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Romantic Table for Two Blog Hop

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.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

The placemats and napkins are wine labels.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

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…

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

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.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

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.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

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.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

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.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Now, for some romance, lets lower the lights, and light the candles, shall we?

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

I closed the curtains for the photos, but we will be looking out on a moonlit night.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Here’s my menu for dinner – click on the color ones for my original recipes here on my blog.

Shrimp and Avocado Romoulade

Spinach Salad with Cranberry Vinaigrette

White Wine Chicken and Mushrooms

Sourdough Rolls with Creamery Butter

Parsley New Potatoes with Sour Cream Sauce

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.

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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.

Romantic Dinner for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Where have you had a Romantic Dinner for Two?

 

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Winter White

Now that the holidays are truly over, I like to create a cleaner space after the clutter of the autumn season followed by Christmas.  For me, going to to an all white decor is a rest for the eyes before getting to the rich Valentine reds  and Mardi Gras colors of February. The snow over the weekend helped set the mood too, and our pub table is now decked out in all white.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

I found these darling little mitten ornaments with snowflakes at the thrift store, and they had four! So, of course they become napkin ring ornaments.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

The placemats are my vintage Battenberg lace ones, with the white French Country dinnerware. I added a little white sauce dish at the top. It can hold some teriyaki or horseradish sauce for a pork roast dinner.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

In the center, a white rabbit planter holds the white poinsettia from the holidays. It is still growing, and I turned the silver side of the wrapper out.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

On either side are white pillar candles in the cut glass holders I’ve had for many years. I found the white iridescent beads at the thrift store too, and lay them around the center for a bit of sparkle.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

Another thrift store find, this little snowflake candle holder is a perfect addition to the other side of the centerpiece.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

Here’s a wider view of the whole table.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

White is the theme all through the house, with this display on the kitchen counter. The white colander holds a new white candle in a lovely scent called Winter Garden. The white salt and pepper are within easy grasp sitting on a lace placemat.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

In the den, I put the White Mini Quilt on the stand, adding white candles on the side. My white reindeer stays out all winter, and this year he sits regally near the quilt. The little pine cone next to him is a candle with glitter, too pretty to burn.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

In a corner, the antique table usually holds a quilt, but for January it displays another Battenburg runner.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

On the coffee table, I placed the Snowflake runner from last year, with a Fenton candy dish, my depression glass American potpourri dish, and a book of Andrew Wyeth art. The cover shot is one of my all time favorite paintings.

Winter White at From My Carolina Home

Outside, the snow filled up the feeder Saturday morning so the birds were having a hard time. It was dark and the snow was still falling when I got up Saturday.

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You can see on the top of the feeder how many inches we got, which is on the driveway too.

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The blue jay managed to unhook the suet feeder from the clip, not on purpose, and it plopped into the snow. When DH saw that, he put on earmuffs, gloves, heavy coat and Wellies and got out the ladder to fix it.

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He brushed all the snow out of the feeder, and replaced the suet feeder. I scattered some seed on the ground for the ground feeder birds and we went back in to watch. Very shortly, the cardinal landed for a bite, while a woodpecker went for the suet.

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A titmouse on the feeder,

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and juncos on the ground.

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Everybody that wanted a meal got some food.

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Later in the day, the sun came out. It was a beautiful clear blue sky.

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Just look at the icicles on the roof!

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Then, on Sunday, the boys were back for another handout. One was really strutting his stuff, cluck-purring and fanning his tail.  He was really preening for a tidbit.

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DH thought I’d lost my mind as I made them a peanut butter sandwich and fed it to them in small bites thrown onto the snow. They need the extra protein and calories when it is only 27 degrees outside.

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I’m still not going anywhere soon. The driveway is still several inches deep in snow.  Hopefully the sun will melt it before Wednesday as I have two meetings that day!

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In the meantime, I’ll be sewing and crafting!

What’s going on where you live?  Do you enjoy Winter White?

