Tuesday, January 24, 2023

Valentine's Day — A Table Set for Tea

Valentine's Day is nearly here! Valentine's Day can be romantic, friendly, sentimental, classic or a mixture of all of them. I didn't really focus on Valentine's until my daughter was born and I was able to see holidays of all kinds through her eyes. Suddenly Valentine's Day became something I looked forward to each year. When she was 4, 5, 6 and 7 she had a Valentine's Tea Party with three of her friends and their dolls, complete with "tea", treats and themed crafts. 

So of course I set a table for tea for Valentine's Day with the beautiful tea dishes she gave me for Christmas!
I'm excited to be sharing my table in a wonderful blog hop organized by Rita of Panoply. Join me in visiting the other 19 stylists'  Valentine tablescapes linked at the bottom of this post. 

The table is set for two, with Irish breakfast tea, delectable sweet and savory treats, fresh flowers and candles.

The flowers are in pretty colors appropriate for Valentine's. They echo the flower-bedecked table runner and the floral design on the china.

The placemats also have a floral design, but one that is softly abstract — and pleated as well! I've had them since our wedding, so 'romantic' is checked. They were used on another type of table here.

I think the teapot's shape is elegant, with beautiful, cascading blossoms spilling over the sides. The gold accents gleam against the blue/turquoise of the shoulders and handle.

I love the airy weave of the table runner!

I also love the mix of flowers, which helps nudge the table to 'friendly yet classic'. (And I'm pleased to note the flowers were incredibly fresh.)

The turquoise of the tea dishes is repeated in the bright napkins, held by flowers on striking fabric-covered rings. Next to the dessert plates are brass tea spoons which came with the tea set. You'll notice I've added champagne flutes because my daughter and I both love mimosas!

The tea cups and saucers share the design of the tea pot. The blossoms and branches are painted so delicately!

Now for the treats! There are chocolate drizzled croissants, raspberry linzer cookies, mini vanilla cupcakes, sprinkled yogurt pretzels and two heart-shaped cookies. The pedestal cake plate adds a 'sentimental' touch, since it was my mother's, given to her as a wedding gift. The Elegant glass has lovely etched flowers and was made by New Martinsville in the 'Prelude' pattern.

The sun moving across the windows made pretty patterns on the table.

To add a bit of zest to the table I included vintage purple candlesticks, more for their visual impact since tea is usually a late afternoon affair. (Though with our incessant rain lately, we might just need to light them!)


I'm so looking forward to Valentine's tea with my daughter — even if we will have to do it over facetime.


Happy Valentine’s Day

Be sure to visit all the stylists below to see their ideas for Valentine's tea, lunch or dinner! I'm sure you'll find wonderful inspiration!

Home is Where the Boat Is - Love Birds' Bed & Breakfast
Everyday Living - Colors of Love
Pandora's Box - A Galentine's Table
Living With Thanksgiving - Let Me Call You Sweetheart
The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Glamorous Winter Snowman for Valentine's Day
The Painted Apron - Hearts and Flowers
My Thrift Store Addiction - Cupid's Valentine Dessert Buffet
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Day for Love
Red Cottage Chronicles - Fire and Ice Valentine's Tablescape
Hyacinths for the Soul - Where You Go, My Heart Follows
Thrifting Wonderland - Start With Flowers Tablescape
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Sweet Valentine Tablescape


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  1. Sandra, what a beautiful valentine tea setting! I love your beautiful teapot and floral scarf runner--pinned!

  2. Sandra I want to come to your tea party....what a sweet story about your daughter and her tea parties growing up. The turquoise tea pot is perfect (I collect tea pots and if I visited, it might disappear into my bag, tea and all) LOL It is always fun to see the inspiration of different interpretations of all the bloggers. If I get my IT issues worked out, I may post my table too. Happy Valentines day

  3. Such pretty dishes and tea cups! You are right they are so delicately painted. Yea parties are a favorite around here with my granddaughters 🥰

  4. Delightful tea table to share with your daughter! I adore your elegant teapot and matching tea cups! Your beautiful runner napkins and flowers also are notable. The pretty cake plate full of goodies makes me wish I could have one of each.

  5. Oh Sandra, you had me at turquoise, my very favorite color! That tea pot is gorgeous!! What a fun idea to have a Valentine tea with your daughter! I had a Mother's Day tea party with my daughter and granddaughter several years ago and it was such a special time. I love how you styled the table runner and choose flowers to blend with your placemat colors and beautiful tea cups. The goodie plate is very tempting, and yes I'd love a mimosa please! Just lovely!

