A French Valentine's Celebration

Valentine’s Day is not too far away, and while few things are as romantic as flying to Paris for dinner, it’s not going to happen for most of us, right?  Instead, create a beautiful romantic dinner right at home, I’ll show you how.  A French Valentine’s Celebration that s beautiful and easy to put together. Please join me for this cozy and fun Valentine’s Day celebration.

A French Valentine's Celebration


Welcome to Monday Morning Blooms!  The Valentine’s edition. My friends Mary, Pam  and I are so happy you are here! I’ll share their links at the bottom of this post so be sure to visit them and get inspired.



I am so excited to share my table for a French Valentine’s Celebration with you today! It includes beautiful flowers, a romantic setting, good food and everything you can get in Paris except the French waiter and ok…no Eiffel tower either.  But I promise it can be charming, and heart warming.

Whether you are envisioning a cozy tête-à-tête or a family celebration of Valentine’s Day love, a pretty table setting with a touch of romance is especially fetching for this holiday. Various shades of cream, pink and red add plenty of romantic atmosphere – this is a table setting that will work for a friend’s Valentine’s Day lunch, or dinner! If you have more guests, you just set up a bigger table.

A French valentine's Celebration

Valentine's day tea table

Chateau de Rose Flanders Tapestry Throw

This table has all the love, style and sweetness you need, just add food and maybe a hand written note or card.  I am dedicating this table setting to my mother in law. In truth, ours was not a love at first sight story. I married her son, and he promptly left Holland and moved across the ocean. {She was not a fan.}

She had always been a “house-wife” as they said then, and she was very good at keeping hers beautifully. She had many “hints” and opinions {which I later figured out were just her way of caring} for me as a young wife and mom. Because we lived so far, we would stay with my parent’s-in-law for 2-3 weeks. I’ll give myself grace and say I was really young. I found her hints aggravating, to say the least. She was completely different from my own Mom, who was a career woman and didn’t really care about home making skills.

Valentine's Day table setting

Later in life I learned to love my mother in law, and she me. Before she passed away, we had the opportunity to have her over at our home for several weeks at a time, for which I am so grateful. She loved roses, the garden, served tea everyday. Her life was really centered around making sure everyone in her family and home had everything they needed. She was a very relaxed and no-nonsense hostess, no frilly stuff, but everyone felt cared for in her home.  I am so glad that we learned to love each other as much as we did!

Valentine's Day Scripture

This table setting is a great place for lunch or tea with a neighbor or friend. Valentine’s Day is not just about romance. It’s about love, pure and simple. Love for a partner, love for family, love for friends, love for neighbors. If you live alone, invite a friend or neighbor over for a sweet time! It can be as simple as a cup of tea with a slice of cake, or a lunch, or dinner. There is never a bad time to reach out to someone and invite them over.{ It doesn’t have to be as fancy as this, either!}

Strawberries served with sugars

I set our little round table in front of the antique French armoire, by the fire place in our living room. A layer of antique white table cloths cover it. The soft velvet pink round ruffled placemat is an added touch as a centerpiece cloth. {The white velvet round placemats would be beautiful, too!} On this table it’s off-center {since it’s such a small table} but on a larger table it would look wonderful in the center.  A large antique Wedgwood round platter keeps the glass bowl of Marie Antoinette individual tea bags and a special little votive nicely.

I choose my Wedgwood creamware as the base, and layered vintage cream and red smaller plates on the top. Antique champagne glasses hold the first course….fresh strawberries with a little plate of powdered and brown sugar to dip them in. For this first course a glass of bubbly would not be a bad idea!

Pink garden roses in Wedgwood vase

Individual Marie Antoinette Tea from Nina’s of Paris

The votive is one I have kept after celebrating my mother-in-law’s birthday here when she turned 85. She came with the rest of the family {her other son and his older kids and their husbands and wives} and we hosted a super fun birthday for her. I made these votives by printing out photos of her in several stages of her life on vellum paper and gluing them on inexpensive glass votives. This is such a cute idea for a Valentine’s Day dinner, an anniversary, or birthday party! {The vellum is just glued in the back, not all the way, it’s a sleeve type of idea.}

DIY personalized Votive

Personalized votive for Valentines day

The flowers are easy. My local Trader Joe’s had these amazing pink garden roses, that I mixed with a bundle of small white chamomile flowers. Strip, cut, arrange. Easy. You can learn how to create a romantic French rose arrangement and read my Ultimate Rose Care

French pink garden roses

Dessert can be as simple as some macarons in a goblet. I buy these sweet French delicacies at our Trader Joe’s store, they’re frozen, which is good so that someone {meaning ME} won’t eat them before the  meal or tea. This year they offered these sweet little heart ones, aren’t they darling?

Speaking of food, Wednesday I’ll share my absolute favorite French Chicken in White Wine Sauce recipe with you. Trust me, this is SO good!  Even my youngest, who, now that she is married and cooks for her own family actually says “this is good” most of the time when she eats here said “this is DELICIOUS!”. {I waited her entire life time for this and now she is in her 30’s!! There is hope, if you are still in the stage of cooking for someone of a certain age who moves the food around, says “ick” to mushrooms etc.}

french macarons

I hope that you find inspiration to help you celebrate the people you love this Valentine’s Day!  {Yourself absolutely counts!!} Be sure to visit my friends Pam and Mary, I can’t wait to see what they have created for our favorite Monday of the month!I

French Valentine's Day party

French Galentine's Party

Sending you all love on this upcoming Valentine’s Day. I hope that you find someone to celebrate the holiday with, a friend, a neighbor, anyone…because it seems to me that life is short, so love as much as you can. We can all use more l o v e in our country and on our planet. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to come here and join me, I am so appreciative!

A French Valentine Celebration

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A French Valentine's Celebration
Mary at HomeIsWhereTheBoatIs

A French Valentine's Celebration
Pam at Everyday Living

A French Valentine's Celebration

And me, Lidy at FrenchGardenHouse





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