What better place to spend Valentine's Day
than in Paris.
A few years ago we were invited by
friends, Paula and Craig to come to Paris and stay
with them while they were directors of the BYU study
abroad in Paris. They invited us in February and we
were there over Valentine's Day.
Their apartment was just about two blocks from the
Eiffel Tower. This had to be the most
romantic Valentine's Day ever.
If you have read my profile you have read how it was my
goal to hit all of the wonderful chocolate shoppes there.
My sweetheart bought me this chocolate box filled with
chocolates there. We were able to bring it all the
way home with us so that we could show it off to
Paris in the springtime is my inspiration for this
tablescape today as I join
Between Naps On The Porch
for my favorite event of the week
While we were there we had the chance to visit
the castle country.
With my love for design and architecture, this was a
Here we are just before we entered the
Eiffel tower for lunch.
I had to include this gorgeous plate that I had at the
Eiffel Tower Restaurant. It was a lobster salad.
Don't you love that plate? Everything was so elegant.
Lunch is often a less expensive way to experience
a famous restaurant.
One last peek at the fabulous architecture before I
show you the table I constructed in remembrance
of my Paris Valentines.
All of my fun European inspired dishes come from Home Goods,
who by the way were kind enough to send me a gift certificate
to say thank you for using their dishes in my tablescapes.
What a surprise that was.
I love these salad plates that remind me of the
I found four different ones.
I layered them over a square plate from Tai Pan.
I have this thing for square plates. It probably
comes from eating off of them at great restaurants.
Black and white and taupe make up the table.
I love this taupe linen with French-inspired script covering it.
I brought in my garden sculpture of the Eiffel tower to
center the tablescape.
Don't you love the fancy butter knives on
the little roll plate and
mercury glass votives with a little crown on them?
The crown reminds me of the castles and
our trip to Versailles.
I threw in the iconic fleur de lys.
These great wooden chargers are from Pier 1.
They anchor the placesetting and give it a flourish.
The votives came from Tai Pan.
A closer detail on the butter knife. I have had
these silver plated knives for years and they
came in 4 designs. I bought them from Home Goods.
Black flatware, black goblets and black and white napkins
with a silver plated napkin ring.
Peek past the napkin to see a bowl with the
Eiffel tower. The bowls feature different
famous European buildings on them.
I think it is time to light the candles to create a
I love the look through the mercury glass.
The jeweled crown just pops out.
I can't leave Paris without including some more chocolate
One of our favorite stops was a little crepe and
waffle stand right outside of the Louvre. Here
my hubby is gloriously enjoying a Belgian waffle topped
with hot Nutella and whipped cream.
Our final pastry shoppe indulgence. Everything we
had in Paris was fabulous. It was a food lover's heaven.
And to be really naughty, I am ending with our
while we were there in Paris. These are a chocolate, chocolate
eclair and a chocolate napoleon that came from the bakery
just around the corner.
Other mornings we had fresh croissants, dipped in hot chocolate.
For you fellow chocoholics, Paris is heaven when it comes
to chocolate, chocolate and more chocolate.
(Just a note, we walked everywhere so eating this
richly didn't kill us!!)
I will be sharing this with
Table Topper - Tai Pan
Large square plate - Tai Pan
Eiffel tower garden sculpture - Target
European architectural dishes - Home Goods
Flatware - Target
Goblets - Pier 1
Napkins - Home Goods
Napkin rings - Wal Mart
Butter knives - Home Goods
Votives - Tai Pan