Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Pinkalicious Valentine's Table

Everything is luscious in pink, and our
family Valentine's Day dinner is
pinkalicious!  Half of the fun of setting
a great table for the family is to hear
the oohs and ahhs of the little ones.

They love fancy as much as I do, and they
know I put in some extra effort.  The cutest part
was that there was a little surprise under every
plate, and it wasn't a minute before one
of them found it.

 The pinkaliciousness starts with this great
hot pink petal tablecloth.  Fresh potted orchids
add drama and height to the table, and yet you
can have conversation with everyone around the

I switched out the regular chairs with my
stackable chiavari chairs to fit more people,
while there were more placesettings at the
kitchen counter.

The stack starts with these wooden chargers
I have had for several years from Pier 1.  The
fun heart plates were from Harmon's this year,
and the darling little pink heart dishes were
from Tai Pan several years ago.

I opted for my grandmother's sterling silver,
even though it has to be hand washed.  I guess
the family is used to having a lot of handwashed
items for special dinners.

 These pink goblets were my mother's.  I paired those
with clear water glasses.

A fresh rose sits at every place setting.

I just love orchids and these have graced
the kitchen for some time now.  Be sure and
buy some with unopened buds so that they
continue to bloom.

Little touches of Valentine's filled the rest of the
center of the table.

Even pinkalicious cupcakes!

That party is done, and we are on to the next.
The table has been reset, and we are
entertaining friends on Valentine's Day
evening with a fondue party.

It is so nice to dine with friends at home
instead of trying to get reservations at a

I hope you spread the love and have a
wonderful Valentine's Day.

And if you follow me on Instagram,
you know that we have had fun
with homemade chocolates for
Valentine's Day.

A wonderful meal and a little chocolate
and it is the perfect Valentine's Day.

I will be posting this with

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Surprise Early Valentine's

We have big plans for Valentine's Day, but
we are entertaining a group, so I decided to
surprise hubby tonight with an early 
Valentine's Day dinner,

complete with card and gifts,

on the coffee table in front of the fireplace.

If you follow me on Instagram, you saw that
hubby brought home red and white roses
yesterday after watching a Hallmark movie
together.  The movie was Perfect Match
and it was about a man and woman butting
heads while trying to plan his nephew's 
wedding.  You learn in the movie the
meaning of red and white roses, so my
sweetheart showed up with red and white
roses the day after.  He really is addicted
to Hallmark movies, and we both love watching

I decided I would surprise him with a dinner
featuring his red roses.

I just love my fur and gold coffee tables
and a heart shaped fur pillow would be the
perfect seat to use as we eat dinner in
front of the fire.

The placesetting starts with a red woven heart-shaped
placemat.  It is topped with three white plates,
the final one set on an angle.

I tossed a few rose petals on the plates and
the fur.

I picked up a little greenery at the grocery store
and layered that down the center and tucked in
some of the gorgeous red roses.

The were so fragrant.  You could smell them as
I set the table, and later hubby could smell
them as he was eating.

A few red votives were mingled in.

These cute plates set off to the side of
the main place setting.

These heavy ruby goblets were ones that I had
custom ordered in Cabo a few years ago.

 My ruby red flatware worked perfectly.
The red is so powerful, it is offset nicely
by all of the white.

These napkins were Home Goods finds 
last year.

A magnificent cream puff decorated
with Valentine's Day candies topped each plate.

I just love these little domed stems.  They make
any dessert extra special.

Here is a picture without the dome.  

I had to get a shot off the balcony
of our fireside dining. 

Over the years we have loved setting a low table
in the great room in front of the fireplace.  

It always makes dining so special.

I placed a couple of fun and simple gifts
on his pillow to surprise him.  I found this
cute Trophy Husband tee online and had 
made a year review of 2017 on Chatbook
and another trip book from Disneyland and Hawaii.

He came in and immediately told me what a
rough day he had.  He lit up when he saw the
surprise, grabbed his camera and started taking
pictures, and then said that he needed to buy
me flowers more often!

We both agreed it was fun to celebrate early,
so it could be just the two of us.

I will be posting this surprise with

Monday, February 5, 2018

My Valentine's Day Tree

Last year I picked up an after Christmas
pre-lit tree for only $10.  I have used it
for a Valentine's Day tree and an Easter tree.

This year's tree has a few new touches and 
sit on a pedestal table in the kitchen.

The base of the tree is filled with chocolate
Valentine's boxes that I have saved over the

I added three pairs of feathered wings this year.
Since it was such an inexpensive tree, it has
a lot more hollow space and the wings really
helped to fill in the bare spots.

Pink and red are so pretty together for
Valentine's Day.  These little flower hearts
are some of my favorite decorations on
the tree.

These filled hearts are new this year,

as are these sparkling gold hearts.

This gift tag from last year is a fun
Valentine addition.

I have no memory of when I received this
satin lip shaped chocolate box, but I
love it and it nestles in the tree perfectly.

This jeweled box also holds a special spot
in my "heart".

I draped the tree with pink and red ribbons,
and white boas.  The boas mix so well with
all of my decor.

Another heart box in leather look.

Of course, my favorite look is at night
with the lights sparkling.

Pink, purple, red, and gold, hearts,
flowers, boas and lights - what could
be prettier for this fun holiday.

So glad you stopped by to see what is
happening over here for Valentine's Day.

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