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.
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
My Hubbard Home - Vintage Inspired Rose and Gold Valentine's Table
Life and Linda - Sealed With a Kiss Tablescape
The Bookish Dilettante - Valentine's Day Tablescape Blog Hop: Paris Is Always a Good Idea
Everyday Living - Colors of Love
thecatswhiskerz - A Frosty Galentine's Day Tablescape
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
Karin's Kottage - Pinkand Red Valentine's Table for Kids
The Painted Apron - Hearts and Flowers
My Thrift Store Addiction - Cupid's Valentine Dessert Buffet
Celebrate and Decorate - A Romantic Valentine's Tablescape for Two
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Day for Love
Dinner at Eight - Valentine's Day - A Table Set for Tea
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