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Valentine's Day Tablescape Blog Hop: Paris Is Always a Good Idea

Tuesday, January 24, 2023


Je t'ador!

Je vous adore, mes amours!  Welcome to the 2023 Valentine's Day Edition of our Tablescape Blog Hop Series!  I want to thank sweet Rita from the Panoply Blog for organizing and hosting these hops.  Rita, you are the best!

My Valentine's Day tablescape is in our dining room.  I chose a French theme because I'm in the mood to travel, but for now, I can pretend.  Paris is considered one of the most romantic cities in the world, and I agree.  Not only did I decorate the table, I also decorated our Welsh Cupboard, too.  Yes, the flowers on the lefthand side of the cupboard are poinsettias.  I still have them all over the house because they still look so pretty.  I've never had them last so long.  I've had them in the house since before Thanksgiving.

Before we look more closely at the table, let's look at the Welsh cupboard:

I made a banner using vintage-style Valentine's Day cards and grosgrain ribbon.

I also added a few French and Valentine's Day accessories.

A cake stand and server for Valentine's Day treats

Below is a closer look at the table:

The first thing I chose for the table is the linen tablecloth.  I like using it for football season because it's crimson and white (University of Alabama school colors), but this past football season I didn't use it.  It's one of my favorites in my collection.

I chose the Paris theme due to my Nathalie Lété La Tour Eiffel plates:

I love the hearts on the plates as well as the fun colors.

Next, I added café au lait bowls in different colors; each bowl matches a color on the plates.  We've been eating lots of soups, stews, and gumbo since Christmas.

The crimson bowl matches the heart.

Continuing the Parisian theme, I chose crimson and white toile de jouy napkins.  They even have a dancing couple on them!

The MacKenzie-Childs Piccadilly heart-shaped bowls match the plates and bowls.

Pink mercury glass tea light votives add sparkle.

The glasses are etched with the letter T as are the coasters.

I wanted the centerpiece to be French-inspired.  French flower arrangements tend to be very dense, unlike English designs.  I went out and found the most ruffled roses I could find.

I decoupaged the vase myself.  I used images from old Romantic Homes magazines.  Do you remember that magazine?  It was one of my favorites, and I miss it!


Plates and café au lait bowls:  Anthropologie
Tablecloth, glasses, and flatware:  Horchow
Heart-shaped bowls and Salt and pepper set:  MacKenzie-Childs via Christine's 
Votives:  Leaf 'n Petal
Napkins:  Waverly
Wooden chargers:  Pier1

Please visit all the blogs participating in the hop.  Everyday Living is next! 
Here are the links:

Home is Where the Boat Is - Love Birds' Bed & Breakfast
My Hubbard Home - Vintage Inspired Rose and Gold Valentine's Table
Everyday Living - Colors of Love
Pandora's Box - A Galentine's Table
Living With Thanksgiving - Let Me Call You Sweetheart
The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Glamorous Winter Snowman for Valentine's Day
The Painted Apron - Hearts and Flowers
My Thrift Store Addiction - Cupid's Valentine Dessert Buffet
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Day for Love
Red Cottage Chronicles - Fire and Ice Valentine's Tablescape
Hyacinths for the Soul - Where You Go, My Heart Follows
Thrifting Wonderland - Start With Flowers Tablescape
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Sweet Valentine Tablescape

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Color me romanced, Ricki Jill! Oh, how I love the cheerful color throughout here, both on the Welsh cabinet and on the table. The Valentine banner is simply adorable, and the Anthro salad plates are just perfect here. Topping them with your colorful cafe au lait bowls, and adding the M-C heart bowls makes me smile when seeing the framed up view of it all. You really know how to brighten a winter's day! Your poinsettia still looks amazingly full, and that bouquet is literally bursting with color in your cute decoupaged vase (yes, I remember RH and miss it too). Even the napkins carry out the theme of Paris, so chic. Thank you for bringing this light-hearted, colorful table to life for us, Ricki Jill, and for being part of this group of enthused table stylists.❣️

  2. Ricki Jill when I saw your post title, I thought immediately of Breakfast at perfect for any Paris themed table. Your parts are all perfect and I love your Welsh Cupboard decor!!! (I also have a couple poinsettias left over and they are thriving) I can't wait to join you'all for our next hop. We are Blessed to have such a great group of inspiratioal stylists. Happy Valentine's Day

  3. That really is gorgeous! I just love how the china cabinet reflects the beauty of the table...everything goes together. The little Valentine's day cards are cute made into a banner. What a fun idea! LOVE the flowers too. Enjoy!

  4. What a fun theme Ricki Jill! I love the vintage postcard banner on your sideboard and the sweet French heart plates. Of course the MKC heart bowls are perfect! The ruffled roses in your decoupage vase are so beautiful, love the colors! The tablecloth and napkins are perfect with your Parisian theme and the colorful bowls really tie the whole room together, it's all so pretty!

  5. Ricki Jill, I love this whimsical nod to Paris and what gorgeous flowers--pinned! Blessings, Cecilia @My Thrift Store Addiction

  6. Ricki Jill, no secret that a French Parisian theme would grab my attention and thrill my heart. Like you, travel to Paris fills my imagination for now. I adore that city! Love the Nathalie plates! Her designs have long captured my heart, though my niece took most of mine. She likes to hang them in groups on her powder room wall. It's fun for me to see her enjoy these little works of art. I can see why the linen cloth is a favorite. The MC dishes are a perfect accessory for this table, and to fill your Welsh dresser. Thinking I need to display mine more rather than keep them hidden in a cupboard. I have some plans buzzing in my head. Perhaps spring will bring a refresh here.
    I love the shard cake stand. Did you make it? I'm thinking that would be a fun project. I have a box of shards. Juse need to figure out how to construct it so the top is flat. The decoupaged vase is lovely too. I do remember RH magazine. I miss it! The days of the original Victoria magazine too. I subscribe to the new one, but the original had more unique content. It's fun to see you dining room and table dress for Valentine's and always fun to be on a tablescape hop with you. I agree. Rita is the best!

  7. I always enjoy a peek at your Welsh cupboard - your MC collection makes me drool!! Your table is so sweet and welcoming and the Picadilly hearts are perfect for Valentine's Day. AND, who wouldn't love to be in Paris? So this is the next best thing!!

  8. Yes, Paris is always a good idea. It is a lovely and exciting city. Your french chairs add to your french theme. How neat to decoupage your container from Romantic Homes pictures.It goes so well with your china and flowers. Your MC pieces always impress and you have a great collection.
    Love your tablescape and gorgeous ruffled roses!

  9. Enjoyed your tablescape very much! I think of Paris as THE romantic city--and have never traveled that far. I love the color in your setting as I am a color lover--especially during a too-long winter (in Maine).

  10. What a lovely and light-hearted table Ricki Jill and your sideboard looks fabulous with your collection of pretty plates and French-inspired accessories! I love the Anthropologie plates and the MKC heart dishes are perfect for Valentine's day. And the ruffled roses in your decoupaged vase look heavenly and I can only imagine their aroma! Love the French-themed napkins as well. Wonderful to hop with you and happy Valentine's day!

  11. Ricki, your Paris themed table is lovely. Such a beautiful collections I am always admiring. Your Welch cupboard looks so beautiful adorned with your MKC pieces and that cute little banner. Great job on the decoupaged vase. Gorgeous ruffled roses are gorgeous. A pleasure joining you. xo

  12. What a lovely tablescape for Valentines day.
    Joan,Marion and Marilyn

  13. Oh, Ricki Jill! I adore your Paris themed table! It is known as the "City of Love" for good reason! The vintage-style valentine banner is so charming! Did I spot a Emma Bridgewater teapot on Welch Cupboard?! So cute! Your plate stack is lovely, and the rose centerpiece is a showstopper!! The ruffled edges definitely give them a Parisian vibe! So pretty :)

  14. I agree, Paris is always a good idea. I have visited the “City of Lights” two times and am ready to return. I love the Parisian theme, Ricki Jill. The handmade banner is adorable on your cupboard and clever using vintage cards. I also loved Romantic Homes and using pages to decoupage your container is genius. I love seeing your MKC collections. I would certainly enjoy dining at your table and chatting about Paris. It is always lovely to hop with you!

