A Cozy Nest and Romantic Table for Valentine’s Day


In anticipation of Valentine’s Day, I’m joining group of bloggers for a Romantic Tablescape Blog Hop!

Look for the links at the bottom of this post for more romantic and Valentine table inspiration this week through February 9th.


 I’ve been nesting this month and set a cozy table for two by our Winter Nesting Tree.

 Sparkly snowflakes, silver frosted branches and nesting birds help transform the Christmas tree to a Winter Nesting Tree and brighten cold and dreary winter days with the soft glow of the twinkling lights. You can see more of the tree and ornaments, HERE.


A Thompson Grey Tartan plaid throw adds a warm and cozy layer to the table. . .


And bird dishes flew in to add a winter nesting detail and nod to lovebirds as a symbol for Valentine’s Day.

Red transferware, Spode Archive Collection ‘Blue Rose’. . .

And Spode ‘British Flowers – Rosa’ add some welcome floral detail to the table.


They’re layered on black and white check plates and framed with white chargers and red beaded placemats to pair with the tartan throw.


I used the ‘vase within a vase’ method for a flower arrangement of hydrangeas, carnations and alstroemeria from the grocery store as a centerpiece for the table.


I have a handy tip and hack I use that makes flower arranging a breeze and a way to recycle too. . . reuse those plastic netting bags that produce comes in, usually citrus and avocados!

Those produce netting bags are strong and flexible, making it an ideal material to support your flower stems and saves you the step of taping off a grid pattern on your vase!

Cut the netting to size to fit the top of your vase and secure it your vase with tape. You can use floral tape for this step or I used wide clear packing tape which makes it quick and easy to secure the slippery netting to the vase. The tape will be concealed once it’s placed inside your larger vase.


Use the candy of your choice, filling in between the walls of your vases as decoration and to conceal your flower stems. I used Red Hots Candy Hearts I found at Walmart.


Red mercury glass votives add a soft and shimmery glow to the table. . .


 And scattered rose petals are strewn along a white cutwork runner for some additional romance.


It’s not Valentine’s Day without a sweet treat! I found cupid arrow party picks at HomeGoods, a fun way to serve squares of pound cake and strawberries cut into a heart shape.

And no Valentine’s Day is complete without chocolate, so add a little drizzle of chocolate syrup underneath the skewers for serving.


Romantic Table for Two Details:

Red transferware plates / Spode Archive Collection, used here

Ciroa Buffalo Check dinner plates / HomeGoods, last year

Bird dishes /  Gracie China, HomeGoods, several years ago, used here

Napkins & White Chargers / HomeGoods, several years ago

Flatware / Hampton Forge, San Remo, Horchow, several years ago

Champagne Flutes/ Z Gallerie, several years ago

Red Goblets /  Mikasa French Countryside

Mercury Glass Votives / World Market, Target

Red Beaded Placemats / Kohl’s several years ago

 Thompson Grey Tartan plaid throw / Highland Tweeds, HomeGoods, last year

White Cutwork Runner / HomeGoods, several years ago, used here

Many thanks to Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate for organizing this Romantic Tablescape Blog Hop!

Floral candy vase centerpiece for Valentine's Day table and strawberry hearts with chocolate | homeiswheretheboatis.net #ValentinesDay #tablescape #floral

Click on the links below for more table inspiration this week:


Home is Where The Boat Is
Belle Blue Interiors
Everyday Living
A casa di Bianca
PMQ for Two


Life and Linda
Knock it Off Kim
My French Twist
Red Cottage Chronicles
Our Crafty Mom


Bluesky at Home
The Painted Apron
The Little Yellow Corner Store
The Corner of Plaid and Paisley
Living With Thanksgiving


At Home With Jemma
Dining Delight
Home and Gardening with Liz


From My Carolina Home
Me and My Captain
The Red Painted Cottage
Celebrate & Decorate

Thank you for your visit, also sharing with:

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  77 comments for “A Cozy Nest and Romantic Table for Valentine’s Day

  1. Michelle
    February 5, 2018 at 5:48 am

    Beautiful table setting!

  2. February 5, 2018 at 7:02 am

    Your flower arrangement takes my breath away! The plastic produce netting hack is brilliant, thank you for sharing!

