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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Viva La France!

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Today’s post is part of the Valentine’s Day Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate. All this week, nearly two dozen talented stylists share their sweet table creations for your viewing pleasure. You’ll find all the links at the end of the post.

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Setting the Parisian scene begins with a black and white Kate Spade tablecloth. Gold metallic stripes add some glitz to the Eiffel Tower table. Next, I layered quilted red, heart-shaped placements (Kohl’s this year) at each of four place settings at the round table.

I purchased the versatile tablecloth for queen bee and Breakfast at Tiffany’s theme My Favorite Things Parties. With a black and white design scheme on the covered porch and pergola, the tablecloth works outdoors too. I just wish I had splurged on an another round or oblong one.

Black and white work well in creating tablescapes; regardless of the occasion or season. In Building a Snowman Table Setting, checkered placemats are styled with plaid napkins and the same red flatware (Home Goods) as the Eiffel Tower table.

Set on the kitchen island, the look transitions nicely from Christmas to January to Valentine’s Day. Hmm, maybe I should pick up three more heart placemats for the bar and mix them with the snowman tableware until Valentine’s Day — what do you think?

Emperor’s Emblem

Napkins in the same color scheme depict the Eiffel Tower and say, “Paris.” A little redundant I guess, as who doesn’t know where to find the iconic landmark?

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I’ve been looking for an occasion to use my bee napkin rings for the first time. A lovely and generous gift from my friend Kem, bee-cause she knows I fancy myself Queen Deb-Bee.

I also love the bee symbol because of my French ancestry that includes at least three surnames beginning with the letter “B.” That’s why I chose the theme for my very first My Favorite Things Bee Party.

Did you know the bee was Napoleon’s symbol as emperor?

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Golden napkin rings help to pull out the metallic stripe in the tablecloth. And, ‘diamond’ bling adds sparkle to the Eiffel Tower table. Aren’t they bee-ut-iful? Sorry, I’m all a buzz. Whoops! I just can’t bee stopped LOL!

Come spring, I can’t wait to incorporate the napkin rings into a new tablescape using bee plates, flatware and glasses seen in HapBEE Birthday Table.

Raise a Glass

Recently, I came across four vintage glasses etched with a rose pattern. Metallic gold rims and bows also decorate the stemware. Does anyone recognize the manufacturer or pattern?

Update: Thanks to Beverly of Across the Boulevard, I’ve been able to identify the glasses as Libbey’s Rose Classic pattern from 1953. These are apparently water goblets.

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On the Eiffel Tower table, I’ve paired the Classic Rose pattern with vintage Cambridge Rose Point etched crystal, passed down by my très French great-grandmother.

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For Thanksgiving, I often use grand mere’s stemware; as seen in Birds of a Feather Gather Together Table.

When I saw the ‘new’ glasses, I knew they were meant for each other! What do you think mon amis?

Eiffel Tower Table Dishware

Rather than layer chargers and dishes, I chose a single luncheon plate set in the center of each red heart placemat. Depicted on each white plate is the Eiffel Tower.

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The special accent plates are part of Lenox’s Tin Pan Alley Collection. Tucked in my cupboard are others decorated with either Big Ben or the Statue of Liberty. I believe there is also a Golden Gate Bridge version?

Set to the right of each plate is a unique square-sided bowl that also depicts the Eiffel Tower — on all four sides. And, like the napkins, they say “Paris” — to remind you’re supposed to be in Paris not Pittsburgh LOL!

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I actually use the bowls quite often for everyday meals. Made by Ciroa, the porcelain bowls came in a four-pack (Marshalls or TJ Maxx), and are dishwasher, microwave and freezer safe.

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Square appetizer or mini dessert-size Eiffel Tower plates are set to the left of each place setting. Like the bowls, they also were packaged in sets of four.

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Made by 222 Fifth, the little plates are part of their City Scenes group. They match the large square platter I’ve set at an angle in the center of the Eiffel Tower table.

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To elevate the square platter, I used a small white cupcake stand underneath. These little stands have come in hand in numerous tablescapes and dessert buffets; including Peacock Theme Menu cupcakes.

Going Vertical

Because of the constraints of setting the round glass table for four, I tend to keep whatever is in the center low — so not to impede conversations or crowd the dining surface.

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If you follow Debbee’s Buzz, you know I frequently decorate chandeliers either to complement or replace centerpieces. Last year, I went vertical Decorating with Red Heart Ornaments for Valentines Day in the dining room.

So, when I recently found red, heart-shaped ornaments (my grocery store of all places!), I snapped them up. What I especially like is their rose relief pattern. Aren’t they sweet?

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For Eiffel Tower table guest favors, I added red ornament ribbon and slipped one into each of the Paris bowls.

There were enough leftover ornaments and Valentines decorations in my stash for a quick and easy embellishment of the kitchen chandelier. Voila!

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Good thing I always keep a variety of extra Christmas ornament hangers (Michaels) on hand to decorate year-round. See How to Decorate a Chandelier for Fall or Peacock Ornaments Decorate Chandelier for other designs.

I like how the dangling hearts compliment the Valentine’s theme of the Eiffel Tower table below.

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Eiffel Tower Bar

Before dinner, I’ll server drinks and appetizers from the adjacent kitchen island. That’s where I’ve set up the Eiffel Tower centerpiece; because it’s too tall for the tabletop.

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Hanging on the door in the background is Fanciful Alice in Wonderland Theme Wreath. Decorated with red roses and hearts, it’s perfect for Valentine’s Day. And, the harlequin ribbon compliments the Eiffel Tower table color scheme.

Twinkling white lights, Valentines ribbon and more heart elements embellish what is actually a wine rack (Home Goods). Unfortunately, the tiny lights are hard to see in bright daylight when I took the pictures.

Sitting to the side of the Eiffel Tower is a bottle of red for later in the evening.

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You might remember the Eiffel Tower decorating the bar during a Breakfast at Tiffany’s Theme Brunch.

Because, like Holly Golightly says, “Paris is always a good idea.”

 

Styling Sweet Tables

Now it’s time to check out all the other Valentine’s Day tables created by a talented group of bloggers. See how two others also incorporated an Eiffel Tower centerpiece into their tablescape.

Monday

A casa di Bianca ♥ Panoply ♥ From My Carolina Home ♥ Corner of Plaid and Paisley ♥ The Little Yellow Corner Store

Tuesday

Everyday Living ♥ Life and Linda ♥ Knock it Off Kim ♥ Home is Where the Boat Is ♥ Belle Blue Interiors 

Wednesday

Bluesky at Home ♥ Debbee’s Buzz ♥ The Painted Apron ♥ Camelot Art

Thursday

Home and Gardening With Liz ♥ Sweet Sensations ♥ Celebrate & Decorate ♥ Our Crafty Mom ♥ My Family Thyme

Friday

Follow the Yellow Brick Home ♥ Zucchini Sisters ♥ Red Cottage Chronicles ♥ My Thrift Store Addiction ♥ Me and My Captain

And if you missed it, check out A Valentine’s Day Tea Party. Or the cute In the Pink Valentines Day Table.

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