January 24, 2017

A Romantic Table for Two


I am so happy you are here today to join me for a romantic table for two tablescape!

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I am also happy to be a part of this wonderfully creative group of bloggers and tablescapers sharing their tables with you this week. 

And a special thank you goes to Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate blog for organizing this fun week. 

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For Dinner ...do something special!



At our house...the kids have flown the nest, so we have dinner for two most evenings. But sometimes it is nice to do something extra special. 


With just the two of us...we eat in the kitchen, or I guess I should say the eating area just off of the kitchen. We have a formal dining room on the other side of the house.



I was thinking about how to set the kitchen table for a nice dinner...A romantic dinner for just the two of us. 




Because I like to play with dishes...I began staging my "Romantic Dinner in the Kitchen" table to see what I could come up with.



I chose to use a white tablecloth instead for placemats. A white tablecloth automatically dresses up any table. For additional elegance add a table pad under the tablecloth. The fabric lays better. 


For the place settings, I began with gold scalloped chargers.



Next I added red Spode plates. Then I pulled out a couple of red napkins and folded them into flat packets. 


Start by folding the napkin in half.(above) Then bring the two lower corners up to the top middle fold line.(below)


Next, bring the top two corners down to the bottom point. This will give you a flat square.





The 18/10 stainless flatware is Sheridan by Oneida. I love it. Formal, but can be used with old or modern styles of china. 

The soup mugs are Better Homes and Gardens brand. Nothing at this place setting is too precious except for the two Spode plates...and the flatware. 


When I was a young bride...I read Etiquette books and Southern Living magazine to learn how to properly set tables, when to light candles, and other housekeeping tips. 

One thing that I read which has stuck with me for years is that there is no one more special than your family, so be sure to take the time to set a pretty table and make dinner time special. 



Whether you are eating in the kitchen, at the kitchen bar, on the back porch, or in the dining room, take a couple of extra minutes to set a pretty table or place setting. Add a candle or two in the evening to make it a special time.






Whether it is a special occasion like a Valentines dinner, or a Tuesday night with just you and hubby eating dinner in the kitchen, try to make it pretty. 

I confess that too often I am fine with dinner on a tray...watching the news. I really must stop this! While I am not advocating Downton Abby formality...maybe we should try a little harder to make dinner time special. 


 A white tablecloth is so fresh and clean looking. This one can be thrown into the washer and dryer, which is the only way for me.






I put this table together with some very simple items. You can do the same thing. Elegance does not have to be expensive. 

If you do not have a tablecloth...I suggest that you pick up a simple white one. It can elevate the level of "pretty." I do love pretty place mats too...but for something special, try a white tablecloth. It does not have to be an expensive linen one. 


Look in the one of the home stores for something inexpensive. While I love beautiful table linens, I am also pragmatic about things that will get food and beverage stains. I want to be able to throw that baby into the washer and dryer. Sorry linen...I love you, but you are just not practical for my table.





Here is my romantic table for two. 



The Beatriz Ball cake plate will have something pretty and special on it too. Will it be chocolate, or will it be strawberry? hmmm.



So, if you want a simple quiet evening at home dress your kitchen table, add some candles, and music of your "decade" and enjoy. 

Cook a special menu, or cook a menu with someone πŸ’• special, and have fun.


Your menu does not need to be elaborate...because by dressing your table and creating a relaxed, πŸ’•romantic ambiance with candles and music, the meal will be special.


                            I Love My BIA Cordon Bleu Soup Tureen.




I like this one because it is inexpensive, and should it meet with a kitchen accident, well, not too much lost. I have way too much breakage to invest in a fine china tureen. 

Have you looked at the prices of some? Ouch! Beautiful, but with my track record of breaking, chipping or cracking I should not go down the expensive tureen path! ha!


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I hope you have a minute to visit the other lovely bloggers who are sharing their πŸ’•romantic "table for two!" Links are below...each one goes "live" on the day listed. 




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Now, go forth and create your own beautiful romantic table for two! πŸ’•





Thanks for visiting!
Sheila




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My Kentucky Living
My Kentucky Living

Hello, I'm Sheila and my house is a giant art project! I enjoy creating an environment where my family can feel safe, secure, and loved. We are empty nesters learning to slow down and enjoy life.

31 comments:

  1. Love your pretty Spode plates and red paisley napkins Sheila! Your gold scalloped chargers really make your settings pop against your white textured tablecloth! I have cake plate envy with your gorgeous Beatriz Ball pedestal...worthy of being crowned with a red velvet cake for Valentine's Day! ♥

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  2. Shelia, I love your red Spode plates. Your white plates, and chargers with a scalloped edge are so pretty. The candlelight adds romantic ambience and your sentiments of making the table special for your hubby add anticipation to the occasion.

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  3. Sweet sentiment, Sheila, with no one more special than family - how true! I love your simple structure to a pretty table, and the conversation of keeping it real for real life. Thanks for sharing your interpretation - very close to my own perspective of how we really live and dine.

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  4. Sheila, I love your table for two and especially the red Spode plates. It is simply elegant and I know appreciated by your hubby. I so agree taking a little time to make everyday special is so important. So is it chocolate or strawberry???

