Happy Valentine’s Day

Before I begin today’s post, thanks to The Dedicated House for featuring my yellow and blue table on her blog last week. If you have never checked out her blog, be sure to do so. It is divine! My table today is inspired by my new set of dishes. Yes, you read that right; I have a new set of dishes. Are you thinking things like, “She is nuts,” “How many dishes does one person need?”, or even, “I think she might be a hoarder….” To all of the above, I have the following answers: Yes, I am a dish nut collector. One person does not “need” as many dishes as I have, but one person does want them. I am trying really, really hard not to be a hoarder. I have a strict rule that I don’t buy anything unless I get rid of something else, which is why my living room and dining room are cluttered with stacks of dishes as I am trying to decide which ones to pack up to take to the flea market this week. I think I have made my final decision, the Mikasa pink plates and Noritake white ones featured here. I’ll probably go through and find some more things to purge also, but I will wait for a while since I am still pricing and getting ready to put out purchases from the last couple of weeks.


Speaking of those purchases, do you remember these gorgeous dishes? I put them out last week, and three days later, they sold! Score! I am very excited about selling that set so quickly; it usually doesn’t happen that way. I worked at the flea market on Saturday, so that gave me the pleasure of being able to sell them to a woman who bought them for her sister, a fellow dish nut collector. Her sister had seen them in the flea market and talked herself out of them (how many times have I done that?). So the lady returned by herself later and purchased them as a surprise for when her sister’s birthday comes up in a couple of months. How sweet is that!


I had seen a set of dishes about a month ago that I really liked but did not see a price on them. The lady who has the booth found the price tag on the floor where it had fallen ($20) and said that I could have them for $17. That is a good price for the dishes, but I just don’t need to buy any more dishes. I told her that I would take some time to think about it. Whether good or bad, I have to pass this booth on the way to the employee rest room and noticed this past Saturday that this china had not sold yet. I went over to look at the set and was floored. She had marked them down to $10! I hesitated no longer, grabbed them and practically raced to the checkout counter. This is a good vintage set; the mark is KPM Germany, which means the Royal Porcelain Company in Berlin, which has been in business for more than 100 years. They are probably from the 1940’s. I got 9 dinner plates, 6 salad plates, and 2 small serving dishes. There are a few “flea bites,” but nothing that bothers me too much for $10.


I am thrilled beyond belief, and, of course, these dishes with their delicate pink floral had to become the basis for today’s tablescape.  I just wish you could make out the pretty, feminine pattern better. Not only am I dealing with my normally dark dining room, but also it is very cloudy outside as we are under a winter storm warning, quite unusual for my area of Mississippi.


So I have a pink table for Valentine’s Day, and I started with this gorgeous dinner plate.


I wanted to use my Valentine napkins from the Napkin Lady.


However, the hot pink was a little too loud for these pastel plates, so I layered my light pink napkin between the dinner and the salad plate. I really love this look, and it helps to bring out the pattern in the plate.


I still wanted a top layer, however, so I chose my Haviland Limoges small plate. I think that its soft pastel pink and green floral blends perfectly with the KPM pattern.


My crystal wine glasses and tulip shaped pink goblets are the best choices for this place setting.


Because I really did want to use a little something Valentine’s on the table, I placed the hot pink napkins underneath the serving dishes to bring them out a little. Then I placed a white pillar on my silver candlestick and scattered some red, pink, and white beads around the table.


While my table does not say Happy Valentine’s Day with a scream, I do hope that it says it with a whisper. Happy Valentine’s Day to all and I hope you get some time with those you love. I know that I will as we will be visiting our son and his wife, the first time that we have seen them since the big move. That will be a perfect Valentine’s Day for me!

I am joining: A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday, Home and Garden Thursday at A Delightsome Life , Vintage Thingie Thursday at Colorado Lady,   From the Farm at Sunny Simple Life, Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday, Metamorphosis Monday, Masterpiece Monday at Boogieboard Cottage ,  Cozy Little House for Tweak it Tuesday,  Under the Table and Dreaming for Sunday Showcase ,  The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home, Brown Gingham Creations for Rednesday,  Cuisine Kathleen for Let’s Dish, Treasure Hunt Thursday at From My Front Porch to Yours,  Make the Scene Monday at Alderberry Hill , Cottage Style at Lavender Garden, Homemaking Paty at Hope in Every Season,   The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sunday, The Thrifty Groove for Thrifty Things Friday, What’s It Wednesday at Ivy and Elephants; Weekend Bloggy Reading at Serenity Now, Meet Me Monday at You Are Talking Too Much,  Spotlight Saturday at Classy Clutter, Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage, Pink Saturday at How Sweet the Sound, You’re Gonna Love It Tuesdays at Kathe with an E, Mop it Up Monday at I Should Be Mopping the Floor , Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style ,  Make it Pretty Monday, Anything Blue Friday at The Dedicated House,Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style,  Create It Thursday at Lamberts Lately,   Flaunt it Friday at Chic on a Shoestring,  Tuesday’s Treasures at Uncommon Suburbia,  Return to Loveliness at A Delightsome Life, Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters,Open House Party at No Minimalist Here Time Travel Thursday at The Brambleberry Cottage , Tips and Tidbits at The Stone Gable, Thursday Favorite Things at Katherine’s Corner , Sizzle into Summer at DIY by Design 

About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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21 Responses to Happy Valentine’s Day

  1. Hi Bev,

    I love, love these gorgeous dishes!! The pink and green is such a pretty combination, and the pattern is so delicate and fragile-looking. German china is so well made; we have a set of Bavarian china that will go to our son and his wife when he gets married. It belonged to his great-grandmother. I also love your lace tablecloth, your pink stemware, and pale pink napkins. This makes a sweet and lovely Valentine’s table. 🙂

    Thank you for sharing with us. Visiting from Inspire Me Tuesday — have a great week. We’re under a snowstorm warning here in North Carolina, too.


  2. Zuni says:

    Your table DOES say “ROMANTIC.” It’s lovely, and oh, my goodness…what a buy on those beautiful dishes!! I hope you enjoy them for a long time! ~Zuni

  3. Christine says:

    Wow, what a steal! I would have gotten them for $20 and you know, I don’t need any more dishes either, lol….Christine

  4. Linderhof says:

    What a great price on your dishes! And they are really pretty dishes! I have to pass on so many dishes — too little space.

  5. Marianne says:

    Lovely dishes, and I like the table strewn with pretty colored glass. You certainly achieved the ambiance you were going for.

    Blessings for a happy Rednesday and Valentine’s Day,

  6. Wow! I guess sometimes it DOES pay to wait! $10 for all of that?!!?! Heck of a bargain!! And you put together a table befitting their pretty design! I like the way the table doesn’t necessarily shout “Valentine’s Day!” but rather has a look that could be swayed with a mere tweak.

    I am a big believer in dishes and accessories until the seams of the house bust, so go for it!! 🙂

  7. suzanne says:

    Beautiful….and your dishes are so pretty…that is my weakness you know…beautiful dishes!! Happy VTT

  8. Liz @ Infuse With Liz says:

    Very pretty and classic! The new dishes are beautiful and what a bargain!

  9. sujatha says:

    So pretty.Good find…Happy valentines day to you….Love sujatha…:):)

  10. Tricia says:

    Wow, those pretty dishes were a steal! I “need” some pink-flowered dishes myself! The table you set with them is lovely and perfect for a festive Valentine’s Day dinner!

  11. Lorraine says:

    What a pretty Valentine’s tablescape, and how fun to get such a bargain on those dishes, they’re lovely! ~Lorraine ♥♥♥

  12. Pam says:

    What a score at $10 and glad you waited. The flowered rim looks like a french style with the lovely shape. The paste pink napkins are perfect for this Valentine’s table. I buy dishes but I just can’t sell any for I love them all and yes a collect not hoarder! LOL! Hope you will take a peek of my Valentine’s red and white table for you might enjoy it!
    Have a great 14th!


  13. LaVoice says:

    Most everyone has something they are hung up on, yours happens to be dishes. I used to be that way but age makes a difference.

  14. Miss Merry says:

    I know how hard it is to part with dishes. I had to “weed out” my collection earlier this year. I still have enough to feed a small country, but it does make the collection a little more manageable. I am glad you were able to get these lovely dishes for only $10! What a bargain. Your table is so dainty, especially with the pale pink napkins. Happy Valentines Day!

  15. Ruth W. says:

    Very pretty china, and makes a lovely Valentine’s Day table!

  16. Vicky Hunt says:

    Your table is prefectly pretty in pink…:) The new dishes are just lovely! Have a sweet Valentine’s Day and enjoy the visit with your son. I know you are excited to see him! Blessings, Vicky

  17. These are such pretty dishes~ Love the table you set with them. I too have more dishes then I need, but I want so I get. Like you I am taking out when I bring in. Thanks for sharing at TTF!

  18. Diane says:

    Bev – what a fabulous “score” on those dishes. They are lovely and are perfect for the big day today! Hope you are having a wonderful Valentine’s Day!!

  19. Nancy says:

    I love your dishes and the soft pink sets them off beautifully. Happy Valentine’s Day. 🙂 Nancy

  20. Ah, one can never have enough dishes! Love your new treasures.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

    – The Tablescaper

  21. vickyhunt says:

    I think this table is one of my favorites ever…love the fresh flowers! I would love to grow daffodils but I don’t think they grow well in Florida. They are perfect with those beautiful dishes and the vases as well. And those sweet little bees are the perfect finishing touch….:) Beautiful! Have a blessed Thursday…..Vicky

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