Sunday, February 13, 2022

Valentine's Day on a Tray

Hello Everyone, today I'm excited to be part of a fun Valentine's Day Tray Tour hosted by our sweet friend, Katherine from Katherine's Corner. Katherine has had the wonderful idea to share ideas for decorating "trays" for the holidays. And part of the fun is seeing what kind of trays can be used. If you're following the Tour and came by from Laura's blog at Everyday Edits , welcome, I'm so glad you're here. Let's find some great Valentine's Day inspiration and have some fun!

Are you ready to celebrate Valentine's Day? ...a quiet dinner at home? ...a family gathering with kiddos and cookie making? There are so many fun ways to put a little love and romance in the Day that everyone can enjoy. Most people don't go crazy for Valentine's Day decor, but like to have a little nod to the holiday with some sweet red and pink Valentine items. 

I love vintage items so whatever I do to decorate usually contains some kind of nostalgic vintage pieces. I love using trays to decorate for holidays, especially if you have smaller items that tend to "get lost" on a counter or shelf. Using a tray is a great way to corral things into one cohesive vignette. Plus it makes a fun statement for whatever holiday you may be celebrating. 

I'm here in the Dining Room where I love to add vignettes to whatever I'm using as a centerpiece or flower arrangement on the table. This time I'm using an old wooden tray with a glass top surface. It's probably from the 30's and had an Art Nouveau-ish design to it, but it just really wasn't pretty. So I painted it white and put together an antique book page layer under the glass. You can find that post HERE

I'm using some of my vintage Valentines, red transferware,
a pretty feminine pink teapot, and mercury glass votive candle.

I love using Paperwhites this time of year, and here I have them (a faux bunch) in a French-y pottery vase wrapped in a grapevine "wattle" to keep them together and a red wired check ribbon. A cardboard "ex-voto" heart also decorates the arrangement. 

An antique handpainted Limoges brooch depicting a precious courting couple.

A tea-for-two Staffordshire rosey teapot for a warm "escape" from winter.

Adorable Valentine's Day cards from the '30's.

I love to include a candle or votive on the tray, 
with dishes, ephemera, and often a floral grouping if possible.
Even a small candle can bring in a romantic ambiance for the evening.

One of the best things, is that you can lift it all up 
and move it around when the need arises. 

So, if you don't want to make a big commitment of time and space to a season or holiday, a tray displaying seasonally colored and themed items will brighten up any spot, coffee table or kitchen countertop. From coffee pods, hot chocolate goodies, vintage knick-knacks, or candies and candles, using a tray is a fun and practical way to decorate.

Thanks so much to Katherine for putting this fun Tray Tour together, and to you all for coming by. I hope you'll continue the Tray Tour and find some fun and ideas by heading over to visit Rachelle, from My Hubbard Home. Hope you have the very sweetest of Valentine's Days. 

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  1. Just gorgeous Debra! You always put together the prettiest vignettes and today is no exception. It's all the little details that makes this one so special. Adding your Limoges brooch to your tray was such a perfect Valentine's touch. So little, yet it caught my eye instantly. I love your vintage cards mixed in with your beautiful teapot and transferware. You bring it all together perfectly for a nostalgic Valentine's Day centerpiece! Thanks for sharing today. Wishing you a wonderful Valentine's Day!

  2. Debra your tray is wonderful! I love how you used the flower frogs to hold your vintage valentine - I would never have thought of that, but now I'm totally going to use it! Brilliant! I'm so happy to be sharing this tour with you, and seeing your beautiful dining room again too. Hope you have a lovely Valentine weekend!

  3. Debra this is absolutely beautiful. All your red transfer ware is swoon worthy but that little brooch stole my heart. It's tiny but it stole the show for me. Lol. And all your Valentine's ephemera is lovely; you have a wonderful collection. I am so inspired to be in this blog tour with you. Happy Valentine's Day. XO- MaryJo

  4. Debra,
    I am loving this sweet Tray..Adore the red transferware, the vintage style Valentine's and that stunning cameo brooch just topped it all off!!Gorgeous!!!
    Thanks for sharing!!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  5. Your tray is just lovely Debra, the vintage Valentines are wonderful and look so pretty with your red transferware and rosy teapot. The brooch is stunning! I love how you placed the vase of paperwhites behind the tray and decorated it with a red ribbon and heart. I hope your Valentine's Day is full of love!

  6. What a pretty tray, Debra! Love all your Valentine's ideas! Did you change your logo??? It's so pretty!

  7. I love your darling tray. The vintage Valentine cards are adorable. I love the tea pot and transferware too. Happy Valentine's Day, Debra.

  8. Beautiful tray, Debra! I'm always fascinated by your collection of vintage finds, and how you curate them into charming setups throughout the year. This pretty tray with the transferware cups, broach, cards and old frog holder makes me smile.
    Happy Valentine's Day

  9. Hi Debra, I love the plates and the flowers! Looks so good on the table! laura

  10. I love the heart plate. So classic and pretty. Best wishes and I hope you are enjoying the hop. Linda @ Crafts a la mode

  11. What a pretty tray! Thanks for the inspiration and Happy St. Valentine Day to you, V.

  12. Your tray is gorgeous. The heart shape plate is just beautiful. I hope you have a wonderful Valentines Day. I had a glitch in my word press and just posted mine.

  13. It's so pretty! The vintage valentines and the vintage floral frog holding one is so creative. But of course my favorite is the tea pot. Wow you upcycled that tray in such a creative way. I love it all! Thank you for joining in the fun. Happy Valentine's Day xo

  14. Debra, this is sweetly adorable with all the vintage valentines! All the disparate elements look like they were made to go together, but of course it was your eye for style that gathered them here! The teapot, cups and plates hint that a tea party is about to begin. Just lovely! Happy Valentine's Day

  15. Love your dishes and, oh that Limoges brooch is gorgeous! Very pretty tray!

  16. As always you truly amaze me. Your decorated tray is perfect! And yes, Deb, I left drool on my keyboard with that gorgeous Staffordshire teapot. That is a truly gorgeous pattern, have always loved it.

    Hope you had a wonderful Val Day with your sweetie. Thanks so much for your visit. Big hugs. ♥


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