  6. A gorgeous Valentine Tea table. I love your teapot and china. The desserts look so delicious. Enjoy!

  7. Sandra, your table is lovely. I adore that teapot and matching teacups with it's pretty design. The turquoise is such a pretty color. Those treats, chocolate drizzled croissants, raspberry linzer cookies, mini vanilla cupcakes are calling my name. Flowers make everything better. Enjoy your Valentine's tea with your daughter.

  8. Beautiful table Sandra! Teal is my favorite color so I instantly fell in love with your tea pot and cups. Such a gorgeous set! You always set such outstanding tables my friend. Thanks for sharing at the Home Imagined Link Party today.

  9. This is gorgeous! I love the teacup, saucers, and teapot! :D The colors are definitely favorites of mine. Your linens are pretty, too. You are such a sweet and thoughtful mama: Your daughter will be thrilled!
    Happy Valentine's!
    Ricki Jill

  10. Very pretty! I hope you enjoy your time with your daughter. What a nice way to celebrate Valentine’s Day!!❤️

  11. Your tea set is so pretty! What a fun idea to have tea and sweets - and your tray of sweets made my mouth water - I could have one of each!! Enjoy Valentines Day

  12. Sandra, your tea table is gorgeous and how lovely to share with your daughter in remembrance of tea tables past! The colors and pattern in the teapot, teacups, and saucers are just so pretty and I love the napkins to match. The flowers are gorgeous and the table runner and placemats tie in so well with your color theme. The plate of goodies looks divine. I hope you and your daughter have a lovely Valentine's get together no matter how it happens and wishing you a happy Valentine's day!

  13. What a gorgeous tea set your daughter gifted you! The predominant color reminds me of Tiffany blue, and that floral design is subtle nod to spring coming soon. The classic, gold-rimmed plates and spoons elevate the look even more. I love that you have your mother's cake stand, and using the placemats from your wedding gifts is a sweet reminder of the love celebrated. Enjoy your teatime with your daughter, and thank you for bringing us along to enjoy it too!❣️

  14. Tea is such a wonderful institution, Sandra, and I would enjoy it all the more at your lovely table. The teapot and cups are really beautiful and set the mood for a lovely get together with your daughter. Love the combination of flowers and the napkins that all it together. It would be beautiful even without the promise of "treats". LOL Thanks for sharing.

  15. A tea for Valentine’s Day is my favorite way to celebrate and what a delicious assortment of treats! Such a beautiful teapot and teacups! Your table runner is perfectly paired with your flowers and placemats. As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Happy Valentine’s Day ♥

  16. Sandra, I love a tea party! You have set a beautiful table to enjoy tea. The teapot and cups and saucers are gorgeous and what a lovely gift from your daughter. I also love turquoise, it is so elegant on your table. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  17. Gorgeous tea set, and love the thought of a Valentine Tea tradition with your daughter. I loved Valentine's Day as a child, but nothing special other than a party at school. I would have loved it if my mom had started a tea party tradition. Your flowers and details on the table are a treat for the eyes. Thanks for sharing! Happy Valentine's Day!

  18. Sandra, I love everything about your table!

  19. Sandra, what a cozy luncheon Valentine's Day tablescape. I love how you made use of teal to enhance the colors from your tea pot and cups. They are so beautiful! And your treats are looking so good to me that I am finding it hard to concentrate on this inviting tablescape. Your placemats and open weave runner are such a perfect match to go with your teapot and cups. They were meant to be together. I am sure this lovely setting will create the perfect place to enjoy long conversations with family or friends. Beautiful. Happy Valentine's Day.

  20. How lovely for you to have this idea to share a Valentine's tea with your daughter, as you said, even if it is over Facetime. Your teapot and the cups and saucers are so beautiful! They are something I would want to have on display all of the time! Happy Valentine's Day!!

  21. Sandra, I love a good tea party, and you have set a gorgeous Valentine's Day tea. I remember having tea parties for my daughter and her close friends when she was younger. It was always so much fun! I am swooning over the teapot and teacups. They are beautiful! How special to add the cake stand that belonged to your mother. I always love sentimental touches. The sweet treats look scrumptious! I hope that you have a happy Valentine's Day!


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