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Valentine's Day Tradition

Tuesday, January 25, 2022

Hello, My Lovelies!  
Welcome to the Valentine's Day Tablescape Blog Hop hosted by the very sweet Rita @ Panoply!

Thank-you so much for hosting!

Today I'm sharing not only a Valentine's Day tablescape with y'all, I'm also sharing a Valentine's Day tradition.  Since our daughters were little, I've always planned a nice breakfast because the girls wanted their Valentine's Day goodies before they left for the bus stop.  I would wake-up super-early, cook a fun, Valentine's Day themed breakfast, and have their Valentines by their plates on the breakfast bar.

Although only one daughter is still at home, and she leaves for work at 4:30 AM, I still keep the tradition going for Mr. Bookish and me.  Mr. Bookish often has early cases, so the breakfast will be very simple, yet festive.  First, let's take a look at how I've decorated:

I chose blue elements because blue is Mr. Bookish's favorite color.  The heart serving tray is for the muffins.

I set-up the tablescape on the far end of the dining room table, close to the windows.  I'm hopeful it will be a warmer, sunny morning on Valentine's Day!

The Tea for Two set ties together the blues and reds:

I found the roses at the grocery store, and I loved the deep crimson edges.

I will replace the roses for Valentine's Day, and I will probably choose red ones.

I chose the toast rack and milk jug because of the blue letters.

Nothing is new on the table other than the flowers.
Rectangular heart platter: Williams Sonoma
Tea for Two tea set:  Anthropologie
Plates:  Royal Stafford
Ceramic hearts:  White Flowers
Wooden heart:  Longaberger
Heart placemats:  Vintage
Table runner and napkins: Shabby Chic
Toast rack and milk jug:  Keith Brymer Jones pottery
Blue flower frog:  Etsy
White thistle vases and King Ferry flower frog:  Mackenzie-Childs
Glittery berry trees:  Leaf 'n Petal
Hurricane:  Pier1
Honeypot:  Waterford Lismore

Let's open up the menu and check it out:

Use a heart-shaped cookie cutter for heart-shaped toast.
I'll be serving cinnamon toast because Mr. Bookish loves it, but a red fruit jam is also a good option for Valentine's Day.

Yesterday, I posted a wonderful, low sugar chocolate zucchini muffin recipe.  They can be baked ahead of time because they rewarm in the microwave very well.

Click on the photo for the link:

Please visit the other stylists' blogs to see other Valentine's Day tablescapes.  Here are the links:

Life and Linda -  Love Is in the Air!
Me and My Captain - Be My Valentine
Home is Where the Boat Is - 'Owl' Be Your Valentine
Thrifting Wonderland - Valentine's Day Tea
Hyacinths for the Soul - Bee Mine, Valentine!
Bleu Belle Interiors -  La vie en Rose
The Bookish Dilettante - Valentine's Day Tradition
Pandora's Box - Valentine Table for Two
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Plant One on Me

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Ricki Jill, this is so romantic. My Mr. would love this for a sweet surprise (literally and figuratively). So very thoughtful of you to include what you know your hubby likes insofar as your colorway goes. It's so cheerful! I adore how you used the corner of your table to create the cozy table for two (Anthropologie for the win). The Longaberger heart - nice vintage piece! And those ceramic hearts - {sigh}. Especially the one marked Forever. {double sigh}. Thank you for sharing your goodies in such a good - make that great - way! ♥

  2. A Valentine tea is perfect for a winter celebration, and you shared so many lovely accents--pinned!! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  3. Ooh Ricki Jill, I 💙 your plates that you chose for your sweetie! The rectangular plate is also so darling. It’s such a nice touch to have a vase of beautiful roses at each place setting. Of course those ❤️ placemats are so sweet. Thanks for sharing the beauty!

  4. What a sweet tradition! I adore the little white vases and I think I am going to spray paint the two that M-C gifted me as I am not fond of the colors. The "tea for two pot" is adorable! Have a Happy Valentines Day!

  5. It is the artist in you that always has unique ideas! You have a special flair to create in all the details.
    I hope to try your healthy muffin recipe. Sounds like something I would like.
    I love your roses with crimson edges. Very pretty arrangements in the cute vases.
    Your photo styling is impressive and artistic too.
    Your dishes are always a treat to see. I am pinning away!

  6. Rikki Jill ;
    Thank You for sharing your Valentine's Day traditions. Lovely

  7. Aren't you sweet and clever to incorporate your hubby's favorite blue color into your special Valentine breakfast table! And what a lovely way to kick off Valentine's Day, with a delicious breakfast full of hearts and love 💕 I love your Tea for Two set, and the rectangular heart platter, so pretty! I hope you and Mr. Bookish have a lovely Valentine's Day!

