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Wednesday, January 21, 2015


Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I had a teacher who did not allow the use of the word "kid" when referring to a child.  If someone said, "those kids", she responded with something like -- "and where are those goats now?  Kids are goats, not children".  So, I hesitate to use the word, but since they are known as the Campbell's Soup kids, I ask Mrs. Stickmon to forgive my use of the word in this post.

Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

We had soup and sandwiches for supper, and I invited the Campbell's Soup kids.  They are usually depicted as kind of a romantic couple (which is unrealistic for their age).  So, I thought they kind of went with the Valentine theme.  (I'm always trying to sneak in reminders for my sweetheart that Valentine's Day is approaching.)

Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I think the "romantic" Campbell's kids are a subtle reminder.  I bought this tureen and soup mug set at a flea market a few years ago.  They are made by Houston Harvest Gift Products for Campbell's Soup.

Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Under the soup mug, I've used a salad/dessert plate, Comptoir de Famille; a square dinner plate, Nova Rouge by Gourmet Expressions; a white metal charger and a red metal charger.

Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I have a confession.  The whole plate stack was just to make the table look better, since we used these plastic, checked paper-lined restaurant servers for our sandwiches!
Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

We like some Oyster crackers in our soup, so I served those from this mug, and yes, I know that's a sugar spoon, but it helps keep the Oyster crackers from rolling off the spoon before they get into the soup.

Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

The sandwiches were served from another of the Comptoir de Famille plates.
Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie
 A not-so-subtle Valentine hint was the heart straw in the mason jar mug (which my sweetheart promptly removed before drinking from the mug). He had to look at it when he removed it though, so hopefully, it reminded him of the big heart day!

Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

In case the straw didn't have the desired effect, I also put two miniature mail boxes, overflowing with Valentine cards, on the table.
Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

I don't know if the hints made an impression or not, but he did enjoy the soup and sandwiches.

Whew! I may be getting a little obsessive about trying to insure that I get a Valentine gift! Thank you for visiting me.  laurie

Valentines Tablescape-Bargain Decorating with Laurie

This post is partying with Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters and Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch 


Ginger said...

Ahh just to cute for words

Anonymous said...

Love precious! Perfect for winter and Valentine's Day.

Mary Ann said...

I think this is one of your cutest tables!

Unknown said...

Maybe it's an Arkansas thing, since I'm an Arky, too, but we weren't allowed to use the word KIDS for CHILDREN, either. I remember that in my 20's, one of my sisters and I discussed the fact that our older sister was now referring to her children as KIDS! Your CAMPBELL KIDS are darling and so is your themed tablescapes! said...

I had forgotten all about those cute little Campbell Soup kids! What a sweet table! Who knew soup and sandwiches could be romantic! Looking forward to the Valentine party, thank you!

Lulu said...

Isn't it funny how something sticks in your mind? On your soup and sandwich table, I sure hope you had a grilled cheese sandwich. It seems that would belong!

Kathleen said...

Love those Campbell Kids! The tureen is precious. Hope you get your heart's desire. I gave up years ago!

Sarah said...

Adorable! Love the happiness of these plates and soup mugs.

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie, This is so special and fun.You have an incredible collection. It reminds me when growing up and having Campbell's tomato soup for lunch. To this day I love it!!
I love your tureen!!
Have a great evening.

Unknown said...

WOW! I sold so many Campbell soup items in my shop! Your table is so cute. I love the red and white checks. What a great time to show off this table.It has been so cold here that I am sure we all could use some nice warm soup!
Blessings My Friend,

candlelightsupper said...

What is not to LOVE about this tablescape! You are so creative in your plate stacks, centerpiece, and those cute mailboxes.... Love the re plastic baskets. I have some and will have to think of something adorable to use them as well. Valerie

The Tablescaper said...

So cute and fun. It's been a while since I've been here and I miss my visits.

- Alma, The Tablescaper

Unknown said...

Adorable table!! I am from NYS and we also had a teacher who said the same thing about kids vs children. She also didn't allow guy and used to say guys are wires, not people. I am a stickler for proper grammar because of her (though I do use kids and guys incorrectly now). Unfortunately, those wonderful kinds of teachers seem to have disappeared.

Gwen said...

That's cute. I'm accustomed to seeing blue and white as a theme but this is interesting.