What's in a name? Oh I know Shakespeare has the answer, but that's not where I'm going!
The ever so delightful and ueber-talented Cherry Kay from Entertaining Women blog is my partner at the table setting party tonight!
We chose to use our Schumann Dresden dishes. I've used them before HERE and HERE. And I just realized I used the same tablecloth from one of the tables. But with a twist. I paired them with a gold charger today and used gold flatware.
We actually used this table last Sunday evening. So I didn't use
a lot of any hearts. Shame on me.
In their stead, I used some vase napkin rings to reign in the napkins, freshly embroidered. In each vase, I inserted a single alstroemeria blossom.
I love how the sweet blossoms present their precious heads far above the plates.
Now don't laugh.. but I have a confession to make. I'm sure this has never happened to anyone else. Ever. I probably took the first 20-30 pictures of the table.... sans glasses!! Yep, as I was fixing dinner, I noticed my omission. And sprung into action and pulled out some glasses. I'm sure the guests would have just had a good laugh and dinner would still have been a success! I wonder if I would have laughed at myself.
I placed a hot pink tablecloth under the lace to set the tone for the table.
By this time the late afternoon sun was streaming in the window and there was no
way to avoid the sun dance!
I used the silver candelabras on the table. I think it's perfectly acceptable to mix metals.
What do you think?
Because all good things are in 3's... the silver plateau found it's way under the bouquet of flowers. Which, truth be told might be a tad bit high, but everyone could still be seen over them, and conversation flowed as freely as ever.
I think the lace, embroidery and crystal help give the table a very romantic look, even without hearts. What do you think?
I love how crystal seems to come to life when the sun or lighting hits it just so.
Finding flowers for the centerpiece proved a bit of challenge. Here's a tip.. take a picture of the dishes, carry it with you and then hold it up to the flowers in the store. It's amazing what pops out at you when you do that.
No roses, but every color in the bouquet is in the dishes.
Because Cherry Kay often uses soup tureens as centerpieces; in her honor, I used the matching one to the dishes to sit in as a container for the flowers this evening.
The silver butter dish and the Lenox swans add a bit more jewelry to the table.
After the near disaster of the missing glasses, I didn't take any pictures with the candles lit that evening. Too busy with guests and getting our dinner of pecan crusted trout, garlic roasted red potatoes, steamed broccoli with hollandaise sauce on the table. Our first course was a fresh mixed lettuce salad with vinaigrette. And to follow all this up, I served a mixed berry dessert over which I spooned a tequila cream sauce. Yummy!
I hope you will find your way over to Cherry Kay's to see her table, which I might say is absolutely fabulous. She, too, chose pink as a backdrop.. but oooh with just her special touches, it looks so stunning. You do know that it was her gentle nudge that pushed me ever so gently into forward motion and got me collecting these beautiful dishes. So it was fitting we teamed up to bring you a duo of tables for Valentine's.
Wishing all of you a Valentine's day full of happiness and joy. It's not the big things that matter, but all the little things that happen along the way that really make a difference. So single, in a relationship or married for eons; do something fun, enjoy the day and buy yourself flowers if need be.
Chargers - Hobby Lobby
Dishes - Antiques, Schumann Dresden (ebay)
Flatware - International
Water goblets - Mikasa Parklane
Wine glasses - Libbey Rock Sharpe
Silver candelabra, silver plateau - antique
Lenox swan salt cellars - Lenox "To the Bride"
Embroidery design - Sonia Showalter designs
Joining the party over at Cuisine Kathleen's - Let's Dish - on Wednesday evening
And then I'll be partying over at Susan's Beneath Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday!