Sunday, February 16, 2014

A Touch of Lipstick Red for Valentine's Day

The week of Valentine's 

was busy around here.

Lots of chocolates and 

fun times spent with friends.

This stack of red and white stripe plates,

a sweet surprise from a girlfriend 

for my January birthday,

 was the inspiration for our

Valentine's table this year.

An impromptu stop at Sur La Table

yielded these pretty new napkins.

The beautiful woven texture, red stripes, and 

fringed edges make me think of vintage French linens.

They fit in perfectly with

my theme of black and white 

and touch of lipstick red.

My go to woven ruffled placemats,

MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check chargers,

Black dinner plates from Dollar Tree,

Red and white striped salads by Grace's Teaware,

All stack up for a pretty Valentine Dinner Party

with a group of girlfriends.

Small heart shaped boxes 

filled with chocolates were

transformed with chalkboard paint

to use as place cards 

as well as sweet take home treats.

La Rochere 

Napoleonic Bee Glassware

Tossed Green Salad

Spinach and Artichoke Lasagna

Made at home by my personal in-house "chef".  

Hot Garlic Bread

Light Dessert

Lemon Petite Fours 

Camomile Tea and Almond Tarts

Served with 

fresh raspberries and .   .   .

A dollop of 

sweet whipped cream!

Little cinnamon hearts 

on the side for a touch of spice.

The following morning

I hosted my CAMEO group

for our monthly antique club meeting.

I saw this idea on Martha Stewart.

You take dried Calimyrna figs, cut lengthwise, 

and they look like little hearts.  

Tasty, healthy, and oh so cute!

Several of the ladies are gluten intolerant, 

so I like to serve gluten fee choices

such as this camomile and almond tart

that I picked up from a local bakery.

The pretty little petit fours, 

while not gluten free,

are a secret I learned from a friend.

You can buy a box of 24 of these at Costco 

for about  the cost of one petite four from a bakery.

They are "lemonylicious" and no one is the wiser!

Sometimes I add a little added flourish on top.

As a take home treat for my CAMEO friends,

I bought mini heart boxes at Michaels,

used the chalkboard paint again,

then placed a decadent chocolate heart inside

on a nest of red and pink crinkle paper.

All in all it was a

"sweetie pie" of a week here!

Hope your Valentine's Week 

was filled with delights too.