  3. February 5, 2018 at 7:09 am

    Oh my goodness…the flowers, the dishes, the cupid skewers…how beautiful and what wonderful ideas! Thank you for sharing your creativity and talent with us!

  4. February 5, 2018 at 7:16 am

    Love the lovely bokeh in your photos from your nesting tree. The plaid throw, plaid plates, transferware and your flower arrangement used together is so clever and pretty.You are the queen of texture and variety.
    Those strawberry hearts add that perfect organic touch to your table. The votives, strewn rose petals and lacy runner add romance and ambience to complete your theme so well.

  5. February 5, 2018 at 7:28 am

    I don’t know of a Valentine that would prefer to eat out at a restaurant instead of sharing a romantic dinner in at this table! Once again, a fabulous table…you’ve certainly outdone yourself for this holiday setting! I love the centerpiece made with gorgeous flowers and Red Hots…so cute! Additionally, the fruit skewers just set the table off with the strawberries notched into the shape of a heart…so creative! Also, by adding the throw, the table is warms up tremendously! The only thing missing was seeing those cute little dogs! Lol!

  6. February 5, 2018 at 7:40 am

    I love those Spode dishes, what pretty edges. I want to come by for dessert!

  7. February 5, 2018 at 7:50 am

    What a romantic table..my favorites…red, white & black…I love those buffalo checked plates..WOW!! I just love the whole scape!!! BEAUTIFUL!! HAPPY VALENTINES DAY! Looks like yours will be!! ❤️🍷🌹❤️🍷🌹

  8. Rita C.
    February 5, 2018 at 7:51 am

    You’ve combined that masculine/feminine look I so love with your elements used here, Mary. Lucky finds on the Spode plates – great shape variety. Creative, always, and always inspiring. Your tablescape is a great lead in this blog series this week!

  9. February 5, 2018 at 7:53 am

    Love all this Mary! The cinnamon filled floral arrangment is the best! I love the dish combo you chose too and the romantic touches with the red votives.

  10. LUXEREAU Catherine
    February 5, 2018 at 8:47 am

    Bonjour, trop beau…..j’aime les plaids en guise de nappe ! Super idée et aussi les petits bonbons dans le vase : une idée géniale également…jolis photophores Merci !!!! Les fleurs elles aussi sont très belles et tut ceci est très très romantique !

    Merci beaucoup…et bravo ça fait rêver !

    • February 6, 2018 at 5:49 am

      Merci beaucoup Catherine pour tes gentils commentaires et visites! ♥

  11. Patti Kachmar
    February 5, 2018 at 8:49 am

    What a table! Those dishes and plaid blanket makes it so cozy. I love it!

  12. February 5, 2018 at 8:58 am

    You are certainly a master at both floral arranging and tablescaping. Your cinnamon candy floral centerpiece is gorgeous. There is nothing better than beautiful fresh flowers. I always enjoy your tablescapes and love how you mix various patterns. This Valentine’s Day tablescape is both cozy and romantic. Beautiful.

  13. February 5, 2018 at 9:22 am

    Mary, I love the contrast between black and white buffalo checks and romantic Spode plates, and little birds bowl are a prefect addition! Bravo!

  14. February 5, 2018 at 9:24 am

    I L♥VE your table! As always, it’s amazing! Thank you for sharing the flower arranging “hack”. I cannot wait to try this with my next arrangement!

  15. February 5, 2018 at 9:25 am

    What a romantic table for two, Mary! I love the Spode plates atop the buffalo check ones.The centerpiece looks beautiful with the mercury glass votives and the rose petals on the beautiful cutwork runner. The kabobs are a fun way to have a little Valentine treat. Thanks for sharing the beauty with us.

  16. February 5, 2018 at 9:29 am

    Be still my “heart” !!! Another amazingly beautiful Valentine’s Day table!….Love the “vase within a vase” arrangement…Love doing those…just love the look and I love that you chose those red hot hearts!! You are the master of layering the perfect pieces and patterns to create the most interesting, creative and gorgeous place settings.