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  5. Lovely table, and I wholeheartedly agree, family is special and should be treated that way. I have white dishes and lots of colorful napkins and salad plates to change up the looks. I usually have some kind of table display on the pub table where we eat breakfast and supper. Besides, it is fun to create something pretty with a theme. Thanks for participating on this hop!

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  6. Such a pretty table. Thank you for your honesty about cleanup of table linens especially about breakage! I can identify with those sentiments.

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  7. I am all about family too Liz, and I use all my things and try to make everything special. I love the red and gold theme of your table, it's romantic, chic, and classic!
    Jenna

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  8. Sheila, eating in the kitchen can be casual, but you made it really elegant. Since the beginning of the year we've been eating dinner in the dining room on Saturday night ~ no TV, just music ~ to make it special. But special is anywhere when you're with your sweetheart.

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  9. Shelia, your table is just beautiful! I love the pretty Spode plates and the lovely red napkins. You also offered some wonderful tips for setting a lovely table. I am so happy that I am participating with you and the other talented ladies. I hope that you enjoy your day!!!

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  10. This is so very pretty! I took over the dining room for my office so we have this ugly kitchen table situation that needs mending. You've providing lots of inspiration!

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  11. Sheila, "you had me at Spode!" Those dishes now have me on the hunt! I love your whole table and would love a soup tureen like yours as well. Thanks for sharing how to fold your napkins. I'm pretty boring with napkins, always the same. You've given me inspiration in so many ways. I am blessed to be part of this hop with you! Hope you have a great week!

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  12. Very pretty Sheila. Soft and romantic. You can create romance almost anywhere. The spode dishes are gorgeous. Love the red and gold together with your classic white.

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  13. A very pretty table just for the two of you! It is usually just my husband and I, also, for us, it is a couple of seats at the end of our giant tavern table. You are so right about just adding a white tablecloth makes a dinner feel more special, doesn't it? You folded your napkins so pretty, a skill I have yet to learn! Your red and gold and white are a lovely combination. As for that footed dessert plate, why not chocolate and strawberries? Thank you for joining the tablescape blog hop!

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  14. Your table looks beautiful, Sheila!! Love your plates and chargers. Have a great week.

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  15. Great tips on creating a romantic "everyday" tablescape and you've put together the perfect pretty table to prove they work! I really like your pretty dishes and the lovely napkin fold adds an elegant touch. I agree that a tablecloth adds so much when setting the table but I love using placemats as well so I often end up using both :) For sure, family should be the ones we put first when putting extra effort into making things look nice. PS. You aren't the only ones eating in front of the news! ;) So fun participating in this blog hop with you.

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  16. Sheila your table i so beautiful. The white tablecloth is so elegant and with style.Thanks for sharing

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  17. Well, it's very pretty and romantic!
    Brenda

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  18. Hello Sheila,

    Your romantic table for two is simple but with lots of elegant details. Our dinners are also just my husband and I but we still like to set the table for the two of us. I am also one that believes that there is no one more special than family. I love your red Spode plates. They are perfect for celebrating Valentine's . The napkin fold is also a great tip. I agree that a tablecloth adds instant elegance when setting a table. You did a fabulous job.

    So glad to be joining you on this blog hop.

    Janet
    rosemary-thyme.blogpot.com

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  19. It is just beautiful, Sheila! I really love a white tablecloth base. I just think it is classic and elegant. The table is perfect and lovely for a dinner for two. xo Diana

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  20. Bonjour chère amie,

    Une table sΓ©duisante... Chaque dΓ©tail est soignΓ©. Votre Valentin est gΓ’tΓ© ! Que cette journΓ©e soit aussi la vΓ΄tre.

    Gros bisous 🌸

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  21. Very pretty and romantic Sheila. Love the dishes and the napkin fold you used. The gold charger adds a nice level of elegance. I vote for strawberries dipped in chocolate!

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  22. Such lovely tablesettings. I especially love the "table for 2" settings!

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  23. I must admit that I have a little Beatriz Ball Pedestal envy also, it is beautiful. One of the fun part of being empty-nesters is eating wherever you want and we go from the formal dining room to the kitchen also. Thank you for the tip about the table pad, I hadn't considered one until now. Beautiful table and pictures!

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  24. Just lovely, stopping by from the blog hop. Thank you for sharing!

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  25. A big thank you to everyone who has visited my tablescape post, and the other ladies who have shared their creative table for two posts. We have such fun creating them and sharing them. Thank you all again. Sheila :-)

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  26. Love is definitely in the air with that beautiful table! You always outdo yourself!!!

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  27. Thank you for sharing your lovely table decorating ideas for Valentine's and linking up with us at #OvertheMoon.

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  28. Hi Sheila, I love your romantic table setting for two. It's so pretty and elegant! This will be perfect for Valentine's Day. :)
    Thanks for sharing this at C&C with J&J.
    Enjoy the week and Valentine's Day!
    Julie xo

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  29. It's so pretty and festive. Thanks for sharing at our blog party.

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  30. Aww...so pretty! :)

    I would love for you to share this with my Facebook Group for recipes, crafts, tips, and tricks: https://www.facebook.com/groups/pluckyrecipescraftstips/

    Thanks for joining Cooking and Crafting with J & J!

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I love reading your comments! Thanks so much for visiting and reaching out to me. That's how we become friends!
Sheila

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