Tuesday, February 7, 2012

S.W.A.K

This isn't the table I planned to show this week. I was going to feature the one that sits on my kitchen during the Valentine season. It's red, white, and black.

But then, I got inspired by my blog friend Susan at My Place to Yours, and that inspiration turned into this little table instead.

I'm calling it Sealed With A Kiss


Through Susan, I've learned about a wonderful Christian organization which rescues children from the streets of Brazil. Hope Unlimited for Children. If reading their blog, The Least of These doesn't move your heart, nothing will.

This table is inspired by their current mission. You see, the Brazilian Valentine or Day of Love is later this spring, and they would like the young girls at the home to receive some Valentine love from across the globe. The mission is simple. All you have to do is pick up a Valentine Card this week, and send some lovin'  across the miles.




(clickity click)

So this table is all about sending a little love. 
 It all started with this napkin folded like an envelope...


and sealed with a kiss.

The kiss gave me the direction for a third color for the table. Well, actually the husband gave me the direction. He suggested using silver chargers to mimic the foil wrapping of the candy kiss.

  I'm sure he would be thrilled to  know that I yakked that abroad on the world wide web.  




Dishes were kept simple. I sandwiched some plain red luncheon plates ( K-Mart...last year) between two layers of Italian Countryside.

I used my shiny Act I flatware to go along with it. Yes, I know I use that a lot. I happen to like it.


Red stemware was stuffed with a polka dot napkin that I borrowed from The Duchess. They serve no useful purpose beyond table decoration.



Hugs and kisses are all over this table. 
Sherbet dishes were filled with them.


And tied with them...
And placed on a silver dessert charger for good measure.


I used the hugs and kisses blocks that I made last week for a centerpiece. I set them on this silver pedestal. Don't you think it brings to mind an unwrapped kiss wrapper? Please say yes...


More kisses wrapped in a silver heart.


And there you have it.


Won't you consider sending some love this Valentine week? All you have to do is pick up a card and send it along.

And of course, seal it with a kiss.

*****
I'm sharing this, as usual, with The Porch People. I'm also sharing at  Follow Friday at Finding the Inspiring, and the Valentine Party at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie along with Seasonal Sunday

Such a party girl, I am this week.

Editing to add THIS LINK to making the envelope napkin fold
per Sandie's request

71 comments:

Kathryn Ross said...

Morning, Deb! Lovely tablesetting - though a bit much on the bright red for me. I tend to more muted tones. However, the Brazilian charity is a lovely thought. Bless you for sharing.

And, kudos to hubs for the charger idea. Any more hum-dingers like that and he'll really be making his mark in the world of Blogland's table settings - and need a blog of his very own! Is he a yakker, too?

Joy!
Kathy

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Gorgeous Debbie! I love the x's and O's in the cloche and ribbon and the chocolate kisses too! So cute and so appropriate for the lead into Susan's, Hope Unlimited. I think I may have to take your lead and give her a shout out with my Valentines tablescape that I am sharing later this week as well. You really did a beautiful job on this one and I cannot wait to see the other setting as well!

Denise said...

Love the table. I think the bright red and the X's and O's just shout Valentine's Day! Envelope fold on your napkin is ever so cute. I've never seen that before. I looked for some ribbon last week and couldn't find any. Your ribbon is adorable. I might just have to steal it!

Love the valentine idea. I'll definitely be sending some to those precious girls.

Debbie said...

Good morning! I absolutely love this! It is soo darling and festive and fun...I LOVE the red dishes and the centerpiece cloche. I am popping over now to read about this charity thing. Have a wonderful day! HUGS

FrouFrouBritches said...

I love, love, love it! You know how I feel about the Act I. I adore it! Love all the kisses and the red, white and silver looks wonderful together! Way to go Sir Lotsa Hair!

My dad went on a mission trip to Brazil 20 years ago and he LOVED the Brazilian people. Gotta go click on that link!

Chatty Crone said...

Good Morning Debbie - YES YES YES to everything. How gorgeous this table is and what a great idea the hubby had about the silver plates. This is gorgeous and it is a fantastic idea.

How did you wrap the napkins to look like envelopes?

Sandie

xinex said...

I love this table, Debbie, love the idea it represents too. The hugs and kisses blocks, the silver trays, the ribbons, Hershey's chocolates are all very good ideas. I miss tables aping at ome but I am going home this Friday but have to tackle the house that looks like a war zone right now.....Christine

renee @ Singing With Birds said...

