Orchids and Firelight

A Valentine Table For Two:

My Valentine and I are having a special dinner. I am not one for going out on a holidays- I think the food is not as good and the tempo rushed. So we are eating in front of the fire at an intimate little table for two.

The table is set with sentimentality and romace in mind. The china is my wedding china. Noritake White Nile. It has a lovely geometric band of soft color and a stylized orchid off-set in the middle of the plate. I think it is more Art Deco than Egyptian. Many of the elements of the table tonight have a special meaning for my husband and I.

The china cups have the same geometric bands and white orchid. The china has a handpainted gold rim.
The tablecloth is a white iridescent organza. It is sheer and light and translucent.

The tablecloth has a shimmery quality in candlelight.

The soft-hued  metalic damask napkins are folded to resemble  flowers. Look for a tutorial soon.
Orchids tucked here and there continue the theme.
Waterford Lizmore water and wine goblets were also wedding gifts.

The centerpiece is a silver champagne bucket, another wedding gift. It sat in my cupboard and only came out on special occasions. While on a trip to Savannah I found this fabulous way of using it all year long. By filling it with an orchid and spanish moss, it gains the center of attention in my foyer- now moved to be the star of my Valentine table. I carried an orchid on my wedding day, like my mother, as a tribute to her.

Silver accents reflect the fire and candlelight.

Crystal salt cellars, knife rests, bud vase and heart shaped dish add some sparkle.
All is ready for a romantic enening!

I am joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday. Go see all the creative and beautiful tables. It will inspire you! 


  1. says

    This is truly beautiful. I’ve never seen that china pattern, I love it. You carried an orchid…I carried a poinsettia. I’d say we both were a bit non-traditional. I love how the table is so elegant and romantic, but doesn’t scream Valentine’s Day. I’m still not sure what we are doing.


  2. says

    Beautiful! The china is very different!
    And I love the way you did the napkins..
    I have Lismore too, I bought it for myself before I retired!
    Lovely, romantic table, Yvonne!

  3. says

    Yvonne you have set a lovely table. I love all the detail and the orchids. I raised many of them over the years. Salt cellers are a popular item in this area. My family has used them for many years and some folks I find, are not familiar with them. Just a little more snow today (18″) how about you?

  4. Anonymous says

    Yvonne Dear, Your Valentine Table is so beautiful. As everything you do. I love seeing everything…..when I do, I’m HOME. Mother

  5. says

    What a truly beautiful table! I love your pretty china and those knife holders are gorgeous! I love the wine bucket with the flowers. Great idea. How perfect in front of the fire!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia 😉

  6. says

    I love your beautiful table and the wonderful china, wow it is pretty and pairs perfectly with those napkins. I adore the silver ice bucket it looks great with the orchid…I have been meaning to ask you how you get the watermark on the bottom of your pictures to be big and a nice font…I use picasa and don’t see how to make the water mark bigger and more centered, anyway when you get a change I would love to know…love the post as I always do…Phyllis

  7. says

    Yvonne, your table is stunning. I have and love Noritake china, but have never seen that lovely pattern. I did a version of cheesecake stuffed strawberries too! This was truly beautiful!
    xoxo Pattie

  8. says

    Yvonne, this is SO lovely! You did a great job with this tablescape, and I love that you used your wedding china, crystal, and flatware. How romantic! Love what you did with the napkins and the orchids, too. Not only are they beautiful, but so meaningful to you!

    I like your champagne cooler (I got a similar one for a wedding gift, too), and I really love your bon bon spoon. What pattern is that? It’s beautiful!

    A+ on this ‘scape!


    Sheila :-)

  9. says

    How special to use your wedding china for V’s day and I like how you shook things up a bit opting not to go with traditional red & white. Your ‘scape looks very classy and elegant as well as cozy in front of the fire. Hubby and I will be doing the same thing as we agree, there is nothing romantic about eating in a restaurant on V’s day when it is so busy!


  10. says

    OUTSTANDING!! Such a beautiful collection of your exquisite treasures, Yvonne! Your presentation is flawless. My finger is tired from scrolling UP & DOWN to look at each photo again & again.

    I agree with you about eating out on holidays. We now eat at home for the event & then go out afterwards to avoid the crowds. I should have thought of that before picking my wedding day! LOL

    Happy Valentines Day to you & your sweetheart!

  11. says

    To heck with your husband, I’ll be your valentine! I love the fact that you did not get caught up in the red of the holidays. Love the special meanings to your table. The orchid theme is just so classy. I am still drooling over the menu though. All my favorites served on one magnificent table?! I would be in heaven! I do hope that you are going to post the recipes. I am still slobbering over the cheesecake stuffed strawberries. Love the china too! I so have to come to PA for some “Sistah Yvonne’s Etiquette Lessons”!

  12. says

    This should be in a magazine! It is all breathtaking, but I think my favorite thing is the way you used the orchid in the champagne cooler. I am inspired to go find mine and polish it up for the weekend.



  13. says

    Oh my goodness your table is so pretty I could eat it! Its sweet and soft and glittery and it sparkles! I love all the pretty little details too!

    Can’t wait to see dinner, the menu looks fantastic!


  14. says

    Yvonne…what a breathtaking table. I LOVE orchids. They have such an exotic beauty. You wedding china is beautiful and I agree it is very art deco-ish to me. Your Valentine’s table is very special. Enjoy your dinner :)


  15. says

    I love your gorgeous table setting. It is so elegant fireside. I have been cooking on Valentine’s Day for my husband for most of our 23 years together. I agree with you, it is just more romantic, relaxed and special!
    Thanks so much for coming over to visit and leaving a comment.

  16. says

    What a beautiful intimate setting! Fabulous! And your silver is all polished! I’m so jealous. I never get to have an intimate Valentine’s dinner with my hubby. We still have kids at home. That is why my tablescape is set for four. Thanks for visiting my blog & leaving me a comment on my tablescape.

  17. Anonymous says

    Another beautiful tablescape, Yvonne. I do love stopping by to see what you have created and to see what’s for dinner. :)
    Tammy in VA

  18. says

    Yvonne, sorry to be late for your beautiful post. Your valentine table for two says ROMANCE in capital letters. This is not only a stunning table, but the menu sounds like a feast. I agree, it is so nice to spend an elegant evening at home, especially by a cozy fire. Your sweetheart is one lucky guy! Happy Valentine’s Day to the two of you. ~ Sarah

  19. says

    Do you think you could fit one more place setting at your table? The side toward the fireplace please!
    Ahhh.. once again you lure me in with your enticing tablescapes and delectable(sp?) recipes! That Bobby is one lucky guy!
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  20. says

    What a lovely setting for your fireside dinner. Tablescape is gorgeous. Like the tip re using wine bucket.
    I am looking forward to the tutorial on the napkin folding think it would be lovely at Easter.

  21. says

    Hi Yvonne…

    Ohhh my…this is really the prettiest and most romantic Valentine’s table!!! How wonderful that you and honey will be sharing your Valentine meal in front of the fireplace…hmmm, doesn’t get any more romantic than that! I just love every element of your fabulous table…from your lovely wedding china…right down to those gorgeous damask dinner napkins!!! Ohhh…and don’t even get me started on all the silver and crystal!!! My friend, the orchids just cinched it up for me…lovely!!! Thank you so much for sharing your fabulous table with us!!! Ohhh…and I will be looking forward to a tutorial on that napkin fold…love that!!!

    Just wanted to thank you for stopping by and taking a peek at my Beloved Valentine table and for leaving me the sweetest note…thank you, Yvonne!!!

    Have a Happy Valentine’s Day…
    Chari @Happy To Design

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