It has been in the 70s this whole week in the sunny South Carolina Lowcountry. I’ve been wearing shorts for the last four days. However, cold weather is on its way. The high will be 55 degrees tomorrow, and the lows will be in the 30s all next week. How does a woman deal with these Dr. Jekyl/Mr. Hyde fluctuations? She creates a My Snowy Valentine Tablescape, filled with snowmen, snowflakes, fur, and fuzzy gloves! Never mind that it doesn’t snow very often in the Deep South. Tablescapes can (and should be) filled with fanciful wishes.
I wanted to create a fun, colorful tablescape for Valentine’s Day this year. The first thought that runs through my mind when creating a tablescape is What plates do I want to use? The bedrock of a tablescape is always its dishware. Everything else is secondary. I bought a full set of Cabin in the Snow, by Tienshan Folk Craft, for $20 at Goodwill last week. A few of the items were broken, but luckily I was left with 6 or more pieces of everything; even bowls and coffee cups. I used this pattern for my dinner plates. The red berries with the green trees looked a little too Christmasy to use as the top plate, but I love the sponged snowy sky edges of the plates for this scape.
The salad plates are Frosty by Oneida. There are 4 different types of snowmen pictures on these Majesticware plates. I used the snowman with a broom, the big snowman with the little snowman, and the snowman holding a heart and snowflake garland. The snowman holding the garland with hearts inspired the tablescape’s name. He’s my favorite.
The centerpiece tray is smaller than most metal trays. I bought it for $5 at target. It’s perfect for a tablescape because it isn’t too tall. I don’t want to talk to the person across from me while peeking over a towering object in between us. You can read the tutorial for the centerpiece at flusterbuster.com. It was my last guest post for Robin. As a side note, guest posting is a great thing to do if you want to challenge yourself by stepping out of your comfort zone. It’s also good to have deadlines.
I placed a snowy owl in an icy nest to flank the centerpiece. At one time, the owl could light up and change colors. He stopped working, so I threw away all the stuff in the center of the owl, but kept him as a ceramic decoration. He is wounded, but not defeated.
It was a great opportunity to use my pink Depression glass. The Jeannette Holiday Pink cake plate is holding a Jeannette Floral Poinsettia cream and sugar set, and a Federal Glass Sharon creamer. It sets atop a Martha Stewart Woodland Holiday dinner plate. I have always wondered if the pattern is called Sharon in reference to Jesus, “The Rose of Sharon.” I also have a pink Depression glass creamer at the other end of the table. If I ever knew the pattern name, I’ve forgotten it now. Depression glass can be purchased for almost nothing these days. If you’re a collector, now’s the time to stock up. These American-made dishes are gorgeous, in my opinion. You can easily find pieces in green, ruby, amber, pink, clear, smoke, black, and other colors as well.
The handled mugs are mid century Crystal Ice from Indiana Glass. The pattern is commonly referred to as “Bark.” My kids love these mugs, and so do I. Indiana Glass is one of my favorite vintage American glass companies. I love their story, You can read about it here. I love writing about tableware, because every dish has a story, and so do the people that make and design them.
The Boho Valentine Napkins and Rings were made for my valentine tablescape last year. I layered the tye-dyed napkin I made with a plain white napkin. Some people don’t like pink and red together, but I think they make a fine pair.
I added some glitz to the table with tiny mirrors, a few snowflakes, and a little bit of fur.
I hope you enjoyed My Snowy Valentine Tablescape! Thanks for stopping by. I hope you’re getting more winter than I am.
Subscribe to Love My Little Cottage here.
The Snowy Valentine Centerpiece was featured on: Scraptastic Saturday
Shop the Look
*I am an Amazon Associate, and will receive a small percentage of each sale.