~A Valentine's Table & Chocolate~

~Valentine's Day Table~

Today I set the table for Valentine's Day dinner. There are 4 placesettings, for the photos. I'll remove 2, for our meal, since we will be having dinner for 2, Valentine's evening.

I used white Mikasa French Countryside dinner plates, square salad plates in red, small cream trimmed in black plates, red quilted placemats and white damask napkins. The heart ornaments are from Michaels as is the ribbon. The glassware is Mikasa. I can't remember the pattern. Found these at an outlet store closing.

The candle holders are from our Christmas storage. They are sitting on a square silver colored charger. I spread bath salts around the candle holders and set heart ornaments here and there.

I haven't decided the menu for Thursday evening. I imagine some sort of salad, perhaps a chicken dish. I found some wonderful fresh asparagus today. It will definitely be part of the menu.
Naturally, it would not be Valentine's Day without chocolate! I made the dessert, shown below, as a surprise for Xanti, Sunday. This is one of her favorites. I seldom make it, because it makes a large amount. And because it's too decadently delicious!! We'll have chocolate on Valentine's Day. This was a pre-Valentine treat.
Debbye Turner, Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (Mizzou '91), motivational speaker and Miss America 1990, hosted an afternoon television show when she worked for the St Louis NBC affiliate, KSDK, Channel 5. Show Me St Louis presents interesting people and places in St Louis and surrounding communities, during the 1/2 hour broadcast. Now and then Debbye added a cooking segment. She made this delightful chocolate trifle, she called Death By Chocolate, during one of these segments. There are many presentations of Death By Chocolate. Some might call our dessert simply a chocolate trifle, but our family has always called it Death By Chocolate, as Debbye did.
I photographed the dessert with one chocolate dipped strawberry. Of course, I added several more before taking it to the party.
~Death By Chocolate~
1 Brownie Mix, prepared
1 large container instant chocolate pudding prepared
2 large containers whipped topping (Cool Whip)
7 to 10 Heath Bars
Strawberries for garnish
Bake Brownies according to directions on box
Prepare pudding as directed
Fold 3/4 of one container whipped topping into prepared pudding.
Crush Heath Bars
Crumble brownies and place 1/2 in bottom of trifle bowl.
Next spread half the pudding mixture, followed by half of the crushed Heath Bars. Top the crushed candy with a layer of plain whipped topping. Begin layering again, with crumbled brownies, etc. End with plain whipped topping. Garnish with strawberries, plain or chocolate dipped. Enjoy!


Anonymous said...


What a vision !!! Just lovely...Happy Valentine's Day to you !!!

Kathy :)

Rosie's Whimsy said...

I love those square red plates. Someday I will have something similar, I vow :-) Rosie

OKGardners said...

Each post of yours just "outdoes" the ones before.

I love the tablescape for Valentine's Day AND the Death by Chocolate dessert. Everything looks just beautiful!

Keep up the good work!

Betty in Oklahoma

Sher's Creative Expressions said...

Wow, what a lovely table setting and prepared well before the 14th too!

Thanks for the recipe. . . it'll go in the "must try pile!"



Suzanne said...

Love the table setting Pat! Those dishes are perfect for Valentine's Day!

Rose said...

I've been in love with the Mikasa French Countryside dinnerware for forever and still do not have a single place setting of it (I have no place to store it). Those red salad plates are just perfect with it. And I would have never thought to use bath crystals in that centerpiece, you are so darn creative! The whole table is really lovely as always, Pat.

Have a wonderful Valentines Day!!


Melissa @ The Inspired Room said...


Wow, our Mikasa French Countryside dishes look fabulous with the square red salad plate! I need to remember that, those red plates are great!

Your table looks wonderful!

Thanks Pat

Inspired Tokens said...

Your table looks as luscious as chocolate itself! What a gorgeous and romantic dinner you two will have. And, "Death by Chocolate" absolute favorite. I don't make it much, because like you it makes so much! I tend to only make it when I know that my children will be home to devour it! Happy Valentine's Day to you and hubby! I just know that dinner will be splendid!

Andi said...

Your Valentine table is beautiful! I love the ribbon and heart ornaments.

I remember Debbye Turner...and watched her crowned Miss America. Love the "Death By Chocolate" dessert...and the presentation is so pretty as well.

Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Brenda said...

OMG I love the table. I can see you two so in love sitting there sharing. How special. The dessert is Death by Choc. My aunt brought this to a Easter dinner one time and called it that. My kids favorite and honey it is rich!

Meg said...

What a beautiful table! Hope you have a great holiday.

Rosemary said...

Your table looks beautiful Pat!!
I haven't decided on a menu for Valentine's Day yet either.
Have a romantic week,

Judy said...

Dear Pat: Thank you so much for explaining about the tissue thin paper...I remember now it being called onion skin but did not know why. How interesting. That form of communication (writing) is becoming obsolete due to internet, e-mails, etc. You have no idea how much I treasure this letter..for many reasons.
Have a wonderful Valentine's Day!

