Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Dining in a Valentine Snow Cave

 This tablescape might be about my LOVE for my spouse but it also pays homage to something else.
His LOVE of snow!
I didn't have to set the table with a "snow/winter" theme, we have the REAL THING as a backdrop!
This Valentine's Day, we will be dining in what feels like, a SNOW CAVE! The 'scape is purposely darker so you can focus on what is beyond the window.
Mr. Delight has shoveled the roof twice and along with the amount of snow we've had, we can no longer see the street and barely have any daylight coming in our four front windows. He LOVES it! (an avid downhill skier!)

But for those of you who are NOT so enamored by snow, let's take a closer look at what's on the table!
I got this lovely birdcage for Christmas from hubby (okay, I picked it out, bought it, wrapped it and said it was from him! Would he have thought to buy me a "birdcage"? I think not!)
I decorated it all up with a LOVE theme for the two lovebirds inside.
In the pic below, you can see the front door even has a "heart" shape on it.
 When set on a pedestal cake plate, I thought it made a nice centerpiece/side-piece on our table for two.
I used two of these swirly heart shaped salad plates and set a small glass heart on each plate.
I layered them on square black plates and square white chargers. The flatware has clear acrylic handles which pick up the colour of the placemat below.
A tall black champagne flute and a full rounded red wine glass reveal what our libations for the evening will be!



Now, let's see how the tablescape looks in the more romantic setting of darkness...
Do you feel the LOVE?
It was actually Mr. Delight's idea a few years back to put a table near these windows.
We enjoy a lot of our meals here.

Even these Lovebirds are getting in the spirit of things.
The snow is so close to the window
Candlelight is the best way to create romantic ambiance.

What will we be putting on these plates?
While it doesn't seem like very "romantic" food, hubby has made a request for ham with pineapple glaze and scalloped potatoes....

...followed by Raspberry Trifle for dessert
Happy Valentine's Day!
If you can't fight the white stuff you might as well embrace it!
I will be linking this post to these fantastic blogs:
Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays at The Tablescaper
The Colors of Love Coast to Coast at The Little Round Table

46 comments:

Entertaining Women said...

Quite a sophisticated Valentines table for two. Perfect against the backdrop of the snow...really made the lighting fantastic. I have a Love Bird table in the works for next week. Thank you for sharing your beautiful design. Cherry Kay

Pat said...

This is a beautiful table, beautifully photographed. Love the post title too!

Carol at Serendipity said...

Very lovely post and very romantic. I am working on mine but took a quick break. Donner looks wonderful.

Happy Valentine's Day.

Carol

Deb said...

Gorgeous table, but I think I'd freak out about the snow that high!!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh my, that is a lot of snow. Your tablescape is stunning. Love the birdcage and all of the pretty candles. Gorgeous. Thanks for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

Janet said...

lovely tablescape. The heart shaped door on the birdcage is so sweet.

Dianne said...

Beautiful table. I love the birdcage. I am into birds and birdcages, so glad to see I'm not the only one that thinks they make a great centerpiece. If I thought I could make it through all that snow, I would run right over for a taste of that trifle!

Andrea (Softer Side of Me) said...

Your table is gorgeous! Small and intimate...perfect for a Valentin's Dinner! Most of all....love the SNOW! (lol) Your table and photography is beautiful. Enjoy and thanks for sharing!
Andrea

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

What a cozy table and I love the big chairs with it. I think I would be eating there every night! We got a ton of snow here too! We have really been enjoying it but I think I am starting to look forward to spring!
Shelley

Karin Şen Cankan said...

I totally loved your table and the birdcage soooooo cute, great one.
Love
Karin Sen Cankan
karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

Phyllis said...

I truly did feel "the LOVE" in your post and photographs. The bird cage is really a unique decorating object and I can see many themes being implimented....can't wait to see the differnt ways you will decorate the cage. Your table for two is lovely!

Marlis said...

Love the backdrop!!! Your table is wonderful. I love the white heart plates and the love birds!

Jo said...

ROMANCE,YES!..I almost felt like I was intruding when the lights went down and the candles were lit....absolutely fantastic.
~Jo
Lazy on Loblolly

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Such a pretty Love Birds tablescape. I really love the picture of the LOVE sign on the table by evening glow. I'm so glad all that snow isn't at my window!

Debbie said...

I'll bet it does feel like a cozy and romantic snow cave. It looks so comfy with the wing backed chairs to relax in.

I'm a bird cage lover so I honed in on that right away. I love it and the way you have it done for V-Day. Everything is lovely. I would totally enjoy sitting in your snow cave!

Splenderosa said...

What a wonderful, beautiful Valentine's table you have given us today. And, that snow...beautiful. Happy Valentine's Day to you & your family.

A Perfect Setting said...

Truly beautiful! I love your new birdcage with the heart shape! I can't believe all the snow you've gotten. It's been a cold winter for us here as well, but we were able to dodge that last snow storm. I'm going back up to take another look, so lovely! xoxo

Becky said...

Your bird cage centrepiece is TDF. I just love it. And I totally get how spouse wouldn't think of purchasing a bird cage. :-) You really do have a table of love. Thank you for sharing it in our Colours of Love party.

Becky

Becky said...

P.S. I'm your newest follower.

Anonymous said...

