Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Valentine's Dinner

To me, valentine's day is an excuse to send cards to friends, make cookies, play games, have a dinner party and, if possible, bring a bit of light and joy into someone else's life.

Not every year does valentine's day become a big event. Circumstances dictate different approaches to this holiday. This year it was chicken soup for Christmas dinner but a feast for valentine's day.....

Out came the pink (one of my favorite colors), the silver goblets, the crystal, and the valentine napkins I've been wanting to sew for four years! There was also a new box of tea from a friend in the UK:

Chocolate chestnut "pots" in the form of teacups made a fitting centerpiece. They looked adorable!

Heart confetti sprinkled on top:

We had our valentine feast after church on Sunday. It made for a nice Sunday dinner and we could invite friends over.

Christina brought along a delicious apricot stilton appetizer:

And there was a little baby in attendance! Isn't he cute!!!!

We had a red meal: ham, red cabbage coleslaw, cooked radishes, red potatoes, and beets:

Few things make me happier than watching people sitting around a table, enjoying good food and company:

Crazy-haired Laura joins the festivities:

Uncle JK describes something important to Andrew:

Lots of chit-chat going on.

Valentine cards for everyone:

Rachel surprised us with this giant valentine:

Dessert consisted of pink pavlova and the chocolate pots, alongside the rose tea:

John thinks life is hilarious!

After dinner sleepiness for some.....
And now the snow is melting and warmer weather is in the forecast and we have spring to look forward to, and St. Patrick's Day.....


southseaislandhome said...

How beautiful, Heather! You are so amazingly clever with your flowers and colours and the way you make everything look so pretty.
Do you like Twinings? Can you not get it in the USA?

Andria said...

Oh, Heather...this is BEAUTIFUL! What a delight to the eyes, and I'm sure it was to the mouth, too. :) So inspiring. Thank you very much for posting.

Thoughts on Life and Millinery. said...

I am agog. That is the most beautiful Valentine luncheon menu ever!

Emma@christmascupboard said...

WOW! Beautiful photos and table dressing as usual! Heather you should have your own Homemaking TV show! x

Stephanie said...

Wow - another beautiful table-scape! Looks like you had a wonderful Valentine's Day with friends and family. We didn't do anything on the 14th, but DH planned a nice date for Fri the 18th, although the concert tickets were technically a Christmas present...