Tuesday, January 26, 2010

The "Sweetheart Dinner" - Part 1

My sister Candice is the queen of traditions. Thanks to her, her grown children have some of the best memories, I'm sure! One of my favorite traditions of hers is the "Sweetheart Dinner" that she organizes every year near Valentine's Day. It's a time for the sweethearts in her life to visit and enjoy an evening of delicious food and being together. Special place settings are arranged, fine china is utilized, festive food is prepared, and proper etiquette is taught to the youngsters. What a fun tradition!

We have had our own "Sweetheart Dinner" at our house and the kids are always so excited when they get to actually use the fancy china and drink from the usually-forbidden goblets. And eating by candle-light makes it all the more special. Ambiance is everything, right?

Today, and in the next few days, I'll be sharing some sweet and simple ideas to help you prepare for a festive "Sweetheart Dinner" of your own.

First up is today is a simple pattern for creating a "Sweetheart" Table Runner to adorn your Valentine's Day Table (or any-time-of-the-year table) available at You Can Make This. And the good news? The pattern is free! Take advantage of this great offer, and get your table primed and ready for the sweethearts in your life!

(As an end note, the lovebirds image stitched onto the runner in the top photo is available for machine embroidery here at SWAK Embroidery. A hand-embroidery e-pattern is on it's way!)



  1. What a lovely tradition! Thanks for the pattern tips - great runner.

  2. What a cute tradition.. I love traditions! I have a few I use with us know and our kids that I did as a kid and the boys love it.

  3. Wow, I feel really special right now!! And thanks for commenting on my blog.....did you like how I gave a nice link to yours? Guess I'll have to post pics about my Sweetheart dinner.....

  4. Beautiful! Shelli, when are you going to teach me how to sew! ;)

  5. I'm cutting mine out today...can't wait!

  6. Sheryl, you'll have to let me know how it goes! I can't wait to see!

  7. And Michelle, I'll be available anytime to teach you to sew! It would be great!


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