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Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tablescape Thursday


Hello & welcome to another Tablescape Thursday! Hosted as always by Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch.

Today I am sharing tables from past Valentine's. This was the table from '06. As you can see, I didn't go all out. Although I think I'll use those cranberry plates & goblets again this year. I never used them @ Christmas this past year so they really should be able to come out & play for Valentine's.

This was Valentin'es breakfast in '07. There are 3 placesettings because Connor lucked out..... his scheduled, weekly sleepover fell on the 13th. The 2 "runners" are actually crushed velvet curtain panels.


I didn't let him eat candy for breakfast but I did fix him up a "to-go" bag to take to school. We had coffee in our cups, Connor had hot chocolate. Here's a video showing how to fold the napkin They're using a paper napkin though. If using cloth, you'll get a neater look if you iron after every fold.


This is what I served for breakfast. Looks special, tastes delicious & is a cinch to put together. I'm pretty sure this recipe was on the Kraft calendar for that year. I threw that out so I don't have the recipe but I'll try to wing it for you. Anyway, you cut puff pastry into heart shapes, bake (can't remember for how long but not very) slice strawberries (so they too are in a heart shape) , add whipped cream, sandwich w/ another puff pastry heart & drizzle w/ chocolate.




This was our dinner table for '07. I think I strayed a bit too far into the realm of tacky w/ this table. ;o)



Love the placesetting though!


We had Deep Fried Camembert with Raspberry Sauce for an appetizer (highly recommend recipe but you should read reviews for revisions I made...I'm ImVintage in the reviews) . We also had cocktail shrimp w/ a raspberry sauce, lobster de jonghe & steamed asparagus but I've lost the pics of those dishes.


For dessert, we had chocolate cherry heart cakes. I didn't use a recipe (in fact I used a boxed mix) but I half-filled the heart-shaped muffin tins, added a tbp of cherry pie filling then added more batter, baked & frosted them, sprinkled them w/ red sugar & wrote "I love you" in chocolate on a big glass plate. I also drizzled just a bit of liquefied raspberry jam (couple of seconds in the microwave will do it) on teh plate before adding the heart cake.



This was our table from last year. I used some of my milk glass collection as well as my Pink Peony (by Churchill) dishes.


The pattern is called Pink Peony but it's just as red as it can be! The little fork is on the tea cup beacsue I used them to serve some savory dish but I can't remember what & I lost alllll food pics from this meal.


Guess I should give some thought as to how my table will be this year, huh? There are a lot of people joining in on Tablescape Thursdays now. Should be lots of inspiration for me today.

29 comments:

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

They are beautiful Valentine tables!

Susan said...

Beautiful tables! I am going to have to hang around so I can make a few notes (ideas) for my own table!

Thanks!

Susan

Martha said...

Beautiful tables -- Valentine's is a fun holiday for tablescapes

DEB said...

Love all your tables! Great idea with the heart shapes cloth napkins!

Cynthia said...

Cami,
I think you might be the hostest with the mostest! all these beautiful tables and all the beautiful food to go with it. I want to try those heart shaped valentines with cherries. Yum, Cindy

santamaker said...

Great tablescape! Very creative and perfect for a romantic dinner.

Kathleen Ellis said...

LOVE-ly tablescapes, Cami! I really love those Pink Peony dishes...and after reading the menu descriptions...I think I need a midnight snack!
Happy Valentine's Day!
;-D

Mama said...

Hello Cami, All your Valentines tables are gorgeous, I really liked last years and the food sounds and looks delicious,Kathy.

Kathleen said...

Oh I love those pink peony dishes, Cami!

LdyDy Loves Cake said...

All very pretty!

Zoey said...

Ah, there's those heart napkins! After you told me about them, I searched the net and found them. I have not tried to do one yet. Maybe I will after your tutorial.

Terri and Bob said...

Beautiful tables. I need to make some notes for next year.

Thank you for sharing your past ones, too!

Maryrose said...

Beautiful tables. I love the heart folded napkins, you will have to give us a lesson on that. Happy Valentines Day, and thanks for sharing. Maryrose

ann said...

You MUST be one super-duper chef.wowow.I'm impressed.Those little breakfast cakes look lovely,delish and sound easy.
Thanks for the video on the napkin folding.I'm going to use it too.
Your table was perfect.I agree you did go a little overboard on that one.But heck girl,we aren't perfect ya know...ann

The Bliss Journey said...

Beautiful indeed. I'm impressed with the special breakfast. I can barely make it to the coffee pot. I've never seen napkins folded in a heart shape. I'll check out the video.
Kathleen

prof en retraite said...

Hi Cami! You have been tablescaping and photographing for severl years, huh? Wow! It's all so new to me! I love your ideas. Last year's was my favorite...LOVE those plates!! Have a good weekend...Debbie

char72 said...

These are so pretty and so Valentiny.
Charlotte

Kim Chalfant said...

Fabu licious! You soooo have the knack! I love, love, love everything you do! Keep it coming!

Cass said...

Loved seeing the Ghosts of Tablescapes Past! Thanks for sharing them.

Cass

ellen b. said...

Oh what fun. I love those Pink Peonie dishes!! I like the idea of draping 2 runners across the table like that...
I really enjoyed looking at your tables Cami...

Dish Diva aka Kay said...

So romantic and pretty. This is how I will try to do mine Saturday.Wish me luck.

Linda said...

Hi Cami,
Thanks for stopping by my blog as always, I sure do appreciate it!
Lovely tables, your detail things are always so fun. I enjoy it!
Linda Q

Shelia said...

oh, what a beautiful table. Tacky? No way! Your table is dreamy! Lovely dishes and I loved your centerpiece too!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia;)

BECKY said...

Hi Cami, My name is Becky and I will be participating next week, but have lurked for quite awhile!!

All of your tables are lovely, and have so many special touches!!

The food you made looks so yummy and pretty, too!! It's great to see some of the tablescapes in use!!

Have a joyful Friday and thank you for sharing!!
Blessings,
Becky

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Your tables are wonderful girl.. such creativity...you simply amaze me..hugs ~lynne~

Bre said...

Love the Valentine breakfast table and the fact that you used velvet curtains. My tablecoth was a satin quilt LOL

....and equally impressive the desserts that you prepared ......as close to Martha as you can get LOL

Cheers,
Bre

Miss Janice said...

Loved all your Valentine tablescapes. The heart napkin design is cute!!!

Bo said...

Even though each table is different, I thought they all were very pretty and certainly showed a lot of LOVE! ;-) Bo

Fifi Flowers said...

I LOVE your blog header!