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Monday, February 4, 2013

A French Country Inspired Valentine Tablescape

A huge “Thank you” to everyone who shared such good wishes for Rêve. As you can imagine I have had France on my mind and recently created a French Country inspired tablescape for Valentine’s Day.

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The French word for love is of course amour. Valentine’s Day (la Saint Valentin) is enthusiastically celebrated by the French who love to use lots of red and natural elements.

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For the centerpiece I stacked a few coverless paperback romance novels on top of one another and topped them with a simple bouquet of roses and eucalyptus.

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A bit of romantic ambience was added with candlelight. Vintage jello molds were filled with red hots and topped with an unscented white votive.

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Red hearts were created with a bit of cardstock, glitter and glue.  

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Each place setting featured a heart shaped favor filled with candy.

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Wicker chargers and red gingham ribbon add in some country charm.

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The chandelier was strung with a cute as a button Valentine garland.

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A bonne Saint-Valentin to be sure!

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Candy hearts or flowers?


Linking to:

Wow Us Wednesdays, Between Naps on the Porch, Bargain Hunting W/Laurie and A Stroll Thru Life

I hope you’ll join me on Thursday, February 14th!

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Julie Tucker-Wolek said...

Soooooooo beautiful Laura!!! I love this!!!!

Cat-arzyna said...

I love it ♥
This is gorgeous romantic Valentine Table !

Perfectly Printed said...

Love this table!! The favorite!!


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

This is so beautiful. I love everything. You really do create the most beautiful tablescapes. Hugs, Marty

ImagiMeri said...

whaddaya mean you've had France on your mind lately.....I thought that's all you thought of......LOL

Gorgeous tablescape pretty lady.

Love ya'

lynn cockrell said...

What a beautiful table!

Vicki said...

How absolutely beautiful!

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Very pretty, Laura! I love all the little touches you've added to your table. Very romantic looking!

openid said...

Your Valentine's table setting is lovely. I especially love the use of the wicker chargers with the red plates and paper hearts with gingham ribbon. The details on the silverware is exquisite.
Your Friend,

Auntie Em said...

Your French inspired table top is so romantic and sweet. I love the cover-less books and the red gingham gives is so much charm.
I like how you wove the ribbon through the paper hearts to make the little packages. You family will certainly enjoy a meal served with love. :)

Connie said...

Your table is awesome . . . how very romantic. I is very plain to see that you put a lot of love into in.
I have a question . . . do the red hots put off a cinnamon smell, while the candle is lit? I love the smell of cinnamon and the simply delightful way you used red hots in your design is so nostalgic.
I love it :)
You Rock!
Your blogging sister, Connie :)

Pat@Life At Lydias House said...

As always, you have set a lovely table!

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

Darling! Love that you made the pockets out of paper are so talented!

Sarah said...

Totally charming. This table definitely delights! I saw the idea of sewing the doilies somewhere else too and thought, I need to do this. Your example is sweeter filled with candy. Thanks for sharing the idea and this beautiful, romantic table. ~ Sarah

Stacey said...

Oh that's so pretty and romantic. I love it!

Sue said...

I love the beautiful settings.Very romantic. I also love the doily pockets. I was looking for an idea to hand out to my class at church and this is just the thing. Thanks for the idea. Now off to the store I go.

Jill Flory of Sew a Fine Seam said...

Lovely Laura! As always! you certainly know how to create 'Decor to Adore'!

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

OMG Laura, that is just gorgeous!
I am so in love with your plates and tureen, wonderful!
Your comment on my blog about brown lizards had me chuckling!!
I always say to my son where's the green, where's the water? hehe.
I guess the grass is always greener because right now I want some Arizona desert!
Hugs friend,

On Crooked Creek said...

This is red done right!!!
Such a romantic flair in your tablescape, dear friend!!!
Almost as if Cupid had hit his mark with your chandelier decor!!!
How sweet are those candy filled paper doily Valentine's? Too, Sweet!!!
Thank you for inspiring us to set a romantic table for Valentine's Day!!!

Vel Criste said...

Flowers :-) Love your vignettes Laura!

Denise said...

Hi Laura,

This is so pretty and romantic! Everything looks so sweet and charming, but my very favorite thing is the candy-filled, paper heart favors. Those are darling!

Have a great week!

Denise at Forest Manor

Danielle Giannandrea said...

Laura, this is wonderful. So sweet! A perfect Valentine's Day setting. You can't go wrong with France on the mind : )

Danielle xo

SheilaG @ Plum Doodles said...

I love all your love-ly details! :) Especially those little jello molds- I've never seen the individual serving size. Everything looks beautiful and romantic.

black sabeth said...

i'm surprised you have any candy left, i thought i'd eaten it all!

Maria Elena said...

Laura, what a gorgeous tablescape! Every detail is just perfect. Love the dishes!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Oh Yes! This is beautiful. I love the gingham with the toile on the table. It speaks to my heart. Very gorgeous!

Chubby Chieque said...

Small details makes things different.

Love it!

/CC girl

Chubby Chieque said...

Small details makes things different.

Love it!

/CC girl

Carol said...

Your pictures are so beautiful and romantic. I love everything French and you did an awesome job! The colors are so pretty.

Blessings, Carol

Alycia Nichols said...

Wonderfully creative favors! Very pretty!

Kelley Dibble said...


{No need reply, busy college girl!}


Sharing Shadymont said...

Beautiful! Love the tins filled with red hots and tea lights! So cute.

Marlis said...

Just love the favors and the button chain.. Amazing. your attention to the details is what truly makes this a romantic and warm table. Love the dishes and the chargers!! xo marlis

xinex said...

You are very creative, Laura. These are all so beautiful and so original....Christine

Laurie Ritchey said...

Beautiful. Love the little heart packets with candy. laurie

Jewel Sauls said...

Pretty table - love the Red Hots surrounding the tea light!

city said...

thanks for share...