9 Romantic Tablescapes for Valentines

Romantic Tablescape

Table for Two Blog Hop

What is romance to you? Is it snuggling by the fire? Hiking through nature with the person of your dreams? Or is it the definition given by Merriam-Webster?

“A feeling of excitement and mystery associated with love.”

I am a “romantic” at heart and love all things related to adventure, imagination and just about anything that creates an escape from the everyday routines of life. So, when approached by Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate to join a group of extremely talented ladies in this tablescape bloghop, I was quick to “hop” on board. It is an honor and a pleasure to be a part of this group of bloggers.

In addition, I decided to add a few tablescapes from across the web to share ideas for using vintage and antique pieces. Let me know your thoughts.

Preparing the Table

A dear friend of the family cleaned out some of her china recently and gave me several pieces from her collection. It’s a double honor today, to use some of her treasures.

 

Lenox Pinafore

The floral salad plate is part of her Lenox, Pinafore pattern.  It’s such a delicate pattern of pinks and greens, I thought it perfect for a romantic tablescape.

Cakeplate in Tablescape

The depression glass bell was a gift from my sweet sister. I found the crystal and brass votives at a local flea market. Pulling it all together for a romantic dinner with my hubby, was the most fun of all. Yes, it’s a bit fru-fru for a man, but he loves me regardless!

A Feeling of Excitement

 

SweetTarts

Nothing more fitting to scatter across the table than a few SweetTarts. My daughter and I LOVE them! It was a challenge to arrange them on the table without eating them.

 

a toast on Valentine's

My mother-in-love gifted these champagne flutes to us one Christmas. They are pink stemmed from the Breast Cancer Awareness Shop for a Cure.

 

Scattered hearts
Scattered hearts also represent our families that live in different places all over the country.
paper rose napkin rings

 

A Little Mystery

As the sun begins to set, I plug in the lights beneath the table for a little extra ambiance.

crystal votive

 

sneak peak

 

gold and crystal votive

 

Cupcakes for Two

The French chairs are his and her antiques. How fun that he has his chair with elevated arms and I have mine… with more relaxed arms. It’s like the chair has been pulled out for me by more than one gentleman….my man and the creator of this chair from generations ago.

 

A couple of gifts for the man who is the absolute love of my life. He is a server, provider, giver and wonderful father.  I am blessed to be his wife.

 

valentine presents

 

gold and crystal votive

Light the candles…

 

candlelight

 

The cupcakes for the cupcake stands are on the way…

 

Candlelit dinner

 


 

Romantic Tablescapes from Across the Web

romantic tablescape for Valentine's

You can find vases like these in antique malls, like Southern Antiques & Accents ;), thrift stores or big box stores. If you run across crystal or glass candlesticks pick them up. Then if you find discarded votives or pendant lights, glue them together for a custom look on your table.

Valentine Lantern Table

Look for a beautiful old lantern like this and add red or white candles with flower petals. Set your table with white dishes, add red and crystal glassware for a quick and sweet table.

Valentines Ornament Centerpiece

What a simple centerpiece! Fill a large bowl with red ornaments, beads and heart garland, a hurricane glass and candle.

rose tree centerpiece

This centerpiece would be super easy to make with a floral foam cone and a whole bunch of Dollar Tree roses. Check your local antique mall for red glasses, vintage tablecloth and runner.

set of three rose bouquets

The tablecloth, dishes and rose bouquets on the table are striking. Look for square vases at antique malls or thrift stores, purchase red twine, a Quick Water Floral Kit and a faux rose bouquet to make your own centerpieces.

hearts and roses centerpiece

This whole centerpiece could be purchased from the Dollar Tree or a thrift store. So pretty!

dramatic valentines table

I saved these two examples for last because they are my absolute favorite. I am in love with the rose balls. These could be scaled down for a dinner for two or used for a wedding reception in any color.

luxurious valentines table

Ready for a nice evening at home. If only the weather would cooperate! Snuggling by the fire is my favorite.

For more inspiration for your romantic tablescape, visit these talented and adventurous bloggers.

