unison heart ornaments via slim paley{Slim Paley}

There was a time when I would have thought of St. Valentine’s Day strictly as a date for two.  As I’ve matured I find that any occasion can be more fun with a small group of close friends.

Love, Valentines

So my post for today is an invitation for you to join us for a Valentine’s dinner…this is pure fantasy, unless all of you can manage a flight to California and join us in real life!

My invitation will be simple, but I enjoy receiving hard copy invitations so I think I’ll order this for my  informal dinner party…

I don’t know who the Logan’s (below in sample invite) are but I wouldn’t expect guests to leave my party at 10:00 p.m., lights out at our home would be 10:30…ha,ha,ha.  Just kidding, I think parties have a way of letting you know when they are winding down, organically, don’t you agree?  Honestly, none of our friends ever overstay their welcome and we all seem to get tired after several hours of good food, good wine and good conversation.

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All of you will know my house because you’ve been there many times before…

ivy vintage home{remember, this is pretend}

For table settings and flowers I can go in a few different directions.  Below are some of my ideas, maybe you should weigh in and let me know which table you’d most enjoy…

Here is my Valentine table last year, or the year before, I don’t remember.  I could use the same cloth but the Petite Fleur dishes might be too busy for meatloaf, what do you think?

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christmas in norway, inspiring interiors, 9.25.12This (above) table is technically one I found around Christmas, but the frosty greens could be traded out for others while the mercury glass and silver and white, especially with the pearl heart, could easily work for St. Valentine’s Day.

party resource simpleThe red and white grain sack cloth with the red candles really work for the holiday…I love the simplicity of this with the fire in the grate and candles on the mantle, what could be more inviting or romantic?

PR black and whiteI love the detailing on these candelabras, and the tailored feel to the black and white linens and dishes.  This is totally a Valentine’s look that I could get behind.

v-day Rooms to Inspire in the Country - Annie KellyI will have fresh flowers in the house and probably keep to the traditional selection of colors where they are concerned…and I’m sure the price of flowers for that weekend will be astronomical.  Is it too late to cancel this imaginary dinner? LOL

vdayshop2-1If only I could find these beauties in my garden, its still a little early for me to have enough to cut and bring in ~ via Studio Choo

I prefer simple appetizers since I don’t want you to fill up on a first course only to discover you’re not hungry when the main course is served.  This (on a smaller but similar scale) is what I’ll set out for guests.

carolyne roehm table via party resources 10.10.12


Pic-10-cheese-tray-on-bread-board-Gourmet-girls_thumbBecause St. Valentine’s Day lands in the winter, I plan to serve you a hearty fare.


Cheese board ~ Olives ~  Bread

1770 house meatloaf

Mashed potatoes

Green Beans Gremolata

Dessert:  Brownies with homemade Caramel Sauce


Vanilla Ice Cream

meatloaf{Photo by Jenny Steffens Hobick} ~if you love to cook, please visit Everyday Occasions blog, you will be inspired with her wonderful recipes and beautiful design ideas.

1a-peeking through the sunflowers 1.11.13{Peeking Thru the Sunflowers}

So what’s planned for those of you that can’t make it to our house for dinner?

xo, Karen

I’m over at Stone Gable for her Turtorials and Tips party.

I want to send a special thank you to Debby at the fabulous Inspired Design for hosting a book giveaway that I won! {By the way, she’s hosting another book giveaway this week, you may want to stop by and comment to be entered}

Inspired DesignThis is going to be on my nightstand until I plan my next trip to Paris, then I’ll take it with me on the plane.  It’s filled with beautiful images and fabulous insider tips for traveling to the city of light and romance.

Note:  On my previous post about my friend’s house I inadvertently made a few errors about the age of some of the lighting fixtures.  I’ve corrected the errors HERE.