Wednesday, February 8, 2012

A Chocolate Valentine


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Welcome to The Tablescaper.

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Valentine’s Day brings forth all sorts of images. Hearts and chocolate sure are some of them!

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We also tend to think of Valentine’s Day as a romantic time, which it certainly can be, but…

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…it’s a great day to spend some special time with those that we love, like our family.

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What could be better than gathering your family around a table with a chocolate fountain center stage.This is one tablescape my family was very happy to assist with! LOL!

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There is nothing like chocolate to bring a smile to so many.

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And would you like your marshmallow…

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…covered in warm silky chocolate?

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Or do you prefer the taste of a bit of salt with your chocolate dream?

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Perhaps a strawberry dipped in chocolate is more to your liking.

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If you haven’t had enough chocolate, there’s always mug of warm cocoa topped with a…

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…marshmallow heart.

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Herat shaped bowls by Chantel, purchased through the years at HomeGoods, are at the top of the stack.

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The wonderful chocolate brown plates and mugs are part of a very inexpensive boxed set.

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The pink polka dot dinner plates, along with the round chocolate place mats, were Christmas Tree purchases from a couple of years ago.

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The napkin rings were part of my Christmas gift from my good friend and fellow dish-a-holic, Barbara.

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The little whimsical heart spoons were purchased on one my rare visits to Hobby Lobby. I sure wish we had one by us.

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The only new purchase were these great tumblers from Dollar Tree this year.

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However you spend your Valentine’s Day…

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…I hope that you can spend part of it gathered round a table with those you love.

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Please visit the following parties I’m joining:

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See you Sunday!

- The Tablescaper


Sue (Someones Mom) said...

I'm in love with this table...the colors and of course the chocolate! I really like the pink and brown together and everything is just so fun! This is a favorite!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Oh what a wonderful deliciously chocolate and pink Valentine table setting. Leaves me wanting my marsmallows dipped in chocolate, and very pretty too. Happy Valentines Day Early... Pat

Sarah said...

Big smiles here! I have some sweet pink and brown dishes that I love to use this time of year. Makes me think of Valentine's and all the chocolate treats this holiday brings. The chocolate fountain would definitely be a hit with my nieces. ;-)
~ Sarah

Style Sisters said...

OH Yum!!! what a delicious tablescape and centerpiece!! Love it all!! You always do a fabulous job! Thanks for linking up on Centerpiece Wednesday!!

Marigene said...

The pink and brown is quite fetching!

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...


Oh my word just look at that amazing tablescape!

You did a FABULOUS job!

I sooooooooooooo want to be invited to that table with the scrumptious chocolate dipping!


Linda @ A La Carte said...

I love brown and pink and chocolate! I would so love sit with you at this table! Yum! Hugs, Linda

Gina said...

Pink & brown are so great together. I love this for Valentine's Day. I will gladly take a pretzel...I love the salty/sweet combo.

Jo's This and That said...

So beautiful,just love your colors! You are the best! Joann

Susan said...

Can I come and spend Valentine's Day at your place? I love the chocolate fountain, and your brown and pink dinner setting is gorgeous!

Entertaining Women said...

A chocolate fountain, family much fun is that! I waffled between pink and chocolate or pink and gray....this week I went with the pink and gray. Your polka dot pieces enchant me every time. Thanks for inviting us for a peak at your wonderful design. Cherry Kay

Shirley@Housepitality Designs said...

Oh my goodness...You had me at "chocolate fountain" What a terrific thing to have to treat your "valentines"..
The table is beautiful..

Adele - The Dutch Door Kitchen said...

I just love this! So much inspiration in all your lovely photos!

Nann from At Nann's Table said...

I love love love your pink polka dot plates and your charming tablescape. And the chocolate fountain. You know I have one and by golly I'm going to use it this Sunday for dinner when a bunch of the family and grandkids come over. They just LOVE to do it. Another great post. I so love to come here!


Rettabug said...

Just so full of LOVEly things, Ms. A! I can't ever get enough of those pretty polka-dot items & those sweet hearts.

My grands would go bonkers over a chocolate fountain. I can see the mess now!! Yikes! I think I'll wait till they're a little older, like yours. I bet your gang was thrilled with this table...I sure am!


Mary said...

Your chocolate fountain is a delicious centerpiece for this table! I love your pink & brown paired together! I love a little salt with my chocolate. ♥

A Toile Tale said...

Oh, good God in Heaven! This has sent me to my happy place!
Linda @ A Toile Tale.

kitty said...

What's not to love about your tablescape?! Chocolate with all those yummy treats in a beautiful setting surely will make your family happy!! xoxo

Cindy said...

YUM!!! I'm coming over! I love chocolate! XO Cindy

sweets said...

This is such a great idea and a fun table!

sweets said...

This is such a great idea and a fun table!

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So much fun at the table!

sweets said...

This is such a great idea and a fun table!

Alycia Nichols said...