Monday

From My Carolina Home |  | Everyday Living | Home is Where the Boat Is

Tuesday

Life and Linda | My Kentucky Living | Living With Thanksgiving | CoziNest

Wednesday

Belle Bleu Interiors | Rosemary and Thyme | Dining Delight | Fjolla’s Table |Bluesky Kitchen

Thursday

Panoply | Celebrate & Decorate | Sweet Sensations | The Painted Apron

 

Sitting at Her Father’s Table

Telling Stories from Her Father’s Table

Some stories tell themselves. This is one of those. My niece, Emily recently said yes to a young man that our family loves. His name is Bubba. He is the man that we know God chose for her.

Emily was raised in a Christian home. Her mother is my sister, who also married the man that we all know God chose for her. Emily’s parents are loved by many across the southeast. And this story is an example why. Here is the engagement story in her daddy’s own words.

Dave:

Bubba asked me to meet him halfway between Tennessee and Alabama for coffee. I expected the meeting was for him to ask for Emily’s hand in marriage. During our conversation he mentioned that it would take place at my mom’s house near the river. He wanted to have a table outdoors that held flowers, a Bible with her new name, Emily Hoffman on it, with the ring on top. I asked if it was okay if I built the table. It was my desire for them to have something special to remember the occasion and something they could use in their home. The table was perfect because family meals and fellowship have been lost. Hopefully this would give them a place to enjoy each other’s company while eating a home-cooked meal or takeout.

How to Build a Table

I wasn’t sure of the style, but I knew Emily likes simple, functional things, and the farmhouse table we have in our family dining room. So I decided to go that route.

I ordered 6 – 2 x 6 x 8 Ponderosa Redwood boards, 4 Large table legs and got started.

Building a farmhouse table
First, I cut the 2 x 6 boards in half. Next, I took my Kreg pocket drill and drilled holes on the underside of the boards. I then attached all the boards together, put the end pieces on and sanded the top to make it smooth.

Unfinished Farmhouse Table
For the base, I used 2 x 4 x 6 material and built the frame between the legs. I also drilled the frame with my Kreg pocket drill so I could secure the top later.

Final touches – I stained the top with Minwax Espresso and coated it with water based poly. It’s important to sand between the finish coats which was 3.

stained tabletop

Last step was to write the scripture I chose for them which was Proverbs 3:3-4, which is written beneath the table top.

3 Let love and faithfulness never leave you;

bind them around your neck,

write them on the tablet of your heart.

4 Then you will win favor and a good name
in the sight of God and man.

Ready to Pop the Question

table for a proposal
The table was placed near the river. Roses placed on top with the Holy Bible and the engagement ring.

ring on Bible

Roses and Bible
The sweetest thing that stood out to me about this whole story is this… Every time Emily places her feet beneath this table, she will be sitting at her father’s table. A man who taught her throughout her life exactly what it means to break bread at her FATHER’S table. May GOD bless this union as HE has blessed our family with such godly men.

CONGRATULATIONS EMILY & BUBBA!

Give Thanks for Family in Your Centerpiece

Give Thanks for Family on Thanksgiving

I was privileged to be invited to join this lovely Thanksgiving Tablescape Tour today. Katie from Katherine’s Corner is hosting and she is one talented lady! She designed my header a few years back and continues to help me out whenever I have a question. Thank you, Katie, for including me!

I know you will enjoy this tour. Feel free to pin or share any of the tablescapes you love! My post is about loving and accepting our family, just like Ruth and Naomi.

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In the book of Ruth in The Holy  Bible, Naomi told Ruth to return to her people after her son died. Ruth refused. She then said something to her mother-in-law that I also had read at my wedding.

Your God will be My God

 

Give Thanks for Family

Ruth loved her mother-in-law. Naomi loved her daughter-in-law and only encouraged her to return to her people because she thought that was the best choice for Ruth. But, Ruth refused to leave. Something or someone was pulling her heart toward Bethlehem. The result was that Ruth, a Moabite woman who was not from Israel or a Jew, became part of the lineage of Christ, our Savior. Here we learn a lesson in what it means to love our family. We may not all be “cut from the same cloth” so-to-speak, but each and every one of us matter.  Setting a table for Thanksgiving is a way to portray the unity we all desire. Mine this year, centers around the “Tree of Life,” a sculpture we picked up during a recent cruise.

