Simple Entertaining: Valentine’s Day Edition

Hello Friends! Welcome to the Valentine’s Day edition of our monthly blog hop. If you’re coming over from my beautiful friend LizBeth from Home and Fabulous welcome! Don’t you love her elegant California style with pops of pink?

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and we don’t really make a big deal around here decor wise. I take out my red pillows and hang a few wooden red hearts on the front door and call it a day.  As most of the world takes this day to get intimate with their loved one we do just the opposite. We cater to the masses. I have mentioned before that my family owns a floral shop Wisteria Flowers and Gifts.  Valentine’s Day and the days leading up are THE busiest of the year. We all help- taking orders, wrapping the arrangement and even delivering flowers and Mother Nature always seem to play a part and snow! With that being said we all look forward to the end of the day.

MY VALENTINE’S DAY GIFT They say “The way to a man’s heart is through his stomach.” and I couldn’t agree more! So this year I thought that I would plan ahead and treat my family to a home cooked Valentine’s Day meal for all their hard work.

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SETTING THE TABLE As a self proclaimed dinnerware junkie I have more than enough plates, glasses and serviceware. I love to set a beautiful table, use what I have and mix in new and creative  items. This year I found in the check out aisle at Michael’s adorable black and gold foiled pocket folders in an assortment of graphic patterns. These would be my inspiration for my Valentine’s tablescape. Simple white dinner plates topped with gold swirl salad plates form Pier One create the backdrop for the graphic envelops and inspirational notes.

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Finding a tablecloth for a 10 foot farmhouse table is not easy but I found the perfect black and white striped cotton linen tablecloth that matches the window treatments in my kitchen.  I love the classic black and white that can be used for so many different occasions. This year I have  been getting out all my black and white home decor accessories.  For serviceware I used my green handled set from C Wonder. For similar silverware click here. It’s the perfect touch considering that Greenery is Pantone’s Color of the Year. So I ran with it!

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MAKING THE CENTERPIECE I have had this large white vase for years now and it seemed to be the perfect container for a silk floral arrangement. Nope, these are not real. Wisteria purchases the highest quality silk flowers. Sometimes I need to touch them to make sure they aren’t real!  I headed to the shop and picked an array of floral and green stems with a black, white, pink and red whimsical theme in mind. I simply gathered the stems and wrapped them with floral wire and placed in the white handled porcelain vase. To create the height I placed a bowl upside down inside the vase. This height allows the stems to drape over the rim for an organic arrangement.

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The pink peonies are my favorite. These huge blooms are a delicious watermelon color. I added red and white poppies, white tulips, a flowering artichoke, light green hydrangea and assorted grasses.

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Moss, grass and seeded orbs are placed on the table adding more greenery.

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THE SWEET STUFF I scattered pink and white candy hearts randomly on the table.

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MIXING OLD AND NEW Red tapers were added to candlesticks that we received for a wedding gift.  When setting the table I also used one of my parent’s wedding gifts! A gold embossed glass picher and glasses. The adults get large oversized wine goblets and the kids get the red and gold moroccan designed glasses from World Market.

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I also grabbed from Wisteria a pair of gold heart vases. I topped them with preserved boxwood orbs and placed them on both sides of the large centerpiece.  A broken poppy gets its own vase. A set of pink and gold dessert plates also make the table with an assortment of catchy “sweet” quotes.

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PATTERN PLAY Over each of the X back farmhouse chairs I folded striped french bistro linen napkins from West Elm. Layering pattern on pattern and continuing with my mix and match approach to design.

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I love the way the light floods in the dining area and reflects agains the gold accents creating a warm and inviting gathering place.

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TIME TO EAT The table’s all set and ready for my tired family to gather, eat and recap all of the days crazy events.  Although the day seems like they all ran a marathon we count our blessings that we can spend time together.

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ENJOY THE LITTLE THINGS and tell the people around you how much you love them. I never take that for granted anymore.

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TIME TO CELEBRATE Now let’s toast a successful day spreading the love and look forward to a good nights sleep! How do you plan to spend Valentine’s Day this year?