 

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New Year’s Eve

We aren’t planning any late night activities tonight, it will be a quiet welcoming of the new year having dinner out with friends and home early. But that doesn’t mean I didn’t do a bit of decorating. I like to get all the Christmas decorations down by this day, and do a little New Year’s cheer for the last of the holiday season.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

I got out the black-with-gold-dots table cloth I made some time ago, adding gold chargers and white plates. The little black octagon plates are going to the thrift store after this breakfast. For breakfast they might hold some fruit.  The wine glasses might hold mimosas, I haven’t decided yet.  White linen napkins are held with clear rings – a thrift store find.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece is made of four of those star sprays I got at the dollar store last year, or was it the year before?  Such an inexpensive little thing that adds a lot to a table.   They almost look like fireworks are going off on the table, a bit of color to the elegant black and gold theme.  The bases are wrapped in black with gold trim.  On either side are small glass candlesticks with black candles trimmed in gold.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

I am planning to make Eggnog French Toast for New Year’s Day breakfast. I saw the recipe on Cecilia’s blog My Thrift Store Addiction and DH has given approval for our holiday breakfast.  I may put a spin on the idea by adding some cinnamon, you all know that DH loves cinnamon.   Although, nutmeg might make more sense.  Or maybe both.  The little creamer pitcher will hold syrup warmed in the microwave.

New Year's Breakfast ~ From My Carolina Home

Once again on New Year’s Eve, I want to remind you to put your money outside this evening!  I know, it seems silly, but what the hey. You hide some money outside on New Year’s Eve, (doesn’t matter how much) then bring the money into the house on New Year’s Day. It is supposed to bring good fortune with it, as long as it is still there, LOL!! Now, I am not superstitious, this is just something fun to do, and seems to be a conversation starter too.  Ask your friends if any of them have ever heard of it.  And for my readers who saw this last year, or the year before, did you do it?

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Of course, tomorrow we will have to have Black Eyed Peas. I usually do a version of Hopping John that I have kicked up a notch with kielbasa and call Jumpin’ John.  The peas are mixed with rice, sausage and sauce, then garnished with green onions.  It is a good luck lunch in a bowl while watching the football games.

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Whatever your plans for tonight and tomorrow, have a safe and happy New Year’s Eve!  Wishing you health and happiness in the New Year.

What are your plans for this weekend?

 

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Christmas Tablescape 2016 Rustic Green

Holiday time means a pretty table and a chance to use my holiday china. I love the holiday china pattern that belonged to my mother. I used to buy her pieces every year for Christmas, helping her to build her set. Once she had all the cousins over to her place for a meal, and had to run get a few more dinner plates. So, now I have 15 dinner plates. DH won’t let me invite that many people over at once, LOL, maybe one year I can do the buffet dinner I’d like to have.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

This year I wanted the table to be mostly green with an eclectic centerpiece, rustic yet glittery at the same time.  I began with the green chargers found earlier this year. I set them on the pretty holly tablecloth I made a few years ago. Dinner plates are added, the pattern is Holiday Tartan by Lenox.  They have a Christmas feel, yet are still appropriate for Thanksgiving or New Years too.  Since I very rarely get to use the soup bowls, I put them out instead of salad plates. The salad tastes just as good in bowls, doesn’t it?  Maybe even better.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

On the side, I placed the small plates with fruit bowls. I wasn’t sure I’d use these for dinner, but they did look great on the table.  When the day arrived for the dinner party, I picked them up and used them for dessert instead.  The little fruit bowls sometimes hold cranberry sauce.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Next, silverware, salt/pepper shakers, and coffee mugs are added.  Green napkins are given a simple fold.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Turning to the centerpiece, I added pine cones to the goldtone sleigh, along with gold and green glass ornaments, and some artificial greenery.  Once again, the low centerpiece created made conversation easy over it.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

I like the juxtaposition of shiny to rustic.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

The little birdhouse ornaments were set on the sides, they have a bit of sparkly gold to them.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Here is another one, a little red house.  Those  pine cones are almost perfect in symmetry.  I have a whole basket of them.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

And another little ornament birdhouse, a tiny church.  More gold ornaments are tucked into the greenery.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

And there we are, all done.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Guests for dinner were delighted with the china settings.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

One more look at the whole table.

Christmas Tablescape ~ From My Carolina Home

Do you set a Christmas table?