  17. Belle Bleu Interiors
    February 5, 2018 at 9:33 am

    As always, Mary, your table is just gorgeous! The pretty china and special touches make everything perfect. Your pretty fresh flowers in the candy vase are the just beautiful. I love your tip about using the produce mesh. I am going to remember that! It is always so much fun blog hopping with you!!!

  18. February 5, 2018 at 9:43 am

    Mary, I love the black check with the red. It’s a great match. The china with the little dots on the edge is so sweet. The red hot candies around the vase is one of my favorites and one I’m using too.

  19. February 5, 2018 at 9:44 am

    The black and red throw makes everything instantly snuggly! I can almost hear the fire crackling in this cozy setting! The vase is so cute and clever, and your plate stacks are beautiful Mary~❤️

  20. February 5, 2018 at 9:44 am

    Beautiful table and love the layered dishes. The red, black and white make a beautiful combination and the bird plates are my favorite. Love the champagne flutes also. I know you have enjoyed your nesting tree during this cold winter.

  21. franki
    February 5, 2018 at 10:09 am

    L”heart”ve!! franki

  22. Cyndi Raines
    February 5, 2018 at 10:16 am

    Ditto to all of the comments above! Everything is over-the-top, just awesome! Love those red hots! The arrow skewers with the heart shaped strawberries and cake with the drizzled chocolate is the sweetest touch, love it all. Just fixed a turkey yesterday and it had the netting around it, saving it for my next flower arrangement. I think I ‘ll pick up some Red Hots today and some flowers!😉❤🌹 Thanks Mary!

  23. February 5, 2018 at 11:06 am

    Mary, As usual, I LOVE your tablescapes and this one doesn’t disappoint me in anyway! Those red plates with the black and white plates are stunning, as is your centerpiece. I also love the plaid throw as your tablecloth. Very stunning!

  24. February 5, 2018 at 11:11 am

    This is such a delightful beginning to our week. I am thrilled to be a part of this amazing and talented group. I love, love the traditional red and those red hots-brilliant! Gorgeous layering and textures! Everything is fabulous!

  25. February 5, 2018 at 11:38 am

    Just beautiful! The red hots vase is great! My favorite, though, is the pop of black and white buffalo check on those dinner plates! I can just imagine all of the different ways I could use those. How fun to keep your tree and transition it to winter! Stay warm! Thanks so much for joining another tablescape blog hop! I have shared your post on Facebook!

  26. Kari
    February 5, 2018 at 11:44 am

    Love Love Love your tablescape….but I am not surprised as you always come up with fresh new ideas that blow me away. The Winter tree is genius and of course I can never ignore the birds. So fun blog hopping with you!

  27. February 5, 2018 at 1:36 pm

    Mary, your table is gorgeous. I love the strawberry, poundcake cupid arrows! You have a wonderful way of taking supermarket flowers and making them look spectacular!! Your transferware and buffalo check plate stack looks fabulous with your plaid throw table covering. It is always a pleasure to hop with you!

  28. Granny Gay
    February 5, 2018 at 2:24 pm

    As soon as I opened your blog and saw that flower-filled vase of red hots, I knew this would be a special production! Special, indeed! Love, love everything about this tablescape. I remember ‘the day’ when most all of the available votives were the hobnail type, but all clear…none in red. Could that one pictured be from that era? Thanks again for sharing and continuing to create inspirations for your many followers…:)

  29. Gail
    February 5, 2018 at 2:58 pm

    Red Hots and flowers are now on my shopping list

  30. February 5, 2018 at 3:01 pm

    This is such a beautiful and romantic tablescape! I love, love the china and the red hearts in the vase are so classic Valentine’s Day! Thanks for the great tip on arranging flowers with the netting!

  31. February 5, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    argh! For some reason it won’t let me comment. Hopefully this works!

    Beautifully done! Such classic colours, and what an amazing array for china. I’m obsessed with those black and white buffalo plaid ones. Using all those cinnamon hearts is a beautiful touch, although I’d probably try to eat them all ;)

  32. February 5, 2018 at 5:35 pm

    Very cozy Mary! I love your little sweet goodie kabobs:@)

  33. Marilyn
    February 5, 2018 at 6:01 pm

    Mary as usual everything is beautiful.

