Thursday, February 18, 2010

Tablescape Thursday! Valentine's Version

Last week we had friends M & M over for dinner. It was nice to have some company and we came up with a very easy and straight forward menu that would be easy for me to make.
I love having a holiday to coordinate the table with. Valentine's Day is one of my favorites, I just love the bright red with the pop of white. 

I bought flowers for the centerpiece, but forgot to take a picture of them. I bought the small hurricane with red floral ring and candles at Crate and Barrel after Christmas. When I bought them I could already imagine them on a Valentine's table. 

The four salad plates I bought after Christmas at HomeGoods, I love the sayings on them.

For dinner we served
Brie with raspberry preserves wrapped in puffed pastry
Mixed green salad with candied pecans, red onion and fresh pear slices with a chardonnay raspberry vinaigrette
Steamed asparagus
Truffled mashed potatoes
Leg of lamb using this recipe (we don't know a lot of people here in Minnie who like or eat lamb, so we were thrilled to be able to make this as an entree and it turned out perfectly)
Dessert was a store bought chocolate raspberry cheesecake and brownies.
We also had some very nice bottles of wine to compliment dinner. My favorite out of all of them was a wine from a young wine maker called The Prisoner. Great reviews. I found it to be a very complex wine. I bought 6 bottles a while back, we drank the last one, and now I need to find more, I just love this wine. 

The table was set with
Red and White tablecloth, HomeGoods after Christmas
Runner white with embroidered hearts, quilted, reverses to all red quilted. HomeGoods week before Valentine's Day (thanks to Notes from a Cottage Industry I won a gift card, this is one of the items I spent it on! Thanks to my sister for getting me out of the house and taking me shopping!)
White napkins with red and white polka dot grosgrain trim, set of 12 HomeGoods after Christmas
Red, white and silver napkin rings, Crate and Barrel, years ago during the summer sale (LOVE that sale!)
Red velvet and satin placemats, Target after Christmas, I bought these at 90% off, so I think I paid .99 for four. Yes, I bought two sets and one in off-white as well.
Candle holders, all are from Crate and Barrel, the small red ones with the red candle sticks with white hearts are from a C&B summer sale as well. 
Cake plate with red and white grosgrain polka dot ribbon, HomeGoods.
Wine glasses, old from Target
Silverware, gift from the boy
Polkadot buckets from a stationary store that was going out of business years ago
Butter dish, from my mom
Salt and Pepper shakers, estate sale treasures

Not sure where to go for the next tablescape, I am sure I will be getting inspiration over at Between Naps on The Porch. I love all of the tablescapes that people post. Check it out for more inspiration. 


Marigene said...

Love your Valentine table, especially those cute salad/dessert plates.

Suburban prep said...

What abeautiful setting for your gathering.

Donna said...

Very pretty table. I just love those napkins! I wish we had a Home Goods.


Life Laugh Latte said...

Love your tablescape. So beautiful. Come by and watch our vlog version. Have a great day. Holly:)

Blondie's Journal said...

Your table is SO charming. I love the cute plates and all of your accessories!! Your menu was outstanding!! :-)


Lara Harris said...

So sweet :)

gigharborscrapper said...

I saw those plates at HG...many they are cute. If I had a HG near me, I would be broke. The closest one is 3 hours away!!
Beautiful table and the menu sounded scrumptious.

Preppy in Pink said...

Love the cake stand!

The Southern Belle said...

You won me over with the polka dots and the fabulous menu!