Hello and I want to tell you, I always look forward to your posts- such wonderful talent you have. Love to have the recipie for the raspberry trifle. Will you be posting? Or send me an email - dcszabad@roadrunner.com Thanks much -

Mary said...

Love your birdcage used as a centerpiece on your table! All your snow outside your window makes for a romantic cozy table for two, especially with your red chairs!

debbies said...

Sweet pictures! I have the glass hearts too and love how you set up this cozy dinner.

Candy @ The Little Round Table said...

Truly a dining delight! Just a beautiful table and the snow does make the perfect counterpoint to the warmth of the setting. Love it!

Thanks so much for joining my first linky party on The Little Round Table and I hope that you will be able to visit again soon.

Candy

Marie Arden said...

Another stunning table. I like to see snow not be in it. I would be happy at that table looking out. Love the candle hearts. Love all your tablescapes Happy V Day!
Marie Arden Pink Living

Southerncook said...

Such a charming and gorgeous table and the background of the snow makes for a very romantic setting.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I LOVE you birdcage with the heart on the door! Mr. Delight has excellent taste! Your table is beautiful in every way--the dishes, flowers, and the votive holders-gorgeous.. I'd love a piece of that raspberry trifle! Linda

xinex said...

Wow! You sure have a lot of snow! The tablescape is so romantic, so beautiful. Love the birdcage as a centerpiece...Christine

Kaye Swain - SandwichINK for the Sandwich Generation said...

What a delightful visit for Valentine's Day week! We have a lot of snow but NOTHING like what you have. Oh. my. gracious! I just heard from a senior relative in another state and I think she is close to you! WOW! And WOW again for the lovely red holiday tableware and setting. It's so gorgeous. Thank you for a lovely visit.

The Tablescaper said...

What a sweet table - in your cave! LOL! Thankfully we have all of this wonder stashed away and can bring it out to bring life to our caves.

- The Tablescaper

BellaCasa said...

Oh my, you do have lots of snow. I've lived in areas where we had the lots of snow. I have to say, I'm glad we moved :)

Anyway, your tablescape is lovely. Come by for a visit sometime.

Jan @ BellaCasa

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi!!! Oh, my goodness....all that snow is in FRONT??!??!!! That's a LOT of snow!!! I thought WE had it bad, but you have it WAY worse!!! It almost hurts to look at that! You will be still thawing out in July!!! Good thing you're able to warm the atmosphere with a pretty Valentine's table. I'm with you: give the man whatever he wants for Valentine's Day dinner. I know my husband is not an oyster kind of guy, so he'll get whatever meal his little heart desires. I KNOW chocolate will be on the menu somewhere!!! Have a good one, and stay warm! And wear a bright color if you go out to get your paper so they can find you if you get lost!!! :-)

Debbie said...

Another snow lover (and skier) here! I LOVE how the front door of the bird cage has the "heart" shape. Perfect for your lovebirds tablescape! Happy Valentine's to you and your hubby.

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh how beautiful! I am visiting via the Valentine linky.
I wanted to invite you to the two linky parties I am planning. The first will be on February 23~ High Tea Tablescapes. Details can be found on my Wednesday posts. There will be PRIZES!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Bill said...

You obviously know the way to your man's heart with that hearty meat and potatoes dinner (after all that shoveling and downhill skiing, he needs a "hungry hubby" dinner!). ;)

Your romantic table for two looks wonderful! Candles do help set the stage, and that dessert looks amazing!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh My Goodness! That's a LOT of snow! But with a table that warm and inviting, who cares what's outside? Such a romantic tablescape, and I love that it's in front of the windows. Your bird cage looks so pretty with the hearts cascading down. I love the way you tucked roses around the base of the cake stand. That trifle is beautiful too! Thanks so much for linking this to my Valentine party. laurie

Red Couch Recipes said...

Such a nice present Mr. Delight gave to you -- it looks perfect on the cake pedestal. I am with Mr. Delight. I love snow and wish I could have some! Your table is perfect -- love the little heart in the middle of each plate and the lovebirds in the cage. Happy Valentine's Day. Joni

Kathy said...

You have created a really romantic setting your tablescape is beautifully put together and I love the way you have placed it by the window with those two beautiful red wing back chairs. perfect for a romantic and snuggly evening, even the snow looks beautiful :-)

Thearica said...

Well, aren't you just the romantic!! LOVE it!!!

I need to search for some of those heart plates and set my hubby a table similar!!

Sarah said...

Wow, that's a lot of snow! The table for two is the perfect romantic spot to warm your heart, right down to those lovely wingback chairs. Are they red?
Beautiful table and the raspberry trifle looks delicious. ~ Sarah

ellen b. said...

Oh girl! Your snow cave is quite lovely. I'm glad you are able to create this loveliness. I hope you are not going stir crazy. Your food looks fabulous!!

Marigene said...

What a romantic table for two...and you are serving one of my favorite desserts, trifle!

Tess said...

What a perfect setting for a romantic dinner. The table is lovely and if it's his favorite dinner, then it's the perfect dinner!

Anonymous said...

WOW..I love all your decorations. You are a so passionate and creative. I am glad to find your blog.

The Tablescaper said...

Thanks so much for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Kathleen said...

A snow cave, LOL! It is beautiful, so romantic! It is supposed to get a bit warmer her, so I hope some of the snow melts. If it snows again at least there will be space to put it!

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