Tuesday, January 24, 2023

A Galentine.Table

I am joining Rita @ Panoply for a Valentine Table Setting Hop!
There are links at the bottom of this post, so hop around for some inspiration!

This is where I began....

...for my Galentine Table!

I decided to set the Dining Room with lots of happy colors:

I began my setting with a stack of dishes, vinyl placemats (they look like actual lace, don't they?), 4 enamel coasters and flatware from Pottery Barn:

The setting is simple and perfect for a girlfriend lunch or Galentine celebration!

The napkins are are from MacKenzie-Childs and have a black and white beaded trim along the edge.  They are pulled through leaf napkin rings to form a "flower".

I made these napkin rings in 2015 and use them often, directions can be found HERE

Each setting has a stack of MacKenzie-Childs majolica dishes, the larger dinner dishes have a fluted edge and the salad plates have flat edges.

This pattern is called Stoke Gabriel, one of my favorites, "named for the home of Rose Cottage in England where Victoria MacKenzie-Childs once lived".

This next pattern is called King Ferry (the town where original owners, Victoria and Richard lived):

A rim of sweet tulips is perfect for spring:

The King Ferry pattern “is a grid of fields and flowers
and sky neighboring the village of Aurora, NY. “

This is the Keukenhoff pattern....

...This pattern is named for “gardens that fill the space beyond the spiral paths, with dots of Dutch flowers everywhere.” 

...such a happy design:

The Madison pattern is another favorite....

....cheery colors

The Madison pattern is for the “Indiana, smokestack,
riverboat, 4H, farm town on the Mason-Dixon line where Victoria finished growing up with Southern belles and pet pigs.”

My hand painted candlesticks hold Pottery Barn battery operated flickering candles as a simple centerpiece:

To see what is currently being made at MacKenzie-Childs in Aurora click HERE and search "Made in Aurora".

I hope you will visit these talented and creative bloggers to see their Valentine Tables:

Home is Where the Boat Is - Love Birds' Bed & Breakfast
Everyday Living - Colors of Love
Pandora's Box - A Galentine's Table
Living With Thanksgiving - Let Me Call You Sweetheart
The Little Yellow Corner Store - A Glamorous Winter Snowman for Valentine's Day
The Painted Apron - Hearts and Flowers
My Thrift Store Addiction - Cupid's Valentine Dessert Buffet
Belle Bleu Interiors - A Day for Love
Red Cottage Chronicles - Fire and Ice Valentine's Tablescape
Hyacinths for the Soul - Where You Go, My Heart Follows
Thrifting Wonderland - Start With Flowers Tablescape
Corner of Plaid and Paisley - Sweet Valentine Tablescape



Patti @ Pandoras Box
Patti @ Pandoras Box

I live in central NY and I am a retired family and consumer science teacher. I enjoy all types of crafting, decorating and cooking


  1. Patti, this is a wonderful post, full of beautiful Made in Aurora dishes (my absolute favorite) and fun facts about each pattern. My collection began all those years ago with the fluted dinner plates, each in a different pattern. How fun it is to set a table with these colorful, special ceramics. Your attention to detail with the lace placemats, rose kissed napkins, and your own hand painted candle sticks makes this a welcome setting for all. It's great to be a part of this hop with you. Thanks for the inspiration!

  2. Love the fluted dinner plates. Everything is so pretty.

  3. Patti as always I admire your MC collection and your plate settings are all full of happy and I love the interesting backgrounds of each. I really like the lace placemats as they remind me of my mother and all the hours she spent crocheting. (I miss her so much and when I see little reminders it just makes the memories all the sweeter) Your hand painted candlesticks are lovely and how talented you are. I hope to get my IT issues worked out and be able to join you next hop. Happy Valentines Day

  4. How pretty, Patti! I love your napkins and the birds-eye view of your table setting is just beautiful--pinned!

  5. The MC collection of plates is drool worthy! I love all the patterns and colors! Such happy plates! Love your hand painted candlesticks too! Such a great tablescape!

  6. Oh Patti, I LOVE this table!! It looks adorable!!! The napkin rings are the best, I've got to make those, what a perfect pop they add! I love your pattern mix and the enamel conversation hearts, so so cute!! Perfect for girl time any time of year!

  7. Such a pretty table, Patti! I always enjoy all your MC pieces. The vinyl placemats do look like real lace and I love your napkin rings and napkins. I am also impressed with your hand painted candlesticks.

