As promised, here is another look around at more Valentine's Day decorating that I've been cooking up recently- this time in the dining room. I really do enjoy unpacking my seasonal treasures with each change of season, and carefully helping them to find their place. If they need cleaning, I clean them up. Many of these pieces are vintage wares, so I try to take very good care of them now that they have found their home.
Here's the big picture of the dining room all gussied up for Valentine's Day.
And here's the bird's eye view of the table setting.
Now, let's zoom in to see the close-ups. The blue dishes that you see here are our every day dishes. We have had them for several years now, and I still enjoy them. I accent each place setting with our Irish linens that we brought back from our trip to Ireland a few years ago. I always add roses to the Valentine's Day table- just because. And the tea cups and saucers are new to me this year. They were a Mother's Day gift from John and Lexi last year. Their pretty pink floral pattern made them a no brainer to add to this table setting.
Here's a closer look at some of the tea service pieces. I remembered that I also had a couple of pretty tea strainers in my kitchen cupboard so I also added those to a couple of the tea cups.
I like to sprinkle the Valentine's Day table liberally with "love birds". Here are a few of them now!
This little creamer bird is new to me this year. He is small but very sweet. I thought he matched this table well. :)
And remember my pink nursery rhyme glassware? I decided to display it in the dining room along with a few other vintage finds.
It would seem that I have a thing for old children's cups and plates. I found this one recently in a little antique store and couldn't pass it by. The image in the center of the little girl feeding her teddy bear is just darling, but what makes it for me is that the sides of the plate say "I go here, says the Fork" and "I go here, says the Spoon". I swoon.
On that same antiquing trip, I also found this gorgeous pink poodle bank. It's ceramic, and it doesn't have a stopper in the bottom. The head actually comes apart to access your coins inside. You can see the two pieces are tied together with a ribbon to hold everything in place.
And finally, I also found this huge antique German Valentine's Day card recently. It is a 3-D card that stands about six inches tall, with pop up and honeycomb features. These cards were popular in the early 1900s, but aren't super rare. Most of them feature scenes like this one. Very pretty, and very Valentine-y. They sure don't make them like this anymore.
So there you have it. My Valentine's Day dining room is ready for big day. As you can see, this room is decorated very differently from the kitchen. And it's not a traditional red and pink decor with hearts everywhere. I used my soft blue dishes and accented with other pastel pieces, sprinkling in lots of floral and lots of vintage finds. Decorating is highly personal. It doesn't have to be precise or to anyone else's liking but your own. It should always be fun and always be filled with things you love. :)
For more Valentine's decorating, be sure to take a look at these other blog posts from the Harris Sisters:
And we wish you are your sweetheart a very Happy Valentine's Day!