Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Table Talk ~ Galentine's Day

Valentine's Girlfriends' Dinner Party ~ 2017
Those of you who follow along here at Hyacinths for the Soul
may remember that a group of my girlfriends
formed a small dinner group in the early 1980s.
We gather for dinner to celebrate
 birthdays, holidays, or just because.

Monday evening, February 13th, we celebrated 
Valentine's 2017 with dinner here. 
I read that February 13th is Galentine's Day.
I had to google to see what that is.
~ Galentine's Day ~
I'd say that's exactly what we celebrated this year.

Last year I had great fun mixing my 
MacKenzie-Child's Courtly Check 
with a Queen of Hearts theme for a CAMEO meeting in our home.
You can read about this table here.

I wanted to do something different this year,
yet retain the same theme, 
using both the black and white
and the Queen of Hearts.

I gathered my group of Queen of Hearts 
figures on a tray for my centerpiece.

Patience Brewster's regal Queen was there, along
with Hop Hopping Boo's tall, skinny whimsical gal.

Lori Mitchell's darling Queen of Hearts 
joined my collection this year.

As did this miniature version of Pier I's larger
Queen of Hearts that came home with me last year.
This petite lady has dangly legs, so I propped her on the edge 
of the valentine tin used as a cache pot.

It's always fun to see the different artists' 
creative interpretation of the Queen of Hearts.
Allen Cunningham's on the left, 
and Mary Engelbreit's on the little box.

I set the table with black and white dishes 
and a good helping of brilliant gold.
I thought it looked pretty regal!

Quilted red placemats with a scalloped edge anchored the stack.
White Charger ~ Ambiance Vintage Garden
Gold Fluted Glass Dinner Plate ~ Maker Unknown
Salad Plate ~ Cynthia Rowley
Crystal Dessert Stem ~ Maker Unknown
Crystal Wine Stem ~ Crystal D'Arques
Flatware ~ Sir Christopher by Wallace

At the brilliant suggestion of my sweet friend,
dinner was a one dish meal of 
Baked Chicken Milanese with Arugula and Tomatoes.
Sweet Potato Cornbread Muffins
made in heart shaped tins were served on the side.
Thank you, Monique!
Dinner was delicious, healthy, and "kitchen friendly".
I highly recommend both of these recipes 
which can be found Here and Here.

For dessert I offered each their own regal cookie crown
along side a Table Talk spoon.

The Table Talk spoons sparked a bit of fun 
and lively discussion after dinner to stir up our conversation.

I selected six different questions from the box of 30.
Available here.

 A hostess can select the questions of choice,
or one could simply put the spoons in a container 
and have each guest draw out a spoon to answer.

Either way these conversation starters will
offer a lively conversation.

Would you rather take tea 
with Tom Cruise or Tom Hanks?

What is your most guilty pleasure?

Miss Sadie and I wish you a very
Happy Valentine's Day!