  34. Marion
    February 5, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    Lovely setting.

  35. Joan
    February 5, 2018 at 6:02 pm

    The table is lovely. I especially like the tartan throw.

  36. February 5, 2018 at 6:12 pm

    I love your romantic red and black Valentine’s tablescape. The red jelly beans the tartan throw are particularly great. Happy Valentine’s Day!

  37. February 5, 2018 at 7:56 pm

    Mary, you have outdone yourself again. Loving the red and black and white. Great idea with the cinnamon red hot candies and florals. Those red spode plates are so beautiful. Textures, patterns and color make this table pop. Fabulous dessert, so pretty and creative. Anyone would be thrilled to be a guest. Enjoy your lovely Valetine’s table.

  38. Norma Rolader
    February 5, 2018 at 9:58 pm

    Love love your tablescape and the flower arrangement is gorgeous Your inspirations are amazing and thank you for sharing Have a blessed week

  39. February 6, 2018 at 12:22 am

    What a gorgeous tablescape! The colours you’ve used along with the sparkle of the tree lights in the background add up to such a lovely and welcoming setting – very romantic! Those black & white buffalo check plates are fabulous and look perfect with your dish stack. Thank you so much for the hack using the produce netting for flower arranging – a genius idea!

  40. February 6, 2018 at 8:41 am

    What a lovely table setting, and your flower arranging hack is so so smart! Thanks for sharing your tricks! Enjoyed your beauiful post.

  41. February 6, 2018 at 1:10 pm

    Very wow tablescape! From someone who loves china as well!

  42. February 6, 2018 at 7:27 pm

    Oh, those place settings! Simply gorgeous. I love the red transferware against the black plaid. So unique. And, that flower arrangement is spot on. I love the use of the cinnamon hearts. I will definitely be making some of those strawberry arrows to tuck in my husbands lunch on Valentine’s Day too!

  43. February 6, 2018 at 9:39 pm

    Beautiful and romantic, Mary. You are inspiring me to set a Valentine’s table as we have house guests arriving this weekend. I want to set a pretty table in their honor.

  44. February 7, 2018 at 8:16 am

    So many different elements in your setting yet you have made them work beautifully together. The red hots are a touch of whimsy which suits me to a T.

  45. amberlyonferguson2017
    February 7, 2018 at 11:58 pm

    Such a gorgeous post! I do hope you will come over and link up at the Share The Love Valentine Link Party.
    Happy Valentine’s Day!

  46. February 8, 2018 at 10:33 am

    I just love the idea of your winter nesting tree! I created a Valentine’s Day tree because it is just too hard to go from all decorated for Christmas to naked after! The winter tree is a nice transition.
    The black plaid and red are so fun. It is always a delight to see what you create.
    I just love the simple heart shaped strawberries on a stick. Now that is a fun and light dessert.

  47. Catherine LUXEREAU
    February 10, 2018 at 3:46 am

    Bonjour Mary je viens de regarder les photos de votre table Mardi Gras il y a quelques temps…c est magnifique : esprit baroque, couleurs riches et vives…ornée de masques a l’italienne…superbe…chaque jour j ai hâte d’aller sur votre blog…..c’est mon petit instant de bonheur ! Merci et continuez ! C est agréable aussi que vous m écrivez en français 😊 bonne journée. Catherine

  48. jm
    February 11, 2018 at 7:14 pm

    GORGEOUS!!!!! May I please have your champagne flutes??? I love them everso and cannot find them anywhere…….j/k of course!!

  49. Cherryl Ehlenburg
    February 14, 2018 at 6:21 pm

    Your table is beautiful–so festive! I love the little bird dishes!

  50. Cyndi
    May 20, 2018 at 7:10 pm

    Would love to know where I can find these plates. They are gorgeous!

    • May 21, 2018 at 8:45 am

      Hi Cyndi, I found them at an antique mall. You might check Ebay or Replacements :)

  51. January 30, 2019 at 8:36 am

    Red and white, with black buffalo check plates 🎉👍 , the black adds a crispness to the table setting, but I never imagined it complemented dark chocolate. Going tomake the bird nest strawberry chocolate scewers. So many easy great ideas. My husband is a Valentine baby…so even more reason to decorate. Thanks.

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