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Valentine's Day was the icing on their proverbial cake. The very spacious room was decked out in red and white. The display tables had white chocolate cakes or candies artfully arranged. This was the inspiration for my tablescape. While I took license with some of the colors, I went looking for my on Garden of Sweets.
I'm lucky to live near the place the Lenox china factory calls home. I'm only fifteen minutes from their warehouse and they are always having a sale. At Christmas time extra security guards are hired to control the lines. Many of my friends are impressed when they get a gift because they think I paid a fortune for it. Little do they know. So don't tell them. It'll be our little secret.
The dishes below are part Lenox and part flea market find. My good china is the solid white plates with the silver edge. The smaller plates with the grayish-silver border is something I found when I hit the Motherload last week.
I went looking for just a couple of plates to build a tablescape around, but in my pursuit I scored BIG TIME. I got carried away and bought more than I should, but they will come in handy for huge gatherings.
The Lenox plates are Oxford bone china and the pattern is Lexington. My grayish silver pattern is from Imperial China and the pattern is Whitney. I didn't have placemats that fit the Valentine's Day theme I was going for, so I went to the fabric store and bought a remnant for about three dollars. I cut it an inch larger than the size of a placemat and ironed the sides under. I had enough fabric left over to do the same for napkins. So while the plates may be china, the other items are improvised.
Now, I'm going to make that desert from the Designs by Gollum blog and entrench myself in my own Garden of Sweets.