Mary Isabella said...

That has got to be the most beautiful table I have ever laid eyes upon. Beautiful. This sounds so special. Happy Valentine's day to you ...Mary

Robyn said...

Truly fantastic! WOW! I wish I was coming over for dinner now!

Linda said...

What a lovely tablescape. The red square plates are wonderful and your dessert is to live for. Happy Valentine's day...Linda

BittersweetPunkin said...

What a great table setting..I love the lil heart ornaments! I am going to make that recipe too...looks yummy!

Barbara Jacksier said...

Beautiful. Imelda is famous for her shoes, you for your tablescapes! Beautiful... and happy Valentines Day.

Penny @ Lavender Hill Studio said...

What a beautiful Valentine's table. And that dessert, oh my!!!

Cote de Texas said...

omg - can I come for dinner, or at least dessert? That looks delicious!!!

Happy V-day Pat!


lindaharre said...

Pat, your table setting is delightful! I am lovin the square red plates:D For some reason the pic of your death by chocolate didn't appear on my computer:( Sounds wonderful though......Happy Valentines Day!

Jen said...

Our menu is steak grilled, Twiced Baked Potato casserole, a mandarin orange and strawberry yeast rolls and a Better than Sex Cake....that is the name of it...your table is gorgeous. I have not set mine yet as I have a 2 year old....but it will be fun setting it Thursday. I love your heart ornaments with the it. Happy Heart day to you too.

Deb said...

Such a beautiful table setting Pat! The menu sounds absolutely wonderful too. I have 2 'chocolate lovers' in my home who would love your Death By Chocolate Dessert - thank you for posting it early so I can pick up the ingredients :-}

DebraK from ~the Bunnies Bungalow~ said...

The table is stunning. I love the pop of the red plates. How can you eat off such a beautiful place setting!?

About the trifle....if you want to add a delicious zip to it, pour a bit of Kahlua over the brownies as you are putting it together, I made this several times & it is so good.

Love your gorgeous home! Hugs, DebraK

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, what a gorgeous dessert! Looks fabulous. I've heard of Death by Chocolate & wonder if they are all similar. I'll have to print this one out. Your table is so pretty. I don't go to all that trouble at Valentines, so I'll enjoy looking at yours!

I am making a cake this year though..I'll take pics too!


Julie said...

DIET - SCHMIET....pass me a fork!

smilnsigh said...

Oh what a lovely, lovely table you set! It looks like something out of a magazine spread. More beautiful than any Valentine's Day magazine article though. Oh sighhhhhhhh...

And that Death By Chocolate dessert looks fantastic. Breathtaking! :-) I read it, and showed it to my husband, and asked; "When is the next party?" :-) I don't think there are any parties on the horizon. But if I showed this around, someone would plan one, I bet. :-)

Hope your ice and winter weather didn't do any damage. I also hope our coming storm, doesn't do any here. But all we can do, is take what comes, hu.


FrenchGardenHouse said...

Beautiful, Pat! I love that we can use the Christmas things for Valentine's Day too! This is exactly what my post today is about.

Death by Chocolate, hmmmm, that's one way to go! Looks fabulous.
Xo Lidy

justabeachkat said...

Wow Pat! Your table is set beautifully!

I've been really really diligent about my low carb diet, but boy would I be tempted if that dessert was placed in front of me.

I've copied it though and will make it for a special occassion in the future. Thanks for sharing.


Rose Mary said...

What a beautiful table you've set! I just love red~all year round. That dessert looks absolutely delicious~yum! Have a wonderful Valentine's dinner.

LivingTheLife said...

Lovely, lovely table setting and I adore all your dishes. The "death by chocolate" looks decadent...if it does indeed cause death...I say...what a way to go! I enjoyed your lovely post and recipe.

Have a lovely V-day evening...


Southern Heart said...

Pat, that table is an inspiration! How perfectly romantic! And, I love Death By Chocolate...what a way to go.... ;)

Thank you for my Anniversary wishes, too. I'm working overtime this week, but hope to post a little something for Valentine's if I can.

bj said... delicious looking.

yellowfarmhouse said...

Oh my goodness what a beautiful table you've created for your special dinner. Where do you store all of your beautiful things. You must have cupboards full. Can I come shop at your house, LOL.

I've made that dessert before, except using chocolate mousse instead of pudding. It's EXCELLENT.

Hugs - Karen

Sandi McBride said...

What a beautiful table you set! Have you sent this into Sandi at the Whistlestop Cafe yet? WOW Pat, this is wonderfully inspiring!

Sandi @the WhistleStop Cafe said...

Pat~ got it!
Thanks for playing with us. Yours will be hard to beat!

Adrienne said...

Your Valentine decorations are gorgeous! And Death By Chocolate is definitely the right name for that dessert. Congratulations to Xanti. Yes you will miss her but I know you are very proud of her and we can't wait to hear a bit of her ventures into the world of photography.

