Tuesday, January 25, 2022

A Little Romance for Valentine's Day

In these strangest of times, I'm looking forward to a little romance for Valentine's Day! I've eagerly set a table for two that whispers 'love'.
 
“Love comforteth like sunshine after rain”   ~ William Shakespeare


Lovingly prepared foods, effervescent champagne, chocolate mousse for dessert. Feeling cozy in the midst of winter. A bit of poetry to set the mood. Romance is in the air!

I'm delighted to be joining a group of twenty stylists for a Valentine's Day tablescape hop. If you've "buzzed" over from Sarah's Hyacinths For The Soul, welcome! You'll find the links for all the Valentine tables at the end of this post.
 

There are reds and pinks, gold and crystal, and candlelight to delight the senses!  
  
"Drink to me only with thine eyes, And I will pledge with mine; Or leave a kiss but in the cup, And I'll not look for wine."   ~ Ben Jonson 
 
  
Water glasses etched with laurel leaves are paired with rose-colored flutes.

   
French champagne waits in a heavily cut crystal wine coaster. 


Elegant gold-rimmed plates sit atop burnished gold chargers.
 
   
The centerpiece is simply two pairs of crystal candle sticks; one pair is clear, the other is topped by red cups.
  
They sit on a vibrant field of flowers, a gorgeous hand-embroidered scarf from the Armenian Quarter of Jerusalem's Old City that my husband brought back for me.

 
"Love at the lips was touch as sweet as I could bear; And once that seemed too much; I lived on air"    ~ Robert Frost

  

      

   
Glass votives with red inset hearts on the buffet are a more obvious nod to Valentine's Day.
 
   


 "And we loved with a love that was more than love"  ~ Edgar Allan Poe
 
  


I hope you add a little romance to your Valentine's Day!

     

Thanks to Rita of Panoply for organizing this valentine blog hop! Enjoy visiting all the wonderful stylists for inspiration for a heart-filled day! Next up is Jenna from The Painted Apron with hugs and kisses and valentine wishes.

Life and Linda - Love is in the Air
Me and My Captain - Be My Valentine
Home is Where the Boat Is - 'Owl' Be Your Valentine
Thrifting Wonderland - Valentine's Day Tea
Hyacinths for the Soul - Bee Mine, Valentine!
Dinner at Eight - A Little Romance for Valentine's Day  You are here!
Bleu Belle Interiors -  La vie en Rose
The Bookish Dilettante - Valentine's Day Tradition
Pandora's Box - Valentine Table for Two
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Plant One on Me



Table details
Water glasses | Fostoria 'Holly Clear'
Champagne flutes | Ebeling & Reuss (importers of European crystal) 'Marchioness'
Plates | Royal Doulton 'Alice'
Clear candlesticks | Waterford
Red+clear candlesticks | Rogaska 'Weston'
  


   
  
    
    

57 comments:

  1. First of all, what a pretty room! Secondly the scarf is stunning, what a special gift! And lastly, your table is so inviting and pretty - I would enjoy being a guest here! Have a Happy Valentines Day!

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    1. Patti, thank you for the sweet comments! I love having guests for dinner!

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  2. I love those champagne flutes and the scarf is a sweet base for this charming table.

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    1. Thanks, Donna! The flutes really sparkle in the light - whether from sun, candles or lamplight.

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  3. Sandra,
    What a lovely tablescape, perfect for Valentine's Day! Love your stunning glassware!! Thanks for sharing and thanks so much for stopping by!! I truly appreciated you taking the time to do so!!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, for your sweet comments! The glassware is beautiful vintage. I often see your posts, but I don't always comment.

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  4. Simply stunning! :D Your rug and your curtains are a good start...I love the reds in your room! The scarf is gorgeous, as is the rest of your table. My very favorite: Your rose colored champagne flutes. I love them, as well as the other crystal elements on your table. Simple, yet elegant.

    Happy Valentine's Day!

    XO,
    Ricki Jill

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    1. Thank you Ricki Jill! My husband's favorite color is red so I had to have one room in the house that reflects his color choice. He bought the red flutes as well!

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  5. There is nothing more romantic than a table set with elegant china, crystal glassware, candles and champagne! The hand embroidered scarf from Jerusalem that your husband brought you is breathtaking! And it's so romantic that you used it for your special Valentine table for 2...Your champagne flutes are gorgeous and I enjoyed all the love quotes you wove into your post. Just beautiful Sandra!
    Jenna

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    1. Thank you, Jenna, what lovely things to say! When I decided on the scarf as the base I wanted the other table elements to complement it, not compete. I thought elegant was the way to go.