  8. Hi Rikki Jill;
    Your Valentine's Day Traditions re so nice. You make the holiday extra special.

  9. How sweet to use your husband's favorite color for this table. The tea for two is perfect Ricki. I always find your posts so artistic. Those roses are absolutely gorgeous. Love the outline of crimson. The little vases of roses at each plate is so romantic. A pleasure joining you.

  10. Rikki Jill, what a sweet tradition with your girls and that you are still doing the same with your hubby. I think it is very special that you made a point to incorporate his favorite color. I also love cinnamon toast. The table is perfect for two with the beautiful roses, lovely details, and your artistic flair. I am smitten with the Anthro Tea for Two set. I definitely want to try your muffin recipe.

  11. I love everything about this, so beautiful! My Valentine’s Day tradition with my boys were heart pancakes for breakfast and heart shaped pizza for dinner. They loved it.

  12. This is such a pretty Valentine's Day table. I love adding blue with the red. It is one of my favorite color combinations. Those roses are gorgeous! I think a Valentine's breakfast sounds wonderful. Wishing you a Happy Valentine's Day!

  13. This is so pretty. I love the blue addition with the red too! You have inspired me to try something new this year. The tea for two set is so amazing! I think I need that :)

  14. So pretty Rick Jill! I love the addition of blue at your table in honor of your hubby! Your pretty Anthro tea-for-two ties it all together. I've seen your Royal Stafford blue plates, but never two-tone like that, so unique. I'm craving a chocolate zucchini muffin now. :) As always it's a treat to hop with you. ♥

  15. What a nice tradition to start a day of love off together with a nice breakfast!! I like the way you brought the colors together with the cute tea for two set. I hope you have a lovely Valentine’s Day! XOXO

  16. Hi Rikki Jill, what a wonderful tradition for beginning Valentine's Day. Your setting was lovely and perfect for the foods you were serving. I can imagine having a lighter heart as you begin your day after such a wonderful start.
    Lynne, Thrifting Wonderland

  17. goodness! That sounds like quite an early morning. Love the tea set, the colors are so eye catching. Happy Valentine's Day!

  18. I love the blue and white together. So pretty. Your pieces are so nice. Those Chocolate Zucchini muffins sound so great. Have a great day. xoxo

  19. What a lovely holiday tradition! And I love how you incorporated blue into your breakfast setting. seeing as it's your husband's fav. Your tasty morning is sure to make for a sweet start to the day. Eek, 4:30 AM, maybe you can leave her a store bought donut or other to-go muffin.

  20. I love romance and am a romantic at heart and your table screams "romance" starting in the early morning hours. I am also an early riser and to be able to have a quiet romantic start to you and your honey's day is so sweet, tender and memorable. I did things like that for my children and I also carry out such traditions now that they are out of the house. thanks for sharing your Valentine Day plans with us.
    Kari @ Me and My Captain

  21. I just love it.
    I LOVE LOVE tradition!!
    Thank you for sharing where your items are from.. I want a toast rack.

  22. Ricki Jill, there is something very festive about the combination of blue and red and a mix of patterns. I feel like I am out in the countryside celebrating Valentine's Day with plenty of sunshine and warm weather. Your split plates are very unique and they are so fun mixed with your Antro Tea for Two collection. Your choice of red tipped roses are perfect for this combination. It is a tablescape that could be set for long after Valentine's Day for more heart shaped cinnamon toast and delicious chocolate zucchini muffins. So cheerful! Happy Valentine's Day with your whole family!

  23. What a sweetly romantic table setting. I love your tradition. I hope you have a wonderful night. xo Diana

  24. I love to hear about Valentine traditions and yours is a sweet one! When my daughter was younger, every year we hosted a Valentine tea party for her, three friends and their dolls. You've brought back lovely memories. The red-rimmed roses are so unusual! The table setting and delicious breakfast will be a wonderful treat that morning.

  25. RJ, Somehow I missed your Valentine's Day post, so happy you added a link for it in today's post. Love how you are continuing the tradition of breakfast with Mr. Bookish, very special indeed. Also, how you have added his favorite color to the table. I always enjoy a little sweet start for our Valentine's Day too. I bought cinnamon bread today for toast for our special day. I'll add our favorite cards we've shared over the years to the table too. Wishing you both a very lovely day......

  26. Oh, what a fun tradition! Such a wonderful and loving way to start the day! I love how you have honoured his favourite colour, and I think those blue plates are stunning! The roses are indeed lovely! Your menu sounds divine, and I will definitely be making some heart shaped toast!

  27. Ricki Jill, I love that you treat your family to a Valentine's breakfast! What a great idea. My daughter often has toast in the morning before she leaves for school...I'm going to make her your heart toast! Those roses are beautiful with the crimson edges. The tea set is lovely and coordinates well with the blue plates. It was fun hopping with you. Happy Valentine's Day!


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