Meet Me at the Eiffel Tower Table Valentine

Meet Me at the Eiffel Tower Table Valentine

Bonjour mon amis! What could be more fabulous than to have a seat at an Eiffel Tower table on Valentine’s Day in Paris; the City of Light and Love? 

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I’ve been fortunate to eat dinner there twice. First, was with my husband early in our marriage. While vacationing in Paris a decade plus later, we took our then adolescent sons to dine at an Eiffel Tower table.

There are several dinning establishments inside the Eiffel Tower; including champagne and macaroon bars.

Popular with families and for its incredible view over Paris, is 58 Tour Eiffel. Legendary restaurant and triple Michelin-star, Le Jules Verne, is undergoing a facelift and will reopen in the spring. A truly magical experience in an iconic setting.

My Eiffel Tower table is in a much more modest setting — I’ve swapped Paris for Pittsburgh!

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Exotic Peacock Tablescape Graces Formal Dining Room

Exotic Peacock Tablescape Graces Formal Dining Room

I’ve been wanting to share this peacock tablescape with you for quite awhile. But up until now, I’ve been trying to just keep up with timely holiday settings.

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Not that I don’t love the holidays! It just feels like they’ve been one on top of each other since last fall when I launched this blog. Easter coming early didn’t help either. Over the months ahead, I’m looking forward to sharing tables that are seasonal, or for no particular occasion at all.

If you’ve been following Debbee’s Buzz, you know peacocks are one of my favorite things. Just love their beautiful feathers, and gorgeous teal and blue coloring.

My peacock passion (obsession?) started when I ‘discovered’ my husband’s colonial ancestor. His honest to goodness first name was Peacock! A spy for General Washington, the British referred to him as The Rebel Bird! Learn all about Peacock in, Celebrating Patriots on Independence Day.

I’ve been collecting peacock decorative accents, ornaments and tableware ever since.

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Decorating with Red Heart Ornaments for Valentines Day

Decorating with Red Heart Ornaments for Valentines Day

I’ve decorated the kitchen and dining room with red heart ornaments, mini-wreaths and embellishments for Valentines Day. 

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After creating a DIY Let Me Call You Sweetheart Wreath recently, there were a few red heart ornaments leftover. So I got myself to Michaels and picked up two more packages of eight.

First, I incorporated the red hearts into a formal dining room tablescape. That’s when I ‘rediscovered’ red heart-shaped wreaths, previously used as napkin rings. Do you ever forget you have stuff? Or, then where you stashed it lol?

For giggles, I hung a couple of the red heart mini-wreaths from the chandelier, and really liked the look. Back to Michaels I went to grab as many as I could, while they still had them. All this led to a cascade of ideas using red hearts, including decorating a trio of cabinets in the kitchen, and creating two more informal table settings. It’s ‘bleeding’ red hearts around here! (more…)

A Valentines Day Tea Party with Friends

A Valentines Day Tea Party with Friends

A couple of years ago, three of my friends joined me for a Valentines Day tea with champagne cocktails and desserts. Valentine’s Day is about love and romance, but it’s also about celebrating friendships.

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I met all three of these lovely ladies at the gym. We regularly go for coffee and smoothies after class, and plan outings throughout the year together.

Just yesterday, we went to see Phantom Thread, a movie we were confident none of our husbands would enjoy. We were right! What a long, odd movie.

All those Oscar nominations and positive reviews had us intrigued, but it was quite a disappointment. Although the movie did make for animated post-coffee discussion, I recommend viewing it at home to see all the marvelous fashions. Sorry to say, I’d only give it a two out of five Debbee rating. Have any of you see Phantom Thread? What are your thoughts, reactions to the movie?

Anyway, I wanted to thank my gym buddies for supporting me through a particularly rough patch. So, I invited them for a Valentines Day tea party. (more…)

Celestial Tablescape Rings in New Year

Celestial Tablescape Rings in New Year

A celestial tablescape, complete with metallic sun and silver moon masks, is set to ring in the New Year.

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The round glass table is set for a cozy celebration of four – two couples for snacks, hors ‘oeuvres and dessert.

And, champagne of course!

Located in the open area between my kitchen and family room, the New Years Eve table is well situated.

There’s a view of the outdoor decorations on the covered porch, log-burning fire, sparkling Christmas tree, and countdown on the TV. Not to mention easy access to food and beverages in the kitchen!

So, pull up a chair and join me for some toasting and bubbly! (more…)

New Years Eve Tablescape: Diamonds & Top Hat

New Years Eve Tablescape: Diamonds & Top Hat

A Diamonds and Top Hat, New Years Eve tablescape in the dining room features whimsical animal plates (West Elm). 

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Lady penguins and gentlemen owls are perfectly attired for an evening on the town to ring in the New Year.

Metallic gold and silver accents, clock face plates, formal china and crystal, candles, party hats, and favors decorate the mahogany table.

See how easy it is create a festive New Years Eve tablescape, by complimenting your own tableware with a few glitzy accent plates and embellishments to dazzle guests.

Come join the fun, and put on your top hat or tiara!

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