This table started with the Victorian Valentine Tea Cakes, for which I take no credit; they’re available from Ginger Lily Sweets on Etsy. Aren’t they lovely?

Made from Springerle moulds, the little cakes are coated with a thin layer of crisp frosting, which accentuates the pattern. They come in eleven different flavours, from anise to strawberry. These are the light pink raspberry.

For about 30 seconds, I contemplated making them myself. But the thought of tracking down the variety of moulds (not inexpensive) and climbing the learning curve … uh, no. So once I had ordered the tea cakes, I began plotting the rest of the eats: Raspberry and White Chocolate Scones.

And Red Currant Cream Cheese Tea sandwiches made with Boston Brown Bread.

The plates were a gift from my good friend, Maura. The Johnson Brothers Rose Bouquet Pink pattern had been Maura’s mother’s china, and I was honoured to receive it.

Champagne coupes in the Buttercup pattern by Fostoria await filling.

Pink-edged Lucy scalloped placemats and napkins from Rebecca Udall accent each place setting against a Monique Lhuillier Rose Bouquet Jacquard Tablecloth from Pottery Barn.

Trader Joe’s came through with branch roses and pink Hypericum berries (also known as St. John’s Wort). 

All set for a happy Valentine’s Day with toothsome goodies, champers and tea.

Have a wonderful weekend, all!

We are down to the short strokes now in seeing winter on its way. But, before we know it, we will be splashing our way through March and emerging into daffodil-filled April.  I can’t wait.