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  6. Sandra, melt my heart with the perfect poetry interspersed in your romantic table! Truly, a beautiful selection of some of the finest gems. Speaking of gems - your deeply cut crystal wine coaster, those rose-colored flutes, and that h/e scarf from Jerusalem City - so gorgeous! And is that a piece of candy on each plate, or is that a gem also? Looks like the latter. Beautiful table, Sandra. Thank you for sharing your keen eye for traditional beauty and style as a part of this and other tablescape hops.

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    1. Thank you for your lovely comments, Rita! Romance and sparkle just go hand-in-hand with beautifully crafted items. On the plates are enameled place card holders laid sideways. Seemed silly on a table for two, but I've always thought they were pretty so I wanted to use them some way!

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  7. Sandra, your Valentine's table is lovely. Beautiful champagne flutes. I love using scarves, throws, curtains, etc. for table tops. The scarf is gorgeous and so special. The gold is beautiful. Such a lovely table to dine with your sweetie. Always a pleasure joining you.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! With such pretty items to choose from, the table unfolded quickly. I have really enjoyed these tablescape hops!

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  8. Hi Sandra! What lovely champagne flutes and such a pretty table! Pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

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  9. Sandra, what a beautiful and perfectly romantic table. Those rose-colored flutes are so pretty. I love the arrangement of candles as a centerpiece. It looks so elegant, and the scarf is gorgeous. I hope that you have a Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thank you, Shannon! I wanted a lovely centerpiece that didn't overwhelm the scarf and who can resist candlelight? Enjoy your Valentine's Day

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  10. Those rose colored flutes are stunners! Love all the pink and red! I really like your black and white striped lamps and your fabulous curtains too!

    Karin

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    1. Thanks, Karin! My husband bought the flutes so it seemed fitting to use them for Valentine's Day. The room is on the lower level leading to the garden, so I wanted drama that was informal.

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  11. Sandra, What a beautiful hand-embroidered scarf to set the tone for your table! I love your rose colored flutes and simplicity of your settings with the gold and crystal! As always it’s a treat to hop with you and join you at the table. Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

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    1. Thanks, Mary! I've been wanting to use the scarf on a table and Valentine's seemed a perfect fit. I wanted the scarf to be the focus, supported by romantic touches. I'm glad you think it did! It's such fun to join you in the tablescape hop.

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  12. Very pretty!! Your stemware is just gorgeous!! Who wouldn’t want to celebrate Valentine’s Day drinking champagne at such a beautiful table! Have a wonderful Valentines Day!! XOXO

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    1. Thanks, Ann! Champagne at any table is wonderful, but definitely more so when there's pretty crystal to drink from! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  13. Sandra, my eye immediately went to the gorgeous scarf. What a lovely gift from your sweetheart. I love the elegance of your table…the rose colored flutes are stunning. The beautiful poetry is a romantic addition to your gorgeous table!

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    1. Thank you, Pam! With a wonderful start from the scarf, I couldn't help but be romantic. Candlelight and champagne were a must. And my husband had bought the flutes as well!

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  14. Hi Sandra, your scarf was the perfect choice to set the mood for this lovely table. So nice to choose pieces that have some personal significance especially for Valentine's Day. Your rose colored champagne flutes made me gasp. They are lovely and set the tone for the table. Really enjoyed your Valentine's Day setting.
    Lynne, Thrifting Wonderland

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynne! My husband loves cut-to-clear crystal and recently bought the flutes from an antique dealer. I liked their soft rose color, but they also come in several colors. I'm pleased that you enjoyed this!

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  15. Sandra, that embroidered scarf is stunning! As beautiful as it is on your table, I'll bet you create quite a stir wearing it --- must make you feel like a fashionista! I adore those rose colored flutes, are they Waterford? A gift perhaps? Wishing you a most happy Valentines Day!

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    1. Thanks, Debbee! I'm not sure I'm a fashionista, but it's striking against a black cocktail dress! My husband bought the flutes, as well as other shapes, from an antique dealer. They are 'Marchioness' imported by Ebeling & Reuss from an unspecified European maker, probably German or Czech, and come in several colors. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  16. I think most of us are. in agreement...the beautiful scarf (gift) makes for a romantic setting. And the prose is after my own heart. The gold and white dinnerware paired with the gold flatware and chargers is so elegant. Thanks for an inspirational tablescape.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

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    1. Thank you, Kari, I'm glad my table resonated with you! The scarf is even more exquisite in person. I felt that only elegant accompaniments would do! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  17. Sandra, Love is certainly in the air at your table. I immediately gravitated to your beautiful scarf that your husband gave to you from Jerusalem's Old City. Hand-embroidered......it is stunning and it sets your entire table into a unique and exquisite setting. It works beautifully with all of the reds and pinks you use throughout the room and on the table with your glassware and candles. So lovely. Happy Valentine's Day.

