Valentine's Day Tablescape
Are you thinking about a Valentine's Day tablescape yet?
So we are having a lean Valentine's Day this year. I'm ok with that. The problem? I adore Valentine's Day. Growing up, my father would bring us each a little heart shaped box of chocolates. My father wore suits every day with a dress coat over and he would reach into his various pockets and pull out the boxes. I felt so special when he would hand us those chocolates and loved that it was all mine. I didn't have to share that little box with my sisters. Score! As we got older my mother celebrated with a present on our dinner plates. And they weren't small either. She gave me my favorite light blue velour pullover for Valentine's Day! This was huge because my parents didn't have lots of extra money for presents and it always felt so luxurious. Of course, there was that one time, my freshmen year in college, that I anxiously awaited my care package. Everyone's parents had sent them boxes of goodies or candy baskets. I figured mine would be so big I'd need help carrying it back to the dorm. I was puzzled when she gave me a card with no present. And, not only that but she stuck $2 in it and told me to buy myself a soda. Dear reader, I'd like to tell you how maturely I handled the situation. How I realized that I was 18 years old and didn't need my mommy to send me presents. But alas, I can't say that. I called her and cried.
I've matured a bit since and I'm happy to have a simple Valentine's Day. I still want it to be festive though so I dug around in our yet-to-be-unpacked boxes and pulled out some of my wedding china, my wedding crystal, and some dollar store roses. I started playing around with our table to make it a bit fancier than our usual settings. I won't go as far as to call it a "tablescape" in the Sandra Lee sense in that I didn't do much more than roses and place mats. But I do like the sparkle of the silver accents against the red flowers and napkins.
Oh and I got the chargers at Bed Bath and Beyond for $0.49 each. And I could only dig up the salad and accent plates from our china so I used our every day for the main plate.