What a delightfully-delicious idea, sending Valentine's south! Your table is perfectly love-ly and I'm picking up Valentines so all my little grands can join in the fun. Thanks for getting the word out and sealing it with a kiss...so cute!

Denise said...

Beautiful.

Barbara F. said...

Love this tablescape, Debbie! And your blocks are very very cute, love them. Have to get my card out in the mail! xo

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Oh I love it all!! The red stem wear and the napkin envelopes...too cute! Oh, I was going to tell you I thought one of the waiters at the ball looked vaguely familiar and he was a Yaakin away!

Carol

Dayle said...

It's so fun and festive ... it's so you!

Manuela@A Cultivated Nest said...

So pretty! I love the napkin folded like and envelope and sealed with a kiss. Now that is CUTE!

I signed into your linky follwer. Had a moment when I forgot my password and apparently didn't write it down anywhere!

Its So Very Cheri said...

What a beautiful table. Thanks so much for your sweet comments. I am following you.

Cheri

Francie...The Scented Cottage Studio said...

YES YES I loooove it !
and thank you for the visit...the dress form I used is 18" high and is a jewelry display. I saw some smaller ones in Big Lots for 12.00.
(())

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your table is very happy and festive Debbie! Love the envelope folded napkins and the polka dot ones are just too cute! Enjoy the kisses:@)

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Debbie, what a fun and festive tablescape. The girls in Brazil would LOVE it! How I wish we could all go there and tablescape with them! I especially love the S.W.A.K. napkin and your cute blocks from the previous post. Thank you, friend, for being a Blogger for Hope and supporting our Valentine Project. As mother of daughters, we both know how important purity and self-image is, and these Valentines go a long way in helping the girls in Brazil make peace with their pasts and move into their HOPEFUL futures. Bless you, friend!

Lori said...

Love finding a great new blog to follow. I'm following you now with the new Linky tool, so follow back so we can stay connected, Lori

Dianne said...

This table setting is delightful--now none will ever top the cotton field but this comes close--smile!

Janette@Janette's Sage said...

Beautiful table...and I like the ribbon, I used it the other night for the dessert auction. You just do such a wonderful job and I wish I could just drop in to see your tables.

The cause you mentioned..yes, and yes...I met her through your blog and have so enjoyed getting to know her and her heart and the ministry...we were both raised in the same city.

Mevely317 said...

This looks like something out of a (high-end) magazine spread - wow! I'd be afraid to sit down for supper and disturb anything ... opting for the sofa and tv tray. (Who am I trying to kid -- we do that most every night!)

Thanks for the link/suggestion ... I'm going over there now.

Alycia Nichols said...

Your husband has nothing to be ashamed of! My husband always helps me out when I'm in a jam trying to make a decision. He has come up with some really great ideas. I think because they are not as invested in it as we are, they can look at the table more objectively and pick up on things. They may not know what to call it, but I'm glad they at least try to verbalize it! :-) I don't care how many times you use the same flatware...I LOVE it! I use the same stuff over and over again, too. It's all about how it's presented in different ways. :-)I love the hugs and kisses, especially the blocks under the cloche! And the envelope napkins rock, sister!!! Great job!!!

Linda W said...

Beautiful....I'm feeling the love!

I'm also heading over to check out the link....thanks so much for sharing.

Kathleen said...

I love it! The red glasses and polka dot napkins are wonderful.
Those crafty boxes in the cloche are perfect!
Such a cheerful table!

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

You have outdone yourself on this one, Debbie! And, I do so love the inspiration story you are sharing with us. There is some amazing good that travels through the blog world. Thank you for passing it along! XOXOXOXO t.

Diane Cayton-Hakey said...

The napkin folded as an envelope is just soooo cute and looks wonderful on the white plates too!

Babs said...

Oh gosh! I remember writing SWAK on the back of envelopes. I had forgotten about that. LOVE your tablescape, especially the napkins folded like an envelope and SWAK. What a cute tablescape. I'm going to start writing SWAK on the envelopes of the cards I send to my grandsons. Have a great Wednesday.
Hugs,
Babs

Lynn Richards said...

LOVE THIS!!!! and the Brazilian Mission...
Your red plate on the wall peeking in behind the table shot is so cute. What color did you use on your wall????
And the napkins....oh, so sweet!!! Do they have a little love note in them? hmmmmm...maybe I'll have to do that for Brenna's breakfast next week.
xoxo
lynn

Tricia said...

