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Thursday, February 14, 2008

The Party is Over. . . .

Decorating for Valentine's Day is simple for a girl who loves the color pink! My fireplace mantel always has pink candles burning, so I simply add a few more candles, hang a pink chenille garland, and a pink feather heart.
My yellow love seat needed some love, so I tossed a couple of pink satin pillows their way. My white ceiling tin boxes have been empty since Christmas, so I filled them with hydrangeas and lilies, in pink, of course! My clock tells me guests will be arriving in 2 hours and I am still decorating for the party. That tells me I am falling behind schedule!

I began my way upstairs to get dressed when I noticed my mirror was bare! No time to go out shopping for something pink and beautiful to fill that space, so an orchid purchased earlier for my bathroom became my mirror's lovely companion!

Fortunately, I had set the table the night before the party. Highly recommended!

I added a glass ornament garland and tea lights to the candelier hanging above the table. A few details came to me as I began preparing the meal. Miniature bisquit cutters form the sweetest marshmallow hearts! A marshmallow heart atop one's coffee adds sweetness and charm! I couldn't stop there! I needed butter pats for our rolls. . . . Squares gave way to heart shaped butter pats!

Next, the "home theater" needed some attention. The slip covered pillows, cushions, ottoman cover, armchair covers and tablecloth were washed, pressed and replaced (at midnight the night before the brunch while kids and hubby were asleep!) An hour before guests arrived, a coffee table from another room was substituted for the ottoman. Valentine chocolates and caramels were placed on the table. (By now you are probably wondering how I could accomplish all this with 4 kids in tow! My helpful husband took our kids out for breakfast and dropped them off at school.)

On the menu was spinach, mushroom and cheese filled crescents, asparagus with red peppers, rolls and a white cake with cream cheese/whipped cream filling topped with strawberries. We had a "Tuscan" theme to go with the movie (hint, hint.) Authentic olive oil from Tuscany was served with crushed garlic for dipping.
A bottle of vintage 1988 Tuscan white table wine was served with the main course and with the Tuscan movie (hint, hint.) Sorry, I have no photos of my party. I don't like having my photo taken and neither do my friends! If I told my friends that their photos would be posted on my public blog, they would have stayed home! My friends joined me for food, fun and no fotos! (Giggle.)
Well, all of you have been so patient. I must tell you now that the movie of choice was. . . .

Thank you to all who entered my Valentine Brunch Contest! Everyone had great chick flick choices, but no one chose "Under The Tuscan Sun!" After thoughts of disappointed bloggers crossed my mind, I decided to select one entry from a random drawing. The winner of the Glass Jars with Rose Lids is. . . . . . . . . . . . . Becca Of Bluebirds and Roses! Becca, I will email you with the good news!

Thank you, everyone, for the sweet comments! Cindy


Celestina Marie said...

Cindy, everything is perfect and your table is set beautifully. I love it all.
La Rea Rose

Sandy said...

Cindy, your party sounds perfect! You are my kind of entertainer, attentive down to the ver last detail! Beauiful!

~Becca~Bluebird Rose said...

OH!! I can hardly believe I am the winner of those beautiful rose-lidded glass jars!! I am VERY HAPPY!!
Your home just looks so lovely, and all the attention to detail is wonderful..... I especially like the heart-cutouts for the marshmallows!
(I'll e-mail you w/my info -- Thanks so much! :)

Alison Gibbs said...

Cindy it all looks so beautiful

Lynn said...

Cindy, this is one of my favorite movies and the reason we went to Italy for our 25th Wedding Anniversary, I hope you all enjoyed it!
Your home looks devine as always, you have that special touch, how lucky your friends are, you really did spoil them girl !

Congrat's to Becca for winning your prize :)


SweetAnnee said...

the party looks divine
the house is GLORIOUS
and the movie choice is

Pink is POSH


Linda said...

Hi Cindy,
The party looks wonderful and I just love your choice of movie.
Cheers Linda

Anonymous said...

Beautiful absolutely beautiful and what a wonderful celebration for friends....


Cindy, that was one incredible luncheon. I enjoyed it immensely. Gorgeous post. I'm just sorry I didn't pick the right movie - boo hoo.
Hugs, Coll :-}

CIELO said...

Oh... everything is so pretty; and pink! I love pink! Your table setting is beautiful. I love it all.


Anonymous said...

I think that this is the most uniquely decorated room I've ever seen. It's absolutely breathtaking and god I'm envious of those girls that got to join you for your party. I wanna come!

Thank you for such an awesome site.


Anonymous said...

Everything was so beautiful, you sure put a lot of heart and soul into it, wish I could have been there.

LeAnn :)

Anonymous said...

So Gorgeous Cindy!!! Looks like a divine time for everyone!

Sweet Designs said...

Wonderful room and I especially love the tablesetting!

Glenda said...

Very nice. My first time to visit your site. It is very pretty and gives me a few inspirations.
Thanks for sharing.


Debbie Kay said...

Hi Cindy:

I just love this post, it has to be my favorite. I admit I look at it a lot and covet your beautiful home. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie Kay

I have a blog now at

Come on is still a work in progress.

Debbie Kay said...

Oops, Cindy. My blog is

Sorry, I forgot the DAY in daydreams :)

Kingswood Food and Craft Market said...

Ohmygosh Cindy everything is so beautiful. Talk about PINK HEAVEN. You guys must have had the most amazing and beautiful time. What a gorgeous friend you are to do that.

Big Congrats to Becca..but i cant believe none of us guessed the movie..and its one of my favourites too!

again, just dreamy and beautiful and i wish i had been there.....

Lots Hugs,

Anonymous said...

Wow this is just lovely. :)

Katrina Chambers said...

You are definitely THE pink goddess LOL!!!

Peta said...

Hi, have just discovered your blog, I love it! I share your passion for pink and that Ashwell Rosalie fabric! I will be back often! Peta

The Old Painted Cottage said...

Dear Cindy, you are one of my chosen recipients for the "You Make My Day" award! Please visit my blog today to claim your award.


Unknown said...

Can you please send me the crescent receipe when you have a moment to sounds wonderful!

.. said...

Hi Cindy!! Your home is perfect and adorable!!

Unknown said...

Beautiful PINK living and dining rooms! I love the pink painted brick. I think we are going to get along famously! We are the PINK QUEENS!

I too have fairies in my garden, actually there is part of my garden that I call the fairy garden!

I am working on a new project that includes a pink dress on the look out for it coming soon.

Have a great weekend.

Kindredly, Lynne Laura