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    1. Thanks so much! I love using hand-crafted items in my tablescapes that inspire creativity. I chose things and colors that I hoped would emphasize the intricate beauty of the scarf. I'm pleased you liked the result!

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  18. Beautiful Sandra but then your tablescapes always are! Your scarf is absolutely gorgeous and the perfect base for such an elegant table. Romance is in full bloom here! Thanks so much for the inspiration. Have a wonderful weekend ahead!

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    1. How nice of you to say, Denise! I really wanted to envelop the whole table in an atmosphere of romance. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  19. Sandra, what a lovely table - simple, romantic, and elegant. Love the candles as a centerpiece, and that scarf is a show-stopper. Just gorgeous! I'm loving those flutes too like everyone else lol. Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thank you, Kim! I liked the simple, clean lines of the candles against the explosion of pattern on the scarf. The flutes are really pretty in the candlelight, especially in the rose, purple and blue colorways. Enjoy your Valentine's!

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  20. Wonderful!
    What is the fabric of your beautiful scarf?
    Thanks,
    Sheila

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    1. Thanks, Sheila. The fabric of the scarf is cashmere. The embroidery threads feel like silk.

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  21. Oh that's lovely Sandra! I love the collection of such beautiful pieces - as everyone's said, your scarf is stunning - and they all add up to a gorgeous table! I love the pink candles, and your plate stack is the epitome of elegance! Thanks for all the inspiration - I'm going to go look at my scarf collection with an eye to a tablescape!

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    1. Thanks so much, Barbara! The scarf definitely determined the design and the color of the tablescape. I love using scarves and unusual fabrics on tables -- they come in a myriad of colors and patterns and generally cost no more than what a table runner or table topper would. And sometimes they are hiding in plain sight in the closet!

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  22. Oh my, that is one gorgeous scarf! It is perfect for your romantic table! Your plate stack is so elegant! I love simple gold edged plates, and they look so luxurious atop the gold chargers! Those rose coloured champagne glasses are stunning too! I love how you have place settings side by side. I think that creates such an intimate feel! What a lovely view out your windows to enjoy!

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    1. Thanks, Maureen, for your lovely comments! I'm enjoying the romance of it! The plates were a great find -- as were the rose colored crystal stems. The view is particularly nice when everything leafs out and flowers!

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  23. Such a pretty table, Sandra! The scarf is just beautiful and a sweet gift from your hubby. The etched stemware is perfect for your beautiful table.

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    1. Thank you, Judy! I wish you could see the scarf in person!

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  24. Sandra, that embroidered scarf is a showstopper! I love how you incorporated it's red and pink hues into your table setting. Your simple gold rimmed white plates paired with gold flatware is very elegant. Champagne is so romantic on Valentine's Day, and it looks extra special presented in that sparkly crystal wine coaster. It was fun hopping with you. Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thanks so much, Rebecca! I fell in love with the scarf as soon as I opened the tissue paper with the pretty bow. It was so wonderful of my husband to bring it home for me and I couldn't wait to use it for a table! It was the catalyst for everything else I used. I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Happy Valentine's Day

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  25. Beautiful table! Love the rose colored glassware. Happy Valentine's Day. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thanks, Donna! The glassware is a favorite of my husband's and I'm sharing all the comments about it with him. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  26. Sandra, your table is lovely!!! I love tall candlesticks and the sideboard with the cute square glass votive holders with hearts are adorable! So glad you linked up for my Pop-Up Valentine's Day Tablescape party. <3 The light coming in from outside is nice, too. Such a pretty place to sit and enjoy the day and outdoors!

    Here is the link if you wish to add it to your post (I know it's kind of double-dipping with Rita's party, but it should benefit hers as well.) ~

    https://fresh.inlinkz.com/p/0eeff1388c4242439c2a44cb39bc5a66

    Happy Sunday and I hope it is warming up your way!
    Barb :)

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    1. Thank you, Barb! I love the atmosphere that candles create, the more the better. I like the way the candlelight comes through the votives and emphasizes the hearts. (I've got to learn to take good photos in candlelight...)

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  27. p.s. I pinned a number of photos to my At Table, Yummy! boards for you. <3

    Enjoy the rest of your weekend,
    Barb :)

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  28. So beautiful ❤️. Love your table. Have a wonderful V-Day with your loved ones. Hugs. Sujatha:)

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    1. Thank you, Sujatha! I was quite pleased with how it turned out!

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