It’s time for the first tablescape hop of 2020, and I’ve set a pink Valentines Day table and island bar in the open kitchen.
I’ve also incorporated a few sweet Scottie dog accents. They elicit many happy memories of Fibber McGee, My Fuzzy Funny Valentine.
Our hostess, Chloe of Celebrate and Decorate, has changed the scheduling for tablescape hops. Previously, the weeklong format ran Monday through Friday, with four to five new tables each day. Starting with this Valentines Day Tablescape Hop, all stylists publish their posts on the same day.
I like the change and hope you will too? No longer will it be necessary to check back throughout the week. Instead, you can hop to your heart’s content via links at the bottom.
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In the Pinks
Hoping today finds you “in the pink,” which means to be in very good health and spirits. Dating back to the 1500’s, the English idiom “pinks” refers to dianthus or carnation flowers — with serrated edges that look like they were cut with pinking shears. Did you know that?
With all the colds and flu going around, plus the virus crisis in China, I sure am grateful to be in the pink.
Pretty Pink Floral Pattern
When I got married, Mikasa Silk Flowers (retired) was my everyday dish pattern. In addition to its soft pink floral design, I especially like the uniquely-shaped plates, bowls and serving pieces.
However, after the boys came along, I decided Silk Flowers looked a tad too fancy and feminine. After I discovered Noritake Ireland Pursuit, I began using those dishes for most family meals. But, the Mikasa dishes are perfect for setting a pink Valentines Day table.
Underlying the holiday tablescape is a matching Silk Flowers print tablecloth. For the dish stack, I then layered the dinner and luncheon plates, with a small cereal bowl on top.
On either side of the dishes, is decades-old Oneida Satinique stainless. The flatware pattern was launched way back in 1979, and is still manufactured. I like how it’s brushed finish resembles the soft patina of pewter.
A Rose By Any Other Name
Tucked inside the bowl is a raspberry pink, rose-fold napkin. Transforming a flat napkin into a rose is super simple! It’s actually more rolling than folding.
Did you notice the fabulous pink, hobnail goblets (local resale shop)? Despite the fact I have no more storage space, I couldn’t resist! Could you?
Update: Thanks to my blogger friend Liz, I discovered the hobnail goblets aren’t vintage at all! Gorham made Emily’s Attic glassware from 2001-2004. And, they came in at least three colors — clear, blue and pink.
Last spring, I debuted the glasses in Vintage Easter Table with Chocolate Rabbit Centerpiece. I’ve been looking forward to using the stemware in a pink Valentines Day table ever since.
Several years ago, I picked up heart-shaped ramekins (Marshalls). For A Valentines Day Tea Party with Friends, I filled each with strawberry mousse.
The ramekins compliment the rose shades in the dish pattern, for a pretty, pink Valentines Day table.
On the right-hand side of each place setting is a Silk Flowers cup and saucer.
Nearby is the matching sugar and creamer.
And, here’s the matching teapot — my very favorite Silk Flowers piece. I’ve set it on the kitchen island counter, along with other serving pieces that don’t fit on the small round table.
Here, you can also see the large, square platter and round bowl. In the background is the DIY Let Me Call You Sweetheart Wreath.
There’s also a gravy or sauce boat.
Passed down in my husband’s family is this vintage blush pink, cake plate. I like it’s low profile and the fact that it’s held several generations of birthday cakes.
Under the cake plate is a Silk Flowers placemat. It features the same unique, squared-off sides as the dishes. Each place setting on the kitchen island also includes a wipeable placemat.
But, instead of small cereal bowls, I’ve used large, flat soups.
Sweet Scottie Accents
Back on the table, a blush pink vase holds a variety of silk flowers (Dollar Tree) in similar hues. I had originally intended on purchasing fresh carnations. But, the pink flowers at Trader Joe’s were wilted with brown edges.
And, since I hadn’t purchased any new tableware for the pink Valentines Day table, I wasn’t going to spend a day running to and from florist shops in inclement weather. So, I hope you’ll excuse the faux flowers.
Not sure why it occurred to me, but that’s about when I remembered I had some Scottie Valentines Day decorations in my stash (Michaels, several years ago). Among them were these adorable Scottie clothes pins.
And, although most of my Scottie stuff has red elements, these puppies are sporting pink bows. Why would Scottie dogs be in a floral centerpiece? Well, think of them as tiptoeing in the pinks rather than tulips, LOL!
MacRover is a now retired piece by Jim Shore. To bee honest, I’ve been looking for an opportunity to incorporate some of my Scottie collection into a tablescape for a couple of years.
I also like the contrast of the pink table elements with the black Scottie dogs. And the black ties-in nicely with home decor accents, like the painted chairs.
Like these kissing Scottie salt and pepper shakers. Aren’t they cute? The shakers are one of many Scottie theme gifts I’ve received from thoughtful family and friends.
As I compose this post, I’m sipping a cup of Jasmine Pearl tea (stocking stuff from my son) in one of my favorite mugs.
It features a sweet Scottie dog in the pink!
Related Post Picks
Valentines Tablescape Hop
Below are links to twenty-two holiday tables for your viewing pleasure. How sweet is that?! Next up is a pretty purple setting by Rita of Panoply. Great minds must think alike, because she also included a rose-fold napkin!
Bluesky at Home ♥ Red Cottage Chronicles ♥ Living With Thanksgiving
Home is Where the Boat Is ♥ Everyday Living ♥ Corner of Plaid and Paisley
My Family Thyme ♥ Intelligent Domestications ♥ White Arrows Home
Life and Linda ♥ My Thrift Store Addiction ♥ Calypso in the Country
PMQ for Two ♥ Katherine’s Corner ♥ Sweet Sensations
Going From Pink to Blue
With just three days separating the two holidays this year, I’ll be doing a quick switcheroo from pink to Set a Presidents Day Table with Liberty Blue. And, check out other Fun & Easy Ways to Celebrate Presidents Day.
There just never seems to be enough time between holidays! I wish there were a few more weeks to enjoy winter theme tablescapes too; like Downhill Dinner at Ski Cabin, Polar Bear Frolic, and Moose Toboggan Ride.
Making (Pink) Lemonade
It’s been almost two months since I lost my little buddy and shadow. While I’m nowhere near ready for a puppy, I do want to help find loving homes for other pets. So, after donating Fibber’s bedding, toys and food, hubby and I signed up as volunteers at Animal Friends, a large no-kill shelter.
When life gives you lemons, you make lemonade right?
We’re both in the midst of required dog handling training (walking, socializing, playing, helping out at events, etc.). I’ll also be applying my marketing career skills and expertise in Animal Friends’ communications department. And, starting this weekend, I begin my role as a Dog Adoption Concierge.
Regular readers may notice I’m also posting less often, as I’ve been busy adapting to a new schedule. From time to time, I’ll be sharing updates on my experiences.
Peeking in through the sliding glass doors, in view of the pink Valentines Day table, is this sweet Scottie dog figure (Etsy). Come spring (once the winter freeze-thaw cycle ends), I’ll place the cement statue in the garden, where Fibber’s ashes and favorite toy lie.
Photo of Fibber taken by breeder Victoria Bush at a Scottie club summer picnic.
And I’ll smile, cherishing the memories of our time together.
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