 

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Catching up to Christmas

I am working on several new projects for this holiday season, but nothing is ready to show yet.  I will be working on our quilt-along this afternoon, the next step is tomorrow.  My weekend sale online orders from all my favorite retailers are coming in for new projects for the blog, thread and fabric should arrive this week.  But for now, refill your coffee cup or tea, and settle in for some fun time on my blog as I do a review of my Christmas in July event along with some previous season ideas with links to the projects.  You might be here a while today, LOL!!  We had great fun in July and had a number of wonderful prizes from my favorite vendors, and yes, we’ll have more events like that next year.  Do you have a quilter on your gift list?  This Sewing Kit is easy to make, has no hand sewing, and can be used for jewelry too!  The link has a full tutorial.

Sewing Kit | From My Carolina Home

My original design Christmas Mini Quilt fits a table top stand, and the post has all the instructions to make it.  The ornament pattern is embellished with little pearls at the triangle corners.

Christmas Ornament Mini Quilt ~ From My Carolina Home

My Christmas Trip Around the World quilt goes so fast, that I made it from beginning the cutting to finishing the binding in just over a week – and that was around my work schedule and social commitments!

Christmas Trip Around the World | From My Carolina Home

You have cards to send, so here are some card stamping ideas for your Christmas card list.  Stamping Christmas Cards.

Stamping Christmas | From My Carolina Home

Are you into wool applique?  This is my original design, Christmas Wool Penny Rug and the post has a free pattern download.

Christmas Wool Applique Penny Rug ~ From My Carolina Home

Christmas Cookie Cutters Ornaments are easy to make with buttons and ribbon roses.

Rose Angel at From My Carolina Home

An integral part of most of my tablescapes are quilted runners or table toppers. One I use over and over is the one shown in the picture below, a simple hexagonal shape with rings of alternating values and colors in red, green and ecru.  The pattern is free in my Craftsy store. While you are there, please take a look at my other patterns, your purchases help fund the blog costs.  I hope never to have the obnoxious ads I am seeing on other blogs these days, moving animation on every single photo in a post, flashing ads on sidebars and popups, hello bars at the top and popup bars at the bottom, and some blogs with all of those at once! Monumentally annoying.  As long as I can pay for everything with Etsy store sales and Craftsy sales, the only ads you should ever see will be the occasional one at the bottom put there by WordPress when you visit the blog page.  Someday I hope to go completely ad free.

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If you would like to do another runner, here is a link to the quilted runner I did last Christmas as a quilt-along. Christmas Star Runner

Christmas Quilt Along finish

This year I published my first purse pattern, The Charleston Bag. Of course I had to have it in Christmas colors!  For the month of December for my readers, the pattern is reduced to just $5.  The Charleston bag is a roomy purse with an inside pocket, completely finished by machine, no hand sewing!  I was carrying it yesterday while shopping for some crafting supplies, and several ladies commented on it.

Christmas Charleston Bag

Need some ideas for the guys on your list? Gifts for Guys will give you some different ideas from the usual.

Gifts For Guys ~ From My Carolina Home

I love giving Gifts From The Kitchen too. This post has my Double Dutch Chocolate Brownie mix recipe with a downloadable pdf of this recipe with others along with printable gift tags.

Gifts From the Kitchen - Double Dutch Brownies | From My Carolina Home

We are finally getting some much needed rain this morning, and I am enjoying the gentle patter and cooler temperatures.  It is hoped this rain will help the firefighters, particularly to keep the fires from spreading although it will not be enough to end the drought or to extinguish the fires going now.  It is a great day, however, to curl up with a good book.  I did some cozy Christmas mystery book reviews last year, here are some holiday reads you might enjoy too.  Cozy Christmas Reading  If you haven’t heard that term, a cozy mystery is one without overt violence, no foul language, and the intimate scenes are left to the imagination.

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Just for fun, here is my Christmas Tablescape from two years ago. This post has a recipe for Shrimp Avocado Remoulade, along with the plan for the quilted table topper.  I found some new chargers for this year and I have an idea for a totally new tablescape using things I already have in a new way.

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And one last project, a Holiday Pine Cone Hanger to use those big cones you might have sitting around.  I gave this one away, but I’ll be making another one for the veranda this year.

