Valentine Picnic Tablescape

Hello my friends, I found a little treasure this week and I couldn't wait to play with it.
You all know how much I love plaid and when I spied this portable folding picnic table I was smitten.
It became my inspiration for a Valentine picnic tablescape.
I thought I might use it opened up, but decided it was too big for the center of the table.  I wish I would have snapped a photo of it for you to see.
Guess you'll just have to wait until summer when I use it outdoors.  :) 

I may be using a portable plaid picnic table, but a Valentines picnic deserves a bit of fanciness, don't you agree?
I used my white linen ruffled tablecloth
And placed my pretty red striped runner, gifted to me by my dear friend, Amanda down the center.

I used the chalkboard chargers I bought at Target and wrote the word love in four different languages.

I layered assorted black and white dishes.
It's all about the layering, right? (wink)
I placed my two new heart bowls from Target on top of a small black cake stand and sat it on the plaid picnic table.
A couple of thrift find bottles (anything with a red lid comes home with me), filled with candy add a little Valentines fun. 
If this were a 'real' picnic you could fill one with soup and the other with salad.

I tucked a dish towel that I have added a polka dot border inside of a white wicker picnic basket and topped it with my red checkered S&P shakers.
After all, what's a picnic without ants?  :)

For a touch of whimsy I added a crochet apron to the chandy.
The ruby red glasses are vintage, but the pitcher is a reproduction I found years ago at T.J. Maxx.

A mixture of plaid, stripes, polka dots, and florals.
What can I say, they just make me happy!
How about you, do you love mixing patterns?
This post was featured at Rose Chintz Cottage for No Place Like Home.  Thank you Sandi!
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Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

So pretty! Love the red with the black and those black heart cups. xoxo Su

Joy@aVintageGreen said...

Visual treat, very glad I dropped over to visit. Black/white and red. Thanks.

Patti said...

So, so pretty - blending the new and contemporary with the vintage plaid. I just love what you shared! Thank you!!!

Bernideen said...

Dear Jann:
I just saw one of those at an antique mall in Denver. Everything in the booth is red plaid. It is also a pricey booth. Your tablesetting is darling!

Sandi Magle said...

HA, HA, CUTE! If you people keep it up, I will have to do something for Valentine's Day---maybe just a banner for the Grand!

Love your mix---patterns and colors, Thanks for the inspiration, Sandi

cynthia lee designs said...

Love how you mixed the patterns....very pretty!!

Stephanie said...

Well, if your tablescape isn't just the sweetest! I love the mix of patterns and colors - simply delightful, my friend.

Have a wonderful weekend. Hugs!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh that's great Jann! Cute little touch of the Valentine's candy corn too! I think I'm just about to bust out the Valentine's decorations myself! Thanks for the inspiration!
Have a wonderful weekend,

Christine said...

Plaid is my favorite "color" and polka-dots are a close second!

Cherie said...

I love your tablescape. I have an area in my kitchen that I plan to do a similar thing with. I will change it with the seasons/special occasions

Michele said...

Too, too cute. I am also a plaid-a-holic and it's a good thing you're not in Texas. We might have to duke it out over red-topped jars because here they all come home with ME!

At Rivercrest Cottage said...

Love all the black, white and red with the plaid. The contrast is wonderful. I can see more black dishes in my future!

Rita C at Panoply said...

Cute as can be! I love that black, white & red combo, Jann!

Junkchiccottage said...

Another beautiful holiday vignette Jann. Love that picnic box adorable. Have a great week end.

living from glory to glory said...

Good Morning, I always love how you make each holiday so special! And those glass jars with the red lids are so nice! And your plaid box is a very nice find! I enjoyed seeing this as it did inspire me!
I am going to start decorating today for Valentines Day!
I have been missing in action as I have not felt well, but I feel great today!
I appreciate you and I hope to link up next week with something nice LOL
I do hope you are doing well! I need some pretty ideas and projects to keep me busy these long winter months!
Hugs, Roxy

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

I'm in love with that plaid folding picnic table, it is wonderful. Your Valentine tablescape is very pretty too.

Art and Sand said...

I love all your Valentine happiness.

I spotted some red & white transfer ware dishes at T J Maxx last week and now I'm kicking myself that I didn't buy them. I think I might have to look in today to see if they are still there so I can do a pretty red & white table.

Cindy Lou said...

Omg!!! Hand over the plaid case!!! Tooooooooooooooo cute for words!!! Love!love ! It all great tablescape!!!

Rose L said...

You must have a lot of romantic meals! Such a sweet idea!

Susie said...

Jann, I want to come over and play dishes with you. LOL I love all your cute Valentine things. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

Gayle said...

I'm SO impressed that you can always remember where every single dish came from! LOL Such a pretty table setting - what fun!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Hi Jann, I just love the red, black and white. Your vignettes are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing on SYC! lol Have a wonderful weekend. xx Jo

Kim said...

What can I say, except every photo is filled with delightful pattern and gorgeousness. Love, love, love your plaid, picnic table. Do you ever tire of me saying "where on earth did you find that beauty"?? Your vignettes of little snippets of your Valentine tablescape make my heart swoon!

Tea in the Library said...

What a great find. Love your sweet setting. Very 'you'.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Your new plaid find is fab-u-lous!! Love the whole set up. Red, black and white are favorites of mine mixed together and in different patterns, it just works! I am eyeing those Valentine candy corns!!

Aida said...

Hi Jann, wow you have the skill of setting a perfect tablescape. It's my dream to have anything plaid (picnic basket, thermos, boots etc..)
I love the salt and pepper shakers too.


Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

I love your Valentine vignette, Jann! It's so pretty, and you gave me some wonderful ideas. Sorry I missed linking up to 'share your cup"--I did lots of busy grandparent duty this week, as my son and his family moved to a new house. It kept me offline a few days.

Pat said...

It's all about the layering, is correct, dear friend!!!
Love this black, red and white, done right Valentine Tablescape!!!

quakerhillfarm said...

I love those colors! The portable table was a great find!

Joy Junktion said...

Oh Jann, There is not much that makes me smile like Red, Black, White and Hearts!!! Love your new find and all the pretties in your vignette. So sweet! Blessings, Cindy

Ana Love Craft said...

Wow! This is great!
Have a fabulous week!
Hugs and love from Portugal,
Ana Love Craft

Beth in NEPA said...

What a pretty setting. I don't have much red to put out myself but may have to look for some.

GranthamLynn said...

It's a fabulous mix. I love it. What a treasure you got!
I didn't read your link list. Did you know there is a Valentines Day party going on. I'm not sure where but I put the button my sidebar if you want to come over and check it out.
Have a great day.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

I love mixing patterns and layering. Love that plaid and I am swooning over the ruffled table cloth! Very cute setting and the ants were a cute touch although my youngest wouldn't think so. He sat on an ant hill once and never forgot it. Poor boy! Thanks for sharing and enjoy your day, Jann.


Mrs.T said...

Everything is beautiful. Love how you've put it all together. What a find the plaid folding picnic table was. I love the black cake stand too. Very inspiring ... thanks for sharing!

Emanuela @ My Little Inspirations said...

Everything is so pretty!!! Thanks for linking to the Valentine's Inspirations Linky Party! I was already following you!

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