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Valentine's Day Tablescape: Hearts and Lace

Tuesday, January 23, 2024


Hello, My Lovelies!  Welcome to another tablescape blog hop party hosted by Rita @ Panoply!   

There are sixteen participants in this blog hop, and I'm looking forward to visiting all the other blogs and being inspired by the creative tablescapes.

Thank-you, Rita, for hosting, and also thank-you for always making the prettiest graphics for our posts!

For this year's Valentine's Day tablescape, I decided to put together a simple one in our breakfast room.  The table is set for two, for Mr. Bookish and me.  

I decided on a theme of hearts and lace, and I started with a pink tablecloth with red and beige stripes.  It picks-up the colors in the placemats.
I set the table for us at the upper end of the table, and I placed two other placemats and scattered three heart-shaped bowls on the lower end of the table.

My plate stack is simple.  I implemented the theme using heart plates and serving pieces from MacKenzie-Childs, and lacy plates and a serving dish from Pier1.

The placemats have heart and lace images on them.  

For breakfast, I will be serving Conecuh sausage and cheddar drop biscuits.  They will be served using the lace platter.  The heart bowl will serve fresh fruit featuring citrus.
Also on the menu:  espresso, because nothing says love more than hot coffee!

I like how the geometric, rickrack-edged napkins look with the placemats.  
The photo below shows the rickrack trim.

The jam pot will hold Strawberry and Champagne Jam from the Waverly Local.
The flowers are from The Fresh Market, and the vase is a wedding gift from my closest high school friend (and she's still one of my besties).  


Everything on the table is MacKenzie-Childs except:
Lace plates and platter:  Pier1
Napkins:  Anthropologie
Tablecloth:  Vintage Williams-Sonoma
Flatware:  Horchow
Jam spoon:  vintage
Crystal vase:  wedding gift 

Please visit the other participating blogs.  The links are listed below.

Until next time...

Ricki Jill


  1. Love love this RJ. So pretty. Love that platters. Your breakfast sounds really yummy. Happy New Week. Hugs. Kris

  2. What a sweet table setting, Ricki Jill--you can't go wrong with hearts and lace for Valentine's Day! I'll be right over for breakfast! ;)

  3. Beautiful, bold color, Ricki Jill! I love how fearless you are in putting together your MacKenzie-Childs ceramics, but this time adding the placemats! I don't remember ever seeing those, but what a great pop! Love the napkins too. That's a really pretty tablecloth too and, funny, but it almost becomes your neutral here with together with the grey lace plates! Thanks for bringing your unique, artistic personality to the blog hop for Valentine's Day!

  4. What a festive table for you and Trip - and those pink checked heart dishes are gorgeous!! I hope you have seen the new Rosy Check and Toile patterns coming out soon - I can picture them in your home! Enjoy your pretty table!

  5. RJ. your table is lovely. So unexpected with a bold design. As always I really enjoy seeing your fabulous Mackenzie Childs dishes. You have the best collection. The geometric, rickrack-edged napkins are so unique. The florals are lovely. The menu sounds wonderful too. of course you know I love those CC pink Hope heart plates. Always a pleasure joining you.


  6. I’ve never seen those crazy quilt placemats Ricki Jill, such fun pattern play and textures for table. I love how you have the placesettings staggered too in the overhead shot of your first photo. I always enjoy seeing your fabulous MKC ceramic pieces and collections. As always, it’s a treat to join you at the table and hop with you. Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day. ♥

  7. This is so cheerful and colorful! I love the heart bowls and of course your flowers are just the best. There's a lot going on here but it works and works well!

  8. Such an explosion of color RJ, I love the crazy pattern mix! So many pretties, and I love the pink heart plates! I like the way you put placemats and heart dishes on the other end of the table, such a great shot from above! Your breakfast sounds delicious, I know Mr. Bookish will enjoy it~ Happy Valentine's Day 💕

  9. Ricki Jill, I adore color and pattern…you delivered both. The crazy quilt placemats are amazing and they are perfect. The overhead shot is stunning. I love seeing all of your MKC pieces. Happy Valentine’s Day ❤️ btw, we love Conecuh sausage and I am a big fan of espresso!

  10. Ricki Jill, I love the wonderful explosion of color and pattern on your table. Those placemats are amazing and I love your napkins too. I don't think I've ever seen those lace plates from Pier 1 - they are very pretty. And of course I always adore seeing what MKC pieces you have decided to showcase - you have such a wonderful collection and the hope heart plates are so special. The flowers are gorgeous and the menu sounds delicious. I hope you are enjoying your ski vacation and I wish you the most wonderful Valentine's Day celebration!

  11. Your tablescape is so fun and colorful. I love how so many have the MKC plates. They are so pretty and festive. Your crazy quilted placemats are so fun and whimsical. So fun to hop with you!

    Hugs, Karin

  12. Ricki Jill, your table is sheer delight. Of course I love seeing all the special MKC pieces on this table, actually some of my all time favorites. I have the crazy quilt coasters. It's a fun pattern, and I like the way you played off of it for this table. Happy Valentines Day!

  13. Your tablecloth is the perfect setting for what follows in your tablescape, Ricki Jill. It's a wonderful back drop to the eye-catching patterns and colors in the plates that you chose for this colorful treat for the eyes. Loved the colorful placemats. This is a cheerful, happy way to start Valentine's Day. Breakfast sounds delicious.

  14. Wow - what a great MC collection! I think I love the little espresso cups most of all, and the way you've got the table set up is fabulous! So is the menu. Those cheddar drop biscuits sound delicious! Thanks for sharing your exciting table, and it's lovely to share this hop. Hope you have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  15. How pretty! I love the lace plates and that unique platter!

  16. What a delightfully colorful table to set for breakfast! The mix of styles and patterns is striking. Anyone would enjoy savoring meals here. Happy Valentine's Day!


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