With the romance of Valentine’s day on the horizon, it is time to think about a romantic dinner for two at home. I am delighted to join Chloe for her blog hop Romantic Table for Two, ideas and tablescapes. Perhaps the 14th will have you eating out, so a nice meal at home may be the weekend before or after – a wonderful way to extend the romance. Whether it is breakfast or dinner, a pretty tablescape sets a mood for love and appreciation of all you share together. When I think of romance, the place that comes to mind is Paris, France. DH and I spent a wonderful week there years ago, so romantic, in a small hotel where we had a suite of rooms on the top floor (the 6th floor) with a marvelous stone balcony, overlooking the lights of the city of light. So, of course, Paris was the first thing that came to mind for a tablescape. I ordered an Eiffel Tower online, and set the table looking out to the view of the mountains.
The placemats and napkins are wine labels.
Some time ago, I scored these French storefront plates at the thrift store. Lovely aren’t they? I liked the look of the square salad plates with the square chargers. I picked out the boulangerie…
and the bookstore for our place settings, set on top of my white-on-white china plates and gold chargers. Naturally, the good silverware has to be on the table, too.
The pretty pink wine glasses are etched glass from the depression era. You can see a bit more of our mountain views in this photo.
Looking closer at the centerpiece, I found the graceful arc candle holder just last week at the thrift store, and it reminded me of the graceful arcing stone bridges over the River Seine in the heart of Paris.
Then, after I had set this table, I found the Cafe sign at another thrift store. It was just so perfect, and completed the tablescape. The greenery is faux grape leaves with bunches of grapes. Continuing the theme, I set out my grape cluster glass dishes to serve the appetizer course.
Now, for some romance, lets lower the lights, and light the candles, shall we?
I closed the curtains for the photos, but we will be looking out on a moonlit night.
Here’s my menu for dinner – click on the color ones for my original recipes here on my blog.
Sourdough Rolls with Creamery Butter
Individual Creme Brulees – recipe coming soon
And now, a giveaway! When I ordered the little Eiffel Tower on my tablescape, I ordered two of them. I’ll send one to a lucky reader for your Romantic Table for Two tablescape. To enter, just leave a comment on this post with where you have had a romantic dinner in the past. Maybe it was a wonderful restaurant, a special occasion, in a park, on a trip, or at home. Followers may leave a second comment for a second entry just saying how you follow. Yes, I will ship internationally, so all are welcome to enter! Forgive me if I cannot do individual email replies on this post as there are usually too many on a giveaway. The drawing will be held Thursday evening after 5 pm Eastern time and the winner notified by email. Drawing has been held.
Visit the other wonderful bloggers today and through the week for more romantic ideas. This post will remain on the main page on this blog through Thursday, so come back each day to see that day’s Romantic Tables for Two. Here is the schedule for the blog hop.
Where have you had a Romantic Dinner for Two?