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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Valentine's a Deux

After a small dinner party for friends on Saturday, we had just the two of us for dinner on Valentine's Day itself.  

It's been unusually cold here, so I set the table in the living room in front of the fire place.  I've thought of doing this many times, but the reality is that it is just too hot most evenings.

These dishes by Cynthia Rowley were an easy choice.  I bought them before Christmas, thinking they would be a great Christmas selection, but never used them.  I love that they are gold rimmed and  sort of formal, but I find them fresh and a bit whimsical as well.

Especially when you add the salad plate.

You can just see the small appetizer plate that I added and used for our shrimp cocktail.  Here's the napkins that a guest sent us after a dinner party several years ago.  I thought they were perfect for this table.

The glasses were a red vintage stem for wine......

and these white speckled water glasses.  

This mis-matched silverplate flatware showed up again.  Here's a disclosure:  I substituted a steak knife for these beautiful knives before we sat down to eat.  Mr. Pressed Pants cooked fillets on the grill and that would have been too much for these fragile old knives. 

A red bread and butter plate and some glass confetti hearts added some spunk to the table.

These flowers made another appearance from the night before.  Actually, many of these items were "re-runs".  The dishes and linens were about the only things different, but they change the look of the table greatly.

A simple Waterford crystal wine coaster was used the night before, too.

This touch of silver was lovely in the firelight.   

I used a plain white linen caterer's cloth with this special cloth over it.  My mother made it for me years ago, and I've used it for many special events through the years, even engagement parties and bridesmaids luncheons for our daughters.  

Here's a  picture of the table in front of our fireplace.  It's only a card table, but I brought in chairs from the dining room.

This one is taken from the upstairs hallway through the gate in the wall.

See it here?

This is taken from the same place, but a bit closer.  Doesn't it look inviting?

We might do this more often.

Dinner with friends last night was great, but you can't beat an evening with just the one you love. 

I meant to put this on the last post.  It's our front door. 

And this is the fountain in the front driveway circle.

There's something very romantic about this, and, of course, it gets even sweeter with a bit of tulle and a peony, right? 


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  1. Love those dishes! Such a beautiful table and it seems so romantic being placed in front of a crackling fire.

    Love the romantic fountain too. That must add romance to your day, every day.

  2. The dishes are beautiful! I can see them used for many holidays. I, too, have thought of doing a dinner for 2 by the fire, just havn't done it yet. You have inspired me!!! Love that gate upstairs too!

  3. How very lovely and romantic! Those Cynthia Rowley plates are quite a find! Absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing this. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  4. Love your table. I love the way you positioned the dinner plate and salad plate. So creative and looks magnificent. Love your top plate as well. A very fun, beautiful yet whimsical table.

  5. Lovely table for deux! Love the new red and white dishes. I'd like to find these in black and white. The scallop is a nice touch. Thanks for sharing your pretty, romantic table.

  6. I love this table. The red colors are so romantic. Coming from Celebrate Your Story.

  7. What a truly romantic table. Love how you set it up in front of the beautiful fireplace. True Romance. The plates really caught my eye. Thank you for linking up to the link party.

  8. Stunning table! The red is such a vibrant color. Plus, I am loving your statue in your driveway. That is too cute!

  9. That looks so fun and festive! Thanks for sharing at the new Dishing It & Digging It! Link Party!

  10. Whimsical and very inviting. Thanks for joining us at Celebrate Your Story link party. Enjoy your week!

  11. Oh this looks so romantic!! I love your table setting.

  12. What a stunning and romantic table please tell us wher you got those plates at ?To Die for Susie

    1. Thank you for the lovely comment! Those plates came from Homegoods just before Christmas. They are by Cynthia Rowley, and I have since seen the same plates done by her in pink/wht, and Turquoise and white. I'm keeping my eyes open for more of these in red. I only bought four placesettings and I know I would use four more. Good hunting!

  13. What pretty plates! The red and white are perfect for Valentine's day, but I'm sure could be used for so many other holidays as well.

    Thank you for sharing at the Celebrate Your Story Link Up Party.

  14. I love that table in front of the fireplace! I also love your fountain! So romantic! Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home!


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