You and I were thinking along the same color lines this week! I love what you did with the chocolate & pink, and the dishes used are perfect! The chocolate fountain is a really great touch! That would be a popular addition to just about any table!!! I guess we have a trade off so far as the CTS and Hobby Lobby. I wish we had CTS, you wish you had Hobby Lobby. Sigh! What's wrong with these stores?!??! Don't they know they need to spread the wealth?!??!! :-)

Tricia said...

My face lit up when I spotted the chocolate fountain in the first photo! I know your family's faces did, too! LOVE the pink with chocolate brown theme -- a nice change from red and white. Those pink bowls are darling!

Babs said...

I'm in chocolate heaven with the pretzels, and chocolate fountain. Love that sweet/salty combination and the peachy pink and chocolate brown color combination of your tablescape. So unexpected and pretty. :)

Pat said...

The pink and chocolate is delicious!!

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Ummm...make that the combo of pink and chocolate is.

Tanya@takesix said...

Oh goodness so much fun. I chuckled at your family being eager to help with this tablescape. ;)

Debbie said...

I love this! I honed in like the professional chocolate sniffer that I am on the chocolate fountain right away. To me, the whole table sort of has a dipped chocolate look to it. I'm a huge fan of that specific pink with brown. I need to send my daughter to this table. She would absolutely love it.

Kathleen said...

I bet the kids were really into this scape, I would be! What a great Valentine's treat! I could just see my gkids, they would be covered in chocolate.
Love your pink and brown, I have those brown plates that I thought were purple!
What a fun table this is! Delicious! I'll send the gkids over next time you get that machine out! :)

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

What a pretty Valentine table and how fun to have a chocolate fountain. Thanks for linking to the open House party this week. Hugs, Sherry

Ivy and Elephants said...

Oh, that chocolate looks so yummy! Gorgeous table, I love the color combo.
Thanks for sharing with us at WIW. I can't wait to see what you have to share next week!

Elaine said...

LOVE that milk chocolate color with the pink! I feel the calories sticking to my hips as I look at this! Thanks for sharing your table and I hope you have a wonderfully romantic Valentine's Day!

Doll in the Looking Glass said...

These colors are so refreshing. A bit of a twist on traditional Valentine color combos. I love pink paired with brown. Thank you for the lovely treats, I'll dip a strawberry in the chocolate!

Visiting from the Valentine Party at Holiday Haven. Debra

Maria said...

Wow! What an awesome chocolate tablescape! I love the combination of pink and brown. I bought these same marshmallows and plan to use them on hot chocolate on Tuesday. Perhaps you'll stop by next Thursday and check out my interpretation, although it won't be on the same beautiful scale as yours! Happy Valentine's Day!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Tablescape looks beautiful.With the brown and pink dishes.
Wow more goodness...You had me at "chocolate fountain" What a terrific thing to have to treat your "valentines"..guest!!
I hope you have a Happy Valentines Day.
XXOO Diane

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Oh, I love your tablescape! Those pink polka dot plates are so pretty and the heart shaped bowls are darling too. Such a sweet table. The chocolate fountain; yummo! What a great way to spend some time with loved ones. Thanks for sharing and Happy Valentines day.


michele said...

OH..I love this table...
It's wonderfull !

CJ Foss said...

Love the brown and pink, such a classic combination. I recently started displaying seasonal china on a counter top version of your fabulous "pot stand." Your new glasses from the dollar tree are a great find (but where do you keep everything? :)) Thanks for inspiring and hosting! Have a great Valentine's Day ~CJ

Aledia said...

This is so very beautiful!! I absolutely LOVE chocolate brown and pink together, as a matter of fact those are the colors I chose for last years Valentines Tablescape.

I would love to have a chocolate fountain, they are so very nice!


Tess said...

PERFECT table!!!! What is better thank pink and chocolate and CHOCOLATE!!! Beautiful and yummy!!!!!

Linda M. said...

Wow! Lovely dishes. I love your dish rack idea. The table looks beautiful and yummy! Thanks for the invitation to your party. I'm a new follower. I'll add your Blog Party button to my side bar. Happy Valentine's day. Joyous Wishes, Linda

Jessa Irene said...

Oh how tremendously fun! My family would love this! Will have to save this idea up. Thanks for adding to the party, I am sharing this fun and pretty post on pinterest.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Okay, I want to come party at YOUR house! I might dive into the chocolate fountain though! How great is that for a Valentine treat, and I love your pink and brown mixture on the table. When I saw it in your header, I let out a sigh, because it looked so pretty. But then, I scrolled down and saw the chocolate fountain in the center of your table. Well, I tell you I almost fell out of my chair! You are definitely the hostess with the mostest! Love it! Thanks so much for linking this pretty and mouth-watering post to the party at my place. laurie

Jeanie said...

Hello! First, thanks for coming to The Marmelade Gypsy and also for suggesting I link to the Seasonal Sundays. I'm afraid I'm too late -- it's Valentine's Day! But as a china junkie, I'm sure loving your blog and as we move toward Easter, I'll be looking your way! Although I'll be back before then!

Cheryl said...

New follower. :) Just running through your table art from 2012... this has to be one of my favs. You are amazing at what you do. ...and to think, I only have one set of dishes. :)