It didn’t take me too many years to figure out that Valentine’s wasn’t something the hubby thought about in advance which generally meant a last minute invite to dinner. Now you’d think that in a city the size of Houston it wouldn’t be a problem finding a place to eat. Not so! On Valentine’s every place is full with the possible exception of McDonald’s, Burger King or Wendy’s, none of which provide the kind of nice romantic evening a girl anticipates.
Rather than go through the hassle year after year, it seemed a good idea to have Plan B, an evening at home to relieve the stress on both the hubby and me. That has now evolved to including another couple whose experience is much the same as ours, and the result is a most enjoyable evening of good food with good friends.
From year to year, the table has subtle changes. This time around it began with red placemats crocheted by my mother in law, a great reminder of the mom the hubby loved so well.
Next are added simple white plates, a find at TJ Maxx, and white napkins knotted and fluffed to resemble a bow.
White is a perfect background for the heart shaped plates and bowls purchased years ago on sale at Williams Sonoma. Sometimes I think about getting new pieces, but there’s something about pulling out the old stand bys that generates a feeling of tradition.
The grocery had a wonderful selection of flowers today which inspired me to put a little vase at each place.
It’s that kind of touch that for me makes setting a table something special.
The place settings were complete, but I had given no thought to a centerpiece. As I was scratching my head trying to come up with something I remembered the wonderful paper lampshades given me by my friend Leslie. Getting them to stay put on the glasses was a bit of a challenge until I thought to turn the glasses upside down. Perfect! I put an LED candle on each stem so when it came time for dinner there would be a soft glow on the table and no flame to catch the paper on fire!
All done I’m prepared for a Valentine’s dinner just in case the hubby has forgotten to make other arrangements. If he has, well, the table is set for another time.
For him and for you, here’s a heartfelt wish for a day filled with love.
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