Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Thank You Francis

I have no idea where it all started, but Valentines Day has never been only for lovers as long as I've been alive.

Remember the decorated shoe boxes? Those boxes may have been part of what got us all crafting today!

We even made our own valentines and glued together the envelopes. And they had nothing to do with Disney or any other movie tie in. 

Yea, there are some romantic celebrations mixed in between here and there. But who is more likely to appreciate the beauty of the festivities, your best friend? or your husband? 

If you threw a fancy party, who would be more likely to notice the linens?

The majolica dishes?

The lacy napkins and fancy tablecloth?

Thank goodness there's always some lovely lady friends to lavish the good stuff on!

My Hubby is a darling, and really would notice, and yours probably would too. But your daughters, or your workmates would love a little surprise spread like this, and the details would not go un-noticed.

A while back, Debra at Common Ground posted about a bottle of Coppola sparkling wine that she got as a gift. Just a beautiful bottle that was also used in the current Victoria magazine. When I was tracking it down I also discovered these fun tiny cans of the bubbly that Francis produced for his daughter Sofia's wedding. Well what else would you expect from a movie producer/wine maker?

They come in a four pack. Expensive. You'll want a really special occasion (like love) to break them out. But the girls will love you for it!

There's a cute little straw attached to the side that makes them perfect for a romantic picnic. I haven't had so much fun photographing anything this shiney since Christmas!  

But with or without. . . .  I hope you make it a fun day. Just like old times!

Thanks so much for stopping by!
Ciao! for now!


I'm linked to Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday
Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday


Bella said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Oh so so pretty, and oh so true. They MAY notice, but a lady always does:-)
Pretty cookies and cans of sparkly wine, with a straw, that is delightful!! I like the picnic idea, bring on warm sunny days:-)
What a lovley post :-)

Kay said...

Hi, Oh, those cookies look so yummy, as do the linens and everything else! A picnic sounds like a fine idea. Maybe indoors! I still have a large, pretty, lacy valentine from a sweet boy in 4th grade!! I think I'll go bake some valentine cookies--you put me in the mood! I haven't baked in quite a while, trying to not eat the stuff! Maybe I'll give them away. Thanks for the inspiration.
Love, Kay

Pattie T. said...

What a lovely table. Those cookies look divine, and the bubbly in the customized can is just too much. Lucky you for having them! You've certainly out me in the mood for Valentine's Day.

Blondie's Journal said...

If only men could retain some of the little boy they were when they were excitedly passing out Valentine's in the classroom many moons ago!

Beautiful linen and china...the cookies are absolutely yummy looking. A picnic with champagne sounds wonderful!


Anonymous said...

Beautiful beautiful post and photos. I think you may have just inspired my first big intimate Valentine Soiree just for the family. :) Thank you!!

david K said...

This is great, Jacqueline. I've met your hubby, and he IS a darling. I thought that a well-crafted beer was the only good fizzy you could get from a tin. I will look forward to your next cozy spread - for some reason they always remind me of home. Enjoy the cold!

Mary said...

I've taken these little cans on a picnic for a friend's special birthday... the little straws are so fun. Love all your dreamy whites~

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Amazing pics and just a beautiful setting! The cookies look really good too-enjoy:@)

Blue Ridge Altered Art said...

Beautiful tablescape. You have such lovely linens. The cookies and the drink add that Valentine atmosphere to the setting. ~~Sherry~~

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Looks so pretty. I just squeal when I get invited to something so pretty!

Tina Eudora said...

Lovely table setting Jacqueline and I have to say that the cookies look so darling and special. The tulips are perfect!
Have a wonderful day and stay warm!
Tina xo

Susy said...

Thank you Jacqueline. I'm inspired. I have a group of ladies that come every Monday night and I'm going to treat them to a lovely tea table for Valentines Day.

And thank you again for taking the time to photograph and post your bountiful beauties so frequently - it's enjoyed, appreciated, and looked forward to. xo

Sarah said...

Jacqueline, every detail is full of splendor. How could one not notice? I'd love to join you at this beautiful setting. Aren't the little cans of pink bubbly fun? I used these for a friend's 60th birthday party. ~ Sarah

A Cottage Muse said...

Oh I would absolutely feel so spoiled sitting at a lovely table with such pretty pink goodies to enjoy!

Fixing My Thoughts said...

Every item in your photographs is stand-alone beautiful, and together they are even more gorgeous in your lovely setting! I usually feel like Valentine's Day is just another day, but you've inspired me to celebrate it for myself or with a friend! Bess

Kelly said...

Those cookies look so wonderful....too good to eat! And those white tulips are positively dreamy!


Sandy said...

Oh! Those cookies are so cute and so time consuming to make, I'll bet!

Merci beaucoup de votre visite sur mon blog!


Sandy @ My Shabby Streamside Studio

Lavender Cottage said...

Hello Jacqueline
Your post is very feminine looking (as we do like) and the cookies are perfect for Valentine's Day.
As a matter of fact, I sent out invitations to 5 other women to join me for a Valentine's Tea. I'll be serving finger sandwiches, scones and dainty cookies.
You're right, it's a day not just for lovers!

A Toile Tale said...

Jacqueline -
The sweet thing is that my husband doesn't value a special tablescape just for the two of us all that much, but he does like it very much when we have couples for dinner and they remark on a special touch. Well, I bask in his reflection a whole lot, so he's welcome to share the light around the dinner table! Your linens are so beautiful and they just make this wonderful table even prettier.
Linda @ A Toile Tale

Debra@Common Ground said...

Oh my gosh, I had to go back and find my Victoria to look for the bottle. I hadn't seen it!! Thanks for mentioning it JQ! And I so agree, it's the gals that notice the details. Thanks so much for coming to the party!

Ozma of Odds said...

...lovin' those yummy looking heart cookies!
~ and I didn't even know you could get sparkling wine in a can!!!
fizzy lifty drink for on the go ~ lol!!
xo, Rosemary

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Fun post, Jacqueline! Beautiful, too! Stop by if you get a chance. I just posted my BEST tablescape ever!

Audrey Pettit said...

Gorgeous! Every little detail! And I agree........the ladies would definitely notice and appreciate every ounce of your lovely table setting.

Courtney ~ French Country Cottage said...

Hi Jacqueline~ How darling! I love the idea of a sweet picnic with that sparkly wine and gorgeous linens! Adore your sterling flatware - gorgeous & your cookies look delicious! Thanks for sharing at Feathered Nest Friday! :)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

And we appreciate your lovely table as well -- those cookies look wonderful!

Entertaining Women said...

You and I are totally in agreement...although I'm always impressed when Sweet Mister notices special touches in my tablescapes. You've created a royal treat for your precious friends. Thank you for sharing your lovely design. Cherry Kay

Tess said...

This is a lovely table!! So true, so true...girlfriends DO get the details. Love the dishes, silver, and crocheted linens. Really beautiful!

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