Saturday, February 12, 2022

Romantic Valentine Tray Decor

In the midst of February comes the lovely tradition of Valentine's Day!


It's a fleeting kind of holiday, one that can be enjoyed in lots of different ways. I am delighted that I received an invitation from Katherine of Katherine's Corner to join a group of stylists in creating the feeling of Valentine's Day on a tray. A mini celebration, if you will! 

If you've come from Masterpieces of My Life, welcome! I know you enjoyed her tray as much as I have.

    
I don't have a large collection of decor items that are specifically for Valentine's Day, so I took to heart Katherine's challenge of designing a tray without purchasing anything new. But where to start? I decided I would continue the theme of romance that I began with my Valentine's tablescape. And what is more romantic than flowers?
 
 
The flowers are very fresh; they are the second installment of a calendar of flower arrangements that we received as a gift. And such a wonderful gift it has been! The colors in the bouquet are pinks and creams, so that became the palette for the tray.

  
For the base, I used a walnut tray that usually graces autumn trays and tables. I liked using the dark wood beneath the pastel tones. One of two ceramic lovebirds is peering at the glitter hearts.

   
A candle of course also connotes romance! I chose a pretty ivory candle to sit within a clear glass votive with hearts etched all around that I've had for about twenty years.

 
Romantic Valentine evenings require a good wine (or champagne! even better!) as well as candlelight. Pretty swirls in cranberry/rose shape these wine glasses which have been in several tablescapes, such as the Softer Side of Pink.

  
A large Valentine heart box that I bought when Daughter J hosted tea parties for her friends proclaims the day's sentiments. Next to it is the second lovebird, and in front is a silver Eiffel Tower ornament, symbolizing the City of Love.

  
To fit the scale of the other items on the tray, I cut several inches from the flower stems, then used one of the vases I had on hand that was in proportion. Not one of the prettiest vases I have, but its flared lip allows the flowers to spread and nod gracefully.
   
 
These dramatic lilies are quite large! They provide the structure for the arrangement.

  
The smaller flowers are in softer pastel hues, each with different petal forms.

   
And their scent is heavenly!


Pretty cut-work napkins interlaced with solid pink ones and melt-in-your-mouth chocolates continue the romantic feeling.

 
I've placed the tray on the island in the kitchen so that we can readily view it throughout the day.
 

I hope this has given you some ideas of how to bring a bit of romance to this February 14!


    

Happy Valentine’s Day!

     
    
Now it's time to head over to where it all started, Katherine's Corner, and be inspired by her charming tray! And don't forget to follow the links to all the others on the tour! (They're listed at the end of the post.)

 
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32 comments:

  1. Hi Sandra! I love your tray. Wood elements get me every time and your flowers are absolutely stunning. I can smell them through my monitor all the way over here. Just beautiful. That little Eiffel Tower also stole my heart. I am so happy to have shared the blog tour with you. Happy Valentine's Day. XO- MaryJo

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    1. Thank you, Mary Jo! The flowers have lasted a week and a half and the last buds are still opening. They've provided the scent of spring through the cold! Happy Valentine's Day

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  2. SO beautiful Sandra! I love your little love birds, and of course your stunning flowers. What a wonderful gift! If I were you, I might have to nibble a few of those chocolates before the big day! :) Hope you have a lovely weekend - it's always great to share a tour with you!

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    1. Thanks, Barbara! I did my best to hold out on the chocolate, but....lol! Loved joining the tour. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  3. Simply gorgeous Sandra! Such a romantic vignette and I swear I can smell those flowers from here! I am such a fan of your tablescapes so I knew your tray would be lovely and you never disappoint. Thanks so much for the inspiration and Happy Valentine's Day to you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Denise, for your sweet comments! I'm flattered you've enjoyed my posts. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  4. Sandra,
    The floral arrangement is stunning! Love the color of your charming wine glasses!! such a pretty arrangement on your tray!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Happy Valentine's Day!
    Hugs,
    Deb

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    1. Thanks, Deb! I fell for the wine glasses the minute I saw them! Happy Valentine's Day!

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  5. Oh Sandra, I love love love your pretty Valentine tray! The stemware and flowers are just beautiful and so many sweet details like the love birds, heart votive, chocolates, hearts and the mini Eiffel tower! Gorgeous napkins too...there is definitely love and romance in the air! Have a wonderful Valentine's Day 💕 Jenna

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    1. Thank you, Jenna, that's so nice of you to say! Those flowers really led the way. Enjoy your Valentine's Day!

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  6. Those flowers are beautiful, and so timely for using on your tray. Little pincushion flowers have always intrigued me, and it's a flower I've yet to plant in the yard!
    I like how you played with the contrast; dark tray along side the clear glass votives, and vase, white napkin, and the pretty rose tinted glasses. I'll take champagne please :)
    Happy Valentine's Day
    Hugs,
    Rachelle

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    1. Thanks, Rachelle. The flowers are spectacular, and that's only half of them! I thought the lilies gave a different feel for a Valentine arrangement. As for the champagne -- you and me both!
      Happy Valentine's Day!

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  7. I pinned your pretty tray to my Valentine's Board on Pinterest. Really pretty tray and glasses. Best wishes for the fun and loving holiday of Valentine's. Linda @Crafts a la mode

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    1. Thank you, Linda, and thanks for pinning! I hope you enjoyed Valentine's Day!

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  8. Such a great vignette. What a romantic way to spend it with a loved one. Love the clear glasses, just stunning. I just posted because a glitch this morning. Take care

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    1. Thanks, Maria! I've had a fair amount of pc/internet issues myself lately.

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  9. Stargazer lilies are some of my favorite flowers, their fragrance is intoxicating. Your elegant and romantic tray filled with reminders of love is so pretty. The Eifel tower and all the little elements make such a lovely statement. Thank you for joining in the fun. Happy Valentine's Day xo

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    1. Thanks so much, Katherine. It was a bit of a challenge to find things in the house that were both romantic and signified Valentine's. But it was such fun doing it! Thanks for coordinating the tour for all of us!

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  10. I really enjoyed seeing your beautiful tray and those lovely flowers! Simply gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks, Debbie, such a nice thing to say! I'm so glad you stopped by!

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    1. Thank you, Maristella! Hope you had a lovely Valentine's Day!

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  12. Oh how beautiful, Sandra, those swirl wineglasses are so gorgeous. Love all the lovely pinks and cream and that Eiffel tower is just perfect for a bit of romance! Sorry I'm so late coming by to visit. Deb

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    1. Thanks, Debra! I've been in the mood for romance this winter and enjoyed conveying a bit of that feeling. So glad you liked this and left such nice comments.

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  13. This is awesome. Thank you so much for sharing on Fabulous Friday Link Party. We sure appreciate you. Hugs and blessings to you.

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    1. I'm thrilled you liked this! I've enjoyed coming to your new party.

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  14. So pretty Sandra. Love your romantic valentine tray. Beautiful napkins, goblets and flowers. I am happy to feature your lovely Valentine's tray at Love Your Creativity.

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    1. Thanks, Linda! And thank you for choosing my tray for one of your features!

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  15. Sandra, your valentine tray is so lovely and I love your stemware! Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm--pinned!

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    1. Thanks for your sweet comments -- and for pinning! I've been crazy about the stemware ever since I first saw it.

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  16. I love the beautiful blend of pinks. Hope you had a wonderful holiday. #HomeMattersParty

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    1. Thanks, Donna, I really enjoyed the holiday this year!

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