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Happy Valentines Day and thanks for stopping by our Simple Entertaining Valentines Edition Blog Hop. I’d love for you to head on over to see what the fabulous mother/daughter team  Kim and Lacey Styled with Lace have styled up!  This mother/daughter duo has loads of style and a knack for creating glamorous cozy spaces!

MY TALENTED BLOGGER FRIENDS Follow along with my friends and see how they have spread LOVE throughout their homes. Here’s the list and don’t miss anyone!

Joan 2 Ladies and A Chair

Gloribell I Don’t Know How She Does It

Sheila Maison De Cinq

Amy Crazy Chic Design

Kathleen Lindsay Hill Interiors

Janine Happy Happy Nester

Liz Home And Fabulous

Kim and Lacey Styled With Lace

and Summer SummerAdams Designs

 

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Here’s a short video that I made with my new camera! Hope you get a kick out of it. xoxo Amie

MY VALENTINE TO YOU. Most nights I like to paint or draw to relax and wind down. I painted this 10″ by 13″ chalkboard inspired Valentine’s art and would love to give it away to one of you! Simply leave a comment LOVE IS _______________________  and on Monday February 13th at 9AM EST I will announce the winner. Good luck!

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43 Comments on Simple Entertaining: Valentine’s Day Edition

  1. Marie McNa
    February 10, 2017 at 3:17 pm (3 months ago)

    Love is Simple

    Reply
  2. Judy McCarthy
    February 10, 2017 at 3:32 pm (3 months ago)

    Love is all you need. The Beatles

    Reply
  3. kim dwyer
    February 10, 2017 at 3:35 pm (3 months ago)

    Love is…….. that cute little cartoon strip that I collected when I was a teenager. Hoping one day to find exactly what they were referring to. <3

    Reply
  4. Val Castronova
    February 10, 2017 at 4:43 pm (3 months ago)

    Love the color palette and the inspirational notes.

    Love is unconditional,but always evolving.

    Reply
  5. Karen bidinost
    February 10, 2017 at 4:53 pm (3 months ago)

    Love is boundless!

    Reply
  6. Kim Dolci
    February 10, 2017 at 5:28 pm (3 months ago)

    Love is meant to be shared

    Reply
  7. Colleen
    February 10, 2017 at 6:26 pm (3 months ago)

    Love is being married to your very best friend! 🙂

    Reply
  8. Tamara
    February 10, 2017 at 7:49 pm (3 months ago)

    first I wanted to start off my saying your tablescape is amazing ..the black and white stripe, the flowers and the touch of green.. yes please!
    also LOVE IS being happy with yourself in order to pass it onto others.

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    • memehillstudio
      February 10, 2017 at 7:53 pm (3 months ago)

      So thankful for you taking the time to stop by and leave a comment! xo

      Reply
  9. Kim Hazel
    February 10, 2017 at 9:13 pm (3 months ago)

    Love is caring and sharing.

    What a stunning tablescape!! love the Peonies ,my favorite!!

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    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:58 pm (3 months ago)

      Mine too Kim! Looks like you had a wonderful day too. xo

      Reply
  10. Amy
    February 10, 2017 at 11:08 pm (3 months ago)

    Amie!!! This is gorgeous! I love the black and white striped table, love the little envelopes, and those flowers!!!! Gorgeous!

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks Amy! Look like you had a wonderful day too!

      Reply
  11. Summer Adams
    February 11, 2017 at 3:41 am (3 months ago)

    Holy smokes, Amie!!! My jaw is on the floor right now! I cannot believe those are silk flowers, such a stunning arrangement! Every detail is so shocking and perfect and I love it so much!

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:57 pm (3 months ago)

      You are always so supportive Summer! love you girlie!

      Reply
  12. Alicia
    February 11, 2017 at 5:56 am (3 months ago)

    Beautiful tablescape Amie… simply stunning.

    Love is the answer

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 11, 2017 at 2:47 pm (3 months ago)

      Alicia! That’s is perfect . Thank you for stopping by! Have a great weekend!

      Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm (3 months ago)

      Congratulations Alicia You were chosen randomly to win the original art! Have a great day! xo

      Reply
  13. Joan
    February 12, 2017 at 1:12 am (3 months ago)

    Amie your table is beautiful! I would never guess those flower weren’t real. I am taking notes…love the napkins on the chair back and love the green orbs(I have some somewhere I’m going to look for them)Beautiful friend!

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:56 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you so much Joan! xo

      Reply
  14. lori angelone chaba
    February 12, 2017 at 2:30 am (3 months ago)

    love is….a many splendored thing…

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm (3 months ago)

      Yes it is Lori! Hope that you are doing well!

      Reply
  15. Sara Canzano
    February 12, 2017 at 4:33 pm (3 months ago)

    Love is……never having to explain yourself to your family and closest friends, and they just “know” and love you for it all. For me, love is truly your family, your chosen family, and spreading joy and kindness to everyone. Xoxo happy Valentine’s Day to you Amie, one of the loveliest I know. ❤

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm (3 months ago)

      YOU ARE MY TRIBE! love you to the moon.

      Reply
  16. Beth Catalana a
    February 12, 2017 at 9:45 pm (3 months ago)

    Love is learning to live in the quiet (especially the house in Valentine’s Day) but being so proud of the humans my children have become!!

    Also love the tablescape, beautiful as ever!! ❤

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:55 pm (3 months ago)

      Thanks Beth! Jen and the girls are still recovering! Hope you had a great day. Miss you!

      Reply
  17. Deborah
    February 13, 2017 at 12:32 am (3 months ago)

    Love is everything.

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:54 pm (3 months ago)

      Yes it is!

      Reply
  18. Sara
    February 13, 2017 at 2:28 am (3 months ago)

    Love is never ending. You are amazing scrapper 1!!

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:54 pm (3 months ago)

      Love you too Scrapper! xo

      Reply
  19. Moe Williams
    February 13, 2017 at 3:30 pm (3 months ago)

    a LOVE is a choice! I choose Love

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:53 pm (3 months ago)

      Good choice Moe!

      Reply
  20. Kathleen
    February 13, 2017 at 5:14 pm (3 months ago)

    Love is the answer to all this world’s problems!

    Amie – your Valentine’s Day table is so, so gorgeous! I love every little detail because it shows your heart! And I would never in a million years have guessed that that centerpiece isn’t made with real flowers. It’s stunning!

    Also, I love, love, love your chalkboard art – so perfect!! I want to be you when I grow up!

    Love you!!

    xox

    Kathleen

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:53 pm (3 months ago)

      Kackey! Thank you so much. You are the best and I REALLY MEAN IT! xo

      Reply
  21. Janine
    February 13, 2017 at 6:59 pm (3 months ago)

    Amie,
    Such a great post and all your table decor is fantastic. I thought the flowers were real, you arranged them so organically! I hope you have a nice Valentine’s dinner despite the flower business shenanigans!

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you so much Janine! Have wonderful day coming up to that fuzzy pillow! xo

      Reply
  22. Lizbeth C
    February 14, 2017 at 4:03 am (3 months ago)

    Amie, Everything is so beautiful and every little detail so well thought out! You’re table setting its GORGEOUS-FABULOUS Love doing this hop with you!!

    Love you!

    xox Lizbeth

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:52 pm (3 months ago)

      Well thank you LizBeth and you know how I love your home all decked out for Valentine’s Day! Have a great day!

      Reply
  23. Sheila Irwin
    February 15, 2017 at 6:34 am (3 months ago)

    Amie,

    I love this tablescape so much – and I had no idea the flowers were faux!! Great job my dear! I especially love the black and white with pops of green – so fresh and unexpected!

    Happy valentine’s Day sweet friend!

    Reply
    • memehillstudio
      February 15, 2017 at 1:51 pm (3 months ago)

      Thank you Sheila! Yours too. You didi a great job setting the Valentine’s table!

      Reply

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