The Tree of Life

Give Thanks for Family: Alfred Gockel Tree of Life

This sculpture by Alfred Gockel, has become a treasure in our home. It was meant to be centerstage in a garden, but I loved it so much that I had to place it on my dining room table. Especially for Thanksgiving. I mixed it with gold, glass and a touch of silk to combine metals and textures. I wanted to portray how easy we could all live together, if we accept each other as we are… creatures, made in the image of God.

Tree of Life Thanksgiving

I’ve also mixed everyday dinnerware, (Johnson Brothers, Blue Willow) with Lenox Fine China. I added gold-rimmed cups and saucers with Pier 1 glass goblets and gold-leafed wine glasses.

gold leaf glasses

Mixing Textures

Johnson Brothers Blue Willow

I think they all live beautifully together, don’t you?

Mixing patterns

Scarlett

Even my kitty, Scarlett, (who is a member of the family) approves.

Paws for Thanksgiving

Paws for Thanksgiving

Love even from a distance

Love from high above the scene.

Curly Stemmed Pumpkins

Glass pumpkins add color and texture.

Mixed Textures

draped orange napkin

Draping a rust napkin within each place setting ties all the colors together.

Some colors aren’t what I would normally pair together, but I thought it all blended together beautifully. Just like the Moabite woman who blended beautifully into the lineage of Christ. After all, our greatest gift is HIS life. He died on a tree and conquered death, so that we might all live with HIM in paradise. I think paradise can begin in our grateful hearts. Another sweet way to portray thankfulness is by writing a note. Perhaps to the person who first introduced you to Christ?

Give thanks for your family.

happy thanksgiving

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Traditional Red, Green and Gold Christmas Mantel

The fireplace is the focal point of the living room, so decorating your mantel for Christmas is a great place to set the tone for the season. Daphne Antique Galleria has everything you need to decorate your traditional Christmas mantel. Whether you are looking for something rustic, traditional or handmade, look no further than the antique mall across from Chick-fil-A in Daphne, AL.

 

traditional christmas mantle

this gorgeous, double-shelf mantel looks cheerful and festive

black leather chairs flank the fireplace


if you need extra chairs for the holidays, you can find great deals in the mall

dolls and trees

trees, fur, poinsettias and leather chairs add lots of texture

rocking horse caroler

vintage caroler

pot belly stove

pot belly stove

santas sleigh

Santa’s sleigh, Christmas florals, pillows and a touch of fur

silver and angel

 silver accents with an angel watching over us all

lamps with trees

a wonderland of trees, angels and garland top the mantle

sheet music trees

handmade trees of vintage sheet music

musical angel

lamps, pinecone garland, trees and musical angel

angel

angel with tree

green lanterns

pep up your hearth with lantern lamp posts

garland books wreath

boxwood wreath, sprigs of evergreen and christmas books

dolls

candlesticks help place dolls at different heights which add a touch of whimsy

reindeer

sleek, gold reindeer will put a sparkle in your eye

bells

jingle bells

double shelf mantle

antique mantleWhat’s your dream Christmas mantel? If your visions of sugarplums include cuddling up around a large fireplace, then hurry to DAG.  Or drive a bit further down the highway to Southern Antiques & Accents. Both are great places to find all your tradition Christmas mantel needs. We have everything from the mantel to the pillows and MORE!

254 Greeno Road

Fairhope, AL 36532

 

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White Trash Treasure – Kentucky Bourbon Box

Today’s White Trash Treasure is a Goodwill find. You see cheese-boxes similar to this all over Pinterest, so I thought it might be worth a little update. This Kentucky Bourbon Box would look great on an easel on top of your kitchen cabinets. It would make a great gift or could be used for storage in your pantry.

Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Cake Box

I decided I wanted it to look similar to a bourbon barrel, so I started out with a MinWax Stain in Pecan.

Pecan Minwax

Add it to your bar cart to hold utensils, corks or place small glass jars of garnishes inside for your next cocktail party.

Kentucky Woods Box

I applied one coat of pecan stain.

Pecan Stained Bourbon Cake Box

How could a pecan color be wrong on a cake box? I mean pecans go with everything, right?

Bourbon Barrel Cake Box - After

Kentucky Bourbon Box as Hostess Gift

I painted the box band black and stained the bottom rim to match the top. Then I applied a polyurethane sealer for a tiny bit of shine and to seal the stain/paint.

You could prepare your favorite Kentucky Bourbon Cake or Pie and give it as a hostess gift during the holidays. Save it for the next Kentucky Derby party and fill it with horseshoe shaped cookies, or better yet… iced derby hat cookies!

How would you use this little gem? You can find it at Southern Antiques and Antiques for only $7.90. And just in time for Ladies Night on the third Tuesday!!! It could be fun to use at the next Polo at the Point picnic here in Fairhope. If you’d like to order it for the Kentucky Derby, leave a comment and I will get in touch with you.

Kentucky Bourbon Cake Box Collage

 

I hope to see you at Ladies Night on the third Tuesday of the month.

Southern Antiques and Antiques

 254 N Greeno Rd.

Fairhope, AL 36532

Booth 141

 

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Great Ideas for Fall at Your Local Antique Mall

Find great ideas for Fall at a local Antique Mall. Antiques bring unexpected beauty and grace to our homes. An added bonus is the story behind the pieces that transform our rooms. My husband’s grandmother’s china cabinet holds my mother-in-love’s crystal stemware, making every meal a memory. That is what I love about antiques. They prevent my home from becoming a space filled with a bunch of stuff. And, if by chance, I don’t know the story of a beautiful set of amber depression glass bowls, using them on my table now creates a story for my daughter to pass to her children.

Amber Depression Glasses

Great Ideas for Fall at Your Local Antique Mall

So how do you begin to fill your home with stories? Find a local antique mall and make it your favorite place to shop. One of the many things I love about having an antique booth at Daphne Antique Galleria is knowing that all of our dealers are also adding stories to other people’s homes.  When I tell people I have a booth there, I love hearing, “Oh! I love that mall! I found my first babies’ rocker there.” Or another friend may say, “I always find great gifts in there.” Another thing I love is the inspiration I find there. We recently had a day of great fun as we designed two fall tablescapes to showcase all the great ways you can mix antiques with what’s trending now.

Farmhouse Table

We began with this farmhouse table.

place setting with sugared fruit

Then added place settings with beautiful, linen tea towels as napkins.

Cotton Centerpiece

Created a happy centerpiece…

happy thanksgiving

barn door

Placed a lovely fall wreath on this vintage barn door…

Amber leaf bowl

A waldorf salad would look delicious in these amber, leaf bowls.

Barn door flanked by vintage chairs

We added these lovely chairs to the table with a touch of fall in each. Some say, “Out with the old and in with the new!” I say, how about both?! I love animal print all year long, but it seems to say “Fall” better than other seasons, don’t you think?

Pumpkin Pillows

Fall Table with Antiques

Wire Bread Basket

Looking for a fresh idea for bread baskets? You’ll find these at Daphne Antique Galleria.


 Prefer a More Casual Table?

Casual Fall Table

By changing a few accessories, we came up with a more casual feel to the table.

Wooden Bread Bowl

The beauty of the bread-bowl-centerpiece is that it could be used again at Christmas.

Stoneware Cheese Crock

I fell in love with these stoneware cheese crocks. They would make a great little soup server, and keep the soup warm longer with the lid.

Rustic Fall Table

Cotton Candle Rings

Fostoria glassware, distressed wooden candlesticks and soup crocks all create a more warm and casual setting.

Sifter with Greenery

A vintage sifter makes a fun container for a bit of greenery.

Simple Centerpiece

Our table includes a range of rich, deep colors, lending them well to a fun and creative Fall Table.  We chose traditional everyday china, bringing in vintage pieces to mix with trendy cotton florals and rustic accessories. The color scheme alongside the mix of antique and trendy accessories, just seem to say, “Love lives here!”

 

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