Today was my Valentine's Day luncheon and I went with a theme of AMORE! Or LOVE for those that don't know Amore is the way it's said in Italian.
The colors were red, black and white.
I actually knew before Christmas that I was going to use a theme like this. I didn't set out to make it like this but it sort of came about on it's own.
I found this darling Cupid piece that actually goes in the garden. I thought it was so cute and I bought it as a gift to give to my sister that I live with, Patty.
As I kept looking at it in my cart it hit me that it would be so cute as a center piece on a Valentine's Day table.
Isn't it funny to see how different tablescapes come about.
I did give Cupid to Patty but since I live with her, I knew I could use for the tablescape.
I knew I already had the square black and white polka dot plates. I had them from Halloween. So I was on the hunt for some plates to use on top of them. Something that red and white on them.
Then as luck would have it, one day walking around Home Goods I spotted these great plates with black, red and white that were perfect for my table.
Here is a better picture of Cupid. Isn't he darling? I didn't paint him black. He came that way. I think that's what caught my attention and made me buy him.
He even has little bow and arrows.
I already had the lace table cloth and napkins. Do you remember seeing them at my friends Vintage Valentine's Day party?
Of course Valentine's Day makes you think of hearts right? So hearts were also a big part of the theme.
I had hearts on the plates, heart napkin rings, hearts on scattered on the table, heart bowls.
I found the glasses at TJ Maxx in the clearance section. I thought they were perfect for this table because the top was red and the stem was black. The little heart candles were from the 99 cent store.
I used our silver. To me it gives a feeling of romance.
Of course there had to be a favor at each place setting. What says Valentine's Day more then chocolate hearts?
Everyone got a package of red foil covered hearts, a chocolate, marshmallow and carmel heart and another chocolate heart shaped candy. All were from See's candy. Then I wrapped them all up in cello paper and tied them with a red ribbon and attached a cute red heart tag I made.
I also made the name cards. I used red glitter paper and then attached a white tag to it. The white tag was from the Martha Stewart collection I found at Michaels. Red glitter letters were used to spell out every one's name.
Also on the table was a heart ornament and an old key which represented the "Key to my Heart".
Since it was an AMORE theme I knew we would have to have Italian food. This little red heart bowl was perfect to put the Parmesan cheese in.
I made heart shape garlic toast. I know, it's a bit dark but my sister, Maureen, likes her garlic toast this dark.
We started with a salad and they were plated with the heart shape Parmesan crisps I showed you how to make in the last post.
Silly me, I forgot to take a photo of the main course that was Lasagna.
Our dessert was very good. It was fresh strawberries topped with a piece of heart shape pound cake and whipped cream. I served them in the crystal dishes that belonged to my dad.
The strawberries were very good. They were grown just down the street from me where they have a fruit and veggie stand.
The food was good and the company was lovely. We had a nice visit and all to soon the day was over.
I have such great friends and family! I really enjoy being able to have these small luncheons and sharing time with them.
They were so sweet, they even brought me hostess gifts. I love these cute napkin rings that my sister got me. I'm putting together a tablescape just to go with these as the theme.
Maureen also got me a See's heart shape candy, a pot of baby red roses and a gift card to Panera Bread. We go there together every Tues after Weight Watchers and get a bagel for breakfast.
I almost felt like it was Christmas!
I'm hooking up this post with Susan's Tablescape Thursday over at Between Naps on the Porch. If you have not yet gone there, do so. There are tons of great tablescapes you can get ideas from.
I hope everyone has a wonderful Valentine's Day!