  8. I. Love. This!!! Your tablescape is so cute, and I love the napkin flowers on your plate stacks. I need to go back and look at your napkin ring tutorial: Thanks for posting the link! I like your fluted dinner plates. I think the dinner plates are prettier fluted because they make very nice chargers. All of ours are flat (all of our plates) but we have fluted bowls. I like your descriptions of the patterns, too. I wish a few of the old patterns would come back!!!
    The candlesticks with the French-wired ribbon are so AH-dorable! You painted them, didn't you? I love them! They match the M-C plates very well.
    Happy Valentine's!
    Ricki Jill

  9. Oh, how I love all this color! I have a piece or 2 of each of 3 of the 4 patterns here, and I really love using them in my decor and on my tables. This would be an absolutely fun table to sit around and have fun with my galentines! Very pretty, Patti, and the candlelight on your pillars is very nice. The rose formed with the napkin is very creative, love it. Thanks so much for being part of this group of stylists!❣️

  10. Omigosh Patti - this is such a happy table! Your collection of MC plates is so pretty and what interesting backgrounds the patterns have. Your hand painted candle holders are gorgeous and I love your napkin rings - how clever. I am sure any galentine would be delighted to have a seat at your cheerful table. Happy Valentine's day to you!

  11. I am loving your MKC plate collection. The conversation heart plates are darling/ A pretty diy napkin rings ties everything in. Great job on the painted candle sticks. A lovely table to celebrate Valentine's Day.

  12. Patti, I adore your table set with different patterns of beautiful MacKenzie-Childs. The napkin rings you made are fabulous for creating such pretty napkin flower. It would be hard to choose a favorite here, all so pretty. I have a few pieces of Kings Ferry with the tulips. I'll be pulling those out for spring. Gorgeous candleholders Patti, beautiful job.

  13. Patti, you collection of MacKenzie Childs pieces is impressive. The plates are certainly the star of the table here! I had to go back for a second look at the lace placemats, as I would never believe they plastic! Love the conversation hearts and candlesticks too. Especially like the way you have displayed your napkins!

  14. Patti, your MacKenzie-Childs collection is amazing and I love all the patterns. I would have never guessed the placemats were vinyl, they really do look like lace. The napkin rings are so unique! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  15. What a beautiful collection of MC dinnerware! Love the overhead shot with your coasters and napkins for dining with your galentines. Your painted candlesticks are beauties! Wishing you a Happy Valentine’s Day!

  16. Patti, you had me with the lace and pink napkins. What a great collection of MacKenzie-Childs china. the pieces you chose go beautifully with the candlesticks and those placemats and napkins. Happy Valentine's Day!

  17. Patti, I am thrilled to see all of these lovely patterns and how you creatively used them in such a gorgeous tablescape. The lace placemats really have me fooled. I would never have thought something this elegant is vinyl. It really sets the stage for the playful and whimsical dinnerware. I had a difficult time picking my favorite. I swoon over their fluted edges. So very unique. Perfect for any occasion, but really makes a lovely romantic statement for Valentine's Day. So sweet and inviting.

  18. Pattie, those placemats look like real lace. Love that. plus the MC dinner ware! Happy Valentine's Day to you

  19. Patti, Your table is lovely! I don't think I own anything by MacKenzie Childs, and you are making me want to shop for it now! You provided so much wonderful detailed information on the patterns. They are all so pretty and yet each is so unique! What a treasured collection you have! Happy Valentine's day!

  20. I love the mix and match of all the colors and patterns that your MC dishes bring to your table!! I love your napkin treatment and the leaf rings you made!! So cute and perfect with the plate stacks!! Have a fun Valentines Day!!❤️

  21. Patti, I always love seeing all of your pretty MacKenzie Child's pieces. I collect the Flower Market green pattern. You have set such a beautiful Valentine's Day table. I adore all the pretty color! It is always such joy to join you on these hops. I hope that you have a happy Valentine's Day!

  22. This is a darling table setting for Valentine's Day, Patti! You have a beautiful collection of MaKenzie pieces, and those pink napkins compliment them perfectly.
    Happy Valentine's Day

  23. Give, give! Where did you get those lacy placemats! Love them!

  24. What a colorfully, cheerful setting for Galentine's! I'm sure any girlfriend would be delighted to join you here. I love the way you created flowers with the napkins. Lovely to be hopping with you!