Debbie, the envelope-folded napkin adds the perfect touch to this darling table! SO cute! And I think it's great your husband is even getting in on the tablescaping act! Mine has yet to participate, though he WILL bring home flowers from the grocery store that often serve as inspiration. I love the addition of the cloche to your X and O blocks -- cute and so festive!

Chatty Crone said...

Hey - that was great - not only do I know how to do it now, I now know there is a site to show you things like that, AND I know you are brilliant. Thanks. sandie

Angel @ Finding The Inspiring said...

This is fantastic Debbi! So glad you linked up to Follow Me Fridays. This is just the sort of inspiring post I've come to expect from you. Blessings!

Kathleen said...

Bright and cheerful - love it.
Thanks for bringing Hope Unlimited to our notice. I've made a note of the address and I'll be sending a couple of cards their way.

Now I'm off to check out the napkin folding.

Marcia said...

Love, love, love. My favorite color, Hershey's Kisses, and HOPE, doesn't get better.
Love the napkin.
Love ya more.
Muah!

Red Couch Recipes said...

Yep, your husband was right about the chargers. Such a pretty table. Loving the holiday colors. What a great idea to send a card to Brazil. Our son lived there for two years. Joni

Mary said...

Debbie~ I love your SWAK table! Your envelope fold napkin is perfectly inspired from Hope's Valentine project! What a sweet gesture & idea to send a card. ♥ Love that your hubby put his two-cents-worth in :)

Sarah (Nikki) said...

HI Debby...every time I see your awesome creations...I think I should do one...but I'm not so creative. This one is great and fun. Thanks too for the heads up about the outreach. Gonna check it out now.

Gina said...

What a great table! It's pretty, yet whimsical at the same time. Folding the napkins to look like envelopes is so clever.

we three dogs and me said...

I just loved your tablescape especially the sealed with a kiss. Thanks for napkin video.

High Heeled Life said...

Great post! and Susan has brought awareness to such a wonderful organization... we are busy working on some cards to send as well! Your table setting is lovely! xo HHL

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

I love this table, Debbie! I especially like the sealed with a kiss and those blocks!

I think I am finally getting back into the swing of things...a welcome diversion.:-)

Jacqueline said...

What a fun table! I just love the napkin/envelope! The theme is perfect and the little touches like the ribbon just pull everything together. XXOOxoXO

Kelley said...

Precious! Quickly dropping in... *yawn* G'night (1:24 am...)!

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Debbie,

There's so much to love about this tablescape. I think my favorite thing is your wonderful envelope napkin fold with the heart and Hershey's Kiss seal. That is so creative. I also love your XO ribbon, your lovely sherbets and the silver heart, all filled with kisses. Your stacked plates are lovely and so are the Valentine-red goblets. :)

Thanks for telling us about the children's mission in Brazil. I think sending Valentine cards to them is a WONDERFUL idea. Have a great day, Debbie!

XO,
Denise

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Oh Debbie, this will be a perfect addition to the party~not only about V'tine's Day, but also about doing something good. I love your table in all it's red, white, and silver glory. I thought those boxes were great the first time I saw them, and they are a perfect centerpiece for this table. Love the way the napkin is folded like an envelope and "sealed with a kiss". Your husband's suggestion of the silver charger was perfect. (Love when the husbands get involved in our tablescaping!) I'm so glad you'll be linking this to the party. Thank you! laurie

SerenaB said...

I love your table setting very lovely! You inspire me to get a little creative around the house! My daughter would enjoy it as much as I do! I look forward to reading more of your blog! You have a wonderful blog! Have a great week!

Jo's This and That said...

Beautiful fun table! Thanks for sharing your wonderful table! Joann

Patti said...

SO festive...I especially like how you folded the napkins and something else that caught my eye are the silver dishes under the sherbert bowls - I have a set of 24 and never thought to do that - thx

Robin said...

Love the napkin fold and the kisses! My husband gives his opinion sometimes too. I'm just glad he's supportive of this crazy dish hobby!

Robin
Robin Flies South

Sonja said...

You have raised the table setting bar WAY up there! I study your adorable ideas, and have to admit, I will shamelessly copy them if I want to! :)

Valentine mission idea is wonderful, I'm going right to work on that now!

Jo's This and That said...

