A Valentine’s Day dinner table.

This weekend we hosted my cousin and her fiance  for dinner.
Being as Valentine’s Day is just a few days away I went all out with the romantic theme.


I spotted these vintage, red dishes at my mother-in-law’s house a few months ago.
Caring is sharing…she’z coo like dat.
When you have kids you quickly learn how impractical and high maintenance table cloths are.
So instead, I used something a little different and you won’t believe where it came from…


Good old Hole Depot.
The last time I was there I noticed this big roll of paper sitting at the exit for use if you need to line the bed of your truck or use it to keep from keep your hammer from clanking around?…I’m reaching, I know.
I knew I could use it for something crafty one day so I rolled up some paper and took it home.
I love a good free deal.

PicMonkey Collage 1

Turns out, loading station paper makes a great table runner / table cloth.
Instead of decking my table out with fancy place mats, I drew them on instead.
And, instead of place cards I simply wrote my guests names right by their faux place mat with a white colored pencil.

PicMonkey Collage

You’d laugh at how many audio visual carts I’ve collected from school auctions.
Well, here’s another one turned bar cart.




For the center piece I picked up a $ .51 piece of wood from the cast-off pile at Home Depot and filled my beloved milk-glass glasses with grocery store roses.


For dessert I dipped my own strawberries in chocolate.
Then I picked up these individual, mini-cakes at Whole Foods that were too cute to pass up.


The fun was watching everyone “hem” and “haw” over which one to pick.¬† Then we all taste-tested each other’s.
It was a lovely evening.

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  1. I looove this post. I love the glamour but casual simplicity of it. My favorite is a toss up between the table runner and mini cakes!!

  2. How do you find about the school auctions?

  3. I am blown away by your drawings on the brown paper. WOW that looks terrific. And I love that bar cart. Awesome styling as well! What a great “Home Depot” table scape. I love the humor in that too.

  4. Love Sarah! We were friends in college :) I should put brown paper under my children every night. Not for the cuteness of the whole thing, but it may be practical!

  5. Love it! This is so pretty!
    I’ve been trying for about 3 years to find an A/V cart with zero luck.

  6. I love the idea of drawing the place mats on craft paper! And that piece of wood for centerpiece is just genius.

  7. Fabulous tablescape! I love that that the table feels sophisticated yet causal. And the bar cart is simple adorable.

  8. This is so sweet. Love the chalk on the paper. And so bummed i never snagged the AV cart. Genius.

  9. love this! absolutely love this!
    you’ve inspired me to bring out the paper for the table – maybe like at Macaroni Grill? instead of wiping off the table after the kids are finished, we can just trash the “cloth” and bring out a new piece :)

  10. Very nice… Hands down to you, so much creativity I’n that mind of yours!!!

  11. Genius! You are so creative. I can’t believe how amazing that table looks!

  12. Love this post!! Great job and would love to see more. It was so practical and yet beautiful. I am into dishes and color and this did it for me. WOW!!!

  13. Studio One says:

    This was absolutely exquisite because it was PERSONAL and it came from your heart – it was so YOU!! I can only imagine how very special your family and guests felt because of this very heartfelt effort. And it looked yummy! But this post really speaks to me because I visit many blogs and see many posts regarding Valentine’s Day and unhappily the vast majority simply post images of items displaying glitter and glitz and provide instructions on where to go to spend your money…

    When I want true inspiration, I come here.

    Thank you so much for sharing!

  14. Hi I love these ideas for Valentines day and those desserts look lush, and making me very hungry mmm…I need get baking and see what I can achieve..

  15. This is my second favorite post of yours; #1 was where you showed us how you painted the thick stripes in your entryway at your previous home. But I really, really enjoyed this one!! Hats off to you, Michelle, your table was gorgeous as were the mini desserts. I would love to see a little more of these types of posts (you asked, right?). Hope you and the Mr. have a wonderful V Day!

  16. Amazing! I LOVE your creativity. Hands down your blog is one of my top 3 for actually using ideas you show. And I probably read 25! I love seeing your little projects that are applicable to more situations than just the one you used it for! I will be using this paper runner with writing for my next seated event and who knows what else!
    Jealous of all of your audio visual carts! I am going to have my husband keep a look out at his high school!

  17. I do the same thing! I love using Brown butcher paper as a table runner. I saw it on BHG a long time ago and now you can buy it already printed with beautiful designs. It can be spendy so I just make my own. Much more fun!

  18. We had so much at dinner with you the other night. Thanks for inviting us. It’s so nice to catch up with your family and get some baby and marriage advice! :)

  19. So pretty! I think I have the same owl as you. Picked up at Value Village last week and my son wants me to spray paint it to put in his room.

  20. I love this post! I’m always looking for creative ways to decorate for dinner parties! :)

  21. Love the butcher paper. Totally going to try that out. Thanks for the idea!

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