A mortgage. Two cars. Three kids. Jobs. Responsibilities. It doesn’t exactly scream romantic.
My husband and I have been married 15 years and let’s admit it… life gets in the way of romance all too often. I can’t even count the number of times we’ve had to put US on the back burner to take care of THEM. Hey, it’s what being a parent is all about.
Every now and then, we try and sneak a few moments here and there to just be together and to remind ourselves that it all started with just the two of us. Usually, we do this with a breakfast here and there. Sometimes David will have a late start at work. Sometimes he’ll get cancelled out at the last minute. Mornings are usually our only time alone, so we try and make the best of it.
I recently found Moll Anderson‘s new book, Seductive Tables for Two: Tablescapes, Picnics and Recipes That Inspire Romance. Wow, what an incredibly beautiful book. Moll Anderson is a designer and lifestyle expert who believes you can create beautiful memories out of the most ordinary moments. Her tablescapes literally took my breath away and the designer in me immediately wanted to go through my house and start redecorating… again!
I had an idea: create a moment for my husband when we could spend some time together without the kids. I went to Walmart to do a little shopping.
So, it all started with a boring, generic tray table. We bought it on sale recently because we usually do breakfast in bed for the family when it’s someone’s birthday. But honestly, we should use it for other occasions as well.
After going through Moll’s book, I definitely came up with a few ideas for setting a fabulous table. One of the quotes I fell in love with is…
And the room I love most is my bedroom. I love the colors… cool shades of purple and gray. I wanted to take those colors and carry the theme into my tablescape.
Since breakfast is always our time to reconnect and share new things with each other, I wanted to create a special breakfast-in-bed where we could relax and enjoy the serenity of our bedroom. I decided to serve traditional bagels and lox, with a steaming hot cup of cafe mocha.
To create the tablescape, I searched through the house for some of my favorite things. I found the picture of us that I love most and decided to use it as part of the table decorations. I also used my silver candlesticks, taper candles and a bright pot of purple flowers that matched perfectly with my color selections. One thing Moll does that I just love is layer table linens. I purchased some on-sale purple velvet and cotton duct at a local sewing store and tied the ends withe some purple ribbon.
I knew I had some vintage napkins that we recently had handed down to us from a cousin, so I thought it would be fun to incorporate those as well. I also loved that the food I served worked well with the color scheme. The purple in the red onions really brought out the other purples. And the orange from the lox really popped. All in all, I think we need to eat breakfast this way EVERY day!
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