Debbie,I wish I knew why it will not show up on Anyone's blog page.I have asked for HELP but can not get any.It will not show on the side bars.I changed my blogs name back in Aug. with no trouble but this.It shows a post, I did under the new name but doesn't work or pop up for people.Wish i could fix it.Thanks Joann I post each week.

Rettabug said...

Just DELIGHTFUL, Debbie! I laughed when you wrote "They serve no useful purpose beyond table decoration"...that IS the MOST important useful purpose around this house!!! LOL

Your cause is a worthy one & I am off to follow your link. Thank you for telling us about it & thanks for sharing your pretty table.

fondly,
Rett

p.s. Tell your DH the silver chargers were the perfect touch of bling! We ♥ bling!

Debbiedoo's said...

Debbie your sealed with a kiss table is just darling. I love the X O's under the cloche too, So clever and creative. Happy Valentines day! XO

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Love this! The napkin with the kiss is adorable! Tell your husband the silver charger is genius!! Tablescaping is contagious, I think he has caught the bug!! LOL!

Happy Valentine's Day!

Katherine

(P.S. - I was here a day or so ago, and must have forgotten to leave a comment (don't see it.) Glad I came back!!

Amy Kinser said...

You did a wonderful job on your table! It looks fun, pretty, festive and yes, kissable!

You are one creative lady!

Sue said...

Such a fun themed and pretty table! Love the cloche and the XO blocks. The napkin is folded just so cute- definitely sealed with a kiss. Here from Laurie's party. :-) Sue

no spring chicken said...

I 'heart' it all... Of course, you sprinkle chocolate kisses on anything and you've won me over!

Blessings, Debbie

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Debbie...

Well my friend, I just adore your SWAK Valentine table! My favorite...the "hugs and kisses" blocks that you made and used under the cloche for your table centerpiece! Sooo pretty! Thank you for sharing your Valentine pretties with us for Laurie's party today!

What a wonderful mission and ministry...to help the children of Brazil! Prayers and love being sent their way today!

Happy Valentine's Day, my friend!
Love ya,
Chari

T's Daily Treasures said...

Hi Debbie, fun tablesetting. I love the idea of sending valentine's cards and will be posting the message on my blog tomorrow. Have a great weekend. Tammy

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

How cute and festive! Love the napkin fold! Have a wonderful weekend!...hugs...Debbie

D said...

Hi,
Well I absolutely love everything on this table, and I'm certainly inspired. My favorite thing is those polka dot napkins you borrowed. I NEED those. Thanks for adding the tutorial on the darling napkin fold.
D

Christine said...

Anyone who sits at your beautiful table, will feel very special.
Those folded napkins are perfect.

Sharon said...

I'm late to the party - do you still love me??

This was a darling table, Debbie - so cheerful. I plan on showing up just to eat the chocolate.

I see you picked the cloche idea! I really like it - so very cute.

How did your valentine, Sir Lotsa Hair, like it?

I'll bet he thought it was adorable, just like you!

Decor To Adore said...

Oh the napkins folded as envelopes... I love it! Thank you for letting me know about this wonderful organization. That to me is true love. :)

Kim @ Stuff could... said...

Beautiful valentine decorations...absolutely gorgeous

Debbie Crawford said...

Gorgeous! Love the idea of the napkin folded like a envelope.

Taunnie said...

What an adorable idea, I really love the napkins with the Hershey's kiss on top, brilliant!

Entertaining Women said...

Darling tablescape. I love the nod to Susan's Hope Unlimited. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Nezzy said...

Sorry, I know you turned the comments off so I fell down here to wish you a wonderful Valentine's Day sweetie!

God bless ya! :o)

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a charming Valentine's table. I love the envelope napkin fold.

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

I sure hope you see this belated comment, Debbie, because I'm in love with your envelope napkin sealed with a kiss. :) What a cute, cute, cute idea!! Your whole table was darling, but those two features are GREAT! Thanks for visiting and following. I'm following you now too (although I thought I already was!) ~Zuni

Marcia said...

Holy big shots, Batwoman!! No comments on your latest post?!? You out of all people should know there is always plenty to say. ;)
It was PERFECT, and pow-pow-ping!! Those were the noises in my head as I read words such as hyperbole, gazillion and Drama King. Drama King...I LOVE IT!!!!
By the way, somehow I seem to be quite fond of those Corinthians. ;)
Enjoy the rest of your Sunday, sis.
Love ya lots,
Batgirl ;)

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