Dianne's Creative Table

I am inspired by light, all things natural, reusing previously loved items, and bargains!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

No Hearts and Dead Flowers

I had no intentions of creating a Valentine table.  I was actually planning a black and white table, but then I saw this runner at Ross and realized it pulled together a bunch of stuff I already had tucked all over the house.  I pulled it all out and it looked better than I expected, so I invited friends over for a Valentine Dinner Party.  It went from nothing to a full blown entertaining extravaganza!
Cute cupids are from Ross.  Red votives from Target clearance. 
Dark red placemats from OTP.  Chargers are Pier 1 clearance.  Pfaltzgraff dinner plates are from a dear friend's MIL.  Etched red plates on clearance at an antique store in Ft Walton.  
Silver plate is Alvin Fashion Lane.  You can read the crazy store about how I aquired it for free HERE.
Candlesticks were 50% off at Hobby Lobby.  
Cake plate and wire cloche from Home Goods.  I had a hard time envisioning a centerpiece that worked with everything else.  Since we have a yard full of brown dead hydrangeas, I thought I would just spray them white, but Mr Creative thought  they should be red. To get them painted, I had a 10 minute window in the last 2 weeks between work and dark with no freezing rain, sleet, snow, and temps above freezing, no kidding. I tried the white, it didn't work, so as usual, Mr Creative was right!   I am planning to replace this with real roses for our dinner on Sat, but I kinda like this look too.  What do you think? 

 Napkin roses in my Fostoria Ballet crystal.  Another clearance find at a local consignment store. 

 The daffodils got too leggy and had to be replaced. 
 The painted hydrangea found a new home, next to the  new dish set I am fostering until I can decided if I should adopt them or not. 
 The new centerpiece of Freedom roses.  

 Valentine place cards for everyone. 

Fondue with fruit, cake, caramels and marshmallows for dessert.     
I will be joining the following: Tablescape Thursday,You're Going To Love ItSeasonal Sunday,Valentine Par-Tay


  1. I love your table! The runner is spectacular and goes so very well with all the pieces you had already---how lucky! I love the cloche with your "dead" hydrangeas; works perfectly! Everything---your candlesticks, cupids, dish stack, glassware reflect a warm and welcoming table. Bravo! Rosie @ The Magic Hutch

  2. You really did pull it out and what a great job! Loved seeing this pretty table. Funny how one piece is the perfect inspiration for doing a entire table. Great job, my friend!



  3. From zero to 60 in no time! I love it! Sometimes it just takes one little thing to inspire enough to get you in gear!

    I like the treated red hydrangeas in the cloche, but roses would work well, too, and go well with the rose napkin fold. Either way...winning! (Oh, no...Charlie Sheen AGAIN?!?!??!!) Don't you just cringe every time your husband has a better idea? That happened to me last night, and I just wanted to punch him! How DARE he exercise his creativity in full view and hearing distance!!! :-)

    This is a beautiful table, and I know your guests will really, really love it! That's what the season's all about: L-O-V-E!!!

  4. Wow! Love the table runner and girl you went to town and made a gorgeous table. I kind of like the red hydrangeas, an interesting texture and look. It all looks wonderful and I'm glad you are going to celebrate!
    hugs, Linda

  5. Dianne, your new table runner is gorgeous. I like the way you pulled this together. All your details work together beautifully and the red and white dishes and crystal set an elegant table.
    Your mini daffodils are adorable with their snowy background. You've reminded me to stop by Trader Joe's tomorrow to pick up some flowers. '-)

  6. OOO, I can see why you bought that runner. It's beautiful. I love those red etched plates, and your stemware is gorgeous. Painting the dead hydrangeas is a wonderful idea, and they look great under the wire cloche. Thank you so much for linking to the party. laurie

  7. What a great table! Your guests are going to have a wonderful time. I like the idea of spraying the dried hydrangeas red -- if I have any this summer I may try that myself.

  8. Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous table, Dianne! Love the runner. The etched ruby places are so perfect for a Valentine table. I think the red hydrangeas show nicer than white ones!
    Have a wonderful weekend.

  9. It is funny sometime on what becomes the driving force for a tablescape. Your runner is a special motivator. Your table comes together as if a master was at work. Great job..
    Come visit my effort, Pam

  10. Wonderful table! First, those daffodils are a wonderful sign of hope for Spring! - I am so glad you would the inspiration in the table runner to create this beautiful table. I love the story of your flowers. It reminds me of many pinterest activities in which I have tried and failed. But your end result of the red flowers is gorgeous! Happy Valentine's Day!

  11. So creative you are! I truly enjoyed looking at your beautiful table.

  12. Thank you for visiting me Dianne, so sweet of you! I have a question, where is Trader Joe's and can you buy online? I see this often and never heard of it where I live and probably not in my part of the country..lol.

  13. Fabulous table runner. Lovely table... Happy Valentines Day!

  14. Love those red etched plates! Gorgeous runner.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  15. Gorgeous table! Perfect for the day...

  16. OMG! I'm so glad I didn't miss this amazing tablescape for the day of love! I love red and White and all your dishes and Fostoria is stunning! Beautiful table runner and lovely red rose centerpiece. I love it all!
    Thank you for your sweet and kind comment for my anniversary.