Pine Cone Hanger at From My Carolina Home

I hope that gives you some things to enjoy to get the season started.  I’ll have more projects and ideas very soon, and our Scrap Dance Waltz continues tomorrow.  I am revising the math for those that are doing the two tone Christmas option, and I’ll add that to the post tomorrow.

Are you getting started on Christmas?

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Thanksgiving Tablescape

Thanksgiving is upon us, and I like to set the table ahead of time.  It lets me know if I need to do any chores, like polish the silverware.  Usually I do need to do that.   This is the time to get out all the good stuff, the china you don’t use much, the special heirloom silverware, all the special cut glass dishes for serving, and not mind that some things need to be hand washed.  It is only a few times a year, and I don’t mind doing that.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Last year I saw these wonderful turkey salad plates in a catalog, and after the holiday scored them on clearance.  I was so excited, but had to wait until now to use them.  I got them out early in November and have been using them for breakfast and lunch all month.  Aren’t they marvelous?

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

I started with my damask placemats in off white to show off the rust color chargers. Then, white-on-white china plates are added and the turkey salad plates on top. This holiday meal calls for grandmother’s silverplate, rarely used.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

I put the Nutmeg Spice color napkins in the Happy Thanksgiving napkin rings, and set them on an angle at the top of the place setting.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Wine glasses are added.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

The centerpiece began with the Autumn Jubilee table runner, with my mother’s tall pilgrim couple placed back to back in the middle. I put two candles between them.  I usually like to keep the centerpiece low, but I do love these pilgrims and haven’t used them on the holiday table in some time.  I think we can look around them since they are in the middle.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Autumn leaf garlands were put around the bottom, and turkeys are put on the ends.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Each end has different turkeys.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Small pumpkins and the turkey salt and pepper shakers are put in the scene.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Another view of the table.  The turkey on the bottom right end of the picture is a gravy server.  I have wonderful memories of my mother absconding with it the year I bought it.  She was having Thanksgiving that year and said she’d wash it first before returning it.  I didn’t get it back.  Even though it made an appearance at every Thanksgiving, it always managed to go home with her, in spite of my best efforts to keep it.  Now it lives with me, and holds lovely memories of holidays past.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

I’ll add the individual salt and peppers to the place settings after breakfast, as half of them are on that table right now.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Even though the table is set for Thanksgiving, we won’t be using it until the weekend.  We usually spend Thanksgiving day by ourselves to watch parades and football games, and just enjoy the day without any stress.  I’ll be having a dinner party on Saturday, inviting a few friends over to an Italian dinner.  I’m making lasagne.  Everyone is usually tired of turkey by then, but we still like to be grateful for friends too before the weekend is over.  It will be cool enough to have a fire in the fireplace for dinner.

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

Thanksgiving Tablescape 2016 at From My Carolina Home

Are you hosting a dinner, staying in, or going somewhere else for Thanksgiving?

 

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November Breakfast

Thanksgiving morning means a nice breakfast while watching the parade in my jammies. With a large meal later in the day, and sometimes snacks during football games, breakfast needs to be nice but not over filling. I do enjoy making the overnight egg casserole in a small baking dish, just enough for two. Sometimes DH wants cereal too, so I set the table for anything. In the center is the quilted Autumn Star table topper I made a couple of years ago.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I did set four place settings just to make the table look nice, even though there will only be the two of us. The breakfast tablescape is on the pub table and starts with this lovely art glass pumpkin that was a gift from friends a few weeks ago. I set it on two of the wood slices to add some height, and added some tiny chipmunk pilgrims.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I used the leaf print placemats and my new leaf plates.  They work well together, don’t they!!

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

The napkins got pumpkin napkin rings.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

The pumpkin bowls are added to the place settings.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

I have two of these turkeys, so I added one to each side of the glass art pumpkin.  The leaf plates went on just for show, but they could hold a biscuit.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

There are a couple more little miniatures added to the other side.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

All done.  Coffee cups are usually in our hands, so I didn’t put them on the table.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

Festive and ready for breakfast.  I have to admit though, that we have had a meal here already, it was too pretty to have for just one day.

November Breakfast Table at From My Carolina Home

What do you do for breakfast on Thanksgiving?

 

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