawberries with a fresh whipped cream sounds like a lovely idea that I could easily pull off. I will definitely think about doing that.


      Thanks for the suggestion.

      Sincerely,
      Eldarose

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  10. Sigh . . . Oh how I love red and white. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful.

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    1. Robin,

      Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment. So glad you liked the table.

      Eldarose

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  11. Lovely red and white table...no, it isn't possible to have too much chocolate, in my opinion!

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    1. Awww. Marigene, you are always so positive and encouraging. Thank you so much. I'm glad you liked the table. OH! and I agree with you about the chocolate. LOL!

      Eldarose

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    1. Tess,

      Thank you so much for visiting and leaving a comment. I am glad you liked the table.

      Sincerely,
      Eldarose

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  13. Cute, cute, cute! Lovely use of red and white!

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    1. Chandy,

      Thank you for visiting and leaving a comment. So glad you liked the table. I was thinking it needed another color, but red and white are so traditional, I think they are fun on their own.

      Eldarose

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  14. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescape is beautiful with the red and white !! I love your Gorgeous dishes and the way you have put this all together.Thanks so much for your lovely comments on my 2011 Tablescape for Valentine's day. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend. I'am going to put a new Tablescape on this Sunday for Valentine's hope you come see me.
    XXOO Diane

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  15. Such a pretty Valentine table! And I like the idea of the ribbons running down the table... it ties in the theme so wonderfully!Frames of your wedding and engagement pictures sounds like a delightful idea and would be a wonderful accent on your table. Love the crystal cupid against the beautiful red rose.Nice touch! Thanks for sharing your inspiring table with us~Poppy

    http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

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  16. Chocolate is such an important food group....I don't think that we can ever have too much of it! Your technique the ribbon is creative and well done. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  17. Thank you for sharing your lovely table and post at Potpourri Friday!

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  18. Beautiful is the word to describe this post! I hope you will link this up to I Heart Projects Linky Party.

    http://www.itsybitsypaperblog.com/2012/01/i-heart-projects-linky-party.html

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  19. My favorites are the red ramekins and the red cake stand. Super cute. Where does one buy those red ramekins?

    Love the table and I'm your newest follower. I've had one try at a tablescape, feel free to come check it out.

    Sarah@Adventuresofourfamily.com

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  20. What a wonderful idea to use ribbon as a way adding color. There is never to much chocolate on Valentine's Day! We all need leftover chocolates to give us a warm glow the next few days. I love the crystal cupid with a red rose for it makes it just so precious. Happy Tablescaping! Pam

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  21. Your table setting is beautiful, love the use of the ribbons! Your blog colors are great!
    Debbie

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  22. Beautiful table setting!
    Laura
    Laura@reddoortabeldecor.com

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  23. Great job, Eldarose! Your table decorations are just lovely! Don't think anyone would even notice what they were eating from looking at all the pretty things. =)

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  24. Fantastic tablescape! Love the red and white! I just received updates from you for this past month!! What's up with that? I enjoyed reading all of them!

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  25. Thanks so much for bringing your Valentine table to Seasonal Sundays!
    - The Tablescaper

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  26. Your Valentine Day vignettes and tablescape are so pretty.Love the ribbon on the table really adds such a nice touch. I so love toile, can't get enough of it. Also love the wedding and engagement pictures. Thanks for sharing your creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Party!

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