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Wednesday, February 10, 2010

It's a Valentine's Day Tablescape!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Well...almost. Today we're participating in Tablescape Thursday hosted by the Tablescaper with the Mostest, Susan at Between Naps on the porch. This should be a spectacular event with loads of inspiration for all those who want to do something extra-special for their most loved. I must apologize for picture quality this week. Our camera took an unexpected dive from the hands of an inquisitive little one

As I've mentioned before, I am an avid collector of vintage linens. I drool over hankies, swoon over teacloths, and if you show me a trousseau bedset I may faint on you. 

But show me anyway

Please...I need a linen fix

A napkin. I'll take it. This soothes my soul

Wait...I see a scallop. Be still my heart....

I love this cloth.

I wish it were larger, but when I think of the work that was involved and the hours spent on the fine filet and threadwork, I think it's absolutely perfect.

Turned sideways at the end of our large dining room table, it sets the tone for a perfect romantic evening for two.

That's if you pretend you don't here the 3 ruffians eating in the kitchen and arguing over the last slice of pizza

Grandma's silver. Appropriately named First Love

Are you feeling it?

Just listen to the bird sing..

Tune out Grandma and Grandpa bickering over "Kids today...."

Flowers and butterflies fill my mind

Dessert is on the sideboard- Sweets for the Sweet

Raspberry Chocolate Bars and Candy Hearts

Waterford Love flutes. Do you see the hearts??

Mango Cream Meringues- light and ethereal

A fitting end to this meal

Or will it be a beginning?.........

Mmmm..Strawberries bathed in Chocolate

But these little gems hold a luscious surprise

A filling of Ricotta and Mascarpone infused with Grande Marnier
hidden beneath the silky chocolate

Sugar, dear?

Do you think that some sweet young girl was dreaming of her one true love as she stitched these lovely napkins. How many hours spent wondering if he would be tall, dark, and handsome?

A heart shaped glass bowl will hold a creamy soup swirled with creme fraiche

Evening falls, the candles are lit

Is there anything more beautiful than candlelight flickering on crystal?


What does he see? 

Thank you for visiting. we love seeing you. We'll be linking to Foodie Friday this week with the Meringue recipe and maybe more.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day


As Always,

Buon Alimento, Buon Amici,

Pattie and Allie


  1. This is gorgeous! I love it all, but the table cloth just stopped my heart! Whoa!!! It is one of the most beautiful pieces of table linen I have ever seen -- wherever did you get it?

    And with such an array of desserts, who needs dinner at all? Just go with the goodies; life's short!

    Beautiful, fun, and I am GREEN with envy over that cloth!

  2. What a stunningly gorgeous tablecloth. I feel badly calling it a tablecloth because it's certainly not a cloth!

    I've made lace and you are correct, hours and hours of work but it's so worth it!

  3. Beautiful table, Pattie! The linens are just fabulous!

  4. I love old linens too! I think handwork like that is a dying art! The tablecloth is just beautiful. I have my grandmother's First Love too--it seems to have very popular. Love that tureen!

  5. What a beautiful table setting. I wish I could reach through the screen and try one of those strawberries. Yummm

  6. words escape me-- absolutely beautiful
    (maybe you can get rid of everyone for a few hours and enjoy it all with your Valentine)

  7. Oh my the linens are to die for!!! Breathtaking...I love them too. Love the beautiful flatware also. It's all beautiful!!!

  8. Hi Patti and Allie, YOu have so many beautiful things. I love the table, white, silver and very sparkely! And that silverware- oh! Be still my heart. That is truely a treasure. So fun to stop your way!

  9. You have set a gorgeous table Patti and Allie. I love everything, especially the silver! And the tablecloth!

  10. You did a fabulous job setting a romantic mood. The crystal and linens make a beautiful combination. I certainly can relate to the ruffians in the kitchen, though. I wouldn't let any of my kids within a half mile of such a table!!

  11. What a treat to come over here and view all the loveliness. You Grandmother's silver is gorgeous. Loooooved all the extras everywhere to add to the festivities!! The strawberries were beautiful too!!!
    The photos of your family (especially the wedding pic) were so fun to see, below. I'm so glad you shared them with us.

  12. I love linens, too. I tat a bit so I appreciate all the time it takes to make lace.

  13. Pattie, stunningly purdy pieces, we have something in common I have a collection of old hankies.

  14. Your tablecloth is exquisite...just gorgeous! Beautiful table with all the sparkling crystal. Thanks for sharing with me.

  15. Oh pattie, so pretty! Your table looks stunning! And the vintage tablecloth and napkins are so wonderful! And the sideboard? Sweet with sweets!

  16. Hi Pattie...

    Ohhh heart be still!!! What a gorgeous Valentine's table, my friend! It's just exquisite! I fell "head over heels" in love with it the moment I saw it! Love, love, LOVE your vintage table linens...the table piece really is one of the prettiest that I've ever seen! Ohhh...I'm just green with envy right now! Hehe! Ohhh...and the pretty embroidered napkins...lovely!!! I do love these pretty linens and must confess that I don't have any! That's right...zilch! I need to remedy that! Love your pretty china and the little heart shaped bowls...and ohhh...all that lovely crystal! You're absolutely right...there is nothing prettier than candlelight flickering off of sparkling crystal!!! You have really set a gorgeous table, my friend! And...I loved seeing your fabulous buffet with all those scrumptious sweets! Mmmmm...

    Thank you so much for coming by and taking a peek at my Beloved Valentine table...I have really been enjoying all of your visits, my friend...and all those sweet notes! Thank you!!!

    Have a wonderfully, romantic, Valentine's Day!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  17. bellissimo questo post! con tante foto meravigliose! e anche la torta è super!
    scusa ma non so una parola d'inglese!!:( baci

  18. This whole post is fabulous--I've never seen so much great food and table beauty. It's a post to be savored and remembered. I love, love, love your tablesetting. It's so elegant and timeless. The food! I can't pick a favorite. Please give Allie a hug and a happy birthday wish.

  19. Everything looks beautiful and I love pesto in my tomato soup too!

    Happy Sweet 16 Allie!

  20. So beautiful....and elegant.....and lovely......and romantic! A perfect Valentine's tablesetting.

  21. I love all the heart shaped desserts! Happy Valentine's Day!


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