  15. Though I've never been to Paris, it's one of those places I long to visit. What better time than Valentine's to remind me that it is synonymous with romance! Your centerpiece is particularly lovely and romantic!

  16. Paris is always a good idea! This is such a delightful table! You have done such a nice job incorporating the sweet little nods to Valentine's day with the hearts that are not really hidden! Those plates with the Eiffel tower are just as cute as can be! I already headed over to Anthropologie to see if they were still available (nope). Such fun!!

  17. RJ, you have so many lovely things for your "Paris is always a good idea" post theme. First of all you know I love your amazing collection of MacKenzie-Childs (especially since I know the story of how it began) and the Anthro pieces. I've wanted to start a collection of those too but questioned adding another. I'm amazed you still have poinsettias since Thanksgiving. I thought I kept them a long time! I think they add another beautiful layer to your theme. Pretty hutch and tablecloth. Enjoy your lovely home all dressed up for Valentine's Day.........

  18. Ricki Jill, My heart beats double time whenever I spy your gorgeous collection of MC Taylor Ceramics in your cupboard and I adore your banner with vintage-inspired Valentine's Day cards! Such beautiful La Tour Eiffel plates for our virtual visit to Paris on our hop. I love the pop of black and white from your MC Piccadilly heart-shaped bowls too! As always it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Happy Wednesday ♥

  19. Paris brings thoughts of love, long walks along the river and hours writing in a journal. So nice to combine all of that with Valentine's Day. Loved your table linen choices and the very cute banner you made. The gorgeous flowers make such a statement on the table and really set the scene for romance. The whole room comes together in a lovely way to express your theme. Happy Valentine's Day!'

  20. It was if I was walking through Paris myself. Your Paris-inspired tablescape had me on a trip to the city of love too. First, I love your cupboard. Your playful colorful plates and vintage Valentine's Day cards speak flirty romance to me. I love the mix of patterns which spell out playfulness and being delightfully adventurous. So are your charming Paris Eiffel Tower plates and MacKenzie-Childs heart bowls. The do work so well together. Your roses are absolutely stunning. So bright and cheerful and hopefully very fragrant. So charming and spirited for Valentine's Day.

  21. Love the cabinet being part of the table scape. Paris theme is romantic and beautiful for valentines dinner. Have a great day today. Hugs. Kris

  22. I love the Paris theme,have you visited Paris?
    Now, what is on the menu for Valentine's Day?
    xx oo

  23. This is darling, Ricki Jill. I especially love the Paris plates and of course your wonderful cupboard with those very cute vintage valentines. Who wouldn't "love" to be at that table?

  24. Your Welsh cupboard looks beautifully decked out for Valentine’s Day, Ricki Jill. I’m swooning over the teapot! ❤️ I love your tablecloth, the darling plates and your bowls. The decoupaged vase that you did is so lovely. I enjoyed my visit!

  25. I love the way you tied in the cupboard with the table, and the vintage pieces. Everything is so pretty!

  26. I love anything with a French theme, and this one captured my heart! Fab tablescape!!!!

  27. I have never been to Paris- so I have to live vicariously through your table, Ricki Jill. I love the vintage valentines on your cupboard along with all of your colorful MC pieces. Your centerpiece of ruffled roses is gorgeous! This all makes for a beautiful table. I hope you have a fun Valentine’s Day ❤️

  28. Ricki Jill, what a gorgeous and romantic Valentine's Day table! Those sweet French plates are perfect, and your centerpiece of ruffled roses is gorgeous. The Welsh cabinet looks so pretty adorned for Valentine's Day. I love the vintage cards. You have so many lovely MacKenzie Childs pieces. Everything looks just beautiful! I have so enjoyed my visit today. It is always a joy to join you on these hops. I hope that you have a happy Valentine's Day!


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