The Hubs and I celebrated our 15th anniversary last Thursday. We are both super busy right now, and with a teenager at home, time alone is scarce. The only time we get “alone” time is weekend mornings, when Little Man sleeps in late. I knew that last Sunday morning would be one of the few times when we could have some of that “alone” time, so I planned an early morning romantic breakfast for two. Coming up with some ideas to make my table “romantic” was daunting, however. Fortunately, I was recently given Moll Anderson’s new book, Seductive Tables for Two: Tablescapes, Picnics, and Recipes That Inspire Romance, to help me come up with a few ideas!
The Old Man and I have a common love of nature and the outdoors. We don’t often make the time anymore, but we used to go skiing and hiking a lot, and I made a point to pick up leaves, stones, and other nature items from our adventures together. One time, while in Vermont, I picked up a few autumn leaves, their golden yellow and red still glowing in the leaves. I framed the leaves, then gave them to him for Christmas that year. They sit on our bedroom wall to this day, a constant reminder of a long-ago romantic weekend. I also collect seashells and smooth stones each time we go to the beach, then put them in glass jars to display in our living room. I wanted to incorporate our love of the outdoors, as a French countryside theme, into my romantic tablescape.
|I could not resist the color of these pink hydrangea!|
|I found this at Walmart-isn’t it so pretty!|
|Simple, and yet so elegant.|
|What a fun way to display our wine corks!|
|The pink ribbon matches the color of the hydrangeas.|
|I did not want to cover our beautiful table, so these woven place mats were perfect.|
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