What could be more romantic than flowers? Perhaps setting a lovely table to showcase their blooms and enjoy their fragrances on a winter's day. Especially if done for Valentine's Day!
I'm delighted to be joining a group of stylists for a wonderful blog hop organized by Rita of Panoply. Please join me in visiting the other stylists' Valentine tablescapes linked at the bottom of this post for a variety of ways to celebrate this charmingly romantic day.
I knew that I wanted to use a very special base for my table, a tablecloth that Greg bought for me at the Bran Castle in Bran, Transylvania, 30 km from Romania's capital Bucharest. The castle was built in 1377.
The linen tablecloth was intricately embroidered by hand. The perimeter panel was embroidered then sewn onto the tablecloth. I laid the cloth on top of a larger lavender tablecloth. The colors in the embroidery set the color theme for the table — shades of lilac, lavender and amethyst.
The centerpiece is composed of lavender chrysanthemums, magenta alstromerias, white spray carnations and white baby's breath.
The alstromerias were a deeper magenta, more purple than pink, before they began to open up.
Though the flowers are standard grocery-store varieties, they are beautiful and very fresh.
The plates are designed with violets, similar in size to the embroidered field flowers. I love this pattern! I've used these dishes for several tables including Spring Comes in Shades of Violet and Vintage Meets Modern on a Late Spring Table. I've again used my favorite cross-hatched glass chargers in a lovely shade of green that echoes the leaves.
Lilac and purple candles in crystal candle holders and several velvet hearts bracket the centerpiece.
Vintage glassware seemed the perfect choice for a Valentine's table. The amethyst glasses have rounded bowls on columnar stems and date from the fifties. I found them years apart — the wine stems first, then the water goblets. The champagne glasses are later mid-century and were Greg's mothers. This champagne shape was very popular in the 1960-1970's. I particularly like the abstract etchings.
Taking the cue from the tablecloth, I've tied the satin napkins with lavender ribbons.
I think flowers, soft colors, lovely linens, sparkling crystal, and candles all contribute to a sweetly romantic dinner.
Greg has created a wonderful menu for the dinner: classic Caesar salad, salt-crusted beef tenderloin, potatoes au gratin, roasted prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, Bearnaise sauce, and red velvet cake in our rose bundt pan.
Larger velvet hearts bring a Valentine touch to the buffet along with a scattering of chocolate truffles.
Happy Valentine’s Day
I'm sure you will find wonderful ideas for setting your table for Valentine's Day in the tablescapes listed below!
Panoply - Color My World, Valentine
Hyacinths for the Soul - Cozy Moments of the Heart - Valentine Tablescape
The Cat's Whiskerz - Hearts, Snowflakes and some Sparkle for a Valentine's Day Table
Red Cottage Chronicles - Family Fun Valentine's Tablescape
Everyday Living - Valentine's Day - A Celebration of Love
Life and Linda - Love You Beary Much
The Painted Apron - Rosy Valentine
My Thrift Store Addiction - Must Have Flowers! Vintage French Valentine's Day Tablescape
Me and My Captain - Elementary, My Dear Watson
Home is Where the Boat Is - The Birds and Bees
Karins Kottage - Flirty and Fun Valentine Table
Pandora's Box - A Valentine Breakfast
Mantel and Table - A Vibrant Blue Tablescape for Beautiful Valentine Romance
The Bookish Dilettante - Valentine's Day Tablescape: Hearts and Lace
Thrifting Wonderland - Be Mine...Valentine
Dinner at Eight - A Valentine's Table with Flowers, Ribbons and Hearts
Salad and bread plates | Rossetti 'Spring Violets'
Dinner plates | Villeroy & Boch 'Manoir'
Goblets | Fostoria 'Classic Amethyst'
Champagne coupes | Libbey Glass 'Windswept'
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