The Hubs and I celebrated our 15th anniversary last Thursday. We are both super busy right now, and with a teenager at home, time alone is scarce. The only time we get “alone” time is weekend mornings, when Little Man sleeps in late. I knew that last Sunday morning would be one of the few times when we could have some of that “alone” time, so I planned an early morning romantic breakfast for two. Coming up with some ideas to make my table “romantic” was daunting, however. Fortunately, I was recently given Moll Anderson’s new book, Seductive Tables for Two: Tablescapes, Picnics, and Recipes That Inspire Romance, to help me come up with a few ideas!
Moll Anderson, an accomplished interior designer, infuses her expertise in lifestyle and romance into everything she designs. In 2006, she wrote Change Your Home, Change Your Life, a best-selling design book, which showed readers how to make slight, inexpensive changes to their home, while introducing new color and textures. Now she is back with Seductive Tables For Two: Tablescapes, Picnic, and Recipes That Inspire Romance, with wonderful ideas for creating a romantic setting anywhere and anytime…like at 7 a.m. on a Sunday morning.
Molls’ book is gorgeous, total eye candy for a design wanna-be like me. More importantly, she offers realistic tips to make a beautiful, romantic table, without breaking the bank. She suggests incorporating existing pieces from around the house, with a few new items, to create an elegant, enchanting table for romance. I took Moll’s advice to heart, using my own crystal stemware, as well as a few other pieces from around the house, but was challenged to find a few new (inexpensive) pieces for my romantic tablescape, as well. Guess where I got those new pieces? Walmart! I know you wouldn’t think of Walmart as a place to buy romantic tablescape pieces, but I really did, and I did so economically. See my Walmart shop HERE!
The Old Man and I have a common love of nature and the outdoors. We don’t often make the time anymore, but we used to go skiing and hiking a lot, and I made a point to pick up leaves, stones, and other nature items from our adventures together. One time, while in Vermont, I picked up a few autumn leaves, their golden yellow and red still glowing in the leaves. I framed the leaves, then gave them to him for Christmas that year. They sit on our bedroom wall to this day, a constant reminder of a long-ago romantic weekend. I also collect seashells and smooth stones each time we go to the beach, then put them in glass jars to display in our living room. I wanted to incorporate our love of the outdoors, as a French countryside theme, into my romantic tablescape.
The gold chargers, silverware, cake plate, and Waterford crystal champagne glassware I already owned, but I purchased the french white plates, woven place mats, bird lantern, wire basket, Hydrangea sprigs, grapevine ball, and napkins from Walmart.
I could not resist the color of these pink hydrangea!
I found this at Walmart-isn’t it so pretty!
Simple, and yet so elegant.
I even took our collection of wine corks, and put them in a stemmed glass dish.
What a fun way to display our wine corks!
I could not find any table napkins I liked, so made a visit to the fabric department for cloth to make my own napkins.
The pink ribbon matches the color of the hydrangeas.
The green and soft pink colors of the table were subtly elegant and soothing; the elegant cut crystal stemware, combined with the rustic wire basket and woven mats, added a delicate lushness to the table. Didn’t it come out delightful?!
I did not want to cover our beautiful table, so these woven place mats were perfect.
Since I knew we would not have much time alone, before Little Man woke up, I decided to fore-go a big breakfast (which we could have with Little Man later), and instead made a light continental breakfast. I made yogurt-granola parfaits with fresh fruit, orange juice mimosas, and freshly baked semi-homemade chocolate croissants.
Those croissants were incrediblly scrumptious, so I had to share the recipe with you…
Yes, that’s it. Two ingredients, and yet they came out so yummy!
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Lay the puff pastry dough out flat to thaw for about 30 minutes. Using a heart-shaped cookie cutter, cut the dough into small heart shapes.
Lay the heart shapes flat on a foil-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle each of the hearts with 6-8 chocolate baking chips. (I like the bittersweet flavor of the chips, and they have a flat bottom, so will not roll off the pastry dough.)
Lay the top layer of the heart-cut dough over the top of the chips.
Place in the oven and bake about 15-18 minutes. Remove from the oven. If you do not serve the croissants immediately, make sure you re-heat them for about a minute or two in a hot oven to re-melt the chocolate. (Do not heat them in the microwave, it will make them tough and chewy.)
You, too, can create a romantic moment for your sweetheart, using Moll’s book as a guide, but her ideas also make elegant table settings for any occasion. I already have ideas for Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! For more of Moll’s inspirational design and lifestyle ideas, follow her on her XM Radio show, every Saturday at 5 p.m. ET, on XM Talk 168. Learn more about her new book in her latest commercial below…
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