Thank you for stopping by my blog and for leaving your sweet comments. We had a marvelous weekend at the beach with my dear mother. She had such a wonderful birthday weekend. We made more memories together. A time that we will never forget!

Susie Q said...

Pat...I have this very recipe in my files and oh it is so good.
I love your table settings and your gift for vignettes and arranging tables-capes.
I have always done something special for everyone in my family and done cute tables, decorating...the flu is keeping me from doing too much this year. : (
So I will live vicariously through yours!

Have a sweet Valentine's Day dear Pat...enjoy the day with your special guy.


deserae said...

Beautiful table....your dishes are gorgeous!!!!Happy Valentine's Day!!!!!!

the feathered nest said...

You always have the most stunning tablescapes! I love the square plate on top of the round one!


Andi said...

Louise Mandrell was at your bank!!! Now how cool is that!!! And you weren't there with your camera. If she ever comes in my Bank I'll be sure and take her picture!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. Have a Happy Valentine's Day!

Garden Antqs Vintage said...

Hey Pat, I was just going to leave you a comment, when you left me one :) I hope you have a very special day!! That dessert looks awesome!!

Maureen said...

A heart-stoppingly gorgeous table! Fabulous shot Pat. I am inspired to find some red dishes to mix in with my light ones. The dessert looks divine too! I think we've made a similar version using Heath bars. So sinful!

dec0r8or said...

Yikes...that death by chocolate looks KILLER! Pun intended! Hee! Gorgeous Valentine table, Pat. I wish I were that motivated! ;) BF will be lucky to get a card!

daisy cottage said...

Beautiful Valentine romance Pat! Gorgeous setting and color! Soooo pretty!

Happy Valentine's Day!


Mary said...

Please, please don't move two place settings Pat - it's all so lovely Bob and I might just fly out to join you, ha! ha! Would certainly be much more fun than a crowded restaurant - and we'll bring the wine and more chocolate!!!!
Have a LOVEly day - you two lovebirds!!!

Elzie said...

Your setting is just beautiful. Guess it was a thrill to sit around that table.
I wanted to thank you for the sweet comments on my blog.
Hope you're having a good Valentine.
Love Elzie

Terri and Bob said...

Are those Nell Hill plates (the little round ones?) Ashley chose those as her wedding china. She has the large square dinner plate, the smaller square salad plate, the small round dessert plate. I thought I recognized the plate!

Terri and Bob said...

Pat, Schaefer House had all the pieces I mentioned plus a platter (probably the same as yours). There wasn't any other serving pieces that I saw. I'd give them a call to ask what they carry specifically. 573-635-8877.

Lallee said...

Your place settings look beautiful!!! Happy Valentines Day!

Rhondi said...

Hi Pat What beautiful photos you have for Valentines Day. I've made Death by Chocolate several times and it's always a hit. Rhondi xo

Lynn@ The Vintage Nest said...

That's so pretty Pat. I am afraid our dinner will be just laid back....on the sofa while watching television. I did make a cherry cheesecake pie though to celebrate with. :)

Debbie Egizio said...

Your table setting is absolutely stunning and beautifully festive. Oh, and that dessert looks devine. I can taste the chocolatey goodness from the picture. Do you think you can make room for just one more? I can stop by after I close up the shop. ;)

Linda said...

Hi Pat, Happy Valentine's Day. Have a sweet day. hugs...Linda

Rose said...

Just dropped by to wish you and J a very Happy Valentines Day! Hope you have a great evening.


cityfarmer said...

What a delicious sight...we're dining in tonight with a neighbor whose husband walked out on her this morning...sigh

Rose said...

Beautiful table, Pat! So romantic. I can just imagine Jim's delight at seeing the special care you took for your celebration. Enjoy!

Nan said...

Your table is just stunning. Love those heart ornaments. That dessert looks fabulous!
We celebrated a day early. I did steaks with portobello mushrooms, fresh green beans, and heart shaped potatoes.
We had blackberry pie for dessert. My husband's favorite.

Kari & Kijsa said...

Happy Valentines Day from our hearts to you!

kari & kijsa

Laila said...

I hope you had a wonderful valentines day with your loved one! Beautiful tablesetting.

We don't celebrate Valentines day, allthough more and more do in Norway.

Sweet Designs said...

Pat, your tablescapes are always beautiful, it is always such a pleasure to visit your blog.

Fairy Tale Felicia said...

Hi Pat! thank you so much for sending me a comment and being so nice. =) I love your page and it looks like you had a wonderful valentines day! Until we meet again, Felicia

shaybert said...

Oh Pat, I have stolen your Death by Chocolate recipe. Hope that's okay. LJ is sitting here with me telling me to MAKE IT MAKE IT... YUM! Beautify table setting, as always! You never disappoint. Blessings, Shay

KJ said...

How wonderfully romantic! You created some great ambiance.

By the way, I enjoyed your comment on the "It's a Wonderful Life" dialog! Isn't that a classic?