All You Need Is Love: a Valentines’ Day Breakfast Table

Disclaimer:  when I packed to go to the hospital to deliver my babies, I always included a yard of pink grosgrain ribbon as well as a yard of blue, along with scissors and thread.  The pink ribbon never got used.   If you’ve been reading my blog you know I enjoy being a domestic diva.  Yet I live with 4 guys and even my cat is a male!  No pink in this house!

Yet come Valentines’ Day, I gather all things with pinks, reds, frills and hearts and set a decidedly very feminine breakfast table with a mushy hand-made valentine at each of my sons’ places.  imageCan you just imagine this motley crew surrounded in pink fine china????


I think the boys secretly enjoyed the fuss and being smothered with affection.   I chose breakfast because it was a meal where I was sure to catch them all at home.  They even got up early to all have time for this special breakfast!

An easy breakfast is to create edible décor with fruit in a heart -shaped dish

image and cut a waffle or pancake  free-hand into a heart shape then topping it with red berries.  Waffles can be made ahead, cut,  frozen and reheated so there is no mad rush at breakfast.

imageWhat was important was the heart to heart conversation around the table, having teenagers give each other and their parents undivided attention and simply connecting.  Making the table a treat for their eyes and their heart is something I hope they will remember from their childhood. I firmly believe it played a role in helping them become sensitive, caring men.

Here is how I set a Valentine Breakfast table:




The table linens were their great grandmother’s vintage linens.  The white plates are everyday china, the floral pink china, from a local antique shop.  The heart shaped bowls were found in the dollar bins at Target.  Their orange juice was served in champagne flutes.  A basket of pink colanchos completes the table.

And those pink ribbons……..?   Long forgotten.  Couldn’t love these boys more than I do!


“And she loved a little boy very, very much, even more than she loved herself”  Shel Silverstein, The Giving Tree

12 thoughts on “All You Need Is Love: a Valentines’ Day Breakfast Table

  1. Another fabulous post by the French Gardener. The Boys are Soooooo handsome!!!! So happy for you that you get to use your pink dcor once in awhile. Spoke with Millie and she let me know that you are going to meet up with Dana…..Have a wonderful time at the Gardens. Date: Sat, 1 Feb 2014 15:26:38 +0000 To:

  2. What a sweet post! I thoroughly enjoyed it. And such a beautiful table arrangement! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your men, Liz P.S. The kitty picture was adorable!

    Sent from my iPad


  3. Hi Susan, I hope the birthday went well despite the Basketball loss. I’m forwarding you one of Johanne La Marche’s blogs. Her three boys are very close in age. Thought you might enjoy it. I will never figure out where she finds the time for this, but she really has been enjoying doing the blog and has gotten so much good feed back. Let me know fi you head up this way for anything! Lynne

  4. Oops, It’s late and I meant to send your blog to my sister-in-law Susan in Wilmington. She has two boys close in age and their cat is named Enzo Ferarri, from when Andrew was going through his car phase. Lynne

  5. Pingback: Snickers Cookies with Dark Chocolate Drizzle | French Gardener Dishes

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