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Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Romantic Valentine Dinner

I am going to invite our daughter and new son in law over this week to celebrate a pre-Valentine's day dinner with H and I .

  I was playing with the table setting today and thought I would share it in case you need some inspiration for your romantic dinner.  

 Some couples like to go out for dinner,  but we've always stayed home....the restaurants are so crowded and noisy.

You don't need to serve a complicated meal that you have to slave in the kitchen  all day....fix something simple.

   It's not about the food tonight!

I just had to give you a close up of the new tea cup napkin rings that one of my dear friends gave me for Christmas....aren't they lovely?

Do you notice anything different about  the DP table that you have seen many times in the family room dining area.      I married two small round Duncan Phyfe tables to the existing rectangle table.     I can use them on the ends......or replace them with two  chairs ,,,,,or set them to the side for extra food.

  I'm going to show you just how versatile DP tables can be in future posts......

But for now,  let's look at these two.  

 I'm going to serve the salad from this side table......

I have individual salad bowls that I will fill from the main bowl......right at the table.     I just put a little lettuce in my bowl for the photo,   I will have a nice salad for our dinner.    I'm going to repurpose the gravy bowl by filling it with salad dressing and  I have a pretty crystal dish for the crackers. 

On the table at the other end,   I have cups for tea or coffee......

Or,   I can move the cups over to each place setting.   

and set up a fun hot chocolate bar on the table.

  I have peppermint hot chocolate,  peppermint sprinkles,  cinnamon to sprinkle, and I filled a tea pot with marshmellows 

We will have steak and baked potatoes I said....keep it simple!  

I have the bread and butter on a nearby DP table,  but I'm not going to show it to you yet!

I have a small box of Valentine candy for each couple to share.....and of course ....some wine

If you look way over to the top right corner,   you will see....
another little table....

 I have a silver wine champagne bucket on that table.    Don't worry,  I just put a bottle of my cooking wine in it for the photo.....we'll have some bubbly in the bucket for  our Valentine dinner.


  1. What a creative way to extend the use of a table! That works!

  2. This is such a beautiful tablescape! And I love the way you extended the table. Thanks so much for sharing at Inspiration Thursday!

  3. Penny, Those are cute napkin holders!! I really like the stained glass piece in the window! I would like to do that as well. Thanks for sharing your Valentine's table(s). Sylvia D.

  4. What a great ideal you have given us to extended the table. I would have never thought of that. Yes everything is just beautiful & I am like you it's not all about the food. Your meal sound great & but your table just says it all. I don't know how you & your Mr. H. comes up with all these ideal. Thank You for all the hard work for making all this happen. I know you enjoy it . It shows in every display you do.

  5. A lovely table! I also enjoy Valentines day at home!Seems much more romantic to me!

  6. Your table is the prettiest thing I have ever seen and the meal sounds delightful. Even though my favorite color is pink, I don't use a lot of it. But I can review every lovely detail of your home and dream away!!! I get the magnifying glass out sometimes to look up close, lol. Thanks for sharing Penny.

  7. Your table is so pretty. Thanks for the inspiration!

  8. I love the way you extended the table, you are always so inventive. The tablescape is fairy

  9. Penny, what a clever idea to add the DP tables on the end. Helps to make the table less cluttered. It all looks lovely. I'm sure they will love the invite! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  10. Just beautiful !!!! We like to stay in too - not very intimate when the restaurants are full and loud. Your idea of a simple meals is the best !!!! Thanks for letting us share your romantic feast.

  11. I love the idea of using those little tables as leaves. Cute. Thanks for sharing at My Flagstaff Home!


  12. Everything looks so pretty! I love those teacup napkin rings! We stay in for Valentine's Day, too and I'm always on the look out for new ideas for our decor. Thanks so much for sharing at Snickerdoodle Sunday. Pinned and Tweeted!

  13. What a beautiful table setting! Everything is just lovely - I'm sure your new son-in-law will be impressed! Blessings, Janet

  14. Love what you did with the DP tables, very clever and useful. I look forward to what you will be doing with them. I'm certain you all will enjoy the romantic dinner you have planned. The table setting has already created the perfect mood.

  15. What a great idea to inviting your kids to a pre-date Valentine celebration. What a lovely way to bond and share what's special in life! Hugs, Rose

  16. What a lovely table setting ~ thank you for sharing @Vintage Charm!

  17. Thanks for sharing at Funtastic Friday!

  18. So pretty, Penny!! Love how you extended the table with the DP tables!! Genius! I only wish that I had the room to do that in my DR!!
    Your dishes are so lovely and the whole tablescape is stunning!!

  19. Lovely! Are those vintage valentines I see too? Such a fun touch!!

    And I am obsessed with your stained glass window...! ;)

    Thank you for sharing at #FridayFrivolity! I hope you have a wonderful valentine's day!


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