According to History.com, Valentine’s Day is a “holiday that celebrates love by exchanging candy and gifts”. Gifts? Who does not like gifts? What do you like to receive on Valentine’s Day?
A box of candy, perhaps?
Red roses, the official flowers of the day?
A beautiful card from your love?
Some jewelry???? Maybe, from Tiffany’s?
Or like most of us bloggers – more tableware?
What do you like to give on Valentine’s Day? Since my husband’s birthday falls on February 14th, I usually prepare a special meal for him.
This year, I am setting the table for six, so that some of our family members can join in the celebration. It is a big birthday year for my husband, but I do not see those big numbers - I still see the young teen-age boy with whom I fell in love (so many years ago!).
Am I a lucky girl or what??
I am using my Ralph Lauren white “Peyton” tablecloth. Next, Valentine placemats that I bought on sale at Kohl’s last year.
The white underplate is “Opal Innocence Carved” by Lenox. I love the romantic swirls on the rim. Next, goes a red Biltmore “Louisa” salad plate, which was purchased at Dillard’s.
On top, holding the candy is a small “Yardley” bowl by Mikasa. I have owned “Yardley” china for many years and recently broke a dinner plate. We use it for every day and I truly thought it was indestructible. Alas, it is not!! Fortunately, Replacements has dinner plates in stock. Unfortunately, the plate will be pretty expensive to replace!!
For the silver, I used a fork and teaspoon in my Gorham “Strasbourg” pattern. I tried several different silver patterns with the dishes, but I liked the way the curves in this silver mimicked the swirls in the Lenox china. However, I decided against the “Strasbourg” knives and used George C. Shreve pearl handled dinner knives. I thought they were perfect for this feminine setting. I originally purchased these knives from Replacements to use with an older sterling flatware pattern that I own. I have never found any knives to match the pattern, which was made in 1889 and the pearl handled ones seemed like good substitutes. However, it was difficult to find pearl knives that were the correct dinner size and that were reasonably priced. Once again, Replacements came to the rescue!
My favorite things on the table are the water glasses. They are “Diane” by Cambridge. I think the beautiful lacy pattern is perfect for a romantic Valentine’s Day meal!
The red iced tea glasses are “Iris” by Artland.
The lovely gadroon bowl holding the red foil candy hearts was the first piece of “Diane” that I ever owned and was given to me by my thoughtful daughter. Thanks, Andrea!
The napkins were an Etsy find.
In the evening, the candles will cast a romantic glow on the table.
Oh, by the way, you probably have more than enough time left to leave hints for your sweetheart, so that you will get exactly what you want for Valentine’s Day – good luck and I hope that you all have a great one!
P. S. Happy Birthday to my husband!!
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