Tuesday, February 11, 2014


A Valentine’s Tablescape

We have more cold, ice and snow predicted this week with two back to back storms! With plans to go to a Valentine’s dinner, I decided to go ahead and set a table should the inclement weather change our plans and keep us home. 
This is the perfect excuse to use this gorgeous ruby red on white stoneware by Juliska. I received the platter for Christmas after dropping a lot of hints over it last year at Neiman’s. After the holidays I found the remaining pieces on sale at an unbelievable sixty percent off. One of those “Déjà Vu" moments when you know you’ll never see this bargain again! So, I grabbed up my bargains and didn’t let this opportunity pass me by. 
This stoneware is a perfect design and color to use for this cold Valentine’s Day. Ruby red and white and the winter scenes mimic some of the gaiety occurring outside my window, provided by neighborhood school children home because of “snow day” school closings.  If the roads are dangerous because of icy conditions we plan to stay home. Either way I wanted to set a casual table in the kitchen to celebrate Valentine’s Day. 

Juliska Winter Frolic

Vintage candlesticks

Greenery for a simple winter centerpiece.

Tartan placemats and chargers.

Cocktail Plates

Comfort Cups

Winter Boathouse

Winter Stable

Winter Conservatory

Winter Main House


Tartan napkins 

Heart Napkin Rings

Large Serving Bowl

Wish everyone could drop by for a comfort cup of hot cocoa. Hope you will leave a comment and let me know you were here.
Happy Valentine’s Day.............

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  1. Emily, we are like peas in a pod! I'm giddy with delight that you found these dishes as such a great price. These are perfect for Valentine's Day. I may have to add the winter ones to our cupboard. The autumn harvest stole my heart and now these have squeezed right in there too! The pewter, vintage candlesticks, and tartan all work well with this charming pottery. Snuggle in and enjoy that cup of comforting hot chocolate. Stay warm!

  2. Nice table setting. It is very cozy and homey looking.

  3. Wow! I love those dishes! I have been looking for a few years for winter dishes for Christmas and these are now on my list. You lucky girl! Plaids also are a favorite of mine. Your tablesetting is stunning! So glad I found you on wow us wednesday. I am new follower. If have a chance hope you will come by my blog for a visit at littleputtylittlepaint.blogspot.com. We are in the process of renovating an old 160 yr old flour mill into our home. Look forward to more of your lovely posts! Now I must go hunting for these dishes!

  4. I absolutely love those dishes !! I wouldn't want to put any food on them - I'd be transported into a dreamy scene. Thanks for sharing on "Wake Up Wednesday" Linky

  5. What charming pottery dishes!!! Love how you used them with the plaid and pewter........very fun, perfect name Winter Frolic.......I must find these!!!

  6. Those dishes are extraordinary ...just beautiful! I am in love with the napkin rings too! come link up to centerpiece Wednesday and share this post with us. http://thestylesisters.blogspot.com/2014/02/centerpiece-wednesday-113.html

  7. Those dishes are so pretty. I'd feel a little difficult getting them dirty. But then again, with a tablesetting like the one you've presented I'm sure I wouldn't feel that guilty because the food would taste so great. Hope you have a fantastic day.

  8. Oh wow, those plates are so lovely :) - you have set a beautiful table setting ... I really love it!

  9. Oh my goodness Emily, hands down the BEST Valentines table I've seen! Your Juliksa is gorgeous, I love love love all the sweet scenes. It is perfect paired with the plaids on your beautiful wood table and the pewter! The birds eye view photo is just breathtaking!! Stay safe and cozy in this crazy weather, I was co-hosting a Valentine party tonight that we had to cancel, so disappointed! I hope this is our last snow event for 2014!

  10. Emily, Your table is so pretty and festive. The tartan is perfect with the dishes. I recently purchased a few pieces of Juliska and LOVE it:) The glasses are gorgeous and so delicate. Enjoy your evening and I hope the weather eases up soon. Seattle is grey.. but not too cold. We've had a mild season compared to you all. xxleslie

  11. Simply stunning, Emily. I wish I could drop by for some hot cocoa! I love the scenery on your plates...so appropriate given the weather conditions around our state today! UGH SO OVER IT!!!

    It does my heart good to see pretty things for St. Valentine's Day. I haven't done much this year as I've been way to sad.


  12. Helloooo Emily! Happy Valentine's Day! Love love love those dishes they are beautiful! I would use them from right after Thanksgiving til the last dy in February! love them, and the cupcakes and toppers. So beautiful. xo

  13. What a gorgeous table for Valentine's Day! Really like how you did that!

  14. Emily, your Valentine tablescape is delightful using your new Juliska Winter Frolic china with charming winter scenes. Great that you found a great sale too. I love your pewter pieces, tartan placemats and your napkin rings could not be more perfect! Wow, your fresh centerpiece tops it all off beautifully. Have a wonderful Valentine's Day.

  15. Love your tablescape. I'm a sucker for the Juliska Country estate too. 've got my winter platter on display right now as it's too pretty to put away!

  16. Fabulous tablescape, Emily -- it's so beautiful. I do love that china -- I haven't seen that pattern and I can see why you fell in love with it. Everything -- quite perfect! Happy Valentine's Day!

  17. Absolutely divine! I love every bit of it, especially the fact that you are not rushing through winter when everyone seems to skip right to spring the second the holidays are over. Ugghh...no one savors life anymore.
    Happy Valentine's, Emily. Save me some chocolate. ;)
    The music was perfect as always.

  18. This is gorgeous and I love the dinnerware, stunning pattern and scenes. The plaid is just the perfect accent. Hugs, Marty

  19. Wow you are so lucky to have that beautiful Juliska dinnerware! I really like it and how you created a winter tablescape and Valentine's Day together. I definitely like those aged pewter pieces- they add a nice organic tie into the look. Winter's still hanging on here too.... spring is in the far distance around this part! Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

  20. Oh Emily, I love your beautiful new dishes. The scene is delightful and of course I love red and white. Your vintage candle holders look so pretty with the chargers, too.
    Thank you for stopping by for your visit. xo
    p.s. Those French-style pecan pies are calling to me from your previous post. I must make them sometime!!

  21. A beautiful way to share a Valentine day.

  22. Dearest Emily,
    Happy Valentine to you as well!
    Especially those Scottish Mary Stuart tartan placemats are lovely.

  23. This is wonderful, Emily! I think a pretty good number of us will be celebrating Valentine's Day with snow & ice on the ground. This tablescape is perfect to reflect exactly the kind of 14th we'll be working with!!!

    It is smart of you to plan ahead just in case. I think a LOT of people have been rather unpleasantly surprised by how crippling the snow and ice can be, even when it's just "a dusting."

    Enjoy your Valentine's Day whatever you do!

  24. How can anything else be more perfect than these Juilista plates. The scenery is perfect in this snowy and cold weather. Your table s set so beautifully, Emily....Christine

  25. Exquisite! I particularly like the heart napkin rings, though the red and white dishes are gorgeous!

  26. What beautiful pictures are depicted on your lovely plate, Emily--they are so pretty! I also really like your vintage candlestick. I hope your Valentine's Day was great, and hope you made it out for dinner.

  27. Such a beautiful setting! I love the candle sticks and heart napkin rings.
    Thanks for sharing, hope your day was filled with love.

  28. Your Juliska Winter theme dishes are to die for!!! I love the teacups and each plate with Winter scenes are simply gorgeous! I wish I could have been there for a cup of chocolate on Valentine's! Very pretty table setting! Thank you so much for sharing! Have a lovely week ahead.

  29. Your plates and the tartan plaid are stunning!

    So...did you end up staying in?

  30. Beautiful table Emily. Love the plates, it's such a perfect pattern for winter. Your tartan plaid is striking for the table. Candle light is always stunning.

  31. Your dishes are gorgeous and you always do the extra things to make everything come together just right. Enjoy your week my friend!

  32. Catching up on my blogs, Emily! This is such a pretty setting for Valentine's Day! We did a quiet dinner for two at home, just to avoid the crowds. It was so nice to just relax and enjoy the evening. Did you get to use your setting?

  33. Love your stoneware, so pretty. Your table setting is just perfect. Also, I'm going to try your pecan pie recipe. Enjoyed you post.

  34. I LOVE the Juliska dishes. I don't believe I have ever seen them before...it's unbelievable that red and white dishe have escaped me :^) I have a large collection of red and white transferware.....
    Your table is absolutely gorgeous!!
    I just found your blog today (a link from "Upstairs/Downstairs), so now I will check out your previous postings!! From what I noticed, I just HAVE to find more pictures of your lovely dining room!!!
    Blessings to you,

  35. Hello....HELLO....anyone there???
    Hope all is well with you and yours.
    Have a good St. Patrick's